Rote Learning Stunts Thinking, Say Experts

Classrooms need a makeover to be appropriate for children of this generation, experts told teachers and heads of schools in the state on Saturday.

Speaking about the challenges faced by schools today, Chitra Ravi, CEO of education service provider Ez-Vidya , said: “Today’s learners have a short attention span and are hooked to gadgets most of their waking time. Today’s careers and lifestyle demand different and diverse skills from individuals.” This makes it imperative for schools to create learning environments to meet these needs, Chitra Ravi added.

She was addressing around 150 teachers at a conference on ‘Creating 21Century Learning Environments – Transforming Schools in five distinct Areas’ . Based on research and feedback from schools, Chitra Ravi suggested that transformation needs to happen in student thinking, classroom dynamics , learning ambience, technology integration and teacher empowerment.

Schoolteachers said they found rote learning was the biggest reason for the dip in standard of students passing out of schools. Chitra Ravi said that the way to root out rote learning is by instilling higher order thinking skills in students.

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