Standardizing education: The question of common National Standards

The standardization of education is in total contrast with the personalized approach to education. Most schools these days are nowadays following a grading system as regulated by the National Standards to rank children. It has resulted in narrowing the syllabi to focus more on creative learning methods. In my opinion some of the effects of this kind of education system are:

•    It has made possible for every child to study up to a certain level according to the preset standards.
•    It helps in tracking the activity of the learners as well as the teaching faculty.
•    However there can be some chaos that can be noticed in the process of imparting education in schools due to over dependency on the National Standards to teach.

In the view to make education accessible to greater number of children the standardization was initiated. This could be seen as a positive intention to assist a country’s economy. According to Ken Robinson a chain of subjects were developed to extend the creative needs for education. As a result of this not only standards for syllabus were set but standardized evaluation and assessment writing of the students also began. Some of the consequences of such a system are:

1.    Formation of league tables
2.    Performance assessment
3.    Testing the teaching mechanism
4.    Comparing a school’s curriculum against the National Standards

As can be inferred from the opinion of Sahlberg on standardization, the education system is missing out on some vital points. He is not in total agreement with the standardized learning and teaching methods. Instead the key areas are different from his point of view that asks for more important things to be standardized. He wants the funding for the schools to be standardizes so that each school receives enough to their requirements. He further emphasized a balance between the syllabus and other co-curricular activities that school teaches. He also mentioned that there must be relevant standards should be met while preparing a teacher for the job. There is a need for a regularized standard to enhance the professional levels in giving.

There is a need to think of ways that our government can get involved with the funds provision and distribution. Also the schools must allot sufficient time to each subject so they receive equal attention. There should be importance to creative as well as formative assessment of the child. There should be scope for creative learning and not just educating through books. The students must get adequate time in between learning to have a break. The teachers have to receive some initial training so they can handle the teaching methods more efficiently. This calls for some fundamentals to be met before the appointment of the teachers. All such factors widen our horizon to standardization of education from mere a system for learning to a channel imparting learning to become leaders and not followers. Only then the importance of such National Standards to regularise the education system can be validated.