3 Idiots and a billion fools!
The weekend was a good one, thanks to the 3 Idiots. It’s an entertaining movie and a good one to watch. But after watching the movie, I had one questions in my mind. What is the takeaway from this movie for the audience? I tried to answer this question to myself in all possible and positive angles. But nothing came to my mind.
Are they trying to ridicule and belittle the Indian Education system? Are they accusing the parents and teachers of career misguidance? Well, I am not sure.
To my knowledge, the Indian Education System is one of the strongest in the world. Right from the foundation till the specialization, Indian education has been one of the most competitive and comprehensive knowledge development systems ever known to man. At school, the students are trained not to be jack of all trades, but master of all trades. They are given a wide base foundation and a solid launchpad for their careers. After Secondary school education, the students has a clear idea of what he is capable of. He prunes his core competency at High school and prepares for the specialization degree. Not matter what the degree is, the syllabus is not framed to educate or train a person in that field. Its designed to train him to learn further.
We may have wondered why did the teachers made us study all those horrible theorems and postulates while I want to be an architect. Well, you have been trained to cope up with anything as complex as those theorems. Education is not dumping knowledge into a brain, but training a brain to gain more knowledge. This is best understood and demonstrated rudely, crudely and practically in the Great Indian Education system.
In my personal experience, I have observed that Indian students have the highest respect and recognition on the world stage. No matter how difficult the situation is or how complex the path is, Indian students are in a much better position to win, compared to rest of the world.
Coming to the guidance/misguidance of Parents and Teachers, I disagree with what has been portrayed by the movie makers and the book author of this movie 3 Idiots. Indian parents are the classic and ideal examples of parenting. Nowhere in the world, I have seen, heard or read about such levels for caring. Parents don’t impose their wishes on their children. They know the potential of the child and they are aware of the competitive world out there. Parents and Teachers try to find a match between these two. Parents are the cushions to absorb the risks in a child’s life. How can they make a wrong choice for their children? The child brain is infected by peer advice, satellite tv and the media. It’s so confused and it sometimes refuses the accept the truth and fails to differentiate the choices. Here comes the parental brain to the rescue. The parental brain puts forward a set of right choices and guides the child’s on the right path. If this is called “Imposing”, well its time somebody change the dictionary meaning of “Imposing”.
While watching the movie, I was happy and enjoyed the hilarious moments and at the end I realized that the entire story is a wrapped in a thick layer of “Maya” that makes you believe that the society you live in is a villain of education. I agree to disagree with the entire concept of 3 Idiots because I am one among the billion fools as portrayed by the movie.