Are Educational Classes Irrelevant ?

By Rikparna Sinha Roy

Are classes Irrelevant ?, Yes this was the theme of this year’s Annual Teachers’ Symposiums 2018, a collaborative effort between the New Delhi based Indian School of Business & Finance (ISBF) and the globally renowned The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), which addressed the challenges faced in higher education delivery in the present times, particularly to the post-millennial generation living in the digital era.

2-300x231 Are Educational Classes Irrelevant ?The day-long event, which brought together a representative community of educators from the city’s high schools, took place in Kolkata. This year’s theme, ‘The Millennials: Challenges and Opportunities’, was addressed by Dr. James Abdey, Assistant Professorial Lecturer, Statistics, LSE who delivered the key note address on the theme ‘Are Classes Irrelevant?’. Guest of Honour at the Symposium TMC Councillor of Ward No.63, Ms. Susmita Bhattacharya, also addressed the gathering.

Dr. James Abdey, during his keynote address said, “A recent Microsoft study found human attention span to be as low as 8 seconds, and under the present scenario a significant reorientation is necessary in order to retain student engagement in the classroom.” During the tenure of his discourse he also emphasized on methods through which today’s classrooms must adapt, to stay relevant.

The morning session saw the welcome address delivered by Dr. G.L. Tayal, Dean Academics, ISBF.  During the address, he said, “There’s a need to integrate content, pedagogy and technology, involving students in an active learning process.”

2-300x231 Are Educational Classes Irrelevant ?Also addressing the audience on ‘Bridging the Generation Gap between Educators and Youth’, Ms. Susmita Bhattacharya, TMC Ward Councillor (Ward No.63), said, “I’m thankful to ISBF team for bringing me back to the world of education”. “As teachers and educators the millennials give us the opportunity to reassess ourselves and opportunities as we hold the staircase through which the young minds will make their future.” She added that in today’s times, “As educators we need to keep moving ahead while accepting the changing paradigm of today’s society. We need to draw more people with teachers’ mind and heart to be drawn into teaching”.

All gathered agreed that given the attention span of today’s students are far less and the fact that they are more informed and mobile, teachers and educationists need to get away from traditional “chalk and talk” model and focus on teaching students on how to make best sense and best use of the information and knowledge they gather.

Some prominent institutions represented at the Symposium included the likes of St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Shree Shikshayatan School Foundation, Loreto Day School (Bowbazar), Calcutta International School, DPS (Ruby Park), DPS (NALCO Nagar, Odisha), Narayana Group of Schools, The Heritage School (Kolkata), South City International School, Asansol North Point School, Assembly of God Church School (Raniganj) and Adamas International School among others.