Rote learning is a memorization technique based on repetition. The method rests on the premise that the recall of repeated material becomes faster the more one repeats it.
Some of the alternatives to rote learning include meaningful learning, associative learning, spaced repetition and active learning.
Rote Learning, Poor Understanding
The rote learning since long had adversely the education system of Kashmir and other parts of the country.
Rote learning has been hitting hard our education system. We have inherited mostly a type of education system that produces students like robots that possess unbelievable capacity for storing facts and churning them out at the press of the right button.
But now with the introduction and implementation of National Education Policy the hopes are high that our education system would see positive changes.
National Education Policy Offers Hope
Sheikh Sameer, Academic expert and Sociologist stated that ” Rote learning since long has been historically a big problem for our education system , it has lead to not producing quality students.
Now , National Education Policy 2020 offers hope against Rote learning.
The NEP is focussed on project learning based on pragmatics which would discourage Rote learning. We need to bear in mind that NEP also envisages increased GDP allocation to education, as we had been spending less on same.
Rote learning used to be focusing on memorizing content without understanding, but now with NEP we focus on learning with Understanding . NEP is a hope against it .”
Experts have expressed time and again concern over the serious concern over often prevalence of rote learning.
Rote learning is widely used in the mastery of foundational knowledge. Examples include phonics in reading, the periodic table in chemistry, multiplication tables in mathematics, anatomy in medicine, cases or statutes in law, basic formulas in any science, etc.
Rote learning eschews comprehension and creativity. Consequently, it is an ineffective tool in mastering any complex subject at an advanced level. However, rote learning is still useful in passing usual annual exams especially in our part of the world.
Objectives Of NEP
Sane voices across in Kashmir and across countries have expressed much happiness over the implementation of National Education Policy NEP as an antidote against all the evils like rote learning and other negative facets . Pertinently,
National Education Policy of India 2020 (NEP 2020), which was started by the Union Cabinet of India on 29 July 2020, outlines the vision of new education system of India.The new policy replaces the previous National Policy on Education, 1986.
The policy is a comprehensive framework for elementary education to higher education as well as vocational training in both rural and urban India. The policy aims to transform India’s education system by 2030.
Scholarly voiced have pointed out that Rote learning was the need of 19th century education system when the aim of the school system was to create an army of clerks, factory workers and soldiers who are very much faithful followers who could serve the workforce of the newly industrialized nations needed at that point of time.
With NEP focusing on practical aspect of learning along with project based learning it is definitely give great hope to entire country in terms of producing Quality learners.