iLEAD is IIFM’s thought leadership initiative where the current & emerging industry trends are discussed for challenges & implications.Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. - Plato
The history of education is the history of teaching & learning. Each generation, since the beginning of human existence, has sought to pass on cultural & social values, traditions, morality, religion and skills to the next generation.
The passing on of culture is also known as enculturation and the learning of social values and behaviors is socialization. The history of the curricula of such education reflects human history itself, the history of knowledge, beliefs, skills and cultures of all civilizations that have preceded us. The curriculum & learning at any point in time along the learning models reflects the socio-political culture at the time that curriculum was built, and the then prevalent mental models of that nation’s denizens.
In EGYPT, education was motivated by fear. If students did not learn, they would be beaten up. The focus here was on learning by memorizing, which sort of mirrored the way people learned in that age in Egypt and at a deeper level was instructive about the power equations prevalent in that culture at that point in time.
In GREECE, in ancient Sparta, focus was on building warriors; hence education was orineted around that. From the age of 7 till the age of 17, students would go through all kinds of harsh physical education. In Athens in Greece, it was felt that an ideal citizen was someone who could be useful both in peace & war. Therefore, learning philosophy, science, arts and various other forms of education were the focus points.
In ROME, as a nation, the focus was on debate and public speaking and education was centered around this.
The difference between Greek & Roman education was that in Greece, the emphasis was on learning to be a good citizen. In ROME, it was to be a good public speaker. The result was that they disregarded such non utilitarian Greek studies as science, philosophy, music, dancing, and gymnastics, basing their education instead on literature and oratory. Even their study of literature, with its overemphasis on the technicalities of grammar and it’s under emphasis on content, had the purpose of producing good orators.
In recent times, it has been observed that debate and seminars are a great way of not just disseminating learning but also sharing learning’s.
This is what IIFM intends to do through i-LEAD via its Thought leadership seminars & discussion forums. The idea is to bring a group of thought leaders together to aggregate their collective wisdom with the help of our own think engine and working towards building intellectual capital that may contribute to industry’s success.