[BangPypers] Why do indians copy?

Kenneth Gonsalves lawgon at au-kbc.org
Fri Oct 16 05:03:42 CEST 2009

On Friday 16 Oct 2009 8:22:25 am srid wrote:
> I wonder if all this can be traced back to India's education system:
> "Modern education in India is often criticized for being based on rote
> learning rather than problem solving. BusinessWeek denigrates the
> Indian curriculum saying it revolves around rote learning.[67] and
> ExpressIndia suggests that students are focused on cramming.[68]"
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_india#Issues
> But Ghose raises an important point about it also being a cultural
> issue. Heh, wish there was a well-researched Wikipedia article on this
> topic!

it is cultural - India will only be free when youngsters are confident enough 
to smoke/drink in front of their elders. This same attitude of 'respect' being 
the crucial thing is everywhere. Ask questions? You lose respect by exposing 
your ignorance. Take an unpopular stand - 'you will lose respect if you talk 
rubbish like this'. Basically we worry too much about what other people think 
of us. And do not worry enough about learning new things - even at the cost of 
losing 'respect'. So you copy because you do not want to lose 'respect' by 
failing - and if you do lose respect you hang yourself. In fact I once made a 
remark about RMS, and was told 'at least respect him as an elder'. Why should 
I? He is younger than me ;-)
Kenneth Gonsalves
Senior Project Officer

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