For the past 30 years in tamil nadu, the education has been mere mugging up answers for questions and reproducing in answer sheets. The difference in educating a student in a CBSE board and a state syllabus is gigantic. Comprehension, understanding, analysis and interpretation are missing in the state board syllabus, where as in a CBSE, the student develops the habit of exploratory reading, understanding and Interpretation.
So, now the government and others are waking up to the reality to patch up the differences, but as the saying goes 'only when the student is ready, the teacher will appear' and it is true and will be true always. So, what ever be the content and the delivery, there will always be a disparity among students.
So, the solution is not uniformity but diversity in uniformity. What I mean is as howard gardner proposed that there are different kinds of intelligence and everyone has their own strengths. So, the system should be such that, it gives flexibility in selection of the content as per their forte.
And if the school system and our total educational systems are not awakening to the 21st century thinking, then most of us are going to be just some mere workers in BPO's and software companies run by Americans. And if we want to beat china, UK and USA in the quality of life, culture and in economics, then we need a radical change in our educational system. And I think many of these are addressed as we get modern and sophisticated.
The school system should equal importance to music, arts, sports, creativity, philosophy and wellness. Because the only subjects taught in school are maths, physics, chemistry and biology. This should change or else we are going now were.