India hopes to become a world superpower by 2020. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam suggests that this is a feasible goal, reached through means of education. He said "Students should work to imbibe qualities like moral leadership, temperament and an attitude for research. They should always try to learn modern technology and keep learning so that their knowledge would make India empowered and a superpower" (Education essential). The former president wants students to be able to help build India's economy, through using knowledge learned in school and applying it to everyday life. Students should also be up-do-date with technology and be able to use it. He also says that students should be inspired by great inventors such as Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers, that gaining knowledge is the ticket to becoming the next great person in history.
Due to this article, it is easy to see that India is trying to overcome the cultural lag theory. The country acknowledges that they are behind in modern technology and should work toward always understanding the world and the technology used today. Resolving this issue is one of a few steps toward getting India on track with the rest of the world. The country is also seeking to become an economically strong nation, which can be done through educating the younger generation so that they will make wise decisions in the future in regards to the economy. However, it is also important to note that education is not that great equalizer, as it is often painted out to be. Education does not go across one level, but several, and can be done differently in wealthy areas versus areas in poverty. It is also important to remember that not everyone has access to education, although that is trying to be fixed on a global level. Education is important to help a nation grow strong, but it is not the only factor that should be considered.
September 27, 2013