In the first pl…

In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
-Mark Twain

For years we have wanted change in our education system. But nobody has ever been able to express what exactly we want, we need. Tonight I make a desperate attempt to express my views on the educating children.

In our education system we gain a lot of knowledge. But we are not taught to distinguish between real knowledge and what is not real knowledge. Having read all the verses of Rigveda and mugging them up is not knowledge, you have to understand them, feel them and apply them. In fact we have to apply what we learn. Everyone can give lectures like me. But I am yet not applying my knowledge. Simply knowing name of a bird in fifty languages, can not tell you about the bird.

Concentration is a very important aspect for studies. We should have programs to improve concentration in students. Daily meditation and pranayam class for just half an hour can help a lot. Concentration is something you really need for memorizing and you it believe or not, memorizing is very essential.

Creativity is something that you need in every aspect of life. The students should be challenged to apply their skill and knowledge in a whole new direction, not something set in front by their ancestors. A report on global warming should not only consist of causes or solutions by scientists, it should also have a part of their idea, the actions they have taken or will take. One should be creative in whatever way they like so when they take their last breaths they could at least say that I found a new type of screwdriver.

Time management is a thing where almost everybody gets confused. Guidance from experienced people can really help the kids. To decide upon your priorities and act upon it, to have a contingency plan, to act during emergencies and to do whatever is needed at whatever time is really confusing. Kids need help in arranging their life into order.

Every school insists on discipline. But when a school is not disciplined itself- where a program does not start as planned, where a substitute teacher is not provided when one is absent, when teachers and students are disturbed during classes discipline from students can not be expected. Only a disciplined environment can make discipline possible. And I have seen institutes constituting more than thousands of students as punctual and disciplines as possible.

Student-teacher relation is very important. Teachers should be teachers not for being highly educated, they should know t teach. Teachers should interact with children in such a way that they listen to the teacher in awe. A teacher should be like an orator on stage and should let students be spellbound. Teaching is an art and I shall say this a thousand times over.

And one more important thing that an education system needs to have ,though it does not have anything to do with study, is that it needs to develop a sense of defense in the child both physically and mentally. Defensive martial arts need to be introduced to the schools. Apart from that a student should be developed in such a manner that a person is called educated only if he can stand up for himself or herself.

Students are buds. Don’t cut it. Nurture it till it blossoms. It will only then spread its beautiful aroma. Only then the bees may collect its nectar.

I want to know your views about the education system. Please share.

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