EDUCATING A NATION
You are committed to provide well-balanced education to your children They are your future hope and national pride.
WHAT A PARENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HIMSELF
As in every field, more professional approach is needed in selection of proper schools. A few guidelines are given below
First of all a parent should know his own strength and weakness. It is necessary to evaluate: -
Cash availability for educating his child.
His dreams, hopes and aspirations and future picture of the child.
Child's attitude, aptitude, performance and talents.
Well-defined and rational goals for various fields for like Academics, sports, and fine arts.
Family harmony, father's and mother's ability to get along well, social home atmosphere, social and neighbourhood pressures.
CHANGING EDUCATION SCENARIO
With the emergence of all round Global competition the future generation needs to be better prepared, more conscious, and adequately
organized to face the realities of life as compared to their present day counter part.
To project the future educational requirements and to provide suitable opportunities we have to think and bring latest teaching methods, technologies and implement them with all earnestness. Present style of our imparting education is gradually failing and needs suitable upgradation.
Most of the reputed educational institutions are well aware of the shortcomings, and their system weaknesses. But, they cannot do anything but watch the changing scenario as mute spectators. Nothing can be immediately done at state or national level of revised Government guidelines. The obvious reasons for this are given below: -
It requires modification of the education curriculum and philosophy.
Change in method of evaluation of the candidate's capability
Modification of selection method in professional colleges and in top Government jobs.
Because of population and rigid education systems, it is not possible to make sweeping reforms and changes in the system. However, new modified and updated (world class) education methodology can be adopted and implemented by committed schools without disturbing the accepted curriculum.
DESIRED CARE, PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT AND ARRANGEMENT REQUIRED AT SCHOOL
Security consideration when the child is away from the home.
Physical and health care.
Availability balanced diet.
It is not enough to keep these points in mind only. All the above points should be carefully listed down, discussed, analyzed and action may be planned.
WHAT THE PARENT SHOULD DO
After making the above analysis the parent should prepare an implementation plan. He should make thoughtful and factual appraisal of the above factors in writing. At this stage it may be necessary to seek professional help. Discussion with school authorities or educational consultants may be held.
The parents should prepare a chart and analyze their hopes and aspiration. The father and mother should seriously discuss the child's strength and weaknesses along with availability of financial resources.
A proper school should then be selected on the basis of the requirements, infrastructure and education methodology. The education system is teacher based or system based. Selection of a proper school should not be solely guided by the name of the school.
In case the parents are not able to make independent decision on this most important aspect suitable help from the education councilor should be taken and matter should be discussed in details with the authorities.
By - Mr. Satish Kumar Jain
WHERE TO EDUCATE YOUR CHILD
Parents should prepare a list of Day and Boarding schools and make in depth study to find out which institution will suit him best and where his child should be educated.
While deciding it must be remembered that child is the biggest asset of the family. Parents cannot afford to have casual attitude in the matter. It is therefore, important that in case he is not able to get admission in a proper school, he should continue to search a proper school and shift him at earliest opportunity.
POINTS TO PONDER
In our present education system maximum stress is laid on academic high scoring. However, the following points also needs careful consideration. University toppers are not always:
Top achievers like Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin Churchill were not university toppers.
Top achievers in the field of arts like Lata Mangeshkar, Bismillah Khan, Mozart, Ravi Shankar, Michel Jackson, Raj Kapoor were not university toppers.
Top industrialist like Tata, Birla, Henry Ford were not toppers.
Top sports man like Sachin Tendulkar, Bradman, Garfield Sobers top not academic honor earners.
A large number of heads of large number of medium, large corporate in private and Government and quasi Government sector are not toppers.
Where as it has been seen that large number of University toppers remain banging on routine cozy Government jobs which offers them life long fixed salary. The only hope is to get good retirement person and retirement benefits and ego inflating positions and under the table money.
THE QUESTION NOW IS : WHAT KIND OF EDUCATION IS NEEDED
TO GROOM YOUR CHILD TO BE A TOP ACHIEVER
Getting your child admitted to known school, paying his fees or helping him with his homework is perhaps the hardest and easiest job. The parents now have to play more positive role. His continued presence and involvement is needed during the educational period. He has to watch and continuously monitor the progress of the child and discuss his progress with school authorities so that timely corrective actions are taken.
A RAY OF HOPE
The child is born! And the message of happiness spreads all around. The mother is happy, the father is happy and so are the other kith and kin of the family. Friends and all known greet with happiness and joy.
A child! Such a beautiful gift of nature, all features beautifully carved created and all organs rightly placed, such is the wonderful creation of God. The child when born has no name, no language to express, no religion, no caste and no likes or dislikes. It is just simple and noble.
It is the parents and the environment, which will bear its own effect in making, would be human being of tomorrow and a child of today. A child is a great responsibility and the parents; the society should be congealing enough to turn that child into a nation builder and a nation's proud.
This much depends upon the educational institute in which he/she is admitted for education. In today's world when education has become a lucrative business, all different types of people whether they are from education field or not, have entered into it. Education has turned into a product of advertising and alluring people all by false and fake means. The outward reflections and promises are so tempting that parents rush to seek admission for their wards in the school which spends a lot on advertising.
A word of caution! The school lays the foundation stone of what the child would be. The need of the hour is child centered education, a school which caters to the need and aptitude of the child and nourishes him to become a successful human being in life, who spreads the name and fame of not only the parents but also of the country. Therefore, the decision of school should not be taken all at once. It is the duty of the parents to dig out the truths about the claims made by the school and get their child admitted only when they are fully satisfied.
It is at this juncture when our system is going haywire, teenagers are turning into criminals, losing faith in Govt. and the system and are disrespectful to their parents, a ray of hope has emerged in the form of Prof. Gopal Mitra, an eminent educationist. The principles on which he is laying the foundation of his dream project, The Modern Academy International will produce wonders when taken up in the same sense of spirit. It is going to bring up a revolution in the existing education system of the country, such that we will proudly say "Saare Jahaan Se Accha Hindustan Hamara"
By - Rajesh Mittal
THE MISSING LINK
The formation of earth was certainly an accidental event and then came life-supporting elements to give shape to the present surrounding and its inhabitants.
"Necessity is the mother of Invention", was practiced by the then developing mankind upon whom the nature bestowed a supreme organ "The Brain". Three/fourth of water and rest all plane was further earmarked "Your Country" and "My Country" and Nations came into existence.
With the progress of civilization it could easily be defined that Nations are not merely the formations of rocks and trees etc, but in true sense they are formed by its citizens and their characters which gives rise to the society that reveals the healthy inputs. Future will be bleak if we do not learn from our past, improve in present and workout for future, a bright future.
Life is a learning process, Purna cannot be defined.
Janaya Devyam Janam- Good citizens make a good nation.
Traditional values and morals teachings inculcated in our society by our ancestors are fast diminishing, may be because of the technological advancement. But the motto of life is not to progress in one good field and abandon the other-then basic traditional values which act as backbone of humankind. But we have made ourselves so much independent that we have shut our eyes towards decline in character, climate of violence, defying of laws, forgotten moral values and discipline, which in combination are polluting the general environment and becoming a cause of concern for handful of sincere constituents – The Gurus.
Gurur Deva Maheshwara
Gurur Sakshat Param Brahama,
Tasmayee Shri Guruwe Namaha!
The dedication and devotion respectively of Guru and Shishya used to carry forward the high order of Shishya at gurukul, has been left far behind, rather are being replaced by new values of Opportunism, Individualism- Mai, Mera, Aur Mujhe. Remember Aiklavya received high order of Dhanurvidhya mere by worshiping the Statue of Guru Dronacharya, so intense was the Bhakti. Today the last resort is to adapt the noble profession of Gurus, as the discipline in the society is yet to get its meaning. Every stage is being lost, what when last stage comes.
Prathma Na Arjite Vidhya
Dvitya Na Arjite Dhanam
Tritya Na Arjite Dharam
Chaturth Kim Karishhte?
The definition of dependency has been replaced by "desire of equality."
To deny is becoming impossible and to reconcile is becoming difficult. The leadership at home as well as at learning solaces is becoming noncommittal, resulting thereby the loss of confidence between the generations and which is damaging the social bonding. The climate of cooperation within and amongst the societies, which could have strengthened emotional and psychological bonding, has impaired. Limitations would have not mind curbing his own needs/demands. Mankind may have enormous power to control over himself is being left behind.
Atmavat sarve Bhutesu,
Yas pasyati sa pasyati.
He alone sees who sees all being in himself.
The submission is neither to criticize nor to curse the darkness around, but to pray Tamso Ma
Jyotirgamay. Once the candle is lighted no amount of darkness can engulf it, so let each one of us light one own candle and keep at bay the darkness.
By- Sushil Juneja
SUCCESS - A PERSPECTIVE
Life appears to be an unending quest for success. Once we achieve a goal successfully, it does not remain a goal anymore. We then it is a long journey dotted with milestones called success, till we die. Over death we have no control!
It is an incomplete statement, when we say that, our journey from birth to death is punctuated only by success stories of achievement of small or large goals. Failure also comes intermingled with it. Failure and success are two sides of the same coin and there is very little fraction between the two. The winners in Olympic win their medals by a small fraction of a second and yet it makes such a big difference!
Failure acts differently on different people. To some, it is just another step towards success; to others, it may signify the end of the world. Therefore, if we know how to use failure in a positive way, we have the key to success.
As told in Geeta, working on without expecting the result is the best way to ignore failure. But it calls for tremendous spiritual discipline of a Yogi to follow it. We ordinary people do expect result of our every action.
There are other methods available, to enable to avoid failure or to handle it right, when it occurs. Hoping for a reasonable result of our action, by itself, is not bad. But to get such results, when we cross the norms and begin to compromise with values, the hope turns into greed. Therefore, one has to cultivate a solid base of moral values to guard against the greed of instant success-which leads to failure in the long run.
One has to learn to accept failure, the way it is. One cannot avoid failures in life and therefore fear of failure must be removed from the mind, to unleash the real power of mind. Failures are to be taken as the positive indicators of our mistakes and can be used as a part or our learning process.
We have to strengthen the positive energies and control the negative energies of our mind to achieve success. The positive energies are:
Initiative to start a work
Courage to pursue it.
Patience to continue till its end.
Strength to sustain the work
Intelligence to put-in directed effort to progressively move towards the goal.
Power to overcome adversities and go for alternative ways, if required.
The negative energies to guard against are:
Postponement of action or delay in seizing an opportunity may deprive us of success.
One has to identify success itself in its correct perspective. Mostly we consider material possessions as the scale of success. But if we review the lives of some materially successfully people, we may find that, their other aspects of life may have been miserable failures. So, in the final tally of life they may have been really less successful then they appear to be. Therefore fulfillment of life as a whole, is a better measure of success.
Traditionally, success is also co-related with the failure of others. You come out as a winner in a race, by leaving everybody else behind. But no one can be winner all the time. There will always be some people who are better. We should rather set our own scales of measuring success and when we achieve it, we will never be a looser.
Winning should be an internal motivational process of self worth and accomplishment. Internal motivation goals such as hope, pride, contentment and confidence are what will allow a person to make growth choices and be a limitless winner. A rose-bud in its own gets ready for several days and at last blooms just for one day in all its glory of joy, beauty and fragrance. Surely, its life is a grand success.
By - Wg Cdr (Retd.) AK Goswami
SELF CONCEPT AND THE CHILD
Personality has very complicated structure and most of it is determined before the child is born with "Birth" he simply comes into an ever-changing environment and it is this environment that the child develops his individuality or idea about self. His potentialities and abilities are all undifferentiated at the time of birth but as soon as he comes in contact with his environment, he gradually learns to behave in an organized and differentiated manner, which is peculiar to the child.
Search for identify begins now. Initially the identity of the child is mingled. He does not have a clear perception of the world but gradually he realizes his own needs and starts perceiving others in relation to his own self. The child's perception of the reflected attitudes and judgement of the significant people (mother, father, siblings, relatives, teachers etc) in his life serve as the foundation of the formulation of self-concept.
The very origin of self concept is dynamic. It is moulded by the approval and disapproval, praise and blame, reward and punishment, the giving and withholding of love especially by the person most significant in his life. If the parents and teacher have a critical and disparaging attitude towards the child, he may take the similar attitude towards self and other. Thus he forms a negative concept which is harmful to normal self-development. Fear of rejection also plays a negative role.
For healthy growth of personality positive self-concept is very important. Child is, initially, dependent upon parents, teachers and siblings. They provide the child with experiences, attitude and values. The child absorbs all these and these interactions colour his attitude towards his
Feelings of security, adequacy and belongingness are important ingredients of self-concept. Within the framework of family, the child has an opportunity to experience all these things.
As the child moves from home to school, his self-concept is reformulated as he comes in contact with his peer group and teachers. Now is the time to develop the "Social Self" and "Ideal Self".
Thus, the self-concept of the child is formulated through the relationship he has with the people about him and his perception of these relationships. In short, self-discovery is an ever growing and continuing process not appearing at a specific time.
To bring about a healthy personality of the child, definite emphasis should be laid on the development of self-concept. Parents and teachers should join hands in helping the child to develop a positive self-concept. This will help him in setting goals in his life, his level of aspiration will be high and he is automatically motivated to achieve great things in life.
By - Dr. Keerti Bhargava
THE ART OF TEACHING
WHATEVER be the virtues of the other professions, like engineering, medicine or bureaucracy, teaching remains essentially a pluralist activity. It is primarily an art to dramatise three passions – of knowledge, skills and values. Teaching is like the art of painting or music in which emotional involvement and the inner voice take precedence over skill and artifice as a critic has said - If the purpose of teaching is to stimulate and guide the self-development of students, then we can better appreciate the role of academic Cs.
The first C signifies commitments to one's subject. Unless a teacher believes in the values of his subject, he cannot enjoy teaching it. He must believe in the relevance of his particular subject, and he must know and like it. For example, if he teaches physics but laments his choice of the subject, all the time envying a colleague in Economics who receives plum offers from the United Nations, he can neither update his knowledge of the subject nor enjoy teaching it. On the contrary if he believes that his subject is as significant as any other is, he will seldom feel despondent or disaffected.
The second commitment of a teacher relates to his students. He cannot enjoy teaching unless he likes his students and loves to interact with them. This eagerness to share perceptions and extend an invitation to life-long learning manifests his covenant with the learners. A teacher's role is to stimulate thinking and clarify issues, not sell an ideology or trade a prejudice. Since he transcends sectarian truths, a teacher has no caste or religion. He is the most secular of all people who advocate autonomy of reason. In one of his essays Emerson suggests that the joy of teaching lies in a secret respect for the pupil.
His next commitment pertains to knowledge – the treasure that Dryden had in mind while he saluted Ben Johnson. Whereas other scholars read books, Ben Johnson "read libraries", remarked Dryden. This commitment can also relsove the conflict between research and scholarship. One can be an excellent teacher without a research degree, goes one argument. It would be perhaps research and scholarship is symbiotic. A doctoral degree may not make a better classroom teacher but if that researcher has imbibed the spirit research, he will hate to sound boastful or self-righteous in the classroom. Being a mere textbook teacher is not enough. As Tagore says, we cannot teach a student anything unless we ourselves first remain students. One lamp cannot light another lamp, says he, unless its own wick is burning.
The fourth academic commitment lies in the defence of culture or values in general. If culture is an "Activity of thought and receptiveness to beauty and humane feelings," as Whitehead said, then this holistic view of culture should direct the growth of a teacher and make him a foe to hypocrisy.
Whatever be the other definitions of culture – adequate with life as Trilling said, or a study of perfection as Arnold suggested – it is the integrity of a teacher that counts far more than his scholarship. If a teacher loses his credibility, he can neither be firm nor fair to his students. Every teacher knows that values are taught better by examplification than by words. Hence, a teacher needs to be a bridge-builder between his home and the classroom. Goethe once remarked that the quality of a person is known by the type of books he reads. It is this book-culture or reading habit that a teacher has to cultivate if he wants to savour the joys of this profession.
By - Wg. Cdr. H.S.Sisodia