As Margaret Mead has said “We must show the child How To Think and not What To Think.”
A holistic development of the child is necessary. In Tagore’s lines,”where the mind is without fear and the head is held high” the child should be fearless and open minded.
But the picture today of the parent and child is a forlorn picture, the cut throat competition is making them unable to survive. Urbanisation, nuclear families and working parents spending exorbitantly on education and trying to live their dreams through the children is a common sight. A herd mentality is followed since the child is born. Parents with each other regarding development of the child. A play school admission is also a unique affair and each parent outdo’s the other to put the child in the best institution.
They flaunt this in front of friends and relatives. At a young age the child is packed off to school to be educated.
They forget that “But the whole purpose of Education is to turn mirrors into windows.”
Schools, private tuitions, coachings are the order of the day, which do not help to help to “replace an empty mind with an open mind” as said by Forbes. The mind is clogged with facts instead of worldly knowledge. “Could one small head, carry all he knew” as quoted by Oliver Goldsmith in the The Village Schoolmaster. Students learn by rote system but are unable to use education on a practical basis. Life revolves around I.I.Ts, NEET, I.A.S, procuring a seat in these reputed institutions is the dream of students,education today is working for these. The grey cells do not rejuvenate, they are overworked and students in the name of education are a confused mass of Protoplasm.
As Aristotle has said “Educating the mind,without educating the heart,is no education at all.” There is no time for play which is turning them into dull people.
“The parks so lonely and bare,
The swings stand stately and stare,
No children to fight and share,
Big bags on their backs,
No time for hot snacks.
Life is just not fair.”
Anxiety is written on the students faces, worrying sick about their future, not accepting “failures as stepping stones to success” but committing suicides. This is education today.
Henry Dewey has quoted “Education is not to a preparation for Life, but education is Life it self.”
This article should be an eyeopener for parents and students who should learn the meaning of education and enjoy life and learn from it.
In the lines of Henry Davies
“What a poor life this is,full of cares
No time to stand and stare.”
Enjoy the bounties of nature, make time for leisure, education will be a pleasure.
Article republished with permission from Dr.Preeti Talwar