Being a Chartered Accountant by profession and a teacher by passion I have always wondered whether are we giving the right kind of education to our children.
I believe that,
“A CHILD EDUCATED ONLY AT SCHOOL IS AN UNEDUCATED CHILD”
How do we learn to use our basic senses? Is it taught? When we were born we soaked in all the sights, smells, sounds which came to us. We probed, touched, licked and kicked everything within reach.
Earlier around 70 years back India had the culture of a joint family with several generations living together. The child, right from the moment it was born was always exposed with the experience of almost 2 to 3 generations. Technology was not in vogue and every child had to experience every learning.
Look at today’s scenario where we have mostly nuclear families with only one child. The day a child is born she is pampered with all the goodies of life. Technology is at its high and the child has only illusionary experiences of everything in life. We are busy converting our children into money making machines.
As per census in the year 1947 only 12% of the Indian population was literate. But the youngest freedom fighters were 18 years old. But look at the present, when India’s literacy rate is around 66% as against world average of 88% how many children even know how to fight for their basic rights? Previously the child used to work hard now a child hardly works.
As a parent we have to have an open mind and educate ourselves and look at our child. It is adult arrogance to say that we teach children. All children are born learners. They learn all on their own without being taught. Children require guidance and support far more than instructions. Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
What is it that we as parents need to equip our child with:
- Patiently listen to them and understand their inner mind.
- Teach them the value of money and make them realize that nothing is free.
- Teach them to evaluate others including our demands vis a vis their interest and help them say NO to others including our expectations if required.
- Time wasted is time lost andS we can make them understand this by giving certain tasks to be completed within specified time limits to fulfill their demands.
- Observe your child and bring out their hidden talent. Give them all the avenues and opportunities so that they can excel in them.
- Break the shackles of mind and expose them to stars and sun and not STAR TV and SUN TV.
- Admit them to the nature’s school where the sun, moon, stars, trees and rivers offer them more learning than the four walls of a room.
Teach them how to be tender to a child, compassionate to the aged, sympathetic to the under privileged and tolerant with the weak.
Catch them young and teach them the basic communication skills that would be needed to face this demanding world. Teach them to be truthful and honest in all their efforts and fight for their rights in a moral way. Help them discover their inner desires and move ahead in this direction from a young age so that we can produce more innovators and leaders and able politicians who can take the future in a right path. Let us help our child experiment and create inventions and make India proud.
THE CHILD MUST KNOW THAT HE OR SHE IS A MIRACLE, THAT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD THERE HASN’T BEEN AND UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD THERE WILL NOT BE, ANOTHER CHILD LIKE HIM/HER.
We as Toastmasters can start this in our own house by giving the right communication and leadership skills that they need to make this the beginning of a new revolution.
— TM Sudha Balajee