A sally into the life time education
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. ~ George Bernard Shaw
Twenty years is a long time for a child to grow and nurture into something or to be someone that he or she wants to be. A nascent mind developing into a life that is determined by his or her own, or the parents wanting to impose on the child of what he or she should be.
We have heard of the analects from the sagacious men that life itself is a journey but education is also a journey and not a destination as you will never stop learning from the day you were born till the day you die.
How do we learn, is it by watching, emulating and exploring our interests in any fields or discover our talents to pursue our passions. Do we restrict our learning just in the classroom or lecture theatre and definitely it will not be coeval. It’s about time that we change the education system being orthodox of classroom input rather than going beyond the classroom and physically learn from what we see with our eyes rather than meet the eyes.
How about learning and not just engrossed with exam oriented or ‘rote learning’ but by testing the limits and enduring the pain, as they say, “No pain no gain” and what have we here to purloin the very basic tenets of human freedom to soar like and eagle.
Students should not be contained in classrooms and listen to a ‘one way communication’ but we should inculcate a ‘two-way communication’ open for any curiosity from the very start so that this prelapsarian mind and innocence can fully develop without ‘fear or favour’ in nimiety. A fragile narcissistic mind is encouraged although perhaps ‘taboo’ to some but with proper guidance and proctoring from the elders and we should not mither the exiguous details and let them be the architect of their future.
Learning is an endless process; it is a marathon and not a hundred metre dash, a discovery of selfpaced and self-directed journey of discovery for the intrepid to ‘boldly go where no man has gone before’.
What does education do? It makes a straight-cut ditch out of a free, meandering brook. ~ Henry D. Thoreau
As the world is changing rapidly without boundaries, we need to move on and virtual classes or Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is trending. Students don’t have to go to the regular scheduled classes as they can do it at the convenient and pleasure of their own living rooms without thinking of traffic jams and the hustle and bustle of lives outside of their cocoons. Technological advancements are happening in rocket speed, are we going backwards or move along with the technological savvy of the current not the future and prepare the students for their era and the changing needs.
“Prepare your child for the road, not the road for your child”.
As the baby boomer, our parents will only send us to school on the very first day and hand over to our teachers and said ‘this is my son, nurture and guide him, do not spare the rod as long as there is no fractures, he is under your spell. Our parents have entrusted us to the teachers and no questions asked. We have to follow and obey the rules and at times at the ‘whims and fancies’ of our dedicated teachers.
The birch is not relegated to obsolete oblivion and for such offenders, if any such there be, a rod of birch is hanging over the cupboard, and a heavy ferule lies on the master’s desk. Public birching during the weekly assembly is the mores of our school, fortunately we are ‘all boys’ school and such pejorative ambience saves us from ‘confidence deficit’ as well as the usual crucibles of early lives.
Today, it is abhorrent for the students to go through this facet of life without the interference of their parents and the omnipotent of social media will disseminate such occurrence for public viewing with palpable derision and it will be viewed as execrable. It is all about ‘Hobson’s Choice’, we either accept it or not for the sake of our children to excel in their studies and let them be in their own environment to deal with situation in the class, play ground or even the back door to inculcate them to be who they want to be.
Que Sera, sera, whatever will be, will be, the future’s not ours to see…yes, the future is in their hands and we give them the liberty to choose as long as not to their anathema. Having said that, ‘connecting with people’ is imperative for as long as humans exist in this planet to fathom the soft skills such as, communication,entrepreneurship and leadership to advance and dovetail them to prepare them for the working environment.
Intelligence Quotient, Emotional Quotient, and Spiritual Quotient needed to whet them and be ready for whatever circumstances to face the ‘rat-race’ society. We have had enough of ‘education derelicts’ in this world and what we want to drive the nail is to hanker for those who can believe in themselves and to comprehend the purpose of learning, and learning is not just to ‘arrive’ at a particular destination but to start a sally to continue learning and that journey will never end until it is ended.
Let us take the initiatives without resting on our laurels and prepare them for a lifelong learning rather than believe and make believe for the expansion to a sublime future and no time to dawdle, remember life is not appalling after all.
Don’t throw a spanner in the works and become knackered and attenuating, but ride on to the trail where the tattered road grind the feet to endure the pain of success and don’t let your journey ends up in bathos, as life is concatenation. “You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget”. The Road
Aminalrashid Mohd Hussain is a consummate Anglophile, Bibliophile, Logophile as well as epeolatry. Always chuffed to bits and barmy in anything that has to do with English and predilection in writing.He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org The views expressed are entirely the writer’s own.
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