The Future of School Education
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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The foregoing quote from Nelson Mandela abundantly illustrates and entails the necessity of an upright learning and a virtuous education in one’s life. However, one must exercise requisite caution, sagacity and circumspection in one’s perception of the true connotation of ethical accomplishments as aptly observed by the renowned scholar Arvind Sharma in the following words: “Although moral truths are eternal, their actual application is subject to temporal modification.”
If we look back on the past, we can’t just shut our eyes to the fact that the Mughal and the British onslaughts on and subjugation of India brazenly shook the foundations of its society, religion and, preeminently, its cultural and ethical ethos. Now, the vital question is whether we have been bequeathed a perfectly legitimate legacy of education. The answer is a definitive ‘no’. Today’s education system is oriented merely to promote job prospects undermining the culture and correct philosophy of life.
The need of the hour, therefore, is to revamp it in such a scientific way as cultivates not only moral values but also prepares the future generation to meet the difficulties boldly and chivalrously. We need to reclaim and purge the education system of the maladies and malaises that have long beset and plagued it. One of the plausible antidotes to these aberrations pervading the system is to redesign the curriculum that encompasses experiential learning in particular and that pays heed to alleviating and edifying the culture and conduct but that does not connive at the inclusion of tools and technology in its application.
Furthermore, our educational curriculum should also proclaim yoga training quite indispensable to it, as it is indubitably a potent force in training and inculcating in everyone essential moral values and bringing about purification of the soul to meet the ultimate ends of eternal and ethereal life. These fundamental learnings must be ingrained into the child right from the inception with proper training and practical learning accompanied by a certain degree of discipline.
Another efficient approach to ameliorating the education system is the introduction of the focus on the reading of the old books that embody ethical values, which will greatly assist the students in absorbing, emulating and assimilating the great values of life. If they are made to understand the very purpose of their advent in the cosmos, it will go a long way in paving a resolute way of the formation of an unflinching, immaculate and impeccable character in them.
At the same time, it should also be pellucidly brought home to them that keeping good company yields salutary and beneficent dividends whereas intermingling with slovenly, slipshod and unvirtuous souls is sure to culminate in degeneration and degradation of their morality, which may sooner or later reach the pernicious point of no return.
What may come in very handy, not by providence or serendipity but by certitude is the moral education which helps in building in them a positive approach to things, self-confidence and motivation. It helps in finding out the true purpose of life. These values help them to be dedicated, unselfish, loving and caring for others. Teachers and parents have a key role to play in it.
Another significant component of an integral education is the full-fledged cultivation of their mother tongue which is pivotal in framing the thinking and emotions of the students. It associates them to their culture, ensures enhanced cognitive development and supports in the learning of other languages.
Furthermore, it is required to recognize their special talent in the particular sphere and assign them that very task to complete, as we should not forget the fact that everyone of us has been sent in this mundane world with a definite assignment to complete. And if one is afforded a suitable opportunity to render the job one is appointed to, one can happily pronounce: “Mission Acoomplished!”
So, “Make your life a mission – not an intermission.” – Arnold H. Glasgow
(Dr. H S Vashistha)