How The Right Education Evolves You
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Transformation, an inevitable and constant process. Be it humans, animals, nature, or our minds. Every little thing is bound to transform with time. The current product is a culmination of everything that has transpired over its lifetime. Mankind, in-particular, is a product of all the experiences that he has ever come across. However, a major chunk of his personality is derived from the roots, that is the childhood that he had.
Education is one of the most important, if not the most important aspect, of life. Today, we have come far ahead as a community in realizing this, and have more and more institutions coming up to impart this onto our population. Different means of education are being applied, which, at one time, would have just been a distant dream in the country. Primarily intended to build a child’s future by making him capable of seeking a job and securing a well-settled and happy life, now we are breaking the norms by not only indulging children in literature and science, but going beyond to inculcate extra skills in the fields of sports, music, arts, etc. We have started looking at the bigger picture, which is not limited to job security, but making kids well-rounded. And this is transformation. A human being transformed from a novice child to a well-rounded adult.
What is Childhood?
Childhood is when a person’s mind is most vulnerable. It is an empty book that is yet to be filled with stories. This period is where he/she learns the most, gets influenced the most and starts replicating the most. The knowledge that he intakes, the way he is treated, the things he sees and hears and feels, the values that are instilled in him, the affection he absorbs, the people he comes across and the communication that takes place, every minor experience is ultimately what constructs his personality. By the time, a child turns into an adult, his outlook on life is formed. The book is already engraved, and it is quite difficult to modify this book later. A set of rules have become a part of his life, which govern every action that he takes and every thought that he thinks. His perceptions play a huge role on how life is supposed to be lived, which in turn construct his path ahead.
A few common scenarios in a child’s life:
- Scenario 1:
A child has passed out of school. In the entirety of his life, he has only known how to study, clear his exams and go on to the next grade. Now, he is faced with this sudden dilemma of ‘what next’. In a couple of months, he is supposed to make a decision that could possibly structure his entire life ahead. Can he make such a big decision at this point? Is he trained to make such a decision? Does he have the right tools to make that decision?
- Scenario 2:
A child has been brought up in an authoritative environment. A conception of blind belief towards everything that is being taught to him, with minimal questioning. This might get him safely through school. But what after that?
Rankers and toppers are the highlight of every school. Showing immense potential at such a young age. But why do most of them never live up to this potential?
A lot of the teaching today is one-way information being provided through a narrow frame. How can a child’s creativity truly bloom outside this frame? With these limited horizons, should it even come as a surprise that we have such a small chunk of people who excel in creative fields later in life?
Personality Development – The Need Of The Hour
Despite having hundreds of subjects and activities involved in a child’s life today, do any of them actively touch the personality development aspect? Despite having books on values and morals, does a child have the grasping power to read and implement them into their life? Would a child follow through on self-development consciously apart from the underlying target of achieving higher scores? Is any of the subjects being taught today parallel to instinctively having a child react appropriately to the unexpected situations that may arise in life? Are they taught to have an objective view towards events? To have a mind of their own and stand for things that they believe in? Do they truly have independent minds or are we constructing mind cages over the years?
All these questions beg for a transformation within the current process of transformation itself. A slight variation in the basic process of grooming a child can make bucket-loads of difference in his everyday life. The ability to make your own decisions. To set your priorities straight. To know what is right and wrong. To have a vision for oneself, independent of what the world throws at him. To breeze through life with positivity and confidence. To have the strength to stick to your decisions. To have a sense of justice. The sense to treat one fairly. To instill a sense of hunger for the right kind of knowledge. The power to view things as a whole and not get swayed by unnecessary influence. The alertness to react to unwarranted circumstances that might arise. The courage to stay strong in the difficult moments of life.
Children are curious beings. Open slates. A model to build on this curiosity and forming self-generated opinions is the need of the moment, allowing him to come up with unbiased and wild ideas. They may not make sense, but they do not need to. They just need to be brought up with the confidence that they have a voice to be heard. That there are no boundaries aside from the ones we set in our minds. And no limits to what our minds can achieve.