Yet another child has committed suicide. Few may feel that a few marks less in a paper doesn't matter. But, for many, unfortunately, it's the end of the world. They decide to end their life while their parents and friends may not be even aware of such a far-fetched reality...
Seeing the spurt in the suicide rates, I am convinced that our system is flawed and needs to be fixed. Just IQ (Intelligence Quotient) is not enough, EQ (Emotional Quotient) is needed too. Schools & parents must ensure a child's holistic education.
Education should be much more than gamy rote-learning and bookish knowledge. However, our schools focus on 'marks' more, rather than stressing on 'understanding'. Many students are enrolled in private tuition, mostly conducted by teachers of their school, so as to score more marks. It is believed that such teachers would share the sure-shot questions that are probable to be asked in the examinations.
|TOI, Children's Day 2016*|
Schools and parents should encourage the kids to take up subjects they love. Once they study and do what they enjoy, they will excel. Also, the kids must freely share their thoughts and ideas with teachers and parents, who in turn should be sincere listeners and advisors.Schools and parents must be there and be available to guide, support and counsel the kids and help create a better world.
Schools and parents must strive to build the basics or fundamentals of a child. They must try to generate their child's interest in studies, so that the child is happy to learn, and not forced to learn. There must be more practical-based learning that is experimental, experiential and fun. Students should be given real-life case-studies that they can relate to. It will make learning enjoyable and easy for them. Smart-Classes with cool Audio-Video training, lessons and assignments will be interesting for the students. Schools and parents must take students on educational tours and encourage their participation in extra-curricular activities. The young minds need to express themselves, feel free and release their creativity and potential. Arts and Crafts, Dance, Music, Painting, Yoga, Meditation, Gardening, Cooking etc can have a calming effect.
Apart from all this, the future citizens should also be given hands-on-opportunity to help and make a difference in the lives of the needy and the less-privileged. They must learn to be grateful and to value life- theirs and of others. The future independent thinkers and doers must be shaped today. Kids must be well-trained to exhibit emotional stability and empathy. They must learn to stand up on their feet, be responsible, and tackle problems. Kids need to understand that 'suicide' is not the solution, rather it is a halting step far away from success and life.
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