” Education is not preparation for life; Education is life itself ” – John Dewey
Education is a gift of knowledge that cannot be stolen and remains till the very end. Education is like the seed on a fertile soil – given the right amount of sunlight,water and soil it will grow to be a big tree that can give fresh fruits and shelter with clean air. Having the right kind of education will lead you to the right path to achieve the goal you have set. Education builds the character of a person.Education can help us soar and turn our dreams into a reality while making us better individuals working for the welfare of our society and country at large.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butter Yeats
Education is defined as an enlightening experience, but how enlightening is it to read and learn test books and reproduce them for examinations? Education is not reproducing of facts but it is something we learn, experience through seeing, feeling and doing. The current education system is concerned with filling the ‘proverbial parts’ with information rather than fostering creativity.
This approach to schooling is myopic. W. B Yeats uses the metaphoric pail to symbolise children; that we were simply filling the empty vessels. Education must focus on expansion of mind. We should empower the children in such a manner that they aspire to achieve and explore new worlds and the endless possibilities of the universe.
“The sun illuminates only the eye of man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Given a choice, young children will always choose to be in the natural environment.They want to be outdoors,in the fresh air and sunlight,barefoot surrounded by grass, trees,flowers, with the birds and wind, playing in water.
The favourite part of school for all children is the recess time, free play time and games period.
Providing our children with nurturing environments is a real challenge today. It is a proven fact that if children are given the right values, love, security in their early years, they have more strength to deal with whatever comes their way later. Children are like seedlings. The school must be the garden where these seedlings are nurtured, providing them with the right kind of environment to grow, protecting them from the harsh weather so that they develop deep roots and become hardy and sturdy to face the challenges life will throw at them.
-Dr. Aparna Morris