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What education should teach?

Educating a child is like carving thoughts and feelings in his mind

Post by on Tuesday, January 4, 2022

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 The thoughts and knowledge of one generation pass to another and they pass through the child. What is education for? Why do we build schools and take much trouble to examine children in what they have learned? The child goes to school to learn the true riches of life like love for the humanity, thinking or reasoning, and acting according to the situation.

Education is the growth of the human mind. A workman of ivory spends a long time in learning the skill of carving ivory. Education should teach us more than the rules and regulations of becoming a productive worker. Education should teach us how to engage in critical thinking and discourse of who we are as individuals and in relation to the community – the local one we find ourselves in, and the world at large. Education should provide us with the framework for how we choose to participate in society beyond the function of being a worker. This participation should extend to how we arrive at our political and religious constructs, how we choose to consume products and services, and how we choose to interact on a daily basis with the world around us.

Educating a child is like carving thoughts and feelings in his mind. It is a great art to contact the heart of a child and build good character with lasting effect. Education should be an endeavor in which the learner receives knowledge and encounters and experiences a change in how he or she perceives the world. Education should teach us to be more open-minded, in the sense of wanting to understand better those around us who do not share our viewpoints of the world. Education should teach us to be more conscious of how much good we can do, and to feel a responsibility to leave the world a better place than we found it.

To my mind, real education is to make a child love (or others, always acting just and kindly). He should grow into a good citizen, with a great admiration for everything good in life. He should know how to preserve his ancient glories and treasure them as national pride.

He should be taught to think before he acts, to be prudent and useful to his society. He should develop values of the heart, like courage, patriotism, sympathy, service, loyalty, cooperation and tolerance, to make his country noble. Education should teach the young minds to do useful service in their trade or profession and to manifest the power of work in the human brain and the human mind.

(The Author is a Writer)

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