As a child is formed or designed in the mother’s womb, the child starts to learn from the feelings, emotions and actions of the mother. Once the child enters into the world, he or she observes the parents and the close relatives and tries to do everything practically just like them. The child repeats the actions of the elders, meddles with things that they obtain within their reach and tries to innovate something out of it by feeling and experiencing anything and everything that is seen new. For any new born baby, as Amos Bronson Alcott says, ”Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.”
So we understand that the intellectual growth commences at and even before birth;
“ Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”- Albert Einstein
but obviously the second half of Albert Einstein’s thought depends upon the individual. Whether a person likes it or not, whether anyone reads books or not, observation of things around, actions, events, incidents, functions, joys and sorrows, etc… does give experience which helps a person to become wise till the last day of life. Books and many stories have come up because of the experience attained by a few wise, thoughtful people.
As a child, the little that they know and learn outside the house are redone or enacted at home. For example, a child who goes to school as a student becomes a teacher at home. As William Temple puts it, “The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child’s home.” Parents and all the members of the family enjoy the child teacher and act accordingly. This shows how much a child observes a teacher. If the teacher is a real good tuiter then the student will become the effective beneficial attaining good thoughts, character and intellect essential for the growth.
“Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.” – Gail Godwin. A good teacher imparts their whole presentation into the minds of the students. This is reflected by the child at home, pleasing and entertaining every member of the family with every new things that they have learnt with their cute baby voice. Education teaches a lot of things to children. As Allan Bloom shows, “Education is the movement from darkness to light.“, that is, from innocence or ignorance or stupidity or illiteracy to experience or brilliance or wisdom or literacy. Many experiences of wise people has been passed on generation after generation as stories and some in the written form helping the future generation to read and understand the wise thoughts of the experienced thoughtful people. These written thoughts are the ones which are selected and transformed in the form of school books for students. They are to teach the basics of what the ancient generation has observed, experienced, invented and discovered to be useful for the future generation.
So, “The function of Education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – is the goal of true education.“ – Martin Luther King. Education for children from age three to eighteen are the raw materials provided by the schools to lighten the fire which will burn during the college or job places with their creativity and development in their own respective interested fields to serve others and earn the essential money needed for their life. For the selection of the fields, marks become the grading stone of a child’s ability. Otherwise, the mind’s sense of action according to the situation, expectation and the choice of the travelling path determines a person’s future.
Whether a person is literate or illiterate, the usage of a person’s brain shows the ability and the personality of the person. Now that mobiles and computers are very much used, the future generation will know the alphabets and know how to read. It is the usage of the brain which will determine whether the person is worthy or not. As Alvin Toffler neatly describes, “The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read, but will be the person who does not know how to learn.” or even use the brain.
So the future schools need not only to teach the students just to read but to enable them the way to learn and use the learnt thought in concepts effectively with good presence of mind and show ability in handling things in a very creative and new manner. This is what we are trying to impart in the minds of our students.
Schools should be like how Maimonides says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time.” Schools should motivate students in all possible ways and help students to live their meaningful life till their last day successfully and happily.
Children as such do not like books. They feel that the books are not interesting and are not ready to focus much on it. For them games and other extra activities are more attractive than learning and education. But the future is totally unknown. This is the real challange for the teacher. To help students understand that there are many things that are also interesting in books. To make learning interesting. To simplify the thoughts given in the book and help them learn it quicker and better. If the basic raw materials provided during the school days can be obtained at least to a certain extent by a student then the future can be made happy and sweeter. For those who hate education, here is a saying from Aristotle, a wise and well experienced person, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” We as members of the school are trying to help the students taste their fruit with full sweetness. When the students leave our school, they will know to fish their life on their own with their sweetest fruit in their interested field.