Only an education that can nourish inbuilt virtues can impart true
intelligence. Today, it is the concern of parents that their children should
grow up to be well-educated human beings with certain values in their lives and
that they should be happy. But somewhere along the line, the link to happiness
appears to be getting severed. We are losing the goal of happiness. Cant we
introduce in our education system such values that ensure every child learns to
The basic tendency to be friendly is lost somewhere in the pursuit of
selfish education. A well educated person is one who is friendly and
compassionate, who can be a nobody with everybody. Obsolete principles,
theories, systems of education and methodology of transmitting knowledge need
to undergo a change. Today you dont need to learn by heart multiplication
tables. In this computer age, one can know all about history on just a click of
We need to harness a childs capacity to digest more, understand more.
Sadly, we have done nothing to increase the capacity of our consciousness. At
the same time there is a bombardment of information from visual and audio visual
media, movies, video games. This puts tremendous pressure on a childs mind. It
would only turn children schizophrenic and victims of attention deficit
syndrome because their brain cannot digest information and reproduce it.
Creative methods of teaching will help children build their personalities.
Creative sports and ancient techniques such as meditation, yoga and pranayama
should be a part of childs learning process. A good education system must
instill self esteem and creativity. We have to instill confidence in education,
broaden the vision and deepen the roots. Everybody who has a stake in education
must ponder a holistic, healthy education system that will regain the virtues
and values which we are naturally endowed with.
Education must attend to all facets of human life. The key is to harness
the ancient and be innovative with the modern.