Education – Four Parts

This is something that captures the essence of imparting education.  I am very impressed by the insight it offers on the process of education:

Aacharyaat paadamekamsyaat
Paadam sahabrahmacharibhihi
Paadam tu medhaya
Seshaam kaalena pachyate

If education is divided into four equal parts, only one part is imparted by the teacher.  Of course, that is menntioned in the beginning and given prime importance by implication.  Another part is imparted by the peers, the cohorts, class-mates or friends or even contemporaries. Another part is imbibed by the pupil herself on the merit of her own intellect.  Then, the rest is imparted by time.  By the maturity one gains through the passage of time.

When I sit in Pranava and observe the children, I am continuously conscious of this principle. I watch the process of these how these four factors confluence to shape a student in front of my eyes.

After Pranava shifted to the present temporary, makeshift location, we have a good number of children with rural background.  Some of them perhaps first time attending a proper school in their families. They are bright, curious and outgoing.  But at the same time are overwhelmed by the children from a bit more urban backgrounds, who have a bit more facility with the english language, perhaps look more refined, and with a dash more of self-connfidence.  I see them struggle to speak in english.  Many fall quiet because they’re not able to express themselves with ease in english.  But they are no less bright.  In sports they did very well.  I have noticed them in the recent sports competition.  They are sturdy, with a lot of stamina and also the will to win writ large on their faces.

It is ideal to have a mix of rural and urban kids in a class and in a school.  While the urban children can rediscover the native intelligence and determination from the rural kids, the urban kids can impart self-confidence and refinement to the rural ones.  Both can learn a lot from each other.  Both can enrich one another.  At a young age the rural kids can learn to deal with urban snobbishness.  And the urban children can see the strengths of the rural children who despite their lack of english speaking skills, are no less in their abilities to conceptualise.

3 Responses to “Education – Four Parts”

  1. February 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Does the inability to speak English move them into a shell OR do they take it up as a challenge and overcome it ?

  2. March 22, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    I am touched with the topic. great and interesting. many of the rural children are brilliant and have good interest on education than in urban children. urban parents and children feels it is necessary to send their children. But rural children are eager to learn, and feels it is a basic need, but feels shy mixing with urban children mainly because of the language barrier. If we can avoid that barrier, I feel, rural children shines better than urban children in all the fields.

    One better thing software and urban educated professionals can do is they can donate their used working outdated P2, P3/ P4 computers laying useless in their houses to any nearby government or trust run schools with some educational CD’s (easily down loadable through net, specially English, Maths and Science), as no body buy these outdated computers. But this computers will be a boon for rural children to learn and good utility for schools who thrive for quality education to the poor.

    • March 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

      Sir, thank you very much for your response. I do understand how strongly you feel about our children’s education and the state of our schools.

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