“Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life. We must have life-building, man-making, character-making assimilation of ideas.Swami Vivekananda
A country’s future is directly proportional to the educated, open minds it produces with diligence and total dedication of its educators. Ancient India has boasted of a profound education system- Gurukul where teachers educated their disciples without taking into account their caste and financial position in the society. These gurukuls were established in the forests so that disciples got a deeper understanding of life and developed skills required to face any type of challenge they were exposed to.
In today’s times, however, when children are more exposed to the computer world and mobile devices, there are certain things that should definitely be brought back to ‘the Modern system of education.’ Let’s explore:
- Knowledge and skills related to life
The recent pandemic forced all of us to think and act differently. The focus is now on survival and the skills needed to do so. The mental and physical strength cannot be ignored during such times! Of course, our intelligence as an evolved human being lies in using technology to achieve the purpose and not tamed by it. For example, a lot of children learned to assist their parents with household chores, some learned to cook and some learned to meditate, learn music and instruments to pacify and calm their minds. These skills would prepare them to lead a better life, handle stress well, and become independent people.
The ancient Indian educational system ensured that students learn to take care of their mental or physical health. It also prepared them to handle natural disasters or war situations. Such self-care skills are precious even now and should be a part of curriculum. Parents and schools can play a significant role in preparing children for all such situations in life.
- Respect and discipline
In the ancient India, the superior teacher was given all the respect and due recognition for contributing all his time for disciples’ welfare and education. At the same time, students were also acknowledged and trained as per their capability so that they become more confident and evolved human beings. The key to their success was consistent focus and discipline- and this is what we also need to ensure in today’s times! Students must learn to control and mould their energy in the direction of their growth. It is important to teach them how to remain focussed and follow their path with committed mind.
- Learning is getting knowledge, not collection of facts
The idea and purpose of education is to build character, accumulate knowledge -not just gather facts. Education is synonymous with information and books are the greatest sages of the world. If we go with this ancient philosophy in today’s scenario, we can help our children develop strong and intellectual minds and create a race of people- entire world will be proud of!
At Khaitan Public School- one of the top CBSE schools in Ghaziabad, we always prepare our students to embrace knowledge, practice it with focussed mind and apply with perseverance and diligence. There’s a lot more a children learn when they become a part of us! Get in touch with us how we can help your child for a better tomorrow!