It has taken hundreds of years for man to uncover all the knowledge he has at his disposal today. The knowledge thus discovered transformed our lives and the face of the planet we live on. In the beginning the stream of knowledge flowed slowly and steadily seeping in every drop for the betterment of mankind till it got divorced from its altruistic goals and the intrinsic values that ensure a healthy and a well bred society. In the hands of self serving individuals and nations it was reduced to a tool of gaining power, exploitation of weaker sections and causing a wedge in the society .
Development is a phenomena that happens when our experience is transformed into learning and learning becomes a tool of bringing about the required change. Things were not as we see them today or what our children see .
It has taken years of toil, perspiration,perseverance and life time of dedication to arrive at the pinnacle where we find ourselves today.
In the beginning the pace of development and knowledge in hand were in perfect balance and harmony existed between the two.
But proliferation of information minus the wisdom to use it for the welfare of mankind created a situation which today threatens the very existence of the planet .
Under these changed circumstances when abundance of information is coming like an assault on the young generation who are in a disarray not knowing how to handle it , the aim of education is no more feeding information but developing wisdom , an insight to filter information , prioritizing the goals and giving life meaning not just rushing through it . This is what I mean by development . It’s not just cognitive aspect but the in cognitive part that include the ability to grasp the abstract and develops intuitive side enabling them to take risk , venture into the unknown , think independently , assert ones point of view and , challenge what they find amiss , question their superiors and stand up against the wrong doings .
The educators have to nudge the conscientious of the students to enable them to grow into thinking beings and not aping monkeys.
In these times of utter commercialism every thing has been reduced to a product entailing a price which becomes the status symbol . We as teachers have a great responsibility to wean our children away from being lured by these false but enticing propositions in every field of life because even after so much depletion of value system in society teachers command a high measure of respect and credibility from the children . So far the experience says ,’ Guru of yesteryears ‘ is still alive in our ecosystem of values . Let’s not get it muted by sheer neglect and dereliction thinking ‘why should I ?’
Education is the most powerful tool of development through change. But we must decide the direction of that change. For which we have to look inward and not outward. As on today we are always looking westward for any change and the result is a big blow.
Unless we understand and map our requirements ingeniously we cannot have a system which would work well . On the name of holistic development we have schools fleecing parents of their hard earned money but without any relevant development.There can’t be any holistic development inside a/ c rooms. You need to observe nature and interpret and connect it to life. For this you need to get out of your cozy classrooms, take a sojourn of real life and then connect to the information fed in the books .
Growth and development are two faces of the same coin .One side tells you the growth and other tells the development.Both need pruning else they would grow in a most unwanted direction marring the whole process.This work of nurturing and pruning is done by the education and educators.