As educators, we must work on students preparing them not to fail in life by Fear, Boredom and Confusion. ‘Fear’ of disappointing and displeasing many anxious elders whose limitless hopes and expectations from them hangover their heads, ‘boredom’ from doing things which are so dull, limited, trivial and monotonous compared to their intelligence, capability and talents, ‘confusion’ from the contradiction in theory and practice, which does not let them become the designer of their own learning. We must understand that learning is purely students’ domain.

‘Dear Zindagi’ , a wonderful movie made me envision an entirely different perspective of the process of attaining education. It says:

For students: ‘Life is like a jigsaw puzzle, I can help you find the pieces, but you will have to complete the game.’Learning too is like a jigsaw puzzle. Teachers and parents can only become facilitators but it is ultimately the children who have to shoulder the responsibility of putting all the pieces of the picture together, frame their own dreams and construct knowledge on their own.

For parents: ‘Don’t let the past blackmail your present … to ruin a beautiful future’
We always want our children to do what we were unable to achieve, giving little thought to what the young ones wish to pursue. The need of the hour is to entrust faith in the youngsters, giving them space, opportunity and support in designing their dreams.

For teachers: The role of the teachers is instrumental in honing the creative and innovative ability of the students, helping them learn the way they want to learn, believing that each child is unique and different.If we wish to produce differentiative intelligence we need to be different every day. We can’t be the teachers of yesterday, who are guiding the students of today for their future.

According to Sir Ken Robinson, ‘The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.’

 Rajesh Awasthi