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Education – Four Parts

13-02-2011
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.

 

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