Albert Einstein was once asked how we could make our children intelligent. His reply was both simple and wise. “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” He understood the value of reading, imagining and of expressing. I hope we can give our children a world in which they will read, and be read to, imagine, express and understand. In this age of increasing mechanization, where gadgets have taken over, access to information and knowledge no longer are the greatest challenges. To prepare this 21st century generation, they need training in reading and handling the unknowns successfully with great emotional strength and flair. What makes our students future ready, is not alone the grades in school, but most emphatically, it is the experiences they go through while in school and at home. The message loud and clear to the educators and parents, is to create experiences for them and with good educating, the grades automatically will come as a by-product. It is these experiences that will give them the necessary lessons for life.
Happiness, anger, fear, affection, shame, disgust, surprise, sadness, elation, love, frustration, anxiety, failure, competition, achievement, loneliness are some of the situations, we all humans experience. Balancing and handling our emotions tactfully, as well as those of others is a crucial phenomenon in the success of human relations, after all gadgets will never be able to replace the mind, the heart and soul of human race.
It is our endeavor at Titiksha, to create that liberating learning environment to prepare the children of today for an uncertain tomorrow. ‘Magical Moments’ of `Way to happiness’ have been created in the school schedule to enable students experience, share, think, ponder over and thereby setting in of life skills, values, attitudes and self-confidence may happen slowly and steadily.
Here’s wishing you all an experiential year 2016. I hope and pray that we as educarers and parents create the best experiences for our children to learn and grow.
Ms. Promil Bali