"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which he has overcome." - Booker T Washington
This is exactly, what I believe our children should be made to understand and realize in life, for material success is temporary while to overcome obstacles requires inner strength. Therefore, the Central Board of Secondary Education truly believes that along with academics, it is extremely essential to develop the right attitude and values among our children so that they are prepared to handle their emotions and fight the challenges of life in a much better and confident way.
The purpose of education must be to gain knowledge and new experiences and should never be considered as a means to earn only money. The main aim of education must be an all-round development of the child. Thus, schools today, are facing more difficult challenges than ever before. To find answers to meet these challenges will require the involvement of citizens from all parts of the community.
When students, teachers, parents, administrators, and other community members talk and listen to each other, they gain a deeper understanding of the challenges facing education and how to meet them. Besides, we need to prepare our children to be more inquisitive so that instead of merely accepting whatever is presented before them, they learn to ask ‘What, Why, How and When’.
Millions said the apple fell but Newton was the one to ask ‘WHY?’.
Great people were not great because they possessed great qualities; they were great because they were able to use their general qualities in an exceptional way.
Forty years ago, parents believed that it was most important to teach their children to respect authority, to respect the church, to respect one’s government, and to avoid questioning authority. Today, parents believe it is most important to teach their children to accept responsibility for their own actions, to be willing and confident in accepting challenges, and to question authority when necessary (Bernard M Bass, 1999).
Thus, we have to set a goal that will have a long term effect in the lives of our future generation. Goals may be stated in a variety of ways. Jones (1990), suggests the PARK categories be used to organize goal statements:
PRESERVE what we have now that is positive
ADD what we do not have that is positive
REMOVE what we have that is negative
KEEP OUT what we do not have that is negative
I am sure if we all join our hands together, it will not be too difficult to achieve our goals and make our dreams come true. May the good Lord give us the true strength and the willingness to carry out our responsibilities in this noble task!
Dr Krishna Shah
Dr Krishna Shah