One good example : An Ideal Teacher for an Ideal Student

This is an open page article that I have read in The Hindu, A student’s remembrance about his teacher, this beautiful article presents the passion of a teacher and how he will be long remembered by his students. Kudos to the  Dr. V. Gurumoorthy, who wrote this awesome memoir and a big salute to  the Teacher Dr. K.V. Thiruvengadam

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My teacher is a great clinician; a fine researcher; a teacher par excellence; a perfectionist to the core; a true gentleman and, above all, an excellent human being — a rare combination indeed.

Under the shade of this great personality’s nurture, I learnt medicine in its true sense and perspective. I salute this living legend, the teacher of the teachers in silence, loaded with love, reverence and gratitude.

In this hell of a world, the ordinary and the mundane often mistake the soft and gentle nature of others as weakness and go on inflicting injuries and insults with impunity. Even in adverse circumstances, he stood and walked tall, maintaining his integrity and equanimity, unruffled. He ever remained simple but firm, unassuming but assertive and humble but rigidly straightforward.

For well over five decades, medicos at all levels had walked fast behind him to catch up with higher knowledge and clinical wisdom, even more than that, for noble values of life.

His very proximity turns even the dull ones into active learners. Just by simply simulating this exemplary teacher over time, many get transformed into ideal medical men.

Written by Dr. V. Gurumoorthy– Excerpts from The Hindu (click here to read the complete Article)

Five Thoughts for You : Missing Characters in Children’s Life

Our educational system merely sees Academics as a part of the curriculum, well the majority of the time. Rarely it gives any emphasis to few other missing areas where the children’s development relies on so much. Let us see five of the few missing areas.

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Family Connector
Family plays a key role in children’s future, this is not about doing their homework or parents aiding the kids on their school assignments. It has something more. The kind of environment the family offers shapes the child’s personality a lot. Even the household works add value to their life as well as academic disciplines. It has a lot to do with their future leadership and management skills. In this case both the family and the students need to be educated. But this remains as a huge gap in many educational systems.

Adolescence Advisor
Well a few sophisticated schools have a psychological counselor for the students. Even a few Govt. Schools claims to have a full time counselor. However the effectiveness and active part they do take in children’s development is still an issue of debate. When kids reach adolescence they are bombarded with so many issues around like infatuation, movies influence, social happenings, sex exploration, role model selection, etc. This stage is so peculiar and important which needs a right person with them to moderate, streamline and interpret the things reach them in an appropriate manner. So they can grab on to the right perspective on the sensitive issues which they rarely discuss with anyone. Many children are getting wrong opinions, notions and changing their life tracks abrupt at this stage. Education Systems yet to come with a reliable solution for this.

Diversion Keeper
Young age is the age to explore everything, both good and bad sides need to be explored, studied what it is and students need to get matured minds and choose the good deeds, after only understanding why they need to choose them. A mere morality preaching would be a boring business and compress them a lot. This exploration happens right from the day one they leave the home, they come across many diversions, the teachers and parents who spend more time with them need to act as a diversion keeper as well. They should exactly know where the kids mind diverts and to keep them on to a good track. This is all about the little things in life to help, to show caring, to be moral, etc. Diversions should be addressed with the utmost care. For instance we see kids who behave so rude to other kids, such kids need to be given special time and should be diverted from that habit. Many more numerous issues like this are addressed via moral studies as a part of curriculum, only concern is how good it follows up the kids actually practice them in their life!

A Trusted Counselor
Whenever a kid is confused or troubled, he / she should have a person to rely on. Be it a parent, or a teacher, or an elder in the family or an elderly person, who can diagnose the situation and guide on the right path. All the previous points discussed the Outside -IN perspective, where we clearly knew about what issues we are going to support the students; it’s all about we reach out to them. This part is entirely different even we may not be aware of what an individual kid concerned about, this is Inside-OUT for a kid. So who is going to act as a trusted counselor for the kid? Well we should be always ready and accessible to the kids, you may be a parent or a teacher or a family person, just be the one for the kid. Their problems start when they find no one to go when they are troubled.

The Big Picture Guide
What all we are talking to the kids mostly? We presume that its too early for them or we assume they are just kids very young to understand certain things. Well we could be wrong! We should not confine them to the circles of Marks – Job – Money cycle as life. Now we know that life is not just about this. Many dimensions missing in what they learn in the schools. Let us give the bigger picture to them. Talk to them, take them places, educate them, make them to explore, guide them and always show them the BIGGER PICTURE of LIFE AROUND. Let us not blame schools or educational system or the society just like that, we need to take responsibility for the kids, they learn more from us than what they learn from textbooks. Even the bigger changes in Educational systems will definitely come only through our collective efforts not only by the educationalists.

Hope you got the bigger picture behind these five thoughts!

– Words by Din

What’s wrong with Examinations? : Students’ Woe!

examinationIf we go by the definitions of the current educational system of the countries like India, Intelligence is directly proportional to the marks, a student can score in the exams.

Quantification of knowledge via exams is claimed to be a tool to measure intelligence. If we look deeper the reality sounds too intelligent 🙂 The following points are applicable to the majority of the examination procedures that we can see in our educational system.

Say four students are preparing for an examination on a subject A which is a mandatory one for them to study.

The question paper which will comprise of 100 questions

The subject A has N number of possible questions that can be asked. But, due to the syllabus there is a limitation, lets say typically the questions can reach a maximum of 1000.

So if a student can prepare answers for all the 1000 questions they can score the maximum marks in the exam.

Assume the students have prepared as follows for the exam

(S1) Student 1 : Prepares for answering 100 questions which the teacher advised him as the most important questions.
(S2) Student 2 : Prepares for answering 150 questions which another teacher advised his as the most important questions.
(S3) Student 3 : Prepares on own and has prepared for answering 600 questions.
(S4) Student 4 : Prepares for the exam, but excels in subject knowledge who knows to answer beyond the 1000 possible questions also.

Exam-2They all write the examination. Here are the results

S1 : All the 100 questions prepared were asked. S1 answers all correct and scores 100% – Passes with Distinction
S2 : 50 of the 150 questions prepared were asked in the exam. S2 answers all correct and scores 50% only – Passes
S3 : Who prepared for more than 600 but the bad luck only 10 questions were asked out of those and scores 10% – Fails
S4 : Answers all the 100 questions correct and scores 100% – Passes with Distinction

Now its time for us to think and try to answer the following questions:

Q1. Who is the intelligent Student? Obvious S4, but our education system puts S1 and S4 on the same scale! How to identify unique talents like S4 with current exam systems?
Q2. All the students are victims of the enforced pattern of the examination except S4. Isn’t it?
Q3. Who is comparatively intelligent among S1, S2 and S3? Well the answer is “Can’t say!” Because S2 and S3 cannot be blamed because it is the questioner/team who set the question paper has not included what the students prepared, in other words it is the questioner’s choice! Behold, so is it means that the topic what not are asked in the exam are useless to contribute any subject knowledge?

We can ask more questions and debate more on this topic endlessly. Of course the system of examination has streamlined the process of educating a lot and helped us to arrive where we are now. We cannot deny that fact it contributed to the growth of education.

But a fact what we cannot deny is for finding a handful of the so called intelligent people, our examinations curtailing, suppressing and limiting the true potentials of millions of other students. The demotivation kills the creativity in them gradually for not being recognized as intelligent via exams. Very few fights the odds and wins without educational failures, but the victims are more. 

However, every system on its growth exposes the weakest links and processes involved in it. Sometimes we need to go back ultimately to a point and re-frame the methodologies which are inappropriate for our progress.

This flaw or drawback in the assessment process is a huge topic to study what I have tried to explain is just the nose of the peak immersed in an ocean. The bigger picture goes far with individual student’s passion, subject interests, education vs career options, career vs economic growth of the individuals, overall social progress, etc., there are many things interlinked with the educational system.

To keep it simple, Education is everything, education can shape the future and is shaping the future now. If we do not change certain things in the education system we will lose the control over our future and will be trapped into a system of errors. Global Politics, Ecosystem of the Earth, Science and National Administrations will be the huge victims of it. Because education is the qualifier in many of the fields today, when it goes wrong everything will follow its track.

Think. Everything starts from a point, but we have multiple point of sources to the make the educational system more complex. Education need to be an excellent service to anybody in the world, then why exists a ranking order even for the educational institutes, to claim one is better than the other? Standardization is difficult, but is it impossible?

– Words by Din

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Story : Wet Pants : Understanding is the first step of Kindness

wet-pantsThere is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet.

He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It’s never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it..

When the girls find out, they’ll never speak to him again as long as he lives.  The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his head down and prays this prayer, “Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I’m dead meat.”  He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.

As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy’s lap.

The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, “Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!”

Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out.

All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else – Susie.  She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. “You’ve done enough, you klutz!”

Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, “You did that on purpose, didn’t you?”

Susie whispers back, “I wet my pants once too.”

All of us go through all good and bad things in life.  We should always remember how we felt when we were in same condition and should not mock others for being in it.  Always try to understand their situation as if you are in it and help much as possible praying to god that today you are in a condition to help someone who needs it.

Sad : Picture that shocked many and no more new to India!

Some School Kids Drunk and Fallen roadside in India

Some School Kids Drunk and Fallen roadside in India

It hurts so deep to see kids fall victim to alcoholism at their tender ages now. It is time to hit their creativity and true potentials, It should have been the age of exploring their inner strengths. But sadly many kids end up sipping their first drinks as early as the class 8 and falls on street sides like this.

To add more worry in the past the habit started at college level, then higher secondary, then class 10, now class 8.. Hope it won’t get further worse.

This not stops just with falling on the street sides. I have lost 2 friends in an accident due to drunk driving. Heard many similar sad incidents of death from friends of friends. Even in your circle there will be a story of a friend who died in an accident due to alcoholism.

PLEASE SHARE AWARENESS AND HELP IF YOU KNOW ANY KID WHO FALLEN VICTIM TO ALCOHOLISM!