A man was out walking in a desert when a voice said to him, “Pick up some pebbles and put them in your pocket and tomorrow you will be both sorry and glad”. The man obeyed. He stooped down and picked up a handful of pebbles and put them in his pocket. The next morning he reached into his pocket and found diamonds, rubies and emeralds. And he was both glad and sorry. Glad that he had taken some- sorry that he hadn’t taken more.
And so it is with education. Education plays a very important role in our life. Aristotle once said “Education is the best provision for the old age”. Education is not just gaining knowledge and gathering information, but it’s something more than that. Educated people are with certain spiritual qualities which make them calm in adversity, happy, occupied when left alone and motivate to be just in their dealings, rational and well-balanced in the affairs of life.
With the advent of advanced technology, growing use of mobile phones and other gadgets are considerably harming the younger generation. Students are developing a strong addition to their mobile phones, which is leading to colossal loss to their concentration and time spent in studies. Parents and teachers usually face problem in combating the distraction of students.
Parents want to provide all the facilities to their children at a tender age so as to help them carve a perfect career path. They purchase the most expensive and latest smartphone for their children for this. Initially, parents don’t understand the damage that they cause and directly paving the way which in itself is the origin of all the problems.
Parents provide the gadgets for educational purpose, but the students, despite knowing about education-related Apps, spend most of their timelistening to music frequently, playing mobile games,chatting with friends,following social media, and the worst of all surfing the prohibited sites and materials.
In short, excessive use of mobile phones is becoming a distraction for students and waste their time. Most of these gadgets are “time eaters”.
We at St. Paul’s Inter College, mainly focus on the overall development of the students and assure our parents that our teachers dish out the best moral values which leave lasting impression on their students. Our teachers always explore and conquer various strategies to make their teaching more effective and make learning attractive. We believe in the dictum “It’s not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted”.
Studentsalways look up to the teachers as role models and often expects them to understand their struggle and mind-sets. In a world of cut-throat competition, a teacher can mould the students to become a good human beings and dutiful and responsible citizens of this country. A teacher can inculcate in their students the qualities of charity, honesty, generosity, kindness which definitely go a long way in forming their character and personality. Value education is a part of the school curriculum.
I strongly wish that we at St. Paul’s create an ideal learning environment where both teachers and students become learners, where the focus will be more on right questions and less on readymade answers; where understanding will be more important than “cut and paste “, where innovation and exploration becomes part of learning and where we connect and learn with the world!
God Bless You!