No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
At its core, education is the process of transferring knowledge, understanding, and wisdom from one individual to another. “Teaching is arousing and using the pupil’s mind to grasp the desired thought or to master the desired art. Learning is thinking into one’s own understanding a new idea or truth or working into habit a new art or skill.” I believe that education should be an empowering process that allows and guides children to develop their passions, critical thinking, compassion and orientation towards wisdom for timely action.
Purpose of Education
"The one continuing purpose of education, since ancient times, has been to bring people to as full a realization as possible of what it is to be a human being. Other statements of educational purpose have also been widely accepted: to develop the intellect, to serve social needs, to contribute to the economy, to create an effective work force, to prepare students for a job or career, to promote a particular social or political system. These purposes offered are undesirably limited in scope, and in some instances they conflict with the broad purpose I have indicated; they imply a distorted human existence. The broader humanistic purpose includes all of them, and goes beyond them, for it seeks to encompass all the dimensions of human experience.â€ â€œThe function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason but no morals. â€¦ We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus characterâ€”that is the goal of true education."
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr expresses that, â€œWe must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.
The Teacher : In order for this to take place, it requires a person willing to and capable of teaching another. “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:12-14). Just because you know more than a student, it doesn’t make you a good teacher. A good teacher needs practical experience at applying their knowledge to real-life problems. A teacher must also be willing to accept the responsibility for what they teach. After all, their teaching will influence the behavior of their students. A teacher is accountable to God for his own life and for how they lead others in life. If we are not careful, our Schools and Colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Let us be careful, “brethren!” Be careful, teachers!
The Student : A good student is quick to listen, slow to speak his own thoughts until he has given them due consideration, and is of the proper frame of mind to learn. Like the teacher, a student must put what he has learned into practice because only through use does the information become a part of the person.
St. Mary's Sr. S. School : Diligently endevours to unfold the goodness of a humanity in every lad and lass who walk into its bosom for enlightenment. It is a hard task to consistently inspire and guide the students and teach them to strike balance among the exploding mass media that spells forth both good and not so good paths. We strive to lead them to make right choices in life every day and enable India to shine in truth to the whole world.
Sr. Celima Cathrina Linda
St. Mary's Sr. S. School, Barwani