Thursday, January 7, 2010
A teacher’s inherent advice for 2010: Beta kaabil bano kaabil, kamyabi toh
Madhavan conclude 3 idiots with the dialogue “Beta kaabil bano kaabil, kamyabi toh sala jhak marke peeche aayengi”(man! be independent in thoughts and implementation and then see, how success tries to approach you). How true the guy says, however it depends on how you weigh the word “kaabil” (one who is independent and wise). I begin 2010 by wishing you all a happy new year and great future. Gone are the days of 2009 but still lives the memory that enables us to recollect the happy moments and understand the mistakes that we can avoid in the New Year.
We started 31st night celebration witnessing Kanankulangara vedikettu (celebration in temples where crackers and fireworks are burnt) in Shiva temple. Streets were crowded with people and vehicles were arranged, far in reach from the explosives. There were many crackers, the size of rockets and shells placed in fixed positions separated from each other waiting to be on fire. Crackers started burning one after the other and we went to NM food corner to have a stomach-filling dinner.
It was 11.59 when my father called to wish a happy New Year. In India if you try mobiles on 31st then remember, you are trying your luck.
I don’t know how each one of us sees studies and schooling. In India children are treated as a commodity used by parents for their neighborhood and kitty party competitions. Schools and colleges has become tracks of a race where all are competing to get their children score well than the others in the race. The last result is never a child with complete knowledge rather a robot who has to run on commands. Parents never ask any child what he wishes to become but tell him what he has to become.
I remember the scene in 3 idiots where Aamir khan tells the teacher that he is not trying to teach him engineering but trying to teach him how to teach. The same happens in different schools and colleges where the teachers just come to teach the syllabus they are allocated to teach from the books. They can never explain the students where this applies or how easy it is to learn. Students never learn the exact objective of the course but act like mere USB devices that can store some predefined information and paste it wherever required.
Students should be able to understand what they are studying and why they are studying it rather than just being worried about how to mug-up and score in the exams. I hope new generations will start understanding the importance of knowledge and its importance in life rather than being mere rank holders.