Teachers play a significant role in shaping young minds
The pandemic has left us fighting the “demon of virus” while tackling challenges arising from the lack of morality in society.
At every step of dealing with the current crisis, there have been innumerable such examples. But not every story is bleak. The educators in our society have risen to every occasion and tried their best to instil basic values in children.
Reverberating the thoughts of Chanakya, who said teachers were at the root of pralay (destruction) and nirman (construction), I would like to emphasise the role of education and educationists in orienting the “head, heart and hand” of the budding generation towards being morally responsible.
Having said that, I would also like to add that the sense of morality has to begin at home. Parents and family are a child’s first school, followed by teachers who play a significant role in shaping young minds.
In the current situation of confinement, the educators’ responsibilities are magnified.
It is possible to condition young minds by narrating stories of good Samaritans and encouraging them to imbibe those values. No matter how small an effort is, it counts when each one of us starts walking that extra mile.
To conclude, the current pandemic situation is indeed a reflection of the voids in our training method while rearing the future generation. However, it has also opened up a plethora of opportunities for us not to draw up lessons in morality. There are overwhelming examples of heroic deeds of people around us.
The only assurance that the future needs from us, the educators, is to ensure that the number of such examples exceeds the number of less moral tales. This will certainly help us raise the morality quotient.
The author is principal, Asian International School.
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