Friday, 23 September 2011




The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, Whats a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?

To stress his point he said to another guest; Youre a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?.Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, You want to know what I make? (She paused for a second, and then began)

I make a C+ feel like the Order of Canada. I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents cant make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.

You want to know what I make. (She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table). I make kids wonder. I make them question. I make them apologize and mean it. I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions. I teach them to write and then I make them write.
Keyboarding isnt everything. I make them read, read, read. I make them show all their work in maths. They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator. I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.
I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe. Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.

Bonnie paused one last time and then continued. Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isnt everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant. You want to know what I make.
I MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I make them believe they can work their way to become top guns of the organizations they work for.
What do you make Mr. CEO?
His jaw dropped, he went silent.

This note is for every teacher to know that they make a difference in the life of people. It is important to note that money is not everything. A person is everything.Mostparents and teachers have forgotten their responsibility towards the younger generation. Alas ! primary education system or any other educational system in India has become too commercial and manufacturing 'MONEY MAKING MACHINES" with high cost of beautiful childhood which one will never get back at any cost.

In our own country, we are producing talented students every year who are able to mark their presence in national as well as international scenario. But how many of them are having value education inculcated in them? I am not doubting their talent, but the point to be discussed is"are they really having that feeling of patriotism, love for nation in them? Lets keep aside the students, what about the normal public or those who are sitting on respectable positions are they possessing this filler in them? Only handful is the answer.

We know that today children are tomorrow's citizens. If we give good education to the present day children, the future of the next generations will be well.Today we are facing so many problems like terrorism, poverty and population problem.whatwillbe the solution to these problems? Education with true and proper values is an effective weapon, and it will be the solution for all types of the problems.

The only option for the Indian society to strengthen the nation is ethical value based primary education.The main object of the study is to give moral and value based education in schools and colleges .Thoughts must be given to frame such a policy of education that would be binding on all state governments, so that spirit of nationalism, patriotism and moral values is imbibed right from the young age of every student all across India.The education should be made to produce "INDIANS" of high moral values which expands the mind and produces better human beings.

Aano bhadra krtavo yantu vishwatah.(- RIG VEDA)
"Let noble thoughts come to me from all directions"

Miss.Shaija Vallikatri Bhaskaran

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