Education that is conducive for personality development

Ms Manjeet Kaur 

Headmistress, Hermann Gmeiner School, Faridabad

If we want our kids to grow as individuals capable of driving themselves in whichever direction they may feel interested in, then, instead of pushing them towards achieving higher grades, we need to develop a system that helps develop their personality and character. We must reorient our focus from creating literate individuals to gain some inspiration from the greatest educators of our country. People like Rabindranath Tagore, Savitribai Phule and Swami Vivekanand drew from the different systems of education and merged them to create a system of education that promotes a holistic development of the individuals.

According to Tagore, “The main objective of teaching is not to give explanations, but to knock at the doors of the mind.” His main aim was to take teaching out of the confines of four walls and he created a school by reinventing the concept of ‘Gurukul’ and tried to connect India to the rest of the world. His Institution reflected the aim of Physical and Intellectual development, Moral and Spiritual development. He tried to create a peaceful world where man lived in harmony with nature and vouched for universal brotherhood. And he strongly believed that the essence of humanism lies in spirituality and the manifestation of personality depends upon the self realisation and spiritual knowledge of the individual.

Drawing from the teaching of our famous educators, I have tried to implement a process of teaching which encompasses an overall growth and development of the child. A process in which child is indulged into extra-curricular activities along with the regular curriculum. We try to design a system in which a child is taught about our culture and heritage , environment and history so as to impart him/her the knowledge of where do they come from and as they grow up they receive an identity that makes them feel connected to the outside environment. Many schools including ours’ are following thematic curriculum which encompasses learning of many topics under one definite concept. This is a creative and interesting way to learn different subjects with a same theme running across all the subjects. In this way of learning, the teacher acts as a facilitator who provides adequate knowledge about the topic and guides the students to facilitate an environment where the students find the solutions on their own and tries to pass on values based on the theme that is being taught.

Hence, the initiative behind this process is to create an environment that is conducive for the growth and development of the child. And as the child grows up, he/she should not feel unfamiliar with the real life environment and develop with such a rigor that we show them that sky is the limit.

The in views of Sadler: - “Adolescence is that period in which a child tries to become capable of everything by himself”. The need here is to help the student based on their potential but not by the career beliefs around. Teachers and the parents have a bigger responsibility to guide the adolescents choose the right path to make their life better.

Ms Manjeet Kaur 

Headmistress, Hermann Gmeiner School, Faridabad