Role of Emotion in the field of Education

Mrs. Ruma Mukherjee

Principal, Kalyani central model school, Nadia district, west Bengal

To start with an old saying,” The only way to change someone’s mind is to connect with them from the heart. “- Rasheed Ogunlaru

In today’s 21st century, the education scenario has changed completely. The Gurukul system was a conventional method of teaching has become obsolete. In recent days a teacher is not only a teacher but also a facilitator too. Learning new teaching techniques is also throwing a challenge to the teachers. Today’s children don’t need only theoretical knowledge but something more like, cultivating essence of critical thinking, analyzing and applicability of that knowledge. This can be a role of a facilitator. We often say that charity begins at home, but in the present scenario when the world is advancing at a rapid pace in technology we can say that human intelligence has also developed. The child gets attached with an emotional bonding with his mother at a pre-natal stage. The mother’s changing emotional phases gets connected with the child in the phoetus. The child is born with those emotional qualities. Gradually as the child enters school the bonding grows up with teachers. Recent days we find disturbed children in class. Most of them come from affluent families. If we go through the case history, then we realize that they are neglected in the family. Automatically, they go backward in academics. It is very much required to spend quality time with children. I have seen a student of primary class in school beating each and every classmate. Every parent complained about the single child’s behavior. Conversing with the mother it was seen that she is quite disturbed in her family life and that was the reason for venting out her anger on that child. The child comes to school with a disturbed mind. Education doesn’t mean getting good marks in class and achieving high degrees. Education means when one grows up as a good human being, mentally strong with skills to analyze. Here lies the role of a teacher. Here the teacher can motivate the child as a facilitator boosting up the morale, building confidence in the child by creating a congenial environment inside the classroom.

Emotion also plays an important role in the adolescent period. I have seen a student taking admission in Class XI. Her mother came along one day to speak. She confessed her helplessness stating that her daughter tries to spend her life the way she wishes too, and refuses to accept anyone’s suggestion. Her mood swings time to time. The child scored good marks in Class X. Now the question arises “What role does emotion play in education?”. The child got basic education devoid of emotional attachment. Later on the truth unveiled that her father though stays with them but has zero mental attachment. She was left all alone. They had admitted her in good school, involved her in many co-curricular activities but ultimately she became perfect but lost her mental peace. All mat eridishe comfort was there but devoid of warmth and love.

Another case study reflects that adolescent children are suffering from depression, getting involved in addiction. Students nowadays are unable to take up the challenges in life, feeling stressed, too much involvement in social media, fantasizing one in the virtual world. Children right from the innocent grow up with one thing in mind that is only performance is the measuring rod of assessment. We as parents, teachers are somewhat responsible for it. Right from the childhood we lay emphasis on marks and not on the learning outcomes. We fail to appreciate them on their honesty, sense of co-operation, team spirit etc. Parents get stressed out comparing their child with others. They gasp as they make their child run with the others to reach the goal at first. We forget to think that every child is unique in his or her own way but definition of success stunts their growth. They grew up being self centered, selfish, devoid of all moral values. Hey think it is the parent’s responsibility to help them to grow. Their sacrifice is no big deal. They think teachers oblige them by teaching. They make friends from whom their wish can be fulfilled.

Once I heard from a child mental health consultant that a parent entered complaining that his child is always engaged with mobile. So he need to brought out. The child when called separately confessed to rectify his parents as they are also too much involved with mobile and has no “Together Time”. So who needs to be rectified? We need to understand the present generation with the perspective at 21st century not 19th century. We are getting good doctors, engineers, successful businessmen but are they happy in their life. We as teachers need to play a very important role to bring this change. Some kind of emotional attachment must be created inside the classroom. More peer learning is needed, bonding is very important in life.

Mrs. Ruma Mukherjee

Principal, Kalyani central model school, Nadia district, west Bengal