Someone once famously remarked that “education is what survives whenwhat has been learned ……has been forgotten.”
Takes you right back to Aamir ‘Rancho’ Khan doesn’t it? Any social gatheringthese days swiftly moves from friendly chatter to discussing the recentlyreleased “3 Idiots”. The movie does make an impression, that is a given, butmore importantly what it does is to implore any parent to question if they areheaded in the right direction for their child.
The movie in fact aggressively re-introduces the importance of the intrinsicreverence for life and a passionate love of learning, which is tragically oftenforgotten.
What stayed with us long after we left the movie hall however was thequestion of how we can seek and introduce a path that can help our children todevelop into such an individual? In order to ensure a wholesome development forour children, we first need to understand what it means…
The theory of wholesome or holistic development was really given shape in theearly 70's. In child development it seeks to simultaneously address the physical,emotional, relational, intellectual,and spiritual aspects of a child’s life. It is based on thepremise that each child is more than his or her scores and more than just afuture employee. It allows that each child finds identity, meaning, and purposein life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and tospiritual values such as compassion and peace.
With this being in order, learning and success will follow!
Now doesn’t that sound great! Well, at least in the written word it does!The biggest challenge however lies in really bringing about a change in our ownattitude. Wholesome development desires that we ourselves are able to firstappreciate, embrace and more importantly follow it. It means being a friend, amentor to our child rather than an authoritative figure. It requires that weencourage open and honest communication and then further respect and appreciateit as well. It means endorsing cooperation, rather than competition. A bigchange in our modus operandi, isn’t it?
But, no matter how challenging it may seem, if we hope to see more ‘Ranchos’amongst us, and we are sure most of us do, then we as parents needto take the lead. By doing so, schools and other institutions would becompelled to participate and offer/focus on it. Isn’t it all about demand andsupply at the end of the day?