The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination - Sir Albert Einstein.
Learning Over Degrees
What is all our education intended towards? To obtain a prized degree, flaunt a good university tag and acquire a coveted job. Unfortunately, our sole motive is guided towards a materialistic purpose and not learning.
Parents eager to see their children emerge as knowledgeable lights and torch bearers of society should ask themselves whether they are giving their children an education which is market value driven or would like imparting intrinsic learning through meaningful education.
Since we are bound in a system and can’t do much to change it, we need to focus on empirical learning within the confines of formal education, in order to reach the heights of excellence. Let us see how it can help us.
Helps At Excelling
Every discerning parent should realise that academically one can learn, but to excel one has to take things in abstraction, and in its totality.
Hence they should focus more on empirical learning than on imparting mere academic knowledge to their children. This is because the process of formal learning in our education system stymies the over all growth of the child in his learning process.
Knowledge From Books Is Miniscule
Parents urge their children to read more and books and feel by reading more books; their children would gain more knowledge and hence get a good academic record to study in good colleges and universities.
In fact, whatever we learn by reading books is miniscule compared to what we do by conscious or unconscious observations of things, procedures and systems around us. Learning is actually how many new things and systems we see- whether on the academic or non-academic front.
For instance, parents should provide children with various toys which can be used to build, say a house, bridge or monument by putting parts together. Such activities increase the thinking capacities of the child and he grows up with a bent of mind for creating something new.
Learning More Important Than Degrees
In this context, it is worthwhile to examine the difference between education and learning. While education is a much narrower concept confined to knowledge acquired through academics, learning has a much broader meaning. It encompasses our ultimate grasp of things in the realism of work forces. Education adds knowledge to one, but learning empowers one with the applications of that knowledge to face the realities of life.
Learning In Every Activity
Hence, whatever we do we learn something. It gives us a new experience. Whether we buy commodities from the market, learn to drive a car, travel to a new destination, plant a sapling, get work done from regulatory bodies like government offices, our learning empowers us with reality and we learn to face life with greater confidence.
Understanding Our Narrow Vision
We should understand that our thought processes are very narrow, whether one is an adult or a child. We can think only from the lines that we are associated with. For example, a marine engineer’s thought would be pre-occupied with thoughts on shipping lines, while a doctor’s on how to diagnose patients, or a stock broker’s how the capital markets would move, a sports person on his game. In all probability, they are hardly bothered about any other field. This narrows down one’s thought processes.
How To Broaden Mental Horizons
Parents should focus their children to learn to see things from different perspectives. For this, they need to get them involved in different systems and study the structural organisation and functioning of these bodies. One should broaden the horizon of his thought and try to acquire a wider vision. This would enable the child to view things from various angles, understand different conflicts and occurrences. This is how our mind gets alerted and enhances our powers of observation. Once our mental plane reaches high levels, we can perceive and comprehend different phenomena with ease even if they may be from a different area altogether.