The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination - Sir Albert Einstein.
Parental Hopes In Education
Parents give birth to a new life with thrilling hopes in their hearts and crying aspirations in their eyes. The couple tries to mould the new born exactly the way they would have desired themselves to be in life, but perhaps the forces of destiny or circumstances prevented them from reaching their goals. Thus, they leave no stone unturned to see the child grows up as the ‘dream individual’, climbing the heights of success and acclaim, and thereby wiping out their own cruel pains of failures.
Towards this aim in mind, parents try to give them the best education and other support services to ensure things go on track. But most often the dreams remain dreams …….
Why Parental Hopes Fail?
The primary reason of failure is because students lack proper guidance to pursue their career goals, which ultimately end up in their inability to perform up to their best potential. Neither do the parents realize, nor do students, who in fact are also not expected to be, to know how to chase career goals in the best result-oriented manner. Even their Alma matters are rudderless in directing the students in the proper road of education and success.
We are trying to capture where and what goes wrong in the education process of children which lead to unfulfilled dreams, and more importantly, strategies to overcome these issues.
Identifying Career Goals Early
The first and foremost duty for every aspiring parent is to identify the child’s career path as early as the fifth or sixth standard based upon his inclinations and aptitude. This provides the very crucial longer time period to prepare oneself in a planned and pragmatic manner.
Generating Love For The Subject
The next responsibility of parents is to generate a love for the subject among their wards as early as possible. Love for the subject can do a lot. If they build up that passionate element, then the battle is half won. They would on their own start studying the subject in depth from anywhere and everywhere- from books to their heart. And there lies the secret of the success.
Establishing The New Through Inquisitiveness
A habit of inquisitiveness should be inculcated in the subject. The child should always be made to look for the answer using their intelligence and logic rather than crammed knowledge. This is because, if your child has to stand apart from the rest, he has to establish something new. That is possible only if he has an inquisitive bent of mind.
Try to make your child follow the working principles of common mechanical and non-mechanical devices - like how the principle of air-conditioner work in a refrigerator, or how a computer monitor and television set differ and what do they have in common.
Perceiving The Subject From Higher Platforms
It is wrong for parents to feel that by studying hard and following some guides and sample test papers one prepares for the tests. Rather one needs to study the subject from much higher levels. Such readings enable one to see things from a higher platform and comprehend things with much ease. This also gives students the opportunity to co-relate various phenomena, and see things in a wider spectrum.
Reading Research Papers
Once career paths have been drawn, students should be made to read research papers on their subject and understand whatever they can. Indeed at their levels they won’t be able to understand most of it. But what they are going to gain from this exercise is a feel of what it revolves around. This will ensure a broader level of understanding of the student. When he goes to study the same from his text at his level, he would find it easier to comprehend as well as he would be able to relate it to other areas and understand things from a higher plane. One should also read various journals and think of the various applications and the new ways it can be worked upon.
For Competitive Entrance Exams
Those who wish to sit for medical sciences and engineering, should watch science fiction movies as well as knowledge based television channels that broadcast programmes on similar scientific areas. Opportunities, if any to visit different work stations, research labs would be a boon, and should always be capitalized upon. Again if they are planning a career in chartered accountancy or cost accountancy, they should be exposed to business news and accounting practices, follow balance sheets of corporates and try to understand taxation laws. This should be done much before they actually study these subjects, and the earlier it begins the better it would stand.
Banking On A Coaching Centre Is Not Enough
Parents feel, their wards need to be enrolled in a good coaching institute before they are going to take the tests and hard work would see them through. What a coaching institute can do at best is provide them customised training, showing certain test taking tricks, and nothing more than that.
Finding A Good Guide
Rather they need to have a good guide, a teacher who is associated with the similar entrance tests, and can direct the student with proper preparation strategies and planning. A good guide is one who understands student psychologies and abilities well, and is able to alert the student against the common problems examinees face, while figuring out the weakness of individual students and providing a solution for that.
Hearing Unsuccessful Candidates
Aspirants should hear from the experience of past successful and unsuccessful candidates. Most only see the winning crowd as role models and try to emulate their strategies. But it is more important to hear from unsuccessful candidates. It is the unsuccessful examinee’s experience that can act as your shield by protecting you from the common difficulties faced by students. He can throw you more light than the qualified student, because he can distinctly make out difficult areas or shortcomings for which he lost out. A successful candidate is likely to experience these short-comings less since he qualified and hence can’t think so deeply of the problems examinees generally face.
Thus, learning from those who failed to qualify is equally important as much as the experience of toppers.