Find the missing link….to excellence
Many of my easy-going friends suggest that listening to the news on television, or reading every news item published in the newspaper everyday can penetrate your brain with more negative thoughts than positive ones. Picking up the news worth knowing from the people around you, listening attentively to the happenings that you want to really know and paying no attention to the ones that repel in every sense…. was another suggestion. But old habits die hard.
Fortunately or more unfortunately, I had the newspaper dated 25 August, 2015 in front of me. Of course, all the headlines on the first page made me feel sick. The top quote was," The dark and spooky entrance [of the school] looks like a tunnel. I'm terrified of going to school." Being an ordinary worker in the field of education how do you think I should react to this quote or feel after seeing a photo of students attending a class inside a dark and dilapidated classroom.
Earlier in the week I had felt proud to read about "Bangladesh's Zahid Hasan….Princeton's Physicist Extraordinaire" (By Fakhruddin Ahmed, a Rhodes Scholar). My happiness was short- lived when the article underneath was titled, "Primary Education…Learners or Just Test-takers?"(By Manzoor Ahmed. The writer is Professor Emeritus, BRAC University and Vice-Chair of CAMPE).
I suggest, on the other hand, whether you opt to watch news on television or read the daily newspaper, one should try to connect to works of great philosophers, poets and noble men for a fraction of that time to bring in the inspiration to be productive and effective and find peace and tranquility with one's own being.
I recommend that all parents should seek wisdom from books and pure life experiences to raise their children to be strong of mind, body and character.
I wish all teachers to pledge with integrity and truthfulness in their convictions… to make each child's aspirations their very own. Teach lessons with optimism and pave a road map that would only lead each and everyone to be successful, productive and good human beings like their teachers before them.
It's always a pleasure to meet people who appreciate my columns. I feel that I am truly living than simply existing when someone mentions that she shares the lessons I try to convey with others who look forward to learn and feel the need of a guidance.