“Somewhere, Something incredible is waiting to be known.” - Carl Sagan.
I came across this amazing quote and realized how relevant it is for all of us: children, parents and teachers. There is never any point in the life of a person when he can sit back and say, “There is nothing more to learn, I can relax with the comforting thought that the universe around me is an open book.
I know it all.” Education is not just about the subjects that are learnt and taught in school. Becoming educated is not restricted to being in school and then in college, gathering certificates and feeling proud of oneself.
It is a lifelong exercise that can be unbelievably exciting if only we wish to jump on to the train of experience and take a trip to every conceivable place on the earth. Now we know that this cannot be done literally, so to manage it, first in school and then as we go on through the journey of life, first, we all have to be on the same page: children, teachers and parents, to understand that education is not restricted to lessons taught in the classroom from text books.
Parents and teachers must encourage children to ask as many questions as they can. For it is in desiring to know that will result in actually getting to know. The thirst for knowledge should not be confined to the child. It is indispensable for a parent and a teacher to keep adding to their own knowledge bank by keeping their eyes and ears open and by reading as much as possible and ensuring that children develop these habits as well.
Besides all of the above, that add to children becoming truly educated, schools and teachers must ensure that children have a society of enriching experiences. These experiences develop a child's creativity and imagination and lead to something that is often thought to be more important than knowledge. Creativity, innovation and imagination make children who then arrive as citizens of the world ready to make their own great contribution to mankind.
My message to the principal, staff, students and esteemed parents is to dedicate this year to correct understanding of what education really means and let us all benefit from this understanding.