While we focus, as educationalists, to prepare children emotionally and mentally for examinations and tests to succeed in life, we must not fail to remember that our real objective is to ensure that the children of today turn into self- reliant, responsible and empathetic adults of tomorrow.
It is imperative that we direct our energies into instilling in them the quality of Compassion; the ability to feel and care deeply about the world around them and to possess the necessary will and courage to translate those feelings into action.
We must equally help children develop and strengthen their 'Ability to Reason'; the ability to deliberate and weigh with clarity the different situations that confront them. Though natural to get influenced by peer pressure nevertheless we must strive towards making them impervious to mob mentality. Their course of action must be guided by reason, fair play and justice without kindness and thoughtfulness being unduly sacrificed.
An indomitable spirit is the key to a successful life and Resilience is a trait critical to it.
Resilience means having the ability to recoup and bounce back despite encountering defeat. It is the ability to face life head on and accept its challenges. The quality of Resilience will teach children that running away or giving up on life is never an option; that it is okay to lose a battle for the war is still to be won.
Under the umbrella of education academics cannot be divorced from the development and growth of inner self. A reflective attitude and an introspective character helps one make correct choices in life and life is but a series of choices.
It is for us to realize that education is not only marks and brilliance, though those are desirable things to gain, but a creation of emancipated, rational, receptive and balanced citizens whom the world can lean upon.