It's an irony of our education system that it teaches our children to become successful individuals to lead a comfortable life; whereas it stresses them throughout the years of learning. It teaches them to pay attention to a thousand things, basically information of around the world, and makes them gatherers; when in reality they can at the click of a button get any fact desired, at any time of day or night. It demands, as a community of educators, to attend lectures and forgets to pay attention to the worthiness of material it shares from the dais. It wants silence of the words in the classrooms but fails to silence the wandering minds. It makes the every-fresh world so stinkingly stale to eyes that want to see, almost compelling them to shut and doze off.
Our education many a times has become a kill-joy pedagogy that successfully butchers a heart that wants to love and a mind that wants to think.
Oh what joy it would be to allow eyes to open up to the wonders of everyday living and not drown in an ocean of the printed word!
An English mystic, namely Thomas Traherne, has tried to put into words the fantastic ever-fresh complexion of the world to one whose eyes have been allowed to be opened : "The dust and stones of the street were as precious as gold.....The green trees, when I saw them first through one of the gates, transported and ravished me; their sweetness and unusual beauty made my heart to leap....Boys and girls tumbling in the street, and playing, were moving jewels.....Eternity was manifested in the light of the day, and something infinite behind everything appeared."
If only our educationists were to step out of their classroom seminars on environment and instead take a walk in the gardens, they would perhaps make a new syllabus.