Good education is a process that brings about desirable growth in the student.Growth-for change that one is able to see from year to year and evaluate.There are various kinds of growth that must take place:
- 1. Growth in the amount of knowledge and information about various subjects,persons and events.
- 2. Growth in the quality of that information,namely,greater understanding as well as increased ability to apply knowledge to a wide variety of situations, and also developing one’s ability to think(Thinking means seeing new relationship between facts)
- 3. Growth in the various kinds of skills and abilities one discovers and develops: e.g. to speak and write the language,English/Hindi better; to work with one’s hand to fashion objects; to pick up games, to learn to cycle or swim; to play a musical instrument etc. Growth can be either in learning a new skillor improving on the skill already learned.
- 4. Growth in interests, in the formation of habits, values and attitudes - developing and pursuing personal interests and hobbies,some of which will become life-long assets;Developing habits such as punctuality,regularity,order,working according to a time-table,self-reliance,especially developing independent study techniques or learning to learn by yourself etc.
Developing values and attitudes such as active concern for the things of the spirit and for the moral and the spiritual values;pride in one’s country and eagerness to contribute one’s talent to national/development; concern for others and their needs and rights;civic consciousness; need to strive after excellence and to shun mediocrity;eagerness to use personal effort and resourcefulness as much as possible rather than look too easily to others for help.
As you go through your school year, you should ask yourself whether you are able to see growth in one or more of these areas.To the extent that there is such growth,your education is successful.But in the measure in which such growth is absent,your education is a failure.