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Paradigm shift: Our adaptability and responsibility

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July 3, 2015

Paradigm shift: Our adaptability and responsibility

Times and trends have brought in a tide of changes. Today, what we witness in the form of a big revolutionary change around us is largely driven by digital technologies. However, this technological transformation has taken on the young generation in both positive and negative ways. Though, we definitely need to adapt to the changes, we should also keep our responsibilities in mind. Here’s how to create a conducive environment around our children.

In this ultra-modern age, things are changing so fast that once we try to adapt to a particular change, the time comes for the next change. We call this swift change ‘fast lifestyle’ or ‘busy life,’ with little time at hand. It’s not just children but adults are also affected with it.

Children these days enjoy physical comfort all around as things they want are at an arm’s length in their surroundings. In short, click of a button brings everything to them. Let’s have a sneak peek into the education world. Books and notebooks are replaced by tablets; video games replace outdoor games; no one writes letters using pen and paper, everything goes online – messages, e-mails, mobile apps… the list is endless. As a result, physical fitness of children has been deteriorating as outdoor games are replaced with video games and fresh food by fast food.

Every now and then children feel sick and lag behind in studies. All of a sudden these youngsters start feeling ‘study pressure’ or what is generally called ‘over burdening’. They develop recessive attitude towards home work. Moreover, parents fail to understand the cause behind such stress. Very soon, these habits in childhood pass on to personality traits in adolescence stage. If the incorrect habits of a child are not checked at appropriate stage of life, they may bring about anxiety, irritability, discomfort and discontentment, not only for the child but also for the parents and teachers.

Adolescence blues…

Today, you may find it difficult to draw a line between childhood and adolescence. It leads to a time of conflict, arguments between parents and children. Many families are unable to hold the system of ethics and concrete values. This has upset our moral structure and devastated traditional belief system. We can see that differences in general outlook and changing values are an integral part of almost all communities. The technological revolution eventually makes parents, particularly in urban areas, busy working long hours, with hardly any time to spend with their children. On the other side, teachers often complain about violent and harsh behaviour of children in schools.

Education system goes tech-savvy too…

On the bright side, education system has risen to a new level, finding out ways and solutions to unload the burden of students using digital technology. In this respect, many schools have adopted ‘no bag to school’ policy. To promote all round development, schools switch over to ‘activity-based learning’ or ‘play-way’ methods. Moreover, schools have started incorporating technology in curriculum, smart classes, language labs, thought labs, etc to stimulate thought process and monitor behavioural development of children.

What parents and educators should do?

Recall the word of Charles Darwin, ‘It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.’ So, be it children, parents or teachers, everybody must go along the rhythm of changes sweeping across time.

Let’s understand how parents and teachers need to update themselves to help the child overcome any challenge. Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam once said that physical facilities are only for physical comfort; unless a child learns to use the faculty of brain, he can never learn. In this respect, dynamic role of teacher can be used as a facilitator to create the circumstances where a child can explore his potential.

Adaptability: As an educator, we must compete with ourselves to be more evolved better and competent person than ever before. Be a good observer, analyser and learner. Spend time to discover and update yourself to be a good role model in front of children. Be part of the technological revolution and utilise it to motivate the young generation. Be ready to take initiative in problem solving rather than becoming critical and judgemental about children’s behaviour.

Responsibility of educator: A child is an asset to the society. A child who is happy in school is a child who can focus on studying and doing well. To create a conducive environment around our children, we as a parent/teacher must teach and learn efficient time management, set routine for meals and bed time, help children to learn how to express frustration, disappointment and to stabilise the mind while facing adversity. As a teacher it is important to work with social aspects, besides school curriculum. Group activities, community service and projects are good sources for social development among children.

Let’s choose the interactive mode of feedback between parents and teachers rather than unidirectional approach which is normally from teachers to parents about a child. Find out from the parents, the number of hours spent by the child with electronic gadgets. If there is any change in the education system, it must be smoothly introduced to the child. We must check if we are positively adapted to the ‘change’ and let’s prove that it is for our betterment.

Responsibility of parents: Do not inculcate a false spirit of competition with others to create another burden on the child. Spend quality time with children; help them find out innovative ways of doing things and dealing with the syllabus. Take help of technology to introduce creativity in learning. Teach the child to take responsibility instead of waiting to be served. If the child feels he has skills to deal with the situation, he will come out to be a more confident one. A child must understand the purpose of life in society. We must instil awareness in child to prevent him from undergoing any kind of addiction. Remember ‘Prevention is always better than cure’. Most importantly, children must feel unconditional love and great strength in the bond of love so that even in hard times they feel free to discuss any problems or communicate their thoughts.

I know it is difficult to match our level to that of the young generation, but it’s not an impossible task.

Rashmi Prabha

Rashmi Prabha

Rashmi Prabha is vice-principal of St Kabir’s School, Hisar, Haryana. She holds MSc in Biotechnology (MS University, Baroda). Rashmi applies scientific principles of research in teaching and learning process based on observations, analysis, predicting hypothesis, experimentation and formulating theories. She has a great passion for environment and engages in projects and activities on environmental awareness and conservation involving with students, teachers and parents.

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