The ancient India had a very unique kind of schooling structure known as the ‘Gurukul Education System’ and every parent of that era sent their children to those schools. The Gurukul offered a full time residential setup and had a very diverse curriculum ranging from science, maths, astronomy to archery and horse riding from very early age.
A major part of the curriculum was focused on making students independent in every aspect right from washing their own clothes to going to forest and fetching wood for kitchen fuel and help in cooking the food as well. This education system produced some of the greatest scholars of this country like ‘Chanakya’ and ‘Aryabhatta’
Back to the present era, our education system has come a long way since then, but the most basic feature of a school still remains the same which is to help the student identify his/her true potential and make a career in that field in future. Today the biggest challenge is to guide a student how to harness the power of this ever-changing digital world for their welfare and not get consumed by it.
Even Arjuna- the greatest archer to have been born in India would find it so difficult to focus on his target today as his first temptation would be to click and upload a selfie with his bow and arrow before aiming for the target and write a catchy caption like ‘hitting the bull’s eye’ with Guru Drona and 4 others on Facebook. That is where a positive surrounding’s role comes into the picture. Students spend the majority of their time in schools and the atmosphere inside the school plays a vital role in shaping their future.
At St. Andrews School, Bengaluru we strive on providing our students with a friendly environment where they learn and grow at the same time and we also keep a track on them with utmost care. We believe ‘children are like clay, and it’s the responsibility of our teachers to play the potter’s role in giving them a suitable shape.’
1). First who make a mistake and keeps making the same mistake time and again until someone make them realize that what they’re doing is a blunder.
2). Children who make a mistake and then learn from it to never repeat it in the future.
3). And the third category of children who are smart enough to learn from the mistakes done by others in their vicinity and they’re cautious in advance not to make that mistake.
The above three examples are relevant in schooling system too. A good school should always keep a track of the changing dynamics of the modern day education system and accordingly make changes in their curriculum, innovate with learning and teaching styles, to ensure that all students reach their potential and achieve their individual educational targets.
At St. Andrews School, Bengaluru, one of the top CBSE Schools in Whitefield, have taken several successful initiatives to revamp the old schooling structure. Adding state of the art facilities to cater the needs of digital age children is one of them and we would continue to do so in the near future as our strongest belief is ‘Change is the only permanent word in this world, rest all are temporary.”