I Love Teaching But It Is High Time That Our Education System Is Revised For Good

Feni Shah Feni Shah in Bakkar. Chai. Sutta on 29 April, 2018

I believe that I was born to be a teacher. Despite not being a movie lover, I was really curious to watch Hitchki from the moment I saw the trailer. Words aren’t enough to explain how much I could relate myself to this movie, rather how much this movie has taught me. I am a lawyer by qualification, a company secretary by profession and a teacher by choice and nothing makes me happier than this. Due to this choice, I have to deal with kids every day in colleges.

My recent association with a foundation gave me the opportunity to teach in a special children/juvenile home and to interact with a number of vulnerable kids who need special care and love exactly the way it is shown in the movie. Not all these kids are there by choice but because of the circumstances, situations, surroundings, society, hardships that they have gone through in the past and because of a number of other factors. One second chance can change their life. Some of my personal favourite learnings from the movie were:

1) Rejections are not the end of life. They prepare us to strive for better and to work towards bigger goals in life.
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2) Kids are like wet clay, you can transform them by showing them the right direction.
3) It's never too late to start afresh in life.
4) Never underestimate people for their inadequacies. It’s important to be inclusive in our approach towards people!
5) There is nothing like failure, every setback is just a new learning lesson and an opportunity to think differently. So never give up, if you really want something badly.
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6) Disorders can make your body functionality weak, but it has nothing to do with your capabilities to achieve your dreams.
7) Sometimes underdogs are the biggest achievers in life. Because God gives the hardest battles to the strongest soldiers.
8) Little Changes can make big differences.
9) Its necessary to teach the student how to lead a better life in future rather than to teach them history.
10) Give them wings and they will fly.
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11) Before judging anyone it is important step into their shoes and know their circumstances. You have no idea what they are going through.
12) Always rise above your situations, never blame them and instead try to learn from them.
13) All of us just need that one person, be it a teacher, mentor or friend who believes in us. Just one!
14) Acknowledging your fears and anxieties can be liberating. It can set you free.
15) Everybody is a genius. But if we judge a fish by its ability to climb, a fish will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. It is unfair to judge or mark all students on the same parameters.
16) Most importantly, some things in life can’t be fixed, they just need acceptance.
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17) A Doctor can save a life of a kid by doing a surgery but only a true teacher can touch the heart of that kid and give him/her the courage needed to live truly.
18) Lastly, my personal favorite line from the movie, * “There are no bad students, but only bad teachers”.

*However, I do not blame the teachers but instead blame the system under which they are bound, and I seriously think it’s high time that our education system should change and focus on art, creativity, network building, collaboration and not solely on competition. Because Life does not take exams as per Syllabus. In this world full of Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp Stories, let’s try to be part of someone’s life story for the good. Let’s prepare our future generations to be humans and not robots. Let’s sit down and hear their dreams and let us not just force a fish to climb a tree.

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