Dr. K P Gopalkrishna
Chairman and Founder Principal
NAFL, TISB and NPS Group of Schools
Education is a debated subject all over the world, by the various stake holders, educationists, education administrators, teachers, parents and all others concerned with education.
The objective of the whole education system which is served by all those engaged in the industry is two-fold – Firstly, it serves to provide the present needs of all children below 18 years and to lay the foundation for the future growth and adaptation to new situations. Secondly, it serves to provide for the changing occupational needs of adults in the rapidly changing world. Today, the whole world has become a single unit or a single country considering the huge technological inventions and discoveries which are available to everyone.
Education is a big industry. In such an industry teacher is but a small cog, a vital cog, especially to the children, young people and adults each of whom share a personal tutor with others. Machines and equipment of all kinds make it possible for a child to be instructed in varied kinds of activities but personal development as a human being needs to establish contact with other human beings. It needs encouragement, a sense of belonging and a sense of being valuable. None of these can be provided by machines or through machines because education industry is so complex. The teaching profession within itself is very complex. The complexity extends from preparing material to guide and encourage children and adult students.
To meet modern needs, the educational process has been divided into three concurrent parts, varying in emphasis according to each individual's age and needs.
Firstly, a child's nature and historic place of learning is to be kept in mind. The historic place of learning is in his own home. The immediate social needs are catered for by the members of the family. Today, even sophisticated and specialized learning can take place at home.
Secondly, a child needs a group of people wider than his family group. He needs adults who are skilled in teaching or directing those activities which can be most profitably learnt in groups and by contact with other people, such as theatre, sports, games etc.
Thirdly, the tools and skills of learning are computers, visuals, telephone, televisions and programmed learning machines. Children and adults of all ages make use of this part of education process.
The young mind develops by experiencing one’s day-to-day meeting with peer group, adults and through many other media. We, teachers, have a great challenge to meet all these changing attitudes and aspirations of youngsters. With involvement of parents, teachers and students, we could have a healthy group of students with positive thinking which will help them to be an understanding adult in future.