Revolution in Education Sector
“A Teacher is a respectable guru and his advice must be sought and listened to, because he is the one whom can guide you truly and discerningly to find relentless ways of both worldly and afterlife success and prosperity by the dint of experience and knowledge and they are not our slaves but indeed our virtual parents.”
By Zeeshan Hameed Sohr, Kharan
For the starters, I would like to tell you a few things which I see about teachers and the society. Perhaps there will be no agreement between the way you think and the way I think. Perhaps I may be opposing the positions taken in the current code of education. I am neither an educationist nor a social reformer. It is my good fortune that I can talk about some fundamental aspects of education and society.
The possibility of any truth about education dawning on educationists should be taken as almost nil. They have been thinking for the last five thousand years but the present condition of education, its structure and the type of man that is produced is so totally wrong that it is natural that only unhealthy and confused leaders are born out of it all. The thinking that is done by the sociologists is also sick and unhealthy; otherwise human beings, their life and their thinking, would have been quite different. Since I am neither an educationist nor a sociologist, it is possible that I can tell you things which can be seen only by looking at the problems directly. For those for whom the scriptures are important, the solutions become more important than the problems. Since I do not know the code of education I can talk directly about the problems.
The very first thing I would like to say is that the present relationship between the teacher and the society has proved dangerous. What is that relationship? The relationship is that the teacher is a slave and the society is the master or owner. What work does the society ask from the teacher? Society wants the teacher to inculcate the old jealousies, old enmities and old thoughts coming down from the past thousands of years into the minds of young children. Those old people, who are as good as dead or dying, want to bequeath, pass on, such things through the teacher into the minds of new generations. It is very surprising that the society demands this type of work from the teacher and the teacher continues to do such work. This is a great disgrace for the teachers. The disgrace is that the diseases from which the past century suffered are passed on to the current century, through the teacher, as needed by the society.
This is needed because the old structure, the vested interests connected with that structure and the blind beliefs established in that structure do not want to die. They want to continue to live within the society. Because of the job done by the teacher, he is respected. Without flattering the teacher and without respecting the teacher, it is not possible to ask for this work from him. That is why it is said that the teacher is a guru, respectable, and his advice must be listened to. Why? – Because the society wants to bequeath its whole pattern of beliefs to its children through the teacher.
The Hindu father wants to make his son a Hindu, and a Mohammedan father wants to make his son a Mohammedan before he dies. The Hindu father also wants to bequeath to his children the dispute with the Mohammedans. Who will do this? The teacher will do it. The old generation wants to impose its blind beliefs on the new generation. Its scriptures, its priests and everything else is to be imposed. It gets this work done through the teacher, but what is the result?
The result is that material wealth is increasing in the world, but mental faculties do not develop. As long as there is that great burden of old thoughts on the minds of the children, their mental faculties cannot develop. In a small child there is the burden of a culture five thousand years old. The very life of that child is crushed under that burden. Because of this, the flame of consciousness cannot be lit and the individuality of the child cannot develop. The material wealth increases because whatever is left by the parents is increased or improved upon by their children. But their mental faculties cannot develop because the children are conditioned in that respect.
TEACHER, SOCIETY, REVOLUTION
Any developmental, creative activity is always future-oriented.
Our whole education is past-oriented. All our doctrines, ideas and ideals are taken from the past. The past is that which is dead and gone. We are trying to impose things which are thousands of years old on the minds of our children. Not only do we impose the ideas, but we call a child ideal that proves him a good follower of the old beliefs? Who is praising such a child? This is being done by the teacher and that is how the leaders of society, religions and the state are exploiting the teacher.
The teacher is made to believe that he is the disseminator of knowledge. He is not the disseminator of knowledge; he is the preserver and maintainer of the status quo of the knowledge that has developed in the past and he is an obstacle to the knowledge that can develop. He does not allow anything to leave the parameter of the past. As a result, we continue to do many types of foolish things. Those old things are not allowed to die. The politician has also understood this and he is also exploiting the teacher. What is surprising is that the teacher is not aware of this exploitation done in the name of service to the society. How many kinds of exploitation are being done! How we can forget our politician. The politician, knowingly or unknowingly, makes his thoughts and ideas enter into the minds of children through the teacher. The priest is also doing the same thing. In the name of religious Education this is going on and every religion goes on trying to make their beliefs and tenets, right or wrong, enter into the minds of children. This is being done at such an unripe age, when the children cannot think. There is no greater crime perpetrated on humanity.
What crime can be greater than making the child believe that what is in the Koran is the truth, or to put all such things into the mind of a child, who is innocent, ignorant and unacquainted with the world, is a worse crime than anything else.
Those words “honesty is religion” written on our doors can enable perpetration of a bigger dishonesty. It means that honesty will be used for committing dishonesty. But we are not aware of this. This has happened due to our setting the goals to be achieved in the future. I would like a system of education in which the goal is day-to-day living. There is nothing like future: Whatsoever I am living today is all and everything. We should create such an atmosphere in the Educational institutions which will help us “to understand, to recognize and to know” that howsoever harsh the truth may be, we should respect only those who speak the truth. However different and cruel the truth may appear, the truth only must be respected. From the very first day of our education, all the efforts should be directed towards increasing our recognition and knowledge of what truth is? We should know how to expose the falsehood and should know why we should expose the falsehood. Our Endeavour should be to increase the respect and dignity of truth. Geography, Mathematics, chemistry and physics are not as important as the meditative awareness.
Revolution; At the end I want to leave some questions for my readers.
Do you think it is necessary to give a new type of Education so that people may understand differentiations? Can Objectivity and Subjectivity be separated? Do you think it is possible to give such right education?