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A focus on humanizing education


New Delhi: In a communication received from the University Grants Commission (UGC), the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the Distance Education Council (DEC). Readmore...
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As teachers let us ensure that child understands properly the vocabulary we are using. Most of the information part of teaching misses the mark because the teacher uses such words, which goes above the heads of the children. About the teacher's vocabulary, the children have only the faintest idea, and of which sometimes have a completely wrong idea. This means, it is common sense to enable our children understand what we are talking about. If we go on piling in information unmindfully and do not pause to check whether it has gone in to the heads or not, or it has been assimilated or not, a great deal of our precious effort will have been wasted. To put it aptly that when giving information we must keep in mind the two aspects of our work, first the child and its abilities and nature, and secondly the subject and its sequential and logical presentation. 

In this era of computers and televisions, giving information alone is not enough. What is more important is the truth that teaching is 'cause to learn'. In other words, real teaching is not what we do for the child, but how we can persuade him to do by himself. In nutshell, teaching means helping a child to learn and to do things himself. Therefore we call the teacher an instrument. 

It is not what is presented to the child which educates him, but rather the reaction that he makes to what is presented. Here we assume that teaching is guiding a child to adjust himself to his environment. Right from birth, the child is reacting to his immediate environment. Some of these ways are fruitful , while others are not. For example a child learns to love his parents, near and dear ones. 
This is a fruitful reaction because love is an active creative force. But the child also learns to be jealous and selfish, which are negative and harmful reactions. Part of the activity of teaching is to help the child to adapt to his environments. This may be done either by modifying the environment or by strengthening the child.