This blog is about the e-mail that I wrote to Nick Middleton and the reply he sent. What makes it special is the motivation behind this 'random initiative' and the surprising response as well. Nick is the author of a chapter 'Silk Road' which is in the prescribed curriculum by CBSE in English of Grade XI in India. I am an educator of the subject at Wisdom World School here.
They paint the life of their disciples with colours of learning and lessons for a lifetime. The subjects they teach are mere excuses to intervene in the life of the students. As we say in this age, even Google can teach you the syllabus, a teacher teaches you about life. What makes teachers such a strange species? What conspires in their mind and what makes them walk the extra miles? Who is their Muse? Let's find out!
This all occurred to me when I was in the classroom looking outside the window and not finding a single student walking to the building as before. This was the beginning of an unusual day, an unusual arrival and departure at the workplace. They were not there. The reason was new, unreal and unprecedented as the same outbreak had sealed almost the whole world.
I am a teacher to school children now. Shifting from HigherEd to training teachers across the country and then landing in the K-12 classrooms has not changed much in me and for me. The intent is the same: engage and empower. To deliver the message of authenticity and communication, I have interacted with every possible thing - be it students, resources, technology, books and even the chapter authors.
I opened the draft/unpublished section and felt like completing the unfinished blog posts. This time the mind went to the oldest posts, still unpublished. To my surprise, this post was a complete post yet not published. Then I checked the publication details. It was created on 08 Jan 2015 at 10:34:35 and then went to drafts.
COVID has brought us on our knees. Now we see the ground with a close insight. It is our own ground that we have not been able to re-visit since we jumped into the well of earning well for the world. The blind-race we were running is on a slowdown in the lockdown. It seems the right time to understand what we know as ‘Immunity’ now.
They insist that he must be in front of their eyes. Some of them ensure that Kevin is looking towards them and is well settled at the table, though far away from them. A few have started insisting to bring him out of the bag otherwise he will get suffocated. This is the Minion - the one whom I introduced as Kevin and now the students say, he is more pleasant to talk to. Let me share with you how this started and where it is headed!
Education is reciprocal and we are the communicators of this reciprocity. This concern for others is what makes us 'human' and the moment we deviate from this 'humane side', we are inhuman. Such a simple thing is not understood unless it is not being communicated to us by our belief systems, teachers, friends and Self!
Talking about him falls not under the category or news or academics, it is only one feeling that I can share and that is a sense of loss. I got this news from my wife and could not say much. It was a strange feeling that I felt once or twice at the death of someone in the family. The zero gravity at the loss. When you can speak less about it; but you do speak a lot.
What you know is of no use if you cannot make good use of it. Our previous knowledge gives us a unique competence. It is the power to imagine. Do not think that one cannot imagine if he does not know about a particular thing beforehand. We mean, if you know about one thing then you can 'imagine' more. That is what children do.
There has been a special thing about elders around me. Since childhood, I have seen them with a magical faculty. This power of their intellect seems to be so natural to them. What it is? What makes them special and how we all can try walking the same 'less-travelled' paths now!
There is a time for daring and there is a time for caution. These are the times for the later and the former has to be kept under check for now. You do not need to fall prey to the temptations of the ‘external’ world. If you do so, it is at your cost and later becomes costly for the ones around you. There are always times of acting as Robinhood but there are certain times it is better to be the hermit.
It has been 07 years since the EklavyaParv blog came as the place I started writing for. It has been a full-heart employment with the full-time jobs I have been doing. The pleasure that I get, the power that I conceive and the response that I get – all make it an EklavyaParv in a true sense.
Do not be overwhelmed by change. It has to an incremental movement from the status quo or the stagnation you have been into. If you see it is not adding any worth to the efforts, reconsider your approach and if found rational, do not hesitate to correct the path. Right efforts in the right direction get you rewarding returns in life. That is what a lockdown learner should do.
Do not worry. We are not at fault for this fall of mankind from being in lead to being home-bound. We have least to acknowledge as our error of judgement, the hamartia, which makes us the ones who seem to have brought this upon themselves. Our individualist approach has done something, which has led to this sense of loss.
Hey! MAKE SOME NOISE - has been a call for some rebellion in the face of a boring and stereotyped routine. It is not about being on the dance floor or on the stage for a while and then making an exit for the next friendly call. The 'noise' here is the intervention that we all need to possess in our everyday routine. It actually makes us look alive. Let's see how!
You are the master of your own destiny. This is what most of the published and celebrated motivators sell these days. They are not wrong. It is an absolute truth that we become what we think of primarily. This 'think of' is not about the dream but this should be read as 'What We Think of Ourselves'. The simplest methods and the most complex theories of transformation shall lead to only one thing - Do you Lead Your Own Self!
Approach to a challenge is the magic wand you have to make the difference. It is up to you, totally, whether you kneel down or stand up cautiously to a problem that is there for some time. We, humans, have seen disasters. We have a history of getting back to normalcy even after nuclear bombs ruin each particle of life. Coronavirus and the social distancing is a challenge and we need to win over again.