Rhitik Bhatt

Student, St. Paul's School, Banswara

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What should be done in a school to nurture a kid.

I am having a speech on Thursday so I want as many comments as possible. What happens is Sir Ken Robinson have told us that we educate people out of their creative capacities but he didn't suggested how to educate them. What are the possible ways to educate a whole being?

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    Jan 16 2013: I think a large factor nowadays is that with the population growth, you can't really expect a low student-teacher ratio like many specialists would recommend unless you send you kids to expensive schools where the price limits students and you have that system. We recently had a speaker at TEDxBeirut talk about the method of guiding the children as a means of education. Allowing them to slowly develop the method of analysis themselves and giving them responsibility at a young age nurtures them to enjoy learning and they develop an independent means of learning. This is not to say that teachers aren't needed, but letting children take action in their learning experience seems to be something very good for them.


    2 of my friends are teachers in Marj's school and they say that their children really develop a sense of loving learning rather than seeing it as a burden. I hope that is helpful!
  • Jan 12 2013: Drop standardized testing and the follow - on punishment by the states for low performing schools.

    Yes, I said it. Standardized testing and punishing schools for low - performance is driving our teachers away from creativity and nurturing to only teaching reading, writing, and math. Nothing else matters on the tests so nothing else is important. That has become the single driver for most schools, not just in the states, but world-wide.

    On a positive side. Get to know the student as a person. That is the true first step. Know and understand the student, their experiences, their passions, what excites them in life. The support it. But support it with educational opportunities in schools and in the local communities. Develop mentoring programs where a child is put with a mentor who shares a common goal or passion in life. Then, let them grow and develop that passion in their lives.

    That is a good starting point.
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    Jan 9 2013: Paul Kirhagis has made a very important point. Education only starts in schools, it does not end there.
    Pupils should be encouraged to ask questions; and each kid should be encouraged to be the best in their subject of interest. Not every child would be a Scientists; some would be, but there are also kids with potentials to be great painters, artistes, footballers, writers, athletes, and so on.

    As a teacher focus on encouraging learning, curiousity and creativity; focus on understanding the child. Dont be too obsessed with your own definition of 'intelligence'.

    Good luck and God bless.
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    Jan 8 2013: I think using the word "educate" isn't where we should start, you had it right with "nurture". I think teachers should be nurturing and encouraging creativity and curiosity in children. Children are naturally inquisitive, using that to help them on a path to discover knowledge (wherever that may lead them) is the way to nurture a whole being.
  • Feb 5 2013: This is about education for girls (or the lack there of) in the East.

    It seems to be a good start, and worth spreading..

  • Jan 19 2013: to remove the structure of learning and allow children to learn what they are drawn to and to learn that in the way they are as children comfortable learning that is through play. All learning should be reflective and multi perceptual not linear our education is designed to teach the skills corporations want in order to produce their goods in order to produce their profits based on draconian models of the transference of power from one with "imagined" power to one with out.
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    Jan 14 2013: I feel like the simplest way to nurture students is always overlooked. Speaking from personal experience, a teacher should speak to their students more often. A smaller teacher to student ratio does not always help. Instead, the teacher has to be willing to take the first step to talk to their students (and not just the ones that are fun to talk to) as the student will often be apprehensive to approach the teacher. The teacher should get to understand the student's strengths and weaknesses. Instead of assuming that a student is not trying when he/ she submits work late or does badly, the teacher should make an effort to ascertain if the student is trying. From there, the teacher can see how to help the student.

    The teacher should also encourage the student to think through his or her goals in life. From there, the teacher can encourage the student to do well by showing the student that he or she has something to work towards.
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    Jan 12 2013: i think it would be much better to teach by keeping them in the situation which needs their prior action.its the better way to learn and face the consequences in addition to finding out the solutions which may be right or wrong.
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    Jan 10 2013: Education begins at home. School is only for a period of time. Technology allows kids who know how to read and work a computer to supplement their formal education, and be life long learners......we have the world at our fingertips....

    That being said, every child is different.

    A caring teacher, who is mindful of each student's strengths and weaknesses will ultimately have
    much power in the nurturing of her/his students during the school year.

    Regardless of what kind of system/curriculum/benchmarks/objectives are given by the school system, when a teacher closes her/his door, it is ultimately him/her's integrity as an educator that will make all the difference in a student's life.

    If you watch the recent TED talk by author Jarrett Krosoczka, you will see that there are still wonderful nurturing teachers out there. This, despite all the negative remarks being made about education in our time.

    Hope your speech turns out well.
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    Jan 10 2013: Currently we are interested to produce workers and consumers, than to provide meaningful education to ourselves and our kids.

    Check this one: "Equality, quality and morality among kids and beyond"- http://jaychatterjee.blogspot.com/2013/01/morality-equality-and-quality-among_9.html
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    Jan 10 2013: I don't think that schools kill creativity. If you're lucky enough to have a well trained passionate teacher you will appreciate his class, you'll become interested in what he's teaching.
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    Jan 9 2013: Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, research, or simply through autodidacticism. Generally, it occurs through any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts.

    Having said that ... both nuture and nature are important aspects in "learning".

    Schools are a designated area where the opportunity for learning is provided. Schools are not designed for the specific individual to be tutored. Schools offer courses and curriculums open (if public) to all. Teachers are mentors who guide the best they can ... the amount of what is taken away is dependent upon the effort of the student.

    Schools offer an opportunity to "eat" you can select fast food or a buffet ... the choice is yours.

    My advice is that if you want a "whole being" then spend time and effort with your child and stop reling on the school. Take them on tours .. museums .. music lessons ... art appreciation .. camp ... hunt .. fish ... etc ......

    The most important thing here is that you share time, care, and love ... that is a great investment

    I wish you well on your talk. Bob.
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      Jan 9 2013: I agree, I think teaching a child how to learn is important as well. The socratic method of questioning should be something that all parents and teachers should encourage in children. When a child is taught how to question the things they hear and/or are taught it builds a foundation for a lifetime of learning.