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Rohit Daniel

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We should include a subject on human relationships and emotions, probably called Human Science, in the core curriculum of our schools.

All of the world's problems stem from our failure to understand our emotions and feelings, and also our failure to understand the nuances of human relationships. If we can only teach our children how to make and maintain meaningful relationships, most of our problems would disappear to a large extent.

Agreed that there will still be exceptional cases where, in spite of the right emotional nurture, certain individuals will still make the wrong choices in life, but we can't ignore the huge difference in the life of millions! Just image, fewer divorces, fewer failures in love, fewer broken hearts, and certainly lesser crime!

We are teaching our children to be better doctors, engineers and other professions, but unfortunately we are missing out the main aspect of their upbringing: Being Human! Perhaps there was a time when we did not need to have to teach our children to be human, but seeing how capitalism has effectively dehumanized us, I strong believe it's time we start teaching our children how to be human and humane once again.

Your views on the subject will be truly insightful for me and also everyone on TED.


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    Sep 24 2013: Why not just fashion our school syllabi along emotional intelligence? Why not incorporate philosophy, ethics and civics once again back in school curriculum?
    Our education system is designed in a way to make us too sure of everything. Keeping alive a benign yet questioning mind can realign our world.
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      Sep 24 2013: Absolutely! Thank you for your input Pabitra. Do you think the people who decide the future of your country would really care about awakening the minds of our children? How do you suggest we go about creating this more human syllabus?
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        Sep 25 2013: In today's world the people who decide the future of my country are just not doing enough. They should be thinking about the world and the position and responsibility of my country in that world as my country will soon account for one quarter of humanity.
        The questioning has started already. First question that is being asked by the younger generation is what exactly is our tradition, is it blindly following what our elders have done? Look carefully at an Indian youth and you will see this question almost flashing like a neon sign.
        There are ways and means of creating a more humane syllabus - those are mere technicalities. We need to think differently first and I am hopeful such thinking is happening in India.

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