Elizabeth Koshy Posted 10 months ago Do you think that obliging students to learn some subject by heart will make them successful students ? It's all about achieving a balance. For instance I like the rhythm & rhyme of poetry, and the sheer sound of words which convey emotions and are evocative of situations. Yes initially it was a drill in school, but later on, with greater understanding, I looked on it as a bank from which I could draw upon for writing essays, articles and letters. It gives me a high when I can recall verses and associations at appropriate times. I try to impress this on my teachers and students in Chaitanya School, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, of which I am Director. I guess some of it is percolating down. But it has to be inculcated at a young age for it to be really effective.