ToThe news of the shortage and overcrowding of the Vivid-19 vaccine has kept many people from reaching the vaccination centers, but the fact is that there is not that much vaccine shortage in the month of August. By registering for vaccination on the Covin app, you can easily get vaccinated. It is a different matter that even if the vaccination centers are not overcrowded, you can get rid of some normal, but bitter experiences of life. Such experiences do not necessarily have to be felt in a line for vaccination, anywhere you can encounter them.
It happened that I reached the vaccination center set up in a government school ahead of time, so that the number would come early. 12-13 people were already in the line ahead of me that suddenly an elderly lady started trying to stand in front of a 45+ adult woman standing in front of me. When the adult woman objected, the elders began to cry that she was already in line for a long time. Due to being tired, she had sat somewhere, now she wants to get back on her number.
I knew the old lady was lying, because I had clearly noticed her coming to the school premises much later. Still, I didn’t say anything between the two women. As a result, the elderly woman stood behind the objecting woman, that is, in front of me, then the woman in front of her became calm. The elders grumbled for a long time that they were already in line… their authority was encroached upon… their age was not even considered… et cetera.
After about half an hour, the process of vaccination started, then many people started hovering in the forefront and as it happens, they started quarreling with the people ahead. The crowd was not much, so I was sure that the number would come in 15-20 minutes. But, some people do not have patience at all. One, they come late, then they start trying to get the number early. The elderly women who had been lying in front of me were also troubled by the dispute going on in the forefront. She was getting vocal on the corruption of those who came later and those who wanted to get vaccinated early.
I was laughing at his theft and cynicism in my mind. It was learned that she used to teach in some school. However, after that old lady, my number also came.
What is the difference between education and education?
While returning home after getting vaccinated, I was thinking of the same old lady. No doubt she was old, so she should not have been kept standing for long. The administrators of the center should have made proper arrangements so that an elderly person gets vaccinated as soon as possible. But if it wasn’t, couldn’t she politely request the people in line to let themselves stand? If she did, no one would probably deny it, but she didn’t and did the trick.
She was a retired teacher. She may have taught and passed thousands of children during her stint in the school, but would she have been able to give a proper education to even a couple? So is there a fundamental difference between ‘education’ and ‘education’? Should the education system be a tool to be promoted to the next classes on the basis of numbers only or to make good citizens?
The big question is whether our teachers instill in the students a sense of awareness of civic responsibilities? Do they consider it their duty to do so or not? Or is it not an essential part of teachers’ responsibility to create civic sense in our education system? These and all such questions become important in today’s time also because now in nuclear family system, children do not get primary education from family to become good citizens.
To educate the children in expensive schools and fulfill their other needs, parents are busy day and night worrying about earning money. They have no time for children. In such a situation, the decision to include the subject ‘patriotism’ in the curriculum of Delhi government schools seems good on the surface, but it will be in doubt that the goal will be achieved.
Why not bridge the gap between values and actions?
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia says that it is necessary that we bridge the gap between our values and actions and ensure that children follow the constitutional ideals of equality, fraternity and justice in their daily lives. It is clear that in the Delhi Government’s Patriotic Curriculum, children will be taught lessons about constitutional rights as well as the duties of citizens. It is also clear from Sisodia’s statement that the government believes that the gap between an individual’s actions and his civic values cannot be completely bridged.
But, when we expect children to set such high ideals, should we not set such examples before them ourselves?
Today, in the country’s media (including social media), the actions of political parties make most of the headlines. Due to the information revolution and easy access to technology, politics is now having a direct impact on children as well. Children know Modi, Shah, Rahul, Sonia, Mamta, Kejriwal etc. Is there even a percentage of exemplary content in everyday life in the daily political news in the media? Or are the news of the world of politics and their analysis creating negativity in the children, so sociologists should study it with full sensitivity?
Is there anything exemplary in politics?
What is such exemplary and positive in politics, which today’s leaders should know from childhood? Shouldn’t the answer to this question be sought by all the parties of the country? Today, children are seeing and learning that the more the leader or party who has the ability to tangle the parliamentary boundaries or demonstrates, the more he remains in the headlines.
You could argue that it was all about oppositional conduct! There is a ruling party too, doesn’t its conduct leave a mark on the minds of the children? Absolutely can leave, but today in the media only information about political conflict, animosity, crime etc. is published and circulated prominently, so what is or can be politics of values, it should not be introduced in the mind of children. finds.
Civics may be a subject of education in schools, but it is a fallacy to think that true citizens can be made only by studying the scriptures. We must collectively believe that since independence, we have not done much in the direction of making true citizens. This is the reason that the Delhi government has now made a program to teach the lesson of patriotism to the school children. Seek and see other states will also make such efforts. But, children will learn to lie at home, sleep in bed on voting day, go on holiday or chirping picnics, so whatever you write in books, you can just rote the children, they are not true and good citizens. can make
How to become a true Indian?If children learn this that it is better to get government work done through touts by paying hundred and fifty rupees, it saves time, does not cause trouble, then they cannot become true citizens. When children learn that helmets or seat belts are to be worn only to avoid challans, then you cannot make them a true Indian. When children learn to throw garbage anywhere, then it will be meaningless to expect clean behavior from them. When such children become old, they will also lie to get ahead in the line, at least I have no doubt about that.
Until the conduct of family, society and politics is not improved, the new generation cannot be made patriotic just by including such subjects in the curriculum. However, such efforts cannot be called completely fruitless. Education is a subject of both the states and the centre. Country or nation belongs to everyone. In such a situation, it is the responsibility of both the Center and the state to inculcate the feeling of patriotism in the minds of all citizens since childhood. The curriculum of patriotism should be compulsorily implemented not only in government schools but also in private schools.
But before doing this, it is necessary to consider this question from a multidimensional point of view that can the spirit of patriotism be awakened only by reading the duties in books along with civil rights? Had this been the case, would it have been like this after more than seven decades of independence? In order to get good results, changes have to be made in the way of implementation. Along with the child, his parents also have to be made aware.
What is patriotism after all?
What is patriotism after all? What Congress thinks or what Aam Aadmi Party thinks or what BJP thinks? Or is patriotism reflected in the basic thinking of the Left parties? Obviously, patriotism or patriotism cannot be seen through different lenses. The sentiment may be the same and until all political parties bring purity in their conduct, adding a few new chapters to children’s books can help you tell them what a true citizen is, they really need to be a hundred people. Percentage cannot make a true citizen.
The meaning of patriotism is not just singing the national anthem on special occasions, paying respect to the tricolor, opposing terrorism etc., but much more than that. What if children read good things in books and lessons on dishonesty at home? Democracy is made up of two words- ‘Lok’ and ‘Tantra’. It is believed that in ‘democracy’ only ‘lok’ is dominant and it ensures the conduct of ‘tantra’. Constitutionally or say bookishly this is correct, but is the situation like this today? Today it seems that ‘Tantra’ is teaching ‘people’ the lesson of corrupt practices.
A question is often asked and now even the courts are asking why ministers, government employees and officials do not send their children to government schools? Why teach in expensive private schools? The answer to this question is not very difficult, but if we consider, then the intention and goal of the governments till now after independence becomes clear from the answer of this question alone. If children have to be made patriots, then first it is necessary to make government employees and officials patriots.
‘Happiness’ doesn’t come from reading
If the purpose is only to surprise others by doing something new, then it does not matter. But if the situation is to improve, then we have to think seriously. Delhi government taught the lesson of happiness to the children, it is a good thing. If the Delhi government has made a mind to develop entrepreneurial thinking in the minds of children, then it is also a good thing, but by making changes in the curriculum, children can progress towards becoming true and good citizens or are such shigufa. After leaving, we dive into the ocean of self-satisfaction and become self-engaged and close our eyes in the posture of contemplation?
According to an NCRB report published on August 1, 2021, more than 24000 children committed suicide across the country in just two years from 2017 to 2019. All these children were between 14 and 18 years old. In these, more than 4000 children committed suicide due to not passing the examination. Among those who committed suicide, 13,325 were girls. From the year 2017 to 2019, this figure increased continuously. Maximum 3115 children committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh. After this, 2802 children in West Bengal, 2527 in Maharashtra and 2035 in Tamil Nadu died under stress due to one reason or the other.
At the same time, according to another report published on November 2, 2019, 366 people were committing suicide in the country every day due to mental stress. Most of the children below 18 years were doing this in Delhi. In Delhi-NCR, 69 girls and 86 boys under the age of 18 died that year. According to a WHO report, an average of 11.4 people commit suicide for every one lakh population worldwide. In India this rate is almost double to 20.9 per lakh.
It is obvious that if along with the education of Happiness or Entrepreneurship, the imperative of social conduct is inculcated in the minds of children from a multidimensional perspective, then desensitizing cases like suicide can be reduced. The main cause of suicide among children is stress related to studies. Children have to be made true and good citizens, patriots are to be made, then nothing will happen just by studying in schools. Elders also have to change. Politics also has to change, society also has to change. When we learn to take our place in the lines without manipulating, then we will be entitled to ask the system why proper arrangements have not been made for the elderly? Do you think this could happen in the near future?
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