A vision of Swami Vivekananda; a vision of Sri Sathya Sai Baba; a vision to promote educational excellence has existed since time immemorial.
The very fundamental aim of education is to achieve multi-faceted development of a human being, his intellectual, physical, spiritual and ethical development. Truth (Sathya), righteous conduct (Dharma), peace (Shanti), love (Prema) and non-violence (Ahimsa) are the core universal values which can be identified as the foundation on which the entire educational excellence rests upon. These five are indeed universal values and respectively represent the various domains of personality: They are also correspondingly correlated with the five major objectives of education, namely, knowledge, skill, balance, vision and identity.
Philosophy of co-existence, not only with human beings but all living beings on earth is thought over and discussed by saints and leaders all over the world. If this is taught, the vision of promoting educational excellence can be achieved in thought, theory and practice in Indian educational system.
Human values are best imbibed by emulation. The teacher is the best organized element in the social system, after the parents, to transmit values to the students who constitute the future generations. Thus, to promote human values among the future citizenry, teacher is the most potent agent.
It has been rightly said – “Education is for life, not for living”. If education is a man-making process, then it is clear that we should try to lay a different foundation to the entire edifice of education. There is an urgent need to revisit the curricula at different stages, not only in this country but worldwide, and restate the goals of education at each level in terms of ‘expected behavioural outcomes’.
The long term goals such as good behaviour, honesty and integrity which are components of good character are always intangible. The short term goals, such as good results and prizes are concrete, verifiable goals. Hence, the definition of an ideal teacher would depend upon the philosophical stance the school will adopt.
The real purpose of education is EDUCARE. The ideal teacher adopts a holistic approach in his teaching. He not only explains the ‘nuts and bolts’ of his subject, he also conveys the utilitarian aspect of that information. His teachings have all the elements of truth, goodness and beauty. Such teachers can promote educational excellence.
As the teacher, so will be the students. As the students, so will be the nation.