A Crow was absolutely satisfied in life. But one day he saw a swan. This swan is so white and I am so black, crow thought. This swan must be the happiest bird in the world. said the crow, "Actually," the swan replied, "I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a parrot, which has two colors. I now think the parrot is the happiest bird in creation." The crow then approached the parrot. The parrot explained, "I lived a very happy life-until I saw a peacock. I have only two colors, but the peacock has multiple colors." The crow then visited a peacock in the zoo and saw that hundreds of people had gathered to see him. After the people had left, the crow approached the Peacock. Dear Peacock, You are so beautiful. Every day thousands of people come to see you. When people see me, they immediately shoo me away. I think you are the happiest bird on the planet. The peacock replied, I always thought that I was the most beautiful and happy bird on the planet. But because of my beauty, I am entrapped in this Zoo. I have examined the zoo very carefully, and I have realized that the crow is the only bird not kept in a cage. So for past few days I have been thinking that if I were a crow, I could happily roam everywhere. That's our problem too. We make unnecessary comparison with others and become sad. We don't value what God has given us. This all leads to the vicious cycle of unhappiness. Value the things God has given us. Learn the secret of being happy and discard the comparison which leads only to unhappiness.
According to me, a good school does not feature only the furniture and infrastructure, it is the teachers who makes it a good school. Without being boisterous, I can say that, a good principal with a vision (along with the management) to lead and convey the same to the teachers who in turn will lead the students to follow the same mission and vision and the total outcome will result in a good school.
In todays world it is performance that matters and doing well in exams is top priority. Use of gadgets increases IQ levels but it also destructs as students want to use them all the time. Allow children to use them but only for a certain period. A two-hour weekly assessment on Sunday by picking random questions on subjects would do wonders. Have specific play time. For parents it is important to say it’s OK and ‘just do your best’ parental assurance is important. Never say you must get 98%. A parent is often heard saying that the child is not studying, but the child need not study so much. In the lower classes parental supervision is necessary but in higher classes a certain level of industry is required.
Most teachers and administrators did not agree that children are not learning. But almost all of them said they sent their own children to private schools because they believed that their children would get “better” education there. They had little faith in government schools and the reasons they cited ranged from English medium to excessive non-teaching duties of government school teachers. If we look at government and private schools separately, the fall in learning levels appears to come mostly from government schools. Parents are shifting their children from government to private schools because, according to their perception, the latter provide better learning outcomes. However, comparing outcomes in government schools and private schools is like comparing apples with roses. Along with ‘school’ factor, there are a host of other factors like parental educational levels, number of siblings, tuition that play a vital role in determining outcomes. Jumping to conclusions without taking into account all the relevant factors will amount to distortion of reality.
The first thing is that most of the schools emphasize only on academic infrastructure and happily forget about the extracurricular activity part with little or no space for sports and outdoor activity. Next are the teachers who are the pillars of quality education. Curriculum too is very important. Most of the schools emphasize only on examinations without the actual teaching. According to me, the primary section should be more of teaching and less of exams with priority given to language building through English and logic building through mathematics.The use of technology should be limited in the classroom; otherwise it will affect the reading and learning of the student. The creativity of the child should be retained. Learning through entertainment is through iPads and later when the students are exposed to strict learning, they would not be able to take it.