“Education of the mind without the education of the heart is no education at all”
Before the concept of schools and centers for study was introduced, people – the young and old alike – would travel far and wide in pursuit of wisdom and to master skills. The emphasis was not so much on knowledge but the use of it. With the passing of centuries as humans made progress in fields previously not even imagined, the concept of education also evolved. Today we confuse an overload of information with knowledge, and the following of trends with education.
If we go into the debate of the purpose of education, we will hear of the need to develop skills students need to pursue a profitable career and excel in society or to transfer knowledge so as to make students functioning members of the society. I would like to quote Martin Luther King here, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason but no morals. … We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.”
In schools moral, ethics and character grooming should be given just as much importance as is Mathematics, Physics and History. We should be less concerned by what a student achieves and more with how much effort was put into achieving that goal. Essentially the idea is to educate the whole child and not just fill in the academic blanks. Therefore children should be taught how to handle social pressures by first identifying the issues and then searching for and implementing solutions on their own. We should work towards making our students strong individuals who glue together to form a strong society, rich with ethical and moral values.
As parents and educators we must hold hands and work together to nurture the mind so while we are busy preparing the Abdul Salams and Abdul Qadeers of the future we also motivate the Jinnahs, Iqbals and Eidhis of the coming generation. This world could certainly do with more Mandelas, Mother Teresas and Einsteins.
In essence I feel that it is safe to say that “the heart of education is the education of the heart” (Anonymous).