Gone are the days when huge elephants were being led by just a small rope tied to their front leg. Without any chains or cages it was obvious that the elephants could escape at any time, but for some reason they didn't. A trainer nearby explained as to why those animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. When they were very young and much smaller, the trainer used the same sized rope to tie them and, at that age, it was enough to hold them. As they grow up, they got conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free. That cannot ever be the scenario in the present times.
As an educationist and a Principal, I meet challenges every moment of the day trying to inculcate the personality traits helping in an overall personality development. Learning the lessons of life for a successful beginning through the case studies on the classic movies like 'Invictus', 'Coach Carter' and 'Remember the Titans', for the classes XI and XII has been a successful experimentation and a novel way to inculcate the qualities like, leading by example, seeking inspiration from the surroundings, remaining focused, team building & being professionally upright. Young minds are a great source of energy for the nation. They cannot be left to rot with conditioned learning, rather we need to tune them to observations and encourage them to have a courageous heart to experiment upon them at the same.
"The true method of knowledge is experimentation." - William Blake
Lt Col Bhupender Kumar