Value Education and Parenting - Importance of Inculcating Right Values in Children

We often find ourselves vulnerable to enticements and temptations. The true test of our integrity is dependent on how our core set of values inculcated by our parents and nurtured by our teachers can withstand the challenges posed by our environment.

For example, most of us are law-abiding citizens. But, many of us will admit to driving down a one-way street in a moment of weakness only to end up running into a police officer.

Oh, the ignominy!

Moral of the story is, our core set of values are non-negotiable and we must remain true to ourselves regardless of the circumstances.

Our education begins from the day we are born. We continue to learn all our life, with parents and educators sharing the great responsibility of shaping our future.

The world around us is changing rapidly with the advancement in technology and we must adapt ourselves to our new environment. However, it is equally important to preserve our core value system. Teachers and parents need to work together to shape the youth of today into responsible citizens of tomorrow.

Incorporating value education in schools and greater involvement from parents could provide the answers to the issues like social alienation and antisocial behaviour faced by our society.

School environment is ideal for developing traits like growth mindset in children. Let's see what other values children can develop in school with the help of their teachers:

  • Creativity: Encouraging children to be creative boosts their sense of self-worth.

 

  • Collaboration: Teamwork is the ability to work across barriers and is a highly valued quality in the 21st century work culture.

 

  • Growth mindset: A ‘fixed’ mindset makes children believe their talent is a fixed trait, whereas a growth mindset encourages them to further develop that talent.

Home environment provides a natural space for parents to inculcate values like compassion in children. Let's see how it can benefit a child's growth:

  • Family Values: Spending more time with children is a great way to teach them the importance of family life.
  • Compassion: Teaching children to have concern for all living things goes a long way in making the world a better place.
  • Sharing: Teaching children the joy of sharing with the less fortunate is a great way to get them to place others’ interests before their own.

 

Finally, children may not always be forthcoming with their problems. For this reason, it is important to create a support system based on value education and responsible parenting to help them deal effectively with their anxieties and concerns.

Teaching Entrepreneurship To Children: Should We Do It?

According to Wikipedia, entrepreneurship is the process of designing, launching and running a new business, often a small business, popularly known as a ‘startup.’  It typically involves development of a product or a process or even offering of a certain service. Entrepreneurship requires capacity and willingness to develop, organize, and manage a business venture with the associated risks, with the eventual goal being the generation of healthy profits.

 

Not all startups are destined to be successes. In fact the rate of failure in this field is very high, owing to a number of factors. Inadequate funding, lack of market demand, bad business decisions, and economic crisis can all play a part, either individually or collectively, and make the venture a non-productive enterprise.

 

Not a viable career option for an aspiring young hopeful then? Not really. The rate of failure in this field is not radically different from any other activity.

 

Risks are realities that cannot be wished away but need to be dealt with effectively. However, we can certainly reduce the impact of those risks by taking some prudent decisions.

 

There is an ongoing debate about introducing children to entrepreneurship. But opinion is equally divided with one school of thought fearing for the impact of failure on young minds, while the other is of the opinion that there is a lot more to be learnt from one’s failures than successes.

 

However, one can learn from both - one’s successes and failures. We can use the context of a startup venture to help us learn some valuable lessons.

 

Let us look at what failure can teach us:

 

  • Lack of or inadequate funding: The lesson on offer here is to have respect for money. Money management is an important skill that can help kids to understand and appreciate what it takes to earn money and how hard their parents are working to provide for them.

 

  • Lack of market demand: Do your research thoroughly, study the current trends and patterns and make allowances for future contingencies.

 

  • Economic crises: Be disciplined in your approach to spending money. Do not spend your money before you have earned it. Strong emphasis on savings helped India to tide over the crises of global economic recession, financial meltdowns and economic downturns.

 

  • Bad business decisions: Teaches children to base their decisions on facts, research and common sense as opposed to taking chances, depending on hearsay and having unrealistic expectations.

 

Nothing succeeds like success, they say. Success can teach the children the virtues of being resilient, patient, and organized, the very qualities required for effective management of resources, people and business.

 

Teaching children about entrepreneurship is a win-win situation. There are lessons to be learnt in both our failures and successes. And that is a valuable lesson to learn.

 

Samsidh Group: Our Vision and Mission for the 21st Century

Interaction with visionaries who are dedicated to the cause they so passionately believe in is an enriching experience. We present the contents of such an interaction for the benefit of our readers. We spoke to Ms. Veni, Head of Education, Samsidh Group of Schools about the group’s vision for the 21st century.

 

Vision statement for Samsidh Group of schools

Samsidh Group was founded with the objective of creating leaders for the 21st century, and our mission is to empower 80% of people to achieve their true potential, and also ensuring the youngsters grow into humane and ethical adults. All of us who serve in the organization are dedicated to making the vision our tour de force.

 

How the long involvement in the field of education has helped shape Samsidh’s vision

An association of a quarter of century in the education realm has helped us to acquire deeper understanding of the system. During this period, a number of significant changes have taken place. Education has moved away from mere rote learning to learning with reasoning.

 

We have realised that mere knowledge will not make one successful, one needs to acquire the relevant skills to utilize this knowledge. Our group of schools adhere to the teaching through a concept based methodology which gives equal importance to knowledge, skills and values - a vision that will help take forward our mission.

 

Contribution of Samsidh Group of schools to education

Teaching our children the importance of learning to keep fighting despite failure. Making our students realize trial and learn is our truly learning process. We have tried to eliminate the stigma attached to failure and encourage to view it as an important aspect of the learning process. We believe one can learn a lot more from one’s failure than from one’s successes.

 

Association with ZEE, incorporation of integrated methodology, and the way forward

Zee were one of the the first to understood the need for a change in the current education system. It is a well known fact that 80% of graduates in India are not employable. The only way forward is to, therefore, revolutionise the education system and help make our country produce creators and innovators rather than a workforce that works hard.

 

Zee has begun this revolution through its concept based methodology and it will be our endeavour to take it forward and make it an effective tool to bring about the change.

 

Challenges faced in incorporating Integrated methodology when compared to the conventional teaching methodology and Samsidh’s plans for training and development of  the teaching professionals a painless process

We recognize change is the only constant and real growth occurs when we adapt easily. With relevant and regular training and handholding, our teachers are capable of doing wonders.

 

We are helping our teachers to understand the need for this change. The process becomes easier once they understand and embrace the need for change wholeheartedly.

 

We also hold regular training sessions for our staff throughout the year, both through the external and internal facilitators, which helps them take that additional step forward.

 

Other  important skills for teachers and steps taken to empower Samsidh Group teachers

What differentiates an extraordinary teacher from an ordinary one, is the presence of 7E’s – being energetic, enthusiastic, effective, ego-less, empathetic, engaging and entertaining.

 

There are two types of teachers – those who have taken this up as their chosen profession and those who were forced to take it up for a variety of reasons.

 

To the former, it has to be our goal to keep fuelling their choice as the right one and to the latter, we need to see that they never regret their second choice.

 

Impact of CBSE and CCE pattern of education and assessments

The current system is designed in favour of rote learners who are adept at reproducing verbatim what they have memorized. But such learning methodology does not ensure success in a real-life situation. In fact, there are reports of students ending their life due to failure in the examination. Such senseless deaths of students can be directly attributed to overemphasis on marks, ranks and the related stress.

 

On a positive note, we are happy CBSE has taken note of this and bringing in the much needed change. The CCE helps us assess the children everyday through a plethora of activities and not only through a pen-paper test. The assessments are now all round and not a one-time affair.

 

Differentiated teaching/learning and its incorporation at Samsidh Group of Schools

Human beings are not assembly line products and therefore, are not identical. Each individual is distinctive and has his/her own style of learning. So using one method for all, will not help. The teacher should have a complete grasp of the students and mould his/her teaching to cater to not only the audio, video and kinaesthetic learners but also to learners with different grasping abilities.

We have a streamlined Enrichment Curriculum which aims at helping the students move one level up, regardless of the level.

 

We are also planning on having differentiated worksheets to help the children overcome their subject/exam related phobia and be able to learn at their own pace.

 

Role of parents in child’s education and plans on involving parents in the teaching- learning process

Parents are a child's first teachers. Every parent wants to ensure their child is given access to best education. In the days gone by, mothers generally tended to be homemakers and monitored their children’s  progress constantly. The present scenario is that, more often than not, both the parents are busy professionals and hence anxious about their children’s education, on account of  being not being able to devote as much time to their children as they would ideally like to.

 

An ideal approach for modern parents would be to lay more emphasis on meaningful interactions with their children to learn about their progress.

 

Parents and teachers have an equally important role to play and we urge parents to be connected with us in every aspect of their children’s learning at our schools.

 

Identifying the unique potential of a child and steps taken to prepare the children for future challenges with this mission

At Samsidh, we strive to make each student feel that he/she is a winner and that a winner isn’t necessarily the one who scores a centum.

 

Every activity of the student is analysed and we help him/her to hone that uniqueness. The choice of profession is no longer limited to only two. The world outside offers a variety of options and we help the children choose wisely and judiciously.

 

The children are exposed  to the real world through various activities, competitions and projects which help them to identify their inner potential. We believe in helping the children become independent, pro active and capable through these activities.

 

Significance of the educational program and philosophy of Samsidh Group, say, three years down the line

Samsidh Group believes in not merely creating 21st Century leaders, but leaders with conscience, with values, with ethics and empathy.

 

Three years down the line, people will be certainly seeing a set of youngsters who have a sensible head on their shoulders and for whom material acquisitions will be of secondary importance.

 

We have made a great beginning and hope to see it gathering further momentum in the coming days.

Samsidh Group of Schools: Meeting the 21st Century Challenge

Dear parents,

 

The 21st century is all about the relentless pace of change, advances made in the field of technology and its impact on our lives.

 

Just in the last decade and a half, the way we communicate, the way conduct our business, or even the way we live has undergone a complete change. To compound matters, technology which is considered advanced today may not remain so for long.

 

Education and learning methodologies have not been immune to the effect of advancing technology, making introduction of modern methodology and advanced learning techniques in the field of education a matter of priority because education is the glue that binds technology, economy and society into a cohesive and well-functioning unit.

 

Let us look at some of the trends and qualities required to be a part of the 21st century workforce, where traditional jobs are on the way out and automation is gaining ground.

 

We will also look at the qualities required to be successful in the new century:

 

Being innovative and and creative, being a team player, being a good communicator, being disciplined, being morally and ethically sound, and being physically  fit and healthy.

 

At Samsidh Group we anticipated the changes and their impact early and responded with the introduction of the concept based methodology in association with Zee Education, the pioneers in the field, which gives equal importance to knowledge, skills and values.

 

Our mission is to make our students ready to face the challenges of the new century - they can be leaders, job creators, educators or employees with exceptional skills. Our goal is to see them grow into exceptionally skilled humane and ethical individuals.

 

Our alumni today is 1500+ strong and made up of exceptional individuals whom we consider ourselves fortunate to have been associated with. Their success is our true reward.

 

This would not have been possible without the unwavering support from Samsidh Management who have ensured the infrastructure and facilities at all our schools meet the best quality standards, unflinching commitment from our teaching staff and their enthusiasm for learning new methodologies, parents who have had the foresight to anticipate changes as well as we did, and for entrusting us with the responsibility of shaping their children’s future.

 

Last but not least, our students deserve our appreciation for recognising the power of the new approach to learning and adapting to it effortlessly.

 

However, the most defining feature of our schools in Horamavu and Electronic City is the emphasis we place on sporting activities and cultural activities, in addition to academics.

 

These activities  are now a part of the curriculum and the necessary infrastructure, safety features and highly-trained support staff is in place to support activities like taekwondo, cricket, tennis, in addition to regular sports activity. The aim is to encourage a sporting culture.

 

We have also incorporated dance, music, and yoga in our school curriculum to provide our students a way of showcasing their talent and creativity. Yoga classes are designed to help them to calm their minds and to face any situation with confidence.