Eduaction, Leadership, Motivation, Symbolism, Vision, Wisdom

The Spark


4With the changing times, the ways to teach and learn have changed drastically, thanks to the internet and ubiquitous sites offering free courses. Since anything available for free does not have an appeal to entice, so to inculcate among students, an urge to learn (since they are not paying for the course and also when it is available to them at fingertips, so they seldom care to get deep inside into understanding the concept, and they are more into playing with their high-tech gadgets, which are available to them easily due to low costs) is way too difficult for the teacher to teach and the student to learn and comprehend.

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In primitive times, we had candles to light in the dark. When someone wanted to light a candle, they had to bring that candle close to the one that was already lit. Teachers do the same thing, they burn themselves to light (literally) the ways for their students, trying to understand the concept as they have perceived it to be.

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But those were primitive times, bulbs have replaced candles now. Unfortunately, a lit bulb cannot light another bulb just by bringing the unlit bulb in close proximity to the lit one. It (the unlit bulb) needs to have the current passing through it to get light.

Being a teacher, I am from the past, my students are born after me, we are meeting together in the present, and I have to lead them into future, for which, I have two options, either to push them or pull them.

tunnel-visionPeople usually don’t like to be pushed, they like to be pulled. But how can I pull them into the future, which is physically not existing at the moment? So I need to develop my mental faculty to a level where I can pull (inspire) them to lead into the future.

This pulling is the inspiration for students to get ignited from within. To light the bulb within (the mind), they need current, which is flowing through them but it needs a spark which is very much ingrained in them (by nature) to ignite the bulb (mind) kept on top of the head.

In order for students to learn, the classroom strategies have to be changed drastically. The smart kids are now way ahead of their teachers (who have a primitive mindset) using high-tech gadgets and are way too smart to outwit their teachers. The teaching philosophy now should be to ignite the spark inside the kids and rote learning is sooner than later going to be obsolete.

Now if a student fails to get hold of the knowledge available to him at his finger tips, it is he, who is to be blamed for the failure and not the teacher. As he (the student) has failed to capitalize on the spark within.

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PS:
Look at the beauty of the concept, in order to light the room, the bulb is placed on the roof usually in the center. Similarly, the mind in our body is placed on top of our heads in the center.

Sajjad Hussain

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Eduaction, Ethics, Humanity, Philosophy

Life as EYE see


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Since I started teaching Ethics, my mind started boggling to understand the meaning of life. During this awkward (in the eyes of many of us) journey of exploring the ‘SELF’, I came up with the idea, being shared here under:

According to Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection, we are a progeny of animals. Animals do have some IQ, but when they are trained to a certain level, even the wildest of beasts behave in a tamed manner, but their (animal’s) inner beastly instinct returns sometimes and they behave as they are supposed to, even after being trained to behave properly.

Same is true with humans, almost all the babies when born they do have a reasonable understanding of the world around them, due to their inbuilt IQ. After having gone through the process of learning through observation, parents, environment, and friends etc. they are trained to behave in a particular manner but whenever they get a feeling that they are not being watched, they do as they are born with i.e. their natural instinct which has an animal inside. Instead of calling them animals I am giving them a more refined name ‘PEOPLE’.

People have a ‘mob mentality‘, when they are together they behave, as animal herd behaves, instead of thinking and choosing the right way, they move in the direction of the mob as animals do in a herd.

The herd needs to be led by dogs beside it, same is true for a leader, he either has to lead from the front or act as a watchdog so that the people following him are under his command and control and behave, as they are told.  Though at times having control on a mob is way too difficult even for a leader.

PEOPLE are trained to become MAN through training, making use of the IQ they have been bestowed with. The journey from PEOPLE to MAN is a two way traffic, why is that so, because the moment people come to realize that they are not being watched, they behave as ANIMALS, so they need to be trained (educated) on a continuous basis so that by virtue of continuous learning they should develop in themselves the capability to leave that vicious circle of selfish behavior (mob mentality) and become MAN.

In a nut shell, to cover the journey from PEOPLE to MAN, making use of the IQ available to PEOPLE, they be trained to become MAN.

The journey continues…..

As said earlier, the journey from PEOPLE to MAN is a two way traffic, so there is always a possibility that MAN can become part of PEOPLE, if he does not intentionally try to remain MAN. It is an arduous journey, specially remaining in the position of MAN.

Those of us who manage to acquire education, they develop in themselves a tendency to remain in the position of MAN and most of them continue to be MAN till the end of their life unless they get some kind of inspiration and some solace from the shackles of earning a livelihood for themselves and their families.

Middle management or the tactical management is the position where they (MEN) are given opportunities for training to develop emotional quotient (EQ). Basically the people who train these managers were previously called trainers but actually, they are supposed to be inspirers. This inspiration develops in them emotional stability and based on this capability they are more in control of their emotions than any one around. For which the inspirer (trainer) has to be more in control of his emotions, only then can he be an inspiration for the attendees of his session.

This EQ acquired through inspiration leads MAN to the level of a HUMAN. Now he instead of thinking more about himself, he is concerned with the PEOPLE around him. But his concern is more self-centered, as he likes to be portrayed as a thorough HUMAN. He is only willing to give what is extra, he will first try to fulfill his own needs and wants, and what is left, he will share part of it and save the rest for the rainy days.

There is no harm in it as long as his self-centeredness is not harming PEOPLE around him. By continuously being in the position of HUMAN and making enough out of his available resources and potentials, he comes to realize the fact that life is not what he is seeing, life is beyond. That’s the point where he comes to understand the true meaning of life that life is not something living for oneself, it is loving, caring and sharing with others. This realization culminates only when he starts giving to the PEOPLE rather than taking from them.

He starts sharing everything that he has, irrespective of any reciprocation, that’s the stage of self-actualization, which elates a MAN from the level of HUMAN to HUMAN BEING. This is where he comes to realize the fact, what differentiates him from PEOPLE to MAN and from MAN to HUMAN and from HUMAN to HUMAN BEING.

The word HUMAN is a combination of MAN and HUMILITY and when a MAN becomes HUMAN and realizes the purpose of BEING alive, makes him a HUMAN BEING, which develops in him spiritual quotient (SQ), which gets him close to Almighty Allah when HE instead of asking the MAN to do what HE likes, asks the MAN his wish, so that HE can fulfill his desires.

Sajjad Hussain