From classroom to curious room

What is education? Is it cramming facts and going through relentless drilling to crack examinations? Is it fulfilling curriculum norms set by boards? Is it the near frantic aspiration of families for their progeny? Or is it a stamp that we put on the backs of humans much like cattle branding, as a macabre means of social segregation?

To us, education is an environment. An environment designed to stoke curiosity in young minds. A milieu where young people explore a variety of experiences, in as much depth as they want to, to discover what lights the fire in their belly – what excites them.

Literature is explored not merely to answer questions but to bask in the melody of words and delight in the nuances of emotions. Science is discovery of the laws that govern our magical world and to realize that it is certainly not magic. Experiments and scientific explorations are the bedrock of our kind of education – which does not always lead to neat outcomes. This forms the basis of young minds that are comfortable in open ended questions, for whom research comes naturally and innovation is a part of life. Mathematics and Computer Science are the means to develop logical pathways in the brain and to equip our children with a thinking structure.

Art, music, drama, dance are “co-curricular” activities in most schools. But for us, it is who we are. Our deep roots and rich cultural traditions form a fabric of continuity that flutters through our school community. Our children develop a deep sense of joy and pride in the ancient but familiar cultural traditions of India – when life’s upheavals will strike, our children will draw strength from ancient wisdom and practices.

Every day, as school starts, our children go through various forms of physical exercise – from games that teach you to lose but not lose confidence, to team sports that show our children that you win and lose together and therefore need to support your teammates’ success. Through every competition in the school calendar children learn that failure does not mean defeat and that discipline spells success.

All this forms the environment that we believe is education.

Our world is not one where children are factory line products of society’s idea of success. Our kids may go on to be rich or middle class, to have fancy degrees or not, to earn society’s approval or not. But all of them will surely be educated – curious, creative, independent, humane, confident, responsible and happy human beings. That is the mantra of Techno India Group – the mantra that our schools work with every day.