Sunday, January 29, 2023

Marks or Me?

Education is the outlook of the society around the globe. A person’s importance and social responsibilities are relied on the basis of the level of qualifications in their field of education. However qualifications also vary, since people categorize according to marks or the reputation of the institution. It is where the common error lies in the education system and the outlook of society or people in coming towards school education. This has become like an applied norm not only to the society outside the institutions but the institutions themselves.
In its real sense education is about learning something new, yet the score of an individual student during certain academic session has become the demand from both parents and teachers where students are synonymously affected by this demanding idea. In this prospect the general idea is, if a student scores good marks then they have a brighter future.
This common idea has installed a sick environment in the field of education and is failing the education system on a large scale, unnoticed.
Here lies the bigger question i.e. scoring better marks with no other personal values or an average or under average mark with more personal values? This question can end the chase of earning good marks alone.
Who can bring these changes is the prime focus in this regard. Teachers and Institutions? Parents and society in general? Let’s crack the result in detail.
What a teacher teaches and how a teacher plays a role in a school or a classroom towards the students applies a huge impact to both the students and parents’ categorically.
How a student behaves or reacts towards education and social norms (moral obligations or moral values) not only depends on the home environment because school is a larger family where a single individual mingles with numerous students of different age groups, different backgrounds.
And to a large extend of the hours of the day engaging themselves with different activities with teachers as their guide. No doubt a teacher along with the institutions plays a major role in shaping a child’s mentality and attitude towards learning.
Teaching may seem as a mere profession to some where teachers simply perform their task i.e. teach the students the subject matter in the class. But, there is another category of teachers who takes every students individually as their own and mould them in every sphere. What explains the differences between these two types of teachers are, a teacher who MOULDS and a teacher who BURDENS.
School is a medium where students come to gain knowledge from different spheres. Education is not only about learning the subjects; however it applies to different disciplines. Teachers must recognize themselves, the type of teacher they are.
Guiding students in getting good marks may create a satisfying result in the teacher’s career as well as to the students and the parents but it can also create a situation of havoc, mental stress and burden to the student in order to achieve it, which may not seem painstaking to some. However, taking forward this issue to a broader view may brighten our thoughts.
The cause of suicide, hatred and illegal practices in this educational zone is also because of the competition that have been installed in the mind of the parents who effectively destroys the child’s mentality over some teachers preference for a brighter student than an average or below average (struggling student) students. Teachers in performing their task must have a clear objective in carrying out their responsibilities. Biasness is the major stigma in this concern.
A teacher of the first quality i.e. a moulding teacher, shows no differences towards any students rather takes every child as their own, creating no space for students to develop a sense of rejection basing on their academic performances. This type of teachers envisions both academic and personal growth as equally important in the learning process of a student. Understanding each student, in broad view can be a task worthy to be termed as one. And this type A of teachers are called MOULDING TEACHERS and this type A of teachers if enrolled in every institution may give a little turn in the clock of understanding education.
Coming to excellence in the performance of students in their academics introduces us to the type B of teacher. This category of teachers encourages students for academic excellence through scoring good marks, which subconsciously creates in the mind of a teacher a sense of likeness only towards the academically brighter students. Competition, it has become and it not only effects the students but also the parents pressuring the child to score good marks not just to stand out or be recognized in the society or not only to have a brighter future but to be distinguished from the other students in the classroom and earn an unparalleled likeness of their teachers.
This has in fact become a pregnant enigma in the sphere of education, where students rigorously battle to attain this mark which makes them burdensome as they are forced to go beyond the reach of their capacity most of the times either voluntarily or involuntarily.
It may be at one point for the good cause of the student as per the perspective of these type B teachers but they forget the burden loaded on the students which can be dangerous as education becomes one sided forgetting personal growth. These type B teachers can be called burdeners.
What should be the target of a teacher?
If a teachers’ target is on the students’ personal growth it will result in quality education which will gradually help even a below average student in reaching the margin towards academic excellence pushed by personal responsibilities. This in short results that choosing a student’s personal development is by large more important than the grades or marks.
The play of common error can be answered here. Academic excellence which is determined by good marks, and students’ personal growth, both are equally important.
However, choosing the student over marks is more superior an attitude for teachers towards moulding a student. It can be reassumed that both works hand in hand but choosing a student over marks has a better scope in shaping a student which covers a wider development in their personal and developmental growth.
Thotchanmung Jamang,
Wungram Colony,

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