I request you to find a nice, cozy corner with your favourite drink and read this article in peace. You may agree with it or not, but you will reflect on it. My hope is that you will agree more than you will disagree.
As the end of yet another academic year approaches, all schools, or at least the ones that care, reflect. Final exams are culmination of the year’s work for the children, exhibited as grades on exams. Similarly, the culmination of a school’s work in the year is exhibited as a result card for final exams, perhaps a School year book or annual magazine. If learning were as binary as opening a school for learning to happen and closing it for the holidays where no learning happens, the job of the teacher would be astronomically harder, and the learning for a child, so much more.
Judging a school on a tangible scale is thus as cruel as judging a child based on a questionnaire written over a span of a few hours. Similar to how learning happens everywhere, the impact of the learning may not be evident immediately. When a teacher/guide/adult introduces a subject to a child, she is not just talking about a concept, she is lighting a spark; adding a word to a song. Thus the learning everywhere is not like filling a vessel with water, but it is like forming waves. Waves which expand and recede and repeat and crash on the shores of life.
Thus, each day adds more words to the song. A song that we at Cremon like to call – The Song of Life. A song that we all keep writing instinctively during times of peace, in wars outside or within ourselves; sometimes dreaming, sometimes wide awake, sometimes in the full view of people, sometimes on the darkest or happiest days of our life, in birth and in growth until we take our last breath on this land. A song that has a definite beginning but no ending. Yet, there is somehow a beauty to each song in its own way. For, who can judge the beauty of someone else’s life?
We at Cremon try with passion in our hearts to ensure that the time spent with us, among us, on our grounds and beyond is beautiful and meaningful. Our voice is that we are all merely strands by ourselves. If we consider ourselves lone wolves, the strand is weak and will break with the weakest wind, just as a lone wolf cannot survive in the wild. When we expand our thinking to include our friends and families, these strands start to form a web, one which can weather small winds. When we take the love in our hearts from just our immediate acquaintances and into our communities, we are beginning to get somewhere. Now imagine thinking of all of human race as our family. The web is much stronger. While this strong web is a good start, we have to realize that a web, regardless of how strong it is, cannot stay in the wind, it is always anchored to something, just as we are anchored to our land, and all the life that we share it with. Real magic happens when our web is anchored to the land and everything else on it, becoming a “Web of Life”. Any good school tries its best to do its part in this web of life and hope the parents and our communities do their part beyond the school walls to ensure this web of life is built strong.
What is knowledge but a search for the truth, and what is true education but a means to give meaning to our knowledge and our lives?
- Vinaya Devi
A Cosmic Vision of the Coronavirus. The creation of life starts so many many millions of years ago, but it still goes on today. Creation is not a moment, but a continual development, a process that goes on and on. But that is not all. All the elements and the celestial bodies are arranged according to their weight; the heaviest at the centre of the earth and the lighter ones farther away from the centre. It has made it possible for the water to remain in the low parts of our earth to form the oceans and the lakes. This force of gravity has also made it possible for the atmosphere to envelop our earth. There is another law which shows the cosmic work: all the celestial bodies exert a strong attraction upon the other. They exert, at the same time a force of attraction and one of repulsion; the gravity of the sun pulls the planets towards it, but the orbital movement of the planets compels them away. These forces maintain all the bodies in equilibrium, preventing them from crashing into one another or escaping. So maintenance of equilibrium in the universe is another cosmic rule. Yet there is another.
- Rob (Brighton)
I write this post at 4 am unable to sleep, experiencing withdrawals from switching from a smartphone to Nokia 150, I fire up my Microsoft Surface to read news. One thing leads to another and I read a post about some of the top Indian travel influencers and how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their lifestyle and their reflections about their own withdrawals from the lack of travel during this lock down period. I start to reflect on the importance of travel, more so for a child.
We usually travel for work, pleasure and to visit family & friends, or if you grew up in a house like mine, travel is strictly limited to pilgrimage during precious holidays in childhood. However, travel for a child is much more valuable. Words from my boss – an American, who is a pretty enthusiastic traveler himself, come to memory. I paraphrase – Travel gives me a chance to experience different landscapes in creation, their magnificence, beauty and purity; the different cultures, cuisines, architecture and more. In this process I realize how fortunate I am to come from where I do, have the freedom to speak my mind, wear the clothes I like, do the things I love and to live a life that I myself might envy. These trips teach me “acceptance, humility and gratitude”.
Acceptance, humility and gratitude – three powerful words, the first, I believe, becomes the cause of the other two. When our life includes them, these words become values. Values which have the potential to transform humankind for the better. I strongly believe, and I hope many will agree, that these values can and must be cultivated from a young age. Connecting back to why I think travel is much more powerful for children, it is an excellent way to actively bring these values into a child’s conscious. Being able to experience the place, people, food, language, the beauty & ugliness, the common and the uncommon, and all the other adjectives associated give “perspective”. Out of this perspective, the child’s worldview, character and values build. As parents or adults we cannot teach these values, we can merely sow the seeds and carefully nurture them until they take hold in the conscious. Once this hold is achieved, the awakened mind multiplies the seeds we have sown into a forest of good.
To conclude, I leave you with something to look forward to in these times of uncertainty, fear and certain boredom. Let’s plan and resolve to travel, truly Travel, with our child, to the next street, village, state, country or wherever our wallets and hearts can take us.