A friend of mine told me that it was a waste of time for children to read the newspaper as they are not covered in the syllabus. “What is the use of reading about things that don’t make any difference to the marks they would score?” was her view. This made me wonder if children are educated to just score marks mechanically and not even be aware of what is happening in the world. The fact is, to know our nation and the world better, we must read what is happening now, what happened earlier and be aware of the world as it stands today.
We need to know that the newspaper is loaded with interesting things. We can glance at the paper completely and then focus on the articles that interest us. If an article is too long or complicated, we can read it stage by stage. We can even ask for help or refer to the dictionary when required.
Know the past and the present
Though there is plenty of technical progress, we must remember that it is people who make the world. Hence, we have to read about them and this is possible only when we read papers. By including newspapers as a part of our regular routine, we will be well informed and aware citizens of the world.
Be a WoW reader who reads the paper, understands the past and the present.
It is a misconception that education is what happens in school through subjects, teachers and exams. Education is something that is happening all the time when the student within you is alive. There are no age and no classroom for learning about life – you can learn from everything and everyone. For example – as you wake up for school, do you take a few minutes to notice the sunrise? Think about the commitment of the sun – no matter what happens – the sun always wakes up. There may be a day you don’t wake up on time – but the sun will do what it has to. Can you become that committed to something in your life – whereby no matter what happens, you stick by it?
Education is happening every minute… are you a good student of life?
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