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Accumulation of knowledge is not true education: Lakshmi Narayana

Additional DGP (admin), Mumbai, V.V. Lakshmi Narayana, addressing a seminar on education conducted by ICON Public School in Vijayawada on Saturday. —Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar  

“Education is not just imparting knowledge to children, or making them literate. Parents too have a very big role in the process of education,” Additional DGP, Mumbai, V.V. Lakshmi Narayana, has said.

He was speaking at a seminar on ‘Effective education and empowerment’ organised by the Vision Education Society here on Saturday.

In a bid to explain the distinction between those who were educated and those who were just literate and knowledgeable, Mr. Lakshmi Narayana cited the example of a student who would learn everything on helmets to write an examination or answer questions in an interview but would not wear it.

“A person with education will wear the helmet, but one who knows everything about it may not,” he said.

Schools should focus on imparting that kind of learning, he added. The IPS officer said that an educated person would be an asset to the country and society. But there was every possibility of a person having just knowledge becoming an anti-social element. He said parents had an important role in imparting education to children. Using various characters from Hindu mythology, he said there were four types of parents. The Dhrutarashtra type of parent would be blind to all flaws of the child, the Hiranyakasyapa type of parent would be too protective and controlling, the Viswamitra type of parent would get angry for every small thing and, finally, the Prison type of parent would suppress the child in every way. He said all knowledge imparted to children should be application-oriented. He said that true education would turn children into an asset to society and country. He asked members of the Vision Educational Society, which was starting the Icon Public School, not to select teachers on the basis of marks they secured, but by the way they actually teach.

“Put them in a classroom and make them teach, and then select them,” he said.

Digital Campus CEO K Satish said that children should be taught how to learn things on their own. Teachers should be more facilitators and an inspiration to the children. Too much importance was being given to marks and not to qualities. He said that children learn by watching their parents. There was no need for them to actually teach their children rather than being role models.

Principal of the new school Kajol Chatterjee was among others present.

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