OTHERS

Real education

Sir, - Hats off to you for your Editorial `Real education' (July 10). It has universal and enduring message for all ages. Of late education has become a matter of head and not of heart. As you have aptly pointed out all religions teach love and tolerance but do we practise it is the point to ponder. Today many use their knowledge only to spread hatred and animosty against one another. Education should inculcate and imbibe finer human qualities. Political powers divide people on caste, religion and communal sentiments. We have lost wisdom in the process of acquiring it.

It is time our educational institutions gave `real education' for elevation of human spirit. What is taught in the classroom, what is practised at homes and what is being seen in society shape and mould the future citizens of India. Hence the teachers, parents and politicians should take it upon themselves to give their best and the best only.

R. Daniel Jayakumar,

Nellikuppam (TN)

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Sir, - Your Editorial should be read with all earnestness by the triumvirate of academics, parents and students. You have driven home the message clearly that mere bookish knowledge would be of little help in day-to-day life, which throws up many daunting challenges. The present-day curriculum is not expansive enough to impart all-round worldly knowledge to the children, who are ill- equipped to grapple with the problems encountered by them in their later years.

It is incumbent on the parents to make a perennial monitoring of their wards and any behavioural aberrations should be corrected then and there. Given the disturbing trend of escalating violence and crimes, it is all the more imperative to step up vigil over the activities of the students both within and outside the campus. While teachers should inculcate discipline and better behaviour among the students, the parents should foster good values at home. Only a tandem approach would yield the desired results and transform the present generation into responsible citizens.

P. K. Varadarajan,

Chennai

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Sir,- In your Editorial, you have correctly brought out that book, birch and pedagogue are not the only inputs that make for `real education'. Elsewhere in your editorial, in making a point, it was heartening to find mention of the fact of the recent spate of violence against Christians. I commend your paper for being courageous and upfront.

However, Ms. Hilda Raja, in her letter (July 8), appears to think otherwise. She has accused the print media of being discriminatory and rash in publishing and highlighting incidents wherein the victims belong to the minority community. Should atrocities such as burning alive a Christian missionary and his sons, a spate of bomb blasts in churches, or the nun's story, to mention only a few, be glossed over and not receive media coverage? Unless society is sensitised, remedy will not be round the corner.

W. A. D'Souza,

Chennai