The newspapers these days are wrought with news about youngsters committing suicide over things like having being reprimanded by the parent or teacher or being ragged or bullied at school/college. While educational institutions and the society stress on being well-equipped to lead a successful materialistic life, the more important aspect of developing a healthy attitude towards self is sadly ignored.
Taking one’s life or of others’ is an extreme step that is probably the result of many years of anguish and trouble brewing in one’s inner mind. While the outburst or trigger might seem sudden and uncalled for, it indicates a deeper issue that went unresolved in time.
Our social structure is unfortunately designed outwardly where a person’s self worth is determined by how he is perceived in other people’s eyes. To a large extent this view can be negated with the support and help of a close family structure and a broader educational system. An educational system where a student is not judged by his/her social or financial background or the marks procured in an exam; where a student’s weaknesses are not held against him, rather is dealt to turn these weaknesses into strengths.
Families are shrinking these days and parents are struggling to keep up with the crazy schedules of balancing work, life and family. Yet, it is imperative to give quality time to the children and be tuned in to their thoughts, responses and aspirations. Children must be taught to put their thoughts into words and express what they feel. They need to be reassured that their thoughts will not be held against them and it is sometimes OK to feel negative.
A school should not be merely a place to learn the ropes of livelihood. It needs to embrace the young minds and mould their thoughts and beliefs to develop self-confident and mature adults who are equipped to deal with the harsh realities of life and the real world outside.
Career and success are broad concepts and should not be restricted to include just a few professions and materialistic growth. The earlier this thought is seeded, the better the mind is conditioned to accept failures and disappointments in the right manner.
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