‘Impossible’ is Possible

I spent many extra hours with him, not sparing even a Sunday or a holiday. At last, the boy who was expelled from his original school became the topper in our school. He got 95% marks in his public exam, and is now working with a multinational company based in USA…!

 

 “The nation grows along with the child, rather than the child grows along with the nation,” says George Bernard Shaw.

It’s absolutely true in the case of today’s teenagers and youth. The new generations have a lot of encouragements and opportunities to bloom wherever they are planted; but many children and mentors are not realizing the inborn talents of the children. We, as teachers and educators, have to sow the seeds of values in the young minds. They are capable of doing anything under the sun if they are guided and assisted at the right time and properly.

The youth are often reckless, not willing to listen, and at times ill-mannered. They want to experience everything under the sun as most of them are techno savvy. It’s the duty of the teachers, and all those who are responsible, to nurture values in the life of the youth and instill in them the right attitudes enhanced with freedom, and not enticement. The elders need to lead them to the shore of humanity.

The youth are able to accomplish anything in their life. I closely watch the youth, their attitudes and eagerness in learning ground-breaking things. I used to feel that they are store houses of knowledge, and waiting to be exploded. There are a good number of them ready to risk anything to achieve their ambition. I have wondered at the way they face the adversities of life. Some go out of their way to reach out to those in need. There are some who go along with the wind. They lack inspiration in life. There are also some among them who need support and motivation to come up in life.

I had a student who was very weak and irregular in coming to the school, but has excelled in his life when the right motivation was instilled in him. I also know some students who were very good in their teenage days, but later joined some groups and indulging in harmful things.

One particular student was brought to our school from elsewhere. This was the time when I began my teaching profession. The quarterly exams were over, and the principal refused to admit him in class X, as his previous catalog of marks showed very poor result. The boy and his parents started to weep because the previous school had expelled him as they wanted 100% result. They had approached a number of other schools and everyone refused to admit him.

That was the time I intervened in the life of that particular student. The principal at last agreed to admit the boy, after a lot of arguments and persuasion. I brought him to my class. But the boy really didn’t know any of the lessons that were already taught. For two full days I was preoccupied with how to teach him the lessons which are already covered. On the third day I came up with an idea and started to follow up with him. I spent many extra hours with him, not sparing even a Sunday or a holiday. At last, the boy who was expelled from his original school became the topper in our school. He got 95% marks in his public exam, and is now working with a multinational company based in USA…!

This particular boy was merely neglected by his previous teachers and school as he was not good looking and didn’t come from a rich family. When he was given attention, proper guidance and encouragement, he got motivated, gained confidence, worked hard and came out shining and in flying colours.

A similar approach would help many such students to shine in their lives. There is nothing impossible to anyone who dares to do it. A teacher and mentor need dedication and commitment, and also sacrifices, to achieve the otherwise seemingly impossible result with ordinary students.

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By Bindu Abraham, MSI