Develop life skills
Determination, too, is a big factor because this means that you are going to make an effort and are going to improve. You are going to chase things that are good and you have some ability to change. Just know well what you want out of your studies, ask yourself: “Why am I studying this?” And if you believe that you are studying something with a specific aim, work hard to achieve that aim. Studying hard, alone, is not enough — you need to be well-cultured and well-read and have the knowledge of different fields. That will help you develop skills and open doors for you.
From Mr Nassef Nabeeh Naguib
Educational adviser living in Abu Dhabi
Education is one-dimensional, life isn’t
I have met many successful people who told me that just because they had their backs to the wall, in terms of coming from a poor background or not doing so well at school, whatever they chose to do in life, they put in their 100 per cent. At school, the child is in a very protective environment. The minute you remove that protective environment and expose him or her to the real world, the situation changes. Even parents need to keep that distinction in mind. At the end of the day, you succeed in the real world based on determination, smartness and hard work. Education is very one-dimensional and reality is multi-dimensional. If you are creative and have the determination to keep trying out new things, you will keep innovating and in today’s world, if you keep innovating, you are bound to be successful.
From Mr Nishant Das
Data scientist living in Dubai
Academic performance just forms the base
Yes, you need to have a good academic base, but that is all it is — a platform for me to showcase to the world that I am much more than just marks.
We are living in an age where smart work is necessary, not just hard work. So, in addition to what we have learned within the school environment, we need to incorporate our own skills and strengths to make life and work more rewarding.
Intelligence is something we are born with but hard and smart work is something we can develop. You need to find a balance between all the three.
We all have unique talents, which set us apart from one another. If we all just recognise and work on polishing those talents, there is nothing stoping us.
From Ms Nazia Jalal Irfan
Merchandising executive living in Dubai
Parents and teachers need to change their mindset, only then will skill-based learning be successful
Also, sadly, the Indian education system inclines much towards the “preparation of exams”, where students’ aspiration, strength and potential is sidelined. The whole process of schooling is driven by teachers, tuitions and parents’ aspirations with very little or no thought towards giving students the responsibility of their own learning and helping them develop their innate, unique abilities, which will help them to become effective members of modern society.
Now there is a lot of change in skill-based learning within CBSE, which will take time, but the whole mindset of teachers has to change. Parents, too, need to change their mindset, because they always measure their child’s success by comparing marks with other students.
A lot of times schools are forward-thinking and have different ways of assessing a child by showing his or her individual skills but parents want to know how their child is doing in comparison to the other students in class. I am definitely against focussing on marks and would always encourage educators and parents to focus on skill-based learning.
From Ms Poonam Heryani
Academic research and development expert living in Dubai
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