Learning to Unlearn|Mar 18, 2011 8:26 AM| by:

Dropping more than Drawers

drops from Above
the body’s cloak
and diffuses
into the invisible

…leaving no stains

The children are washing their glasses at the wash-basins after having juice. One of the boys of blue group (5 year olds) is wearing only his underwear below his T-shirt – he must have soiled his shorts somewhere. As he washes his glass, Aseem, the cute little devil of blue group tries to hit him on his bottom and then tries to pull his drawers down! But the other guy doesn’t retaliate or get angry; he just holds it up with one hand and washes his glass with the other. He doesn’t even try to get even with him. But then children don’t usually get back seriously or remember a grudge for long. It often happens that while the adults are trying to sort out the complaints and are weighing the situation to pronounce the judgement, the children have already patched up and run off to play!

As a teacher I’ve often taken children’s cursory complaints too seriously in my bid to be sincere. It’s later that I realised it was not necessary. May be we should think from the point of view of the child more often. It’ll lead to a more peaceful world.

Harvinder Kaur

(Harvinder Kaur began her journey in education because it made her heart dance! After a regular job for some years, she worked as a volunteer in non-formal education based on Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy which was for her a turning point. An avid writer, she writes poetry, articles and stories on education and spirituality.)



  • http://Website Indu Shankar

    This made me think. As I’m also a teacher, I understand & realise the truth, that we have to learn to shed our narrow-mindedness.

  • http://Website Richard

    Since the nursery school and till the end of my teacher’s career, I was bored and boring, because the education is badly organised in my country (Belgium): classes overcrowded, education of useless subjects and to be studied by memory, etc. I believe that education must be customised according to the aptitude of every child, in classes of ten pupils maximum, and that every child believes that his teacher takes care of him as much as of others, whether he is super-clever or stupid!