he quality of the school and its teachers are essential components of formal education which is a vital part of the upbringing of our children. With this regard, a school may be considered as a laboratory in which a cure is offered to prevent or heal the ills of life. The teachers are doctors with whose skills, wisdom and devotion, the cure is prepared and delivered.
Our school is a place of learning. It sheds light on vital ideas and events and enables our students to understand their nature and their human environment. Our teachers are the ones who sow the pure seeds and preserve them. It is their duty to be occupied with what is good and wholesome and to lead and guide the student in his or her life and in the face of all events. As it is, in the school, life flowing in so many different directions acquires a stable character and identity, so too it is in the school that the youth is cast in their true mold and attain good personality.
School is thought to be relevant only in a particular phase of life. However, it is much more than that. The school dominates all times and events. Every student re-enacts during the rest of life what he or she has learned at the school and derives continuous influence therefrom. What is learned or acquired during school may either be imaginations and aspirations, or specific skills and realities. But what is of importance here is that everything acquired must be the key to doors to be opened in the future and guidance to the ways to virtue.
Information rightly acquired at the school and fully internalized by the self, is a means by which the individual rises above their peers and attains the ability to make a head start on life. Information not fully internalized by the self is no more than a burden loaded upon the student’s back. It is a burden of responsibility on its owner and does no more than confuse the mind. That kind of information which has been memorized but not fully digested does not provide light to the mind but remains simply a nuisance.
The best sort of knowledge to be acquired in the school must be such that it enables students to connect happenings in the outer world to their inner experience. The teacher must be a guide who can give insight into what is experienced. No doubt the best guide (and one that continually repeats its lessons) is life itself. Nevertheless, those who do not know how to take a lesson directly from life need some intermediaries. These intermediaries are the teachers – it is they who provide the link between life and the self, and interpret the manifestations of life’s happenings.
The mass media can communicate information to human beings as well, but they can never teach real life. Teachers are irreplaceable in this respect. It is the teachers alone who find a way to the heart of the student and leave indelible imprints upon his or her mind. Teachers who reflect deeply and impart the truths will be able to provide good examples for their students and teach them the aims of the sciences. They will test the information they are going to pass on to their students through the refinement of their own minds.
A good lesson is what is taught at the school by the real teacher. This lesson not only provides the student with something, but it also elevates him or her into the presence of the unknown. The student thus acquires a penetrating vision into the reality of things.
In a nutshell, our desire as a school is to teach our students to have firm values and to not be misguided in their lives. We hope to give them the skills and vision to fulfill their dreams and fully prepare them for the life that they are about to set foot in as an independent individual. In this world, they should not ask for rights and respect but should earn them through fair struggle. They should take a moral stance that cannot be taken away from them. All in all, we wish them to be proud people.