This Valentine’s Day, develop in your child a love that will stay with her for life and help her become a responsible and happy human being. Today, make her fall in love with learning.
By Leena Ghosh
Learning is a constant and never-ending process and is not restricted to a certain space or a time frame. You acquire knowledge not only by learning formulae and equations but also by planting a tree or helping a fellow community member in his time of need. The true essence of learning lies in being willing to learn something new every day or to approach an old problem in a new way. Learning is about starting on a fresh slate every time.
Share with your child these quotes on learning made by the great writers, philosophers and thinkers, and make him fall in love with the process of learning and education.
1. Learning is a life-long process
“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” - Jiddu Krishnamurti
A speaker, writer and philosopher, Jiddu Krishnamurti travelled the world talking about education, religious studies, consciousness studies and more. In this quote, he emphasises the importance of acknowledging learning as a lifelong process. As a parent, it’s important you teach your child the importance of being a lifelong learner and seeking knowledge through everything she does or reads.
2. Learn to unlearn
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” - Alvin Toffler
An American writer and a business leader, Toffler had a futuristic vision, including the digital revolution and the communication revolution, which made a huge impact on the scientific society. In his book ‘The Third Wave’ published in 1980, he foresaw concepts like cloning, personal computers, the Internet and mobile communication. Through this quote, Toffler talks about the importance of unlearning and relearning. With the rapid technological advancements, your child, and even you, may have to unlearn certain processes to adapt to the new ones. It is important to teach your child that one problem can be solved in different ways and it is important to adapt to new ways, even if it involves unlearning a certain method to do so.
3. Think about what you learn
“He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” - Confucius
Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher’s teachings have impacted many people around the world, across generations, and his lessons on learning and education are of great value to parents as well as children. Through this quote, he talks about how one should think about what he’s learnt and process the information accordingly. He also believes that there is something to be learnt through each thought and text and no one should miss an opportunity to learn something new. The takeaway for your child is that he should keenly observe everything that happens in his immediate surroundings as well as keep abreast of day-to-day happenings in the world. This is because innumerable opportunities of learning present themselves when you are a keen observer and a learner.
4. Learn from life
“Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.” - Mark Twain
An educated person is not necessarily the one who holds many degrees and certificates but the one who respects fellow human beings and ascertains the value of a person or an object based on their actions or qualities. Mark Twain’s quote emphasises this point by telling everyone to look beyond the learning acquired in a classroom and focus on learning what life teaches you.
5. Learn from everyone
“Shall I tell you a secret of a true scholar? It is this: every man I meet is my master in some point and in that I learn from him.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
American lecturer, writer and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson thought much ahead of his time and was one of the most influential voices of intellectual culture in the USA in the 19th century. In this quote, Emerson talks about the importance of learning from every person you meet in your lifetime. Teach your child that, no matter what the educational, financial or religious background of a person is, there is always something to be learnt from an individual. This quote also teaches the importance of respecting fellow human beings and their opinions, and acknowledging their source of wisdom.
6. Learn all the time
“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” - Eartha Kitt
This quote by American singer, actress and activist Eartha Kitt, perfectly encapsulates what the process of learning is all about. Some of the common misconceptions of learning are – knowledge is acquired in the classroom; good education is about the number of degrees one has; educational success is about how much a student has scored in his examinations. These statements aren’t true. Teach your child that there is an opportunity for learning every day and he can learn something new for the rest of his life.
Now, following are certain lessons you need to know, as a parent, to encourage your child’s curiosity about learning:
7. The process of learning is unique
“Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.” — George Evans
This quote by George Evans is popular among many educational circuits around the world because it underlines the philosophy that every child is unique and learns at her own pace and in her own way. As a parent, it is important that you understand your child’s weaknesses and strengths, and do not compare her milestones with her peers. Your child may not evince interest in the same subject that another child is interested in; similarly, she may not possess the same skill that another child possesses. Understand that she will have her own areas of interest and skill sets. Also, encourage her to learn at her own pace and help her overcome obstacles with patience, proper guidance and appropriate learning tools.
8. Learning through play
“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” - Leo Buscaglia
The original ‘Dr Love’, Leo Buscaglia, was a motivational speaker, author and a professor who wrote his first book titled ‘Love’ after he was moved by a student’s suicide at the college he was teaching. In this quote, Buscaglia highlights the importance of learning through play. A child develops cognitive, reasoning and motor skills while playing and it is important that you, as a parent, encourage learning through play as much as you can. This way your child will learn new concepts as well as associate learning with fun.
9. Make learning fun
“Children want to learn to the degree that they are unable to distinguish learning from fun. They keep this attitude until we adults convince them that learning is not fun.” - Glenn Doman
One of the most important aspects of making your child fall in love with learning is to make the process of learning fun for her. In this quote, Glenn Doman, author of the ‘Gentle Revolution’ series, emphasises the importance of making learning fun for children. The moment studying or learning becomes a chore, the child loses interest in it and stops gaining knowledge. Don’t restrict learning to school. Engage with her at home and outdoors and teach her important skills and lessons through play and other learning activities.
10. Involve in learning
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
This famous inventor, scientist and one of the founding fathers of the United States believed that the only way to learn is by getting involved in the process. He invented the lightning rod and contributed to path-breaking scientific studies on evaporation, oceanography, meteorology and the wave theory of light. As a parent, you can make your child fall in love with learning by involving him in activity-based learning. Do a science project together or build a model of an ancient civilisation with him. Learning is enhanced when a child learns through doing rather than reading.
Through learning something new every day, your child not only gains knowledge but also imbibes important life skills that will help him deal with adverse situations in a logical and calm way and come out of it a winner. So, this Valentine’s Day, develop in your child a love for learning that never fades.
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