” Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. ” says Aristotle.
Today’s post-modern generation excel at the maneuvering of latest digital gadgets, but hardly go out to enjoy the beckoning call of beauty around: in nature, in relationships, in commitments and in principles and values. Our children today run the risk of missing out on life itself. So the prime role of education for these children at their early age should be more experiential; to orient their young minds towards the beauty of life. With the pace the world is changing, we adults who still have the traces of pre-modernity in us, and who are given the responsibility of educating them, can hardly make a wild guess of the challenges they are about to face in their future. How then are we going to prepare them for tomorrow? I just share with you my concern and the seriousness of the task entrusted and I extend this as an invitation to my teachers, parents, well-wishers and all educators to join hands in carrying out this noble task with love and commitment. The words of Kahlil Gibran on children give me some guidelines for my line of action. Let us strengthen their wings that they may be prepared to allow life to carry them to greater heights. May we find God’s hand guiding us at every turn.
Sr.Irine Towle FMA