Nandita Sinha Roy
In the words of Aristotle, “man is by nature a social animal”. Since birth, he is in constant need of human interaction. The first human contact in a child’s life is his mother. But as the child grows and develops, his needs and requirements evolve.The home cannot provide all these requirements. Thus comes the role of school. It equips a child to face all experiences necessary for his growth and development till he reaches level of maturity to face the world.
School can be an integral part of a child’s life. A child goes to school not just to gain knowledge or information but to learn the essential threads of group dynamics, adjustment, developing interpersonal skills to live in a connected world.
Schools provide a plethora of platforms through scholastics, co- scholastic activities, values through life skill education, personality development, sportsmanship spirit and team abilities, which help any child to evolve as a responsible individual.
In fact, the parents of autistic children and those with other psychological issues from birth insist that their children come to a regular school for their social development and learn to work in groups and interact.
Today, even the government is trying to focus on inclusive education where a school is an organised institution, which helps to foster learning skills with group dynamics, most essential for any child.Schools help to build self confidence and core values which can never be learnt in isolation. It is often said that having two children is better than having one, as the child imbibes the feeling of kinship, learns soft skills better than a single child who might end up growing up as a self-centred person. Schools help all children, especially the single children, to inculcate these skills through a rich school life where they learn to live well and together in a harmonious manner, ironing out differences at every step.
Educating children in school helps them communicate better apart from appreciating and respecting others’ opinion. It helps one learn the expected norms of behaviour for living in a social environment, to think and act critically, follow a regimen, which helps a child develop self-discipline. The systematic and meticulous training by teachers helps a child learn better work ethics and understand the concept of healthy competition.