Aspiring to fulfill expectations
The word school creates visions of a number of epithets; we call them temples of learning, thresholds to enlightenment, the paths to higher achievements and much more. Since the term ‘School’ is held in such high esteem, it is natural that schools lay down their goals to commensurate with the expectations that people have.
Inculcating the joy of learning
Knowledge is one of the important foundation stones on which the edifice of the school is built, however this term has many ramifications and the one which attracts popularity is knowledge for acquiring a standing in life. Jobs and careers are all wound up with knowledge therefore the basic aim of every school is to provide awareness which invokes interest in the learner, so that one feels curious to know more.
Tapping Individual Potential
All human beings cannot be cast into the same mould, because everyone has their specific character traits. It is the onus of the school to hone each individual talent that would lead to the blossoming of a personality. Therefore there are various streams provided to students whereby they can take up subjects according to their aptitude.
Sports and Games are Imperative
It is imperative for school age children to have success to sports and games. Not only does it empower youth and promote higher self esteem, it also motivates students, enables them to earn better grades, especially in schools where obtaining certain grades is a pre-requisite to staying on the team. Numerous physical benefits include maintaining a healthy weight, preventing chronic diseases and learning the skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle after graduating.
Imparting moral values
No doubt schools provide opportunities for learning, but this learning is not confined to textbook knowledge related to Physics, Mathematics, History Science and other subjects. There is much more that connected to moral values, the teaching of what is right and what is wrong, of having the sense of discernment to distinguish between correct and incorrect.From antiquity to the present Information Age, from Socrates and Marcus Aurelius to today's character-building websites, value education has come a long way but has never been out of style. From the classroom to the sports field, value education is as relevant as the three 'R's. With changing social, traditional and familial structures, the proliferation of books and websites on value education and indeed the inclusion of value education in school curriculums worldwide is ample proof that now more than ever, educational institutions have a major part to play in the responsibility of educating children with the values that will develop their characters.
Acquiring a logical mind and analytical thinking is not enough; compassion and feeling for others have to be inculcated too. Organizing camps and trips help to build team spirit, where it is not ‘I’ that matters but it is ‘We’ which makes things happen.
Respect for rules
At school learning should be fun and enjoyable; nevertheless, the norms laid down should be respected. Rules and regulations of the school are sacrosanct. Children have to be convinced of their values, so that they abide by them through conviction and not duress.