The One Characteristic To Cultivate Students In This Changing World
In an ever changing world, we try our best to equip our students or children with the best skills available. Year after year we pile on to their already heavy workload. Yet, many are seen to go through life without a care, ignoring their responsibilities. That’s because we sometimes forget to cultivate one characteristic in the younger generation. That is being given a purpose.
Teaching a child to have purpose is more of teaching them to cultivate an inner motivation to pursue something meaningful. It doesn’t matter what your dream is, the first step I believe, is having a dream. A dream should be in line with something that helps others and solves a problem that the world is facing. This makes it meaningful and worth pursuing.
A teacher or a parent can help a child choose or formulate a dream by inspiring them, teaching them about the challenges faced by the world, as well as what they can do to change it. It is through such guidance that it will eventually spark something in the child’s life. This would in turn, motivate them to work hard despite the challenges that may be ahead of them.
Jack The Crypto Sage
I met Jack in one of my classes. Jack is like any college students with one exception, he is passionate about Cryptocurrencies. He scours the forums and Youtube for any information regarding new and old Cryptocurrencies. His research is extensive, often containing notes on what are the best projects at the moment.
Jack is so passionate about Cryptocurrencies that he sees everything from a Crypto standpoint. I knew Jack was in too deep when he started calling a class fund raising as an ICO.
Of all of Jack’s characteristics, I love how meticulous he is in pursuing his dream. Aside from that, I find that it is people like Jack who will be the experts that bring value to society. They are the ones who will innovate and come up with crazy ideas that will revolutionize their respective industries. This is because their passion helps them see problems and issues in a different light.
If I could get my students passionate about something like how Jack is towards Cryptocurrencies, I think teaching would become so much fun. I feel that passion, which is a byproduct of being given a purpose, is lacking in the students and children of this generation.
However, Jack is in his early twenties. He has been shaped by the environment and perhaps friends to be passionate towards something like cryptocurrencies. The problem is, what about the younger children? It would be good to have them passionate towards a sport or even a particular subject that they can study. The thing is, it is often quite difficult.
I have been working on this, sitting them down and talking to some of them about life and their future in general. Often, this requires long hours of talking, detailing the benefits of pursuing something more meaningful than Clash of clans.
The Other Side Of The Coin
Some of my colleagues however, find me overzealous. They claim that children below the age of 10 should be given the chance to enjoy and have fun. They believe that as soon as they mature, they will eventually find the that purpose in life. In turn, they will start to pursue their passion.
I however disagree. From my experience, I was pushed from a very young age to compete competitively in sports. You can say that I was the product of the typical ‘Asian parenting’. One musical instrument and at least one sport. I hated the insane hours of practices, at first.
After I started winning medals and gaining recognition, my perception changed, the long, cold days of training seemed worth it. The aching muscles were all but a small price to pay for my passion that was my most hated activity. What changed was not my age, but being given a purpose to pursue. As such, I believe that a child is never too young to be given a purpose in their lives.
That being said, every child is different. So, what are your thoughts on this? Do you think a child is ever too young to be given a purpose?