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Stepping Out of Educational Stress

In our fast-paced and demanding world, the pressure to conform to gati-centric standards in education has become overwhelming for students, teachers, and parents alike. The constant pursuit of success and comparison creates a breeding ground for stress. However, amidst this chaotic mainstream, there is an alternative path – the path of stepping out.

Samdhong Rinpoche says that the mainstream is like the Brahmaputra, a mighty river flowing with immense force. Swimming against such a powerful current seems impossible. He suggests that we can create a small zigzag channel along the riverbank, where the flow is slower, enabling us to swim upstream against the current.

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Similarly, stepping out of the stressful modern paradigm begins by shifting our focus from gati (visible qualifications) to sthiti (invisible qualifications). By doing so, we liberate ourselves from the constant comparison and evaluation dictated by the system. We learn to value the essence of knowledge over the unnecessary clutter, reducing the burden on students.

In this journey, we must reconsider the notion that pouring a mass of information into a child's mind during their academic journey is of paramount importance. In truth, much of this information is irrelevant. By removing this unnecessary clutter and focusing on the essential concepts, we can significantly lighten the child's load. Surprisingly, some children who have mastered the basic skills of reading and writing have even bypassed years of preparation to directly attempt higher-level exams.

By giving less importance to the syllabus, we gain the freedom to navigate the educational process efficiently. We shift our attention towards learning the concepts and excelling in examinations, rather than succumbing to the pressure of completing an overwhelming syllabus.

Reflecting on our own school days, we may recall many teachers with fondness, but it is often their compassionate nature and passion for teaching that stand out, rather than the specific details they taught us. This realization highlights the importance of fostering a nurturing environment within schools, where teachers are not just educators but also compassionate human beings. A good school becomes a space where teachers enjoy the company of children, cultivating a genuine love for teaching and facilitating the understanding of concepts. Homeschooling provides an ideal setting for nurturing such an environment. In the intimate context of homeschooling, parents or tutors can embody the role of compassionate mentors, tailoring education to the unique needs and interests of their children.

This is an invitation to embark on an exciting journey of transformation. It is an opportunity to break free from the confines of the mainstream and embrace a more enlightened approach to education. By challenging the status quo and exploring alternative ways of learning, we can create a system that focuses on the growth, well-being, and genuine understanding of students. Let us join together in this pursuit of "Asli Shiksha" (True Education) and contribute to a brighter future for our children. Namaste!

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