Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Dog Day

The morning assembly in any typical school is the time we shouldn’t miss. It is the time all school children come alive along with teachers to sing a common anthem and say the prayers. The feeling of belonging to one unique place like no other, a sense of pride burning and the thirst for learning captures the curious brains-during this time. At least I feel so!  We make it a chore to make the days’ announcements, speeches and other pertinent things that needs to be disseminated. It takes away some time from the 1st session but what is worth telling is worth telling twice but all that glitter is not gold-Thank you Shakespeare for I think your immortal lines perfectly suits this situation. 

On one such typical morning, an announcement was made to the students; there will be awareness, basically a talk on ‘Rabies’. It happened to be the International Rabies Day. The three senior grades needed to visit some avenue for the awareness whereas all the lower grades had to continue their regular sessions with their respective teachers.  Also, those teachers who had sessions (we have two sessions in the afternoons) in the higher grades must attend the talk, and those teachers should have both the sessions in the higher grades. So we heard the announcement. 

The immediate human next to me, almost resembling me in thoughts declared, “wai, lower grades haru ley rabies paun dhey na keho?” (Will lower grades not contact rabies?)-Great thought!

If I say this to others, those looking at the positive side of life with superficiality would obviously answer me smilingly, “may be the avenue cannot accommodate the entire students” or “there is not enough money for refreshments for all” etc… We don’t want refreshments; all we want is some prevention from contacting rabies, for heaven’s sake. Our little children belonging to the so called lower grades will be the most obvious group who will contact rabies, not the senior graders. Some may opine I know it, “What’s the guarantee that senior children will not be bitten by a rabid dog?” To them, “What’s the guarantee that little children will not be bitten tey wai?” 

Elder children can at least grab things quicker but for the little ones they need to be reminded time and again. I dare say it should be the little children and the elders alike who need to be oriented on Rabies. If one cannot accommodate all children in one avenue, call the so called organizers to the school, it would save time and energy after all the avenue is just a sneeze away from our school. And for the funds on refreshments, we don’t need refreshments at all; we already are refreshed every single moment with noises, chatters, and nag of the teachers and students alike.  

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So a bad judgment took its toil and nobody dare say something to the people involved, at least our managers. Certain enough this left me wounded in my common sense. What on earth is happening to schooling these days? Another friend exclaims, “Nga che ghi ga chi in na ra meshey bay mo?”- (We don’t know what’s happening). Vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste forms the five senses and we teach this to our children but now I should gear up to teach the sixth sense-common sense as well. Otherwise, produce of judgmental follies will surely make a mince meat of their brains. have a nice day ahead.

Thought for the day: Good judgments comes with experience but experience comes with wrong judgments

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