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Build a strong foundation

SPENDING many years in the academe exposed me to countless children and teen-agers with different backgrounds and personalities. My own knowledge of human behavior (combined with what is learned from books and other reading materials) increased in depth and breadth by interacting with students, observing them, checking their outputs, and listening to them. Of course I also learned from the parents’ stories, from the remarks of other teachers, and from observation of life outside the school premises.

“WHOSE children are they?” “Didn’t their parents teach them good manners?” “What are their parents doing?” All these, and more questions when children make terrible mistakes and show undesirable behavior. We can’t blame people for asking such questions.

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