Let me ask you a simple question….Why do you have to attend school? I know you will give
me different answers such as – to gain knowledge, to learn, to be a good student, so on and
so forth. Did any of you ask your parents or your teachers why you have to go to school?
Some of you may have, while most of you must have never given it a thought. The above
example is a very simple test of an inquisitive mind. You have probably heard the saying.
“Necessity is the mother of all inventions”. Well, according to me, it is not just “necessity”
but also “inquisitiveness” which leads to new ideas and inventions. It is an inquisitive mind
that asks the question “WHY” and seeks an answer.
The best analogy I can draw is from the movie “3 Idiots” where Aamir Khan questions the
established conventions of his college and the educational system. There is an instance in
the movie when he asks why a certain kind of pen is used in space and why we had to spend
lakhs of rupees on its invention when one could use a pencil in zero gravity. He gets the
answer for the same at the end of the movie and realizes that his assumption was wrong.
(For those of you who do not know why, I am not going to tell you the reason. I am going to
leave it to your inquisitive mind to find out for yourself). The point I want to make here is
that questioning is the first step towards the process of reasoning.
My dear children you are full of life and vitality. You are here not just for gaining knowledge
and passing with good grades. You are here to become thinking individuals. You must not do
things as told to you but rather understand WHY a certain thing is done in a particular way.
It is when you start questioning that you will give wings to your imagination. School and
learning will then become fun. You will find a meaning in every task you undertake. So this
academic year I want you to do one thing and that is: to get into the habit of asking
questions from your teachers. In other words question the answers. When you do that,
believe it or not, you are going to begin to THINK.
Dear parents and teachers, it should be our endeavour to nurture the inquisitive mind of
our children. This depends on our attitude towards the child when he or she asks us any
question. At times, the question may be silly, but it is our answer or reaction which will
determine whether we encourage the imagination of our children. Our indifference could
lead to clipping the wings of our child’s imaginative power.
My dream of an educational system is one where reasoning precedes learning. Where our
children are able to understand WHY they do a certain thing before they know HOW to do
it. I know it is an uphill task…..but the sweet results will be for all of us to see once we
implement it. Let us make our children thinkers, learners, and dreamers; not parrots who
merely engage in rote learning, repeat without reasoning. Education should initiate us to
question and dream big!
As the Principal, I assure you dear students that I will leave no stone unturned to ensure
that you are provided with an environment that will nurture your natural curiosity to
explore, learn and create. It is said ‘The sky is the limit’ but I say ‘The sky is limitless. So
May God bless you.
Fr. Cidloy Furtado