‘Let’s teach our children’

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6th September, 2023

I Recently came across this beautiful article, ‘The story of watermelons’ supposedly written by Manohar Parrikar:

“I am from the village of Parra in Goa; hence we are called Parrikars. My village is famous for its watermelons. When I was a child, the farmers would organise a watermelon-eating contest at the end of the harvest season in May.

All the kids would be invited to eat as many watermelons as they wanted.

Years later, I went to IIT Mumbai to study engineering. I went back to my village after 6.5 years.

I went to the market looking for watermelons. They were all gone. The ones that were there were so small.

I went to see the farmer who hosted the watermelon-eating contest. His son who had taken over would host the contest but there was a difference.

When the older farmer gave us watermelons to eat, he would ask us to spit out the seeds into a bowl. We were told not to bite into the seeds.

 He was collecting the seeds for his next crop. He kept his best watermelons for the contest and he got the best seeds which would yield even bigger watermelons the next year.

His son, when he took over, realised that the larger watermelons would fetch more money in the market so he sold the larger ones and kept the smaller ones for the contest.

The next year, the watermelons were smaller, the year later even small.

In watermelons the generation is one year. In seven years, Parra’s best watermelons were finished. In humans, generations change after 25 years. It will take us 200 years to figure what we were doing wrong while educating our children.”

Unless we employ our best to train the next generation, this is what can happen to us. We must attract the best into teaching profession.

Each one of us are responsible to offer our best to the next generation!

If we don’t pass on the right values to the next generation, they will miss out.

Many lessons were learnt while getting punished at school for various misdemeanours & that made me a better person.

Let’s not only teach our children to read, but to question what they read & study. Let’s teach them to doubt, to think, to make mistakes & learn from them, to fall down & get up and let’s teach them to teach others & set an example.

Let’s teach our children the right values & stay blessed forever.