I can imagine standing on that big podium in front of the mike addressing a number of chattering school girls. My first attempt would be to try to make them silent but after a few tries, I retrieve. After all, I too had been a child. What is the harm in letting these excited girls talk for a few minutes before assembly? They are meeting their friends after a two day weekend and they would have so much to tell! So why not allow them?
After sometime, the noise would vanish by itself as the girls become ready to pray. After asking God to shower His holy blessings upon them, they begin the day with the divine blessings of Lord! But as you would imagine them going to classes and beginning studies, I have something else under my sleeves!
The school would not be that same old building with dull colors. It will be all in pink and blue and yellow and bright vibrant colors. I would name it “Fun-Time”. After all, childhood is the best phase of life so I would let the kids enjoy themselves instead of burdening them with loads of books and studies and home-work. I would abolish the system of home-work. A child studies for at least five hours in school so how do you expect him to do her home work too, along with these studies?
I would shorten the duration of every class. Instead of a 30 minutes class, I would make it a 15 minute class. How long can a child look at the same teacher and the same numbers or words. Everyone needs a change and the sooner, the better! I would give a 2 hour interval where the kids can eat a relishing meal and enjoy themselves…play, run about, scream or anything else they want to do!
As you’d expect me to be, instead of a teacher or head-mistress, I would be a friend of the kids. I would help them out in their troubles and try to solve their day-to-day problems. I’d open a Counseling Committee where the kids could consult good teachers about their problems. I would also open a lavish library with a variety of books so the shy ones could enjoy themselves in the company of their good friends.
There would be no examinations and tests until the 10th grade when the student becomes adult enough to handle the examination pressure and enter the competitive world outside. Until then, I would teach the kids to think out of the box. I would try to develop their creative talents and engage them in a variety of extra-curricular activities which they can enjoy!
I would open an Activity Center with a big sports field and gym for the athletes. There would be a T.V room so a child would not miss her favorite programs due to school. But a child would only be allowed to watch a half an hour show during the whole school time. This means I would underline the importance of self-discipline but not lay stress upon the students.
My school would be a place where the kids could enjoy themselves and learn too, but not from those heavy text-books but with interactive teachers and natural surroundings. My school of dreams would be a place where every child would like to be. It would change the meaning of school for every kid, instead of boring studies and stuff; it would be a place of friendship, joy and merriment!