Contributions by Participants

The Elements

by Nayaa Mehta, Class 6th, Sri Ram School

The earth brought forth the rugged gold

Fire and iron bellows made it fine

And from the depths of the watery ocean

A moon round pearl did softly shine.

 

With gold and the pearl,

and craft and care of skillful hands

was forged and fashioned a wondrous crown

For the queen who would rule those lands

 

The golden circlet on her head

the queen ruled steadfastly and well

Earth, fire, wind, water or metal

She never forgot what the elements tell

 

She never took them for granted

or asked anything more

what was given was given

they were not her’s to rule

 

But as time passed, the circle was

on the head of her daughter

who sought to make them bow

To her greed of power

 

But alas she made a mistake

for her subjects began to wither not bloom

time unleashed its cruel game

to finish with her doom

 

Her daughter the third to have the circlet

Sought to undo her mother’s mistake

She released the wind and let him blow

She freed the water and let it flow

 

The earth breathed once more

And the fire burnt bright

Metal shined once more

and the Elements came alive.

 

Love

by Vanshi Agrawal, 5th Class, Manav Rachna School

Love is an emotion
That can make a better nation.
Love is about caring;
To love, you have to be daring.

Love includes quarrels
But also has many morals.
Love is between brothers and sisters, husband and wife,
But always remember that it leads to a better life.

To love, you have to care for others,
And the best examples are fathers and mothers.
Love is to not let others get sad
And not to let them go on the path that is bad.

Love brings light in the dark;
To love, you don’t need to have a mark.
Give love, and take it,
But remember you can’t make it.

The School of My Dream

An article by Ishveen Narang, Class 8th, DPS R.K.Puram

I wonder what it must be like, studying under an enormous, canopy-like tree, hands-free of notebooks and heavy textbooks, sitting in the cool breeze, your mind fully concentrating on the things you were studying about, not the dull lines of your NCERT textbook.

Long ago, I reckon, absorbing knowledge would have been the easiest since the students’ minds weren’t sagging with the weight of countless essays, word-meanings from Shakespeare’s sonnets or various combustion reactions. They only had to concentrate at one thing at a time, not soak up Physics, Chemistry, Geography, History, Economics, Maths, Civics and Biology in forty minutes period.

And I don’t think children then missed on their play time; they must have played games, interacted and whatnot. And I’m sure they never experienced the disappointment of being told that their only forty minutes of being outside for sports was being taken away by their teacher because ‘playing’ wasn’t as important as studies.

Education System, to me, feels like a huge pair of hands that are holding me down from exploring my surroundings, or doing what I really want to do. It’s like I have wings, but I can’t use them just because my brain is too heavy with the load of the things school makes me do. Birds’ bones are hollow, are they not? They wouldn’t be able to fly if something was dragging them down. And that’s exactly what’s happening with nearly every student, not just me.

Our present education system, that I believe was introduced by the British, kills imagination and makes the mind stop questioning. It has made us think along one line of thought. It doesn’t challenge us enough, and there’s no point of school when you don’t even have the desire to do the tasks that are set for us.

I try to care less, but the thing is, it’s not just system, it’s the teachers too. They don’t care if the student understands; all that matters to them is finishing the syllabus.

I may sound tad ungrateful, but it’s true. I’ve had teachers who pick students who they think are brainy and ignore others if they want to give a shot at answering a question. It lowers others’ self-esteem, makes them less confident.

About accepting facts- I still try to keep my brain alive by questioning things that other people think are bound to be true. I think NASA could be a fake association. What if they never went to the moon? It’s not like they bought a piece of it back to Earth, did they? What if they just shot the Lunar Flag Assembly on a camera on Earth? It could happen, couldn’t it? If movie artists could do it, if our school can make a fake moon base for school plays, it wouldn’t be hard for the largest science tech association ever, would it? And if you want me to believe it, I want to see the evidence. Make me see, touch, experience things if you want me to believe.

If I ran a school, I’d have at least two field trips every month- perhaps to Agrasen Ki Baoli, Purana Qila or Feroz Shah Kotla’s Fort. I would let them experience everything they learn, make them do role plays on what they learnt. I would take them on nature walks and for camping. There would be more practical learning than theory. Imagine what fun it would be, visiting a sewage plant, seeing how waste gets treated!

I want a school where every child is free to explore, himself and his surroundings; a school where the students can learn, learn how to be assertive, caring, kind- all those traits that no textbook can teach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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