Child’s first school, the home.
Have you ever tried to break open a seed in the hope that a sapling will burst forth? It may come across as a bizarre question, but after all a seed carries in it a latent possibility of life. And if the only way life sprouts forth is by breaking it open, then why not just break it? Well, this may not be one of the hotly debated issues, for its an accepted fact, rather a universally accepted one, that in the warmth and the embryonic cocoon of the earth alone will a tiny seed, size of the tree notwithstanding, will break open with signs of life. It is then that the external elements of air and light play their part. To the question whether home is the first and the most important school of a child, I cite a similar analogy.
A home can rightly be called the first unit or building block of a larger picture called society. Whereas rules governing nations have been laid down in charters, those governing human behavior have their roots in families and homes. A home is the first place where a child acquires the nuances of language, spoken and unspoken, the attributes of love and sharing, the richness of celebrations and the harmony of bonding. Like an extended embryo, a home prepares a child to acquire a state of receptivity, which equips him to fit in the rigor of formal schooling much like the tiny seed that once broken by the soil is ready to reach out to the skies. If a mother’s womb prepares a child physically, a tending home goes on to raise a mentally healthy child who will be strongly rooted and socially adaptable.
At a time when countries are shifting focus from GDP to GWB (General Well Being) for economics of happiness yield better dividends than economics of bankrolls, the position of home as the first school in a child’s life is being revisited with a renewed vigor. It goes without saying that the tallest and the strongest of buildings that have weathered the tests of times are those that have a strong foundation beneath the earth. Men of valor and women of fortitude are those who have been raised well in edifying homes. Timeless words of Franklin D. Roosevelt echo the same sentiment and shall remain a beacon for centuries to come. “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” Needless to say, the only place that makes it possible is a child’s first school, the home.