By Theresa Micheal : A simple praying exercise can relieve students to reduce examination stress and helps them to get better scores. The power of prayer helps the child to practice memory retention, problem solving, and creative writing skills making provision for wisdom, understanding, knowledge, discernment of writing the correct answer to the given questions.
Although, on the threshold it looks like a regular dance and fitness class for the kids, by the kids and of the kids, the Angel Rangers are kids who go to regular schools and return with a heap of homework, projects and tests to be submitted the very next day. Whether it is the heat, rain, cold or storm, each and every task must be completed. Incomplete work leads to teachers being inconsiderate, as each teacher subjectively looks that every child must complete his or her task other face the consequences. Each class has more than four teachers, about eight or more subjects and a syllabus that is bursting at the seams. At the Angel Rangers After School meetings the kids are not taught any syllabus oriented subject, yet their educational performance is better than that of their peers. Their take on their everyday challenges is far superior than other students, they manage to complete all tasks without any help, they are self-learners, self-starters, they don’t have any DHA’s to increase brain power, all they have is a daily dose of prayers. They spend their time to practice to perfection in powers of prayers.
I remember going to school 30 years ago, me and my friends range from weak, average and intelligent. All of us would get our new bags when we would get to the fifth standard and use it till the eighth standard, and then again new bags and use it till the tenth standard. Some of my batch mates have become the best of housewife’s, some vice presidents of fortune five hundred companies, some have become the best of entrepreneurs working from home, some have become the best teachers, coaches and trainers, some lawyers, some surgeons, etc. At home or outside everybody whether weak or excellent we have become successful in our own spheres. One thing that bound us all to success was and is the power of prayers.
Now, that I have kids of my own and others too, I see them changing their bags every season, their copy writing skills are the best, the teacher writes and the student copies every word. You ask the child to read what is taught and you get to hear silence for at least five minutes, those who are good at reading, ask them what it means and you will hear silence for the next five minutes again. Then they have an upcoming test so without wasting any time the child is memorizing each and every word, the end result is success at any cost. Worried, I discussed this with my ex-college S.N.D.T University for Home Science who specializes in Child Development, the over dose of medicine and the over dose of homework, has the same harmful effects.
While Sibal’s Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation has turned out to be a continuous and confusing Evaluation, most principals, teachers and parents don’t even know who is Sibal? The heat is on and the examinations are about to start, While Hitler used gas chambers, we are better than Hitler, so we are using education chambers instead of gas. I would dare any one parent to pick-up that bag, go the school and do what is taught, I’d give a chocolate for every thing the parent learnt at school, I have even have asked parents to do it, but they are too scared. Education, in today times has become an industry and we are responsible for making it one of the worst areas for Child labor. Many parents agree that their children are getting more distracted in school and prefer to keep them at home to study, and the results are far better than what the teacher can deliver.
The only amour that can guard the child from getting hurt by the swords and arrows of examinations is through the power of exercising prayers. Prayers provide a foundation of faith, hope and love. Education begins at home, today there are no parents at home, I hated the words nuclear family, ever since I learnt about it, I found a stark similarity in two things and somebody tell me that I am wrong, what is the difference between a nuclear family and a nuclear bomb?
While Thomas Edison, Bill Gates failed in their academic careers, their time spent on practicing to perfect their talent made them the most successful men of their time. Many debate that these men were atheists, they had the ability to believe in the unbelievable, they had the vision to see what other couldn’t. They worked their way through trials and tribulations, they proved the fact that, “work is worship” and worship is one of the main forms of prayers. I even heard our past president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam speak on a chat show for students that the education systems is in doldrums and everybody on the chat show agreed. I don’t know much of other religious books but in the Bible it is written, even a little faith can move mountains. Many seers and saints moved to the mountains to exercise their faith, just imagine our kids are carrying a bagful of educational mountains to school everyday.
Written and Edited by Theresa Micheal