Driv­ing on Empty

Reader's Digest (India) - - React -

My only son and his wife live abroad [Empty Nest, New Start, June]. But we re­main con­nected through reg­u­lar vis­its and tools like What­sApp and Skype. We can be happy only when we con­vince our­selves that life with­out our chil­dren is pre­cious too, and should be en­joyed. This will also en­sure that our chil­dren lead guilt-free lives, wher­ever they are.

Gay­athri N. M., Chik­ma­galur, Kar­nataka

My wife and I were well pre­pared to face the empty nest syn­drome by keep­ing our­selves busy in many ways af­ter we re­tired and our chil­dren left. But the real empti­ness will be felt when one of us leaves this world. The next big thing is to pre­pare for that even­tu­al­ity.

K. V. Dhar­mara­jan, Pune

Isn’t teach­ing courtesy, or about be­ing re­spon­si­ble to­wards so­ci­ety, part of parental du­ties? Crit­i­cal think­ing is largely lack­ing in adults and so I do not know how we may ex­pect it from chil­dren.

Bharathi Ganesh, via e-mail

Man­deep Singh Kulhria, His­sar, Haryana

Nan­dini Mi­tra, via e-mail

Dr Shamin P. R., Kozhikode, Ker­ala

As a school­teacher for over 28 years, I am aware that school syl­labi are not set by schools, but by govern­ment agen­cies, where the peo­ple are usu­ally not au­thor­i­ties on school ed­u­ca­tion. Nor­mally they come from the higher ed­u­ca­tion fields— uni­ver­si­ties—and are ig­no­rant of re­al­i­ties. Teach­ers should not teach just for high scores in ex­ams, but to as­sist in build­ing con­fi­dent young adults. In ad­di­tion to the fine points made in the ar­ti­cle, schools should teach traf­fic rules and road eti­quette, and about waste man­age­ment, as na­ture should be safe in the hands of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Above all, re­spect and com­pas­sion for oth­ers are the most ba­sic of lessons our chil­dren should learn.

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