Teach young peo­ple about the true ‘an­them’ of suc­cess

New Straits Times - - VIEWPOINT - ASTRI YULIA Se­nior lec­turer, Univer­siti Se­lan­gor

was noth­ing unique about the Mo­toGP Cham­pi­onship last Sun­day (Nov 4). The race was rather ex­pected. Ex­cept, of course, it was heart­break­ing to watch Ital­ian racer Valentino Rossi lose out to Marc Mar­quez, when the world cham­pion surged past Rossi, who was ear­lier in the lead.

Mar­quez took to the podium with his sig­na­ture grin, and stood tall when Spain’s na­tional an­them was played. It was at this point that I no­ticed some­thing remarkable in Mar­quez’s ex­pres­sion. The ex­pres­sion of pride that his face took on — gone was his sig­na­ture grin, in its place a look of pure pride, his head held high and his pos­ture, ram­rod straight.

A na­tional an­them is the song that we grow up with. For in­stance, we have to mem­o­rise Malaysia’s na­tional an­them dur­ing our school years.

Now imag­ine that an­them be­ing played at an in­ter­na­tional event in a for­eign coun­try be­cause of what one achieved for his coun­try.

As I watched Mar­quez, I had the im­pres­sion that the na­tional an­them was his ul­ti­mate re­ward — all his hard work had paid off.

As an ed­u­ca­tor, it got me think­ing — how can we in­stil this value in our young? We can start by as­so­ci­at­ing achieve­ment with pride, not with re­ward.

The value of what has been achieved has to be counted, and not the end-per­for­mance. Per­for­mance is mean­ing­less if youths do not see the im­pact of their achieve­ment.

The long-term goal of our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem is for stu­dents to con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity, but ed­u­ca­tors and par­ents of­ten for­get this and fo­cus on short-term out­comes.

The other val­ues that I picked up while watch­ing the Mo­toGP Cham­pi­onship were loy­alty, faith and sup­port.

Rossi was in the lead, with four laps to the fin­ish line, when he fell and Mar­quez, who was in sev­enth po­si­tion raced past him.

Rossi’s dis­ap­point­ment was quite ob­vi­ous — af­ter he com­pleted the race, he left the track and did not re­turn.

When Rossi fell, the crowd moaned, but when he con­tin­ued the race, his fans ap­plauded and cheered him on un­til he fin­ished the race.

Our youths of­ten fail and make mis­takes while grow­ing up. The role ed­u­ca­tors and par­ents should take on is to be their loyal supp or ters, who will fe el the same dis­ap­point­ment when they fail, but who will also ap­plaud them when they im­prove them­selves.

Par­ents and ed­u­ca­tors need to em­pha­sise feel­ings (such as loy­alty, faith and sup­port) and pride in our youths and cheer them on. When th­ese are in the equa­tion, they will strive to do bet­ter.

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Par­ents and ed­u­ca­tors should as­so­ciate pride with achieve­ment, and not with re­ward, to in­stil val­ues in youth.

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