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The Genius of the Child

If a primitive man who had admired a genius of his time, happened to visit a university convocation either at Oxford or Harvard today, he would find a genius in the first graduate he meets. And, going round the campus he would exclaim that everyone here is a genius. As times change and several centuries pass, the society subconsciously tries to raise the average man now to the level of the greatest of men of earlier times. That is known as social progress. Few will be willing to believe such a progress before the event takes place. Many will remain unconvinced even after the event has taken place.  The child of the society is the cream of the ascending social progress that is material success and educational enlightenment.  Progress in a society is initiated by pioneers, not the elite. Here is an appeal, to pioneer the social progress in education. It is to recognise the Genius in every child. To start with, let it be in your own child.  The message of this paper is, Let us unleash the hidden genius in our children.

Forty years ago, Dr.Glenn Doman of the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential, Philadelphia, USA, a war veteran, experimented with brain damaged children. Establishing this institute, he revived hundreds of these children, gave them a higher education and a normal life. Contrary to the medical belief that brain damaged children cannot be restored, he proved that they are restored to normal life. He even wrote to the appropriate medical authorities that they should no longer spread or hold the lie that brain damaged children are lost.
During the course of these experiments, he also applied his findings to normal children (whom he called well babies) and found their learning abilities begin at the age of three months and reached the peak at five years. Each child in his school over the last forty years has proved his theory once more.
Dr. Doman has experimented with children of up to five years of age, but this method has vaster potentials. There is scope to apply this method to the high school level, which will abridge the period of learning considerably. UNESCO has instituted a commission on education under the Chairmanship of the President of the European Community (EC). The Mother's Service Society has submitted its recommendations to this commission. This method is one of those recommendations. There were at least five television programmes from Chennai which introduced this concept in a way.
The most important result of this method is that the children grow up without the
ability to form complexes of any kind, such as inferiority or superiority.
This method holds in itself the potential to counteract the tendency for crime, violence, addiction, dissipation and so on in the youth.
Thirty per cent of India's population is illiterate. This method, if examined, lends itself to be suitably modified to suit adult education. That would be a treasure not unearthed, but created out of human imagination. For that to happen, an experiment must be made successfully somewhere and grown in size to a required level. A British biologist has stumbled on this phenomenon and raised a controversy across the world. Recently six eminent men -- doctors, scientists and historians -- were interviewed on the future of the world and this theme was one of the issues discussed. Mr.Sheldrake, the British biologist, was one of the six. They all said Sheldrake was wrong and if he were proven to be right, he would emerge as Einstein and Darwin combined.  The theory or the hypothesis assumes that if a knowledge is acquired by one group of people somewhere and when the size of the group reaches a certain level, this knowledge begins to spread as a vibration without direct communication of any type. Biology and behavioural science know hundreds of such experiments. On a certain island monkeys were taught a trick. When the number of monkeys that learned the trick reached one hundred, monkeys on another island, without any communication whatsoever, started playing the same trick. If our educational experiment should succeed, not only must it be initiated but a sizeable group should accept it too.
Ordinary men are unable to believe a thing after it has been demonstrated. Even after the Wright brothers flew and demonstrated flying several times, three years later, the reporters still refused to visit the test sites and professors of physics in US colleges proved theoretically that flying is impossible. The rational man, the pioneer, the elite, the forerunners, the cream, the intelligentsia and the men who matter are those who believe before the event because they understand by thinking  and not seeing.
Belief is not easily born. In the West, as money is in a glut, banks have stopped soliciting deposits. A leading world bank has been experimenting with new ideas, imaginative programmes and ways by which the bank can earn more than usual. In one of its programmes the bank issued a 7 1/2% bond, guaranteed by its stature. To their surprise there were few takers. Serious doubts entered into the minds of the investors when the bank was offering 4% more than the usual. They suspected that their money would be lost.
Those who rise to the top of the social pyramid are the elite. Those who come forward to sponsor a fresh idea by virtue of its innate worth are the Elite of the Future.
I invite you to belong to the Future and offer guidance to the educated masses.
To believe that every child is a genius may be difficult to imagine today, but a day will come when every child will be a genius. It is possible for us to work towards that future as we can have no objection to making our own children geniuses.
Educate has a Greek root, meaning to draw out. The genius is there in the child. It has to be drawn out into play. The following points argue towards a great reality espoused by men of genius who are Avatars or men who have accomplished in their lifetime.

  1. It was said in 1950 that  India is a rich country with poor people.
    I would like to say now that India is a Master who plays the role of a serf and a servant.
  2. In 1916, Sri Aurobindo said that the European nations would unite and it has happened now.
  3. The world laughed at Gandhiji as a half-naked fakir and pooh-poohed the idea of winning freedom by non-violence. Freedom did issue out of non-violence in 1947 and 45 nations in two continents or maybe three continents were liberated from foreign rule as a result of the Indian non-violent freedom.
  4. Sri Aurobindo, a Cambridge scholar, said that the Vedic discovery of Reality -- Brahmam -- is of greater significance to the world than the scientific discoveries of Copernicus or Galileo.
  5. Today the prophecy that  India is the Guru of the world is a difficult idea to believe, but so was Indian Freedom in 1946, the Green Revolution in 1966, the booming Indian economy in 1986, the success of Japan in 1960 and the success of Hong Kong and Taiwan twenty years ago.

story | by Dr. Radut