Remembering teachable moments during a crisis

CULTURAMA|May 2020

Remembering teachable moments during a crisis
Madhura Visweswaran, Co-Founder of the Redwood Montessori School Llp, and the Redwood Montessori Foundation, pens a personal note on all the teachable moments that one should remember during these challenging days
Madhura Visweswaran

Last night I spoke to an uncle of mine, who belongs to the generation that lived through the partition, has seen full-fledged wars, the Green Revolution, famines, ration queues and so much more; a whole spectrum of life. However, he was clear that in all his 70-odd years, he had never witnessed something so disquieting. He said it was disconcerting for him because there is so little knowledge of what this virus is and what it can become. He is one of the strongest men I know, and to hear him say those words bothered me.

It was my conversation with him that led me to put down my thoughts on paper, thinking of all the teachable moments that can bring comfort during these immensely troubling times.

At this moment in time, all of us are in the same boat, navigating a stormy sea with no calm waters in sight. Like me, do you too feel adrift? Are you worried about your children’s learning? Do you feel that you are not doing enough? Are you worried about the health of your loved ones?

If you are asking yourselves these questions, I strongly believe you are doing right by your child. Everything good that happens in the world begins with a good intention, and this is evident from the way you have been questioning yourself and worrying about the well-being of your loved ones.

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