Wednesday, November 9, 2011

ADULT EDUCATION


ADULT EDUCATION
A Teaching Story
By
VIKRAM KARVE

A passionate HR Trainer once conducted an Adult Education Programme for semi-literate workers in his industrial organization. The programme was conducted in the evenings after working hours. In order to ensure success of this adult education programme, both the trainees and the trainer were motivated by giving them generous amounts of financial incentives like Overtime for participation. This incentive of extra money ensured maximum attendance from the workers and they also a gave a handsome amount to the trainer who in addition to overtime was paid an additional bonus per worker attending his classes.

All workers enthisuastically attended the Adult Education classes, except one – his name was Ram Bharose. Ram Bharose would rush home after work the moment the siren rang. Ram Bharose was almost illiterate but he was not at all interested in learning. The Trainer was very disappointed with Ram Bharose and decided to motivate him to join his Adult Education Programme.

One day the Trainer called Ram Bharose to his office and asked him, “Why don’t you attend the Adult Education classes?”

“What is the use ?” asked Ram Bharose.

“You will gain more knowledge,” said the wise trainer.

“I am not interested in gaining more knowledge,” said Ram Bharose, “I am quite happy with what I know.”

Observing that the man in front of him was not interested in intellectual enhancement, the trainer tried to lure him with financial motivation, “Money. Yes, you will earn a lot of money. You earn while you learn. You will get plenty of overtime payment plus a generous attendance bonus. You will make a lot of extra money.”

“I am not interested in making more money. I am quite happy and content with what I get,” Ram Bharose said.

The exasperated trainer then resorted to a last tactic to get him to attend the adult education classes. He decided to humiliate Ram Bharose in front of his co-workers, to shame him – yes, shame is a great motivator, so the trainer was sure this would hurt Ram Bharose’s ego and the public humiliation would surely motivate him to attend the adult education programme.

So he indicated to everyone else to keep silent and in the presence of all the “educated” co-workers the trainer asked Ram Bharose: “Who was Issac Newton?”

“I don’t know,” Ram Bharose said.

“See. Everyone knows this and you don’t know. Just see how ignorant you are,” the trainer ridiculed Ram Bharose while all the co-workers shook their heads in agreement and mocked at the ignorance of the hapless Ram Bharose.

“Who was Albert Einstein?”

“I don’t know.”

“Who was CV Raman?”

“I don’t know.”

Everyone laughed and jeered at Ram Bharose’s ignorance and made fun of him but the trainer was unrelenting and kept on asking a hapless Ram Bharose question after question:  “Who was Galileo… Faraday… Edison… Bhabha…”

The barrage of questions and torment went on and on till Ram Bharose got fed up and suddenly asked the trainer, “Who is Chotte Lal?”

“Chotte Lal? Never heard of him,”  snapped the trainer angrily, “Who is Chotte Lal?”

“I know who he is,” Ram Bharose said to the trainer with an  air of superiority, “Chotte Lal is the one who makes love to your wife every evening in your bedroom while you are busy out here taking these Adult Education Classes. It is you who requires Adult Education, not me.” 


Dear Reader, in your opinion, what is the moral of the story?


VIKRAM KARVE 
Copyright © Vikram Karve 2011
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