King and Sculptor

There is a golden advice for kings in Arthasastra.  The Kings or whoever oversees the work of the sculpture should never see the statue before they complete. For others it’s half done job, but for the sculptor, it’s work in progress. Sculptor only has the visualization on how the sculpture is going to be. Others may not be able to appreciate the work.  Though he may be a king, he is not supposed to see the work.

Anybody who closely monitors the children’s work should realize this. We hardly wait for the children to finish his work. We will give numerous comments on every step of their work. We never try to understand their visualization. In fact, when they do art or craft activities, we want a perfectly finished product. We forget that art is an expression of their mind and feelings, we convert that into an instruction based activities. When they start to read a foreign language, we want them to start in a perfect way. We help him in every way. We never allow him to figure out on his own way to learn. In fact all children picked up their mother tongue on their own, by continues loop of observation-trial-modify-relearn. All they need is an opportunity, not micromanagement of their learning progress.

You may be the king, but look through the sculptor’s eye. 


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