Examine the statement, ‘A school is a miniature society‘:
Introduction: The dictionary defines a society as a group of humanity with similar customs and laws. A school meets this criteria, hence it may be called a society within a society — a miniature society.
- Just like a society students from different ethnic and religious background study in harmony.
- Living in a society calls for discipline, orderliness, respect for law and authority. These attributes are taught very early in life to students in school.
- Just as a society progresses with the cooperation and teamwork of its inhabitants. Similarly in a school, students practice these essential attribute.
- Individual excellence and talent enrich society. Similarly a student in a school, is recognized and rewarded for his achievements, in academics or sports.
- Conclusion: A school is a nursery, where the future generation of the society is taught essential virtues of discipline, respect for elders, teamwork, hard work and perseverance. It is a society within a society — a miniature society.
The dictionary defines a society as a group of humanity with similar customs and laws. A school meets this criteria and hence may be called a society within a society —a miniature society.. A school ideally represents a wide cross section of the society, cutting across barriers of economy, class, religion, colour or creed. Such a wide gamut of differences, prepares children to be better prepared for the future.
Just like a society, students in a school also come from a wide cross section of society. They mingle and compete with each other in the pursuit of knowledge. The school environment prepares them for the future, inculcating virtues of tolerance, patience and compassion so that they adjust well in the society. It sows the seed of love, tolerance and democracy at a very tender age, making them good future citizens.
Essential attributes for living in a society like discipline, orderliness, respect for law and authority are taught very early in life to students. The strict code of disciline with respect to punctuality, dress, language and homework etc, make them appreciate its importance in day-to-day life. The teacher or Principal meets their errant behaviour with reprimand or punishment. This may at time appear to be harsh and severe, but nevertheless teach them the all-important lesson of obedience, and respect tor rules and procedures .They respect teachers as normal citizens respect elders in society. Thus the students in fit is school follow all the basic tenets of any progressive society.
While a society progresses with the cooperation and teamwork of its members. Similarly the inter house, and inter school competitions in academics or sports, make their the student contribute his utmost for the victory of the team. This leads to a sense of the belongingness to the team and school. Hence like citizens, students work as a team, for the common good.
This team work makes society progress. Nevertheless, individual excellence and talent enrich it. Similarly a student in the school is recognised and rewarded for his achievements. The student lives in an environment of competition, for his own, as well as the hard work and diligence, which are essential qualities in life. However the gains are not materialistic, but all the same the recognition and reward of coming first in class or being appointed captain of the team, is in itself a great source of motivation.
It would therefore not be wrong to say that a school is a miniature society. It is a nursery, where the future generation is taught essential virtues of discipline, respect for elders, teamwork, hard work and perseverance. Hence schools besides imparting education to children, , enrich the society, for in the words of Victor Hugo, “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”