Friday, February 22, 2013

Traveling as a Part of Education


Introduction: Traveling means to go from one place to another on foot or by any kind of vehicle the situation allows. Man is by nature and necessity a traveling or mobile being. It is, so to speak, his inborn habit and interest to know the unknown, to see the unseen, to enjoy the enjoyed thing with a view to filling his mind with new ideas, knowledge, thoughts and experience. As a part of education: Traveling is an important way to gain knowledge and acquire education. It gives the first hand knowledge to the traveler and the books give the second hand knowledge. Bookish knowledge can be had from reading books and practical knowledge can be had from traveling. It makes history real. Historical accounts of the glory of ancient Bengal remain unreal till we visit the great ruins and world heritage sites. To read of the Battle of Plessey is one thing, and to see that scene of our humiliation is another. Traveling also gives us a true conception of the geographical, geological and mineralogical resources of our country. It creates in us the desire for investigation, exploration and discovery. Traveling helps the traveler see the vast area of the country and her natural scenery or beauty. It also helps the traveler know how the wonderful earth is full of natural beauty, attractions, novelties, variety and diversity. Education is not perfect and complete without traveling. It has more indirect lessons to teach us. The man who lives in a village is not the same man after he has visited the town. His mind is enriched: his outlook broadened; he learns that the world is a much bigger place than his village. The wider he travels, the greater the benefit. He will shed his prejudices quicker; he will take to new ideas more promptly: he will be less arrogant about his racial or national superiority. At the same time, comparison with others will create in him a more thoughtful appreciation of the virtues of his people. It also removes his deficiency, ignorance, barbarism, dogmatism, darkness, mental torment by satisfying and filling the mind with pleasure and widening his mental horizon. Traveling helps earn outside knowledge: Traveling also develops resourcefulness. In our travels, we are faced with many unforeseen difficulties. We may not know the language of one place, and so feel utterly helpless. At another, an expected remittance fails to arrive in time. At times, we run short of some necessary articles which cannot be obtained, at the place. Hundreds of other difficulties may arise. The traveled man will be found more resourceful in devising means to overcome these. He Is ready witted, quick to Invent and prompt to execute. These are lessons much greater than mere book-learning. The traveler may have to be his own cook, to be his own tailor, to do his own washing up, in a word to look after himself. He becomes what we call an all round man. You can 111 him into any scheme or position. Usefulness: Traveling is very useful for us especially for the learners. It provides us not with bookish knowledge but with practical experience. It gives us an opportunity to meet our friends and relatives living in far off places. Travelers who have accounts of their travels become the allies of the historian. We are thrilled to read now what Huen Tsang and Ibn Batuta witnessed In the Asia subcontinent. Today traveling Mode of traveling has been changed. In ancient time people had to travel on fool without transports or vehicles. Now traveling is more comfortable having all sophisticated facilities. Conclusion: Education has its aim to make man morally backed up with humanity. Knowledge is fulfilled when it is enriched with humanity. Traveling is helps man to learn humanity, charity, and perseverance by encountering different customs, beliefs and life-style. Experience is the best teacher and experience gained through traveling is a precious one.

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