Is Human potential development related to academics?

Before we jump into the role of academics in human potential development, let us look into what ‘human potential’ stands for. Human potential refers to our ability to improve ourselves, through methods such as studying, practice, and training, to reach the limit of our capacity in developing skills and for personal growth. All of us wish to maximize growth and obtain expertise in our areas of interest and fields where our passion lies. Hence, human potential development is an integral part of not just our personal growth, but the growth of society and mankind as a whole.

The process of human potential development starts as soon as we are born. We might not have consciously realised that we have been doing so though. We learn to walk, speak and write along with the basic manners necessary for our survival. All this, in turn, prepares us to be independent and lays the foundation for further growth.

This process continues during formal education too. Children possess the ability to grasp knowledge at an alarming rate. They can learn anything quickly, this ability drops off as they become adults. This is why strong impetus must be given to engage and guide students on the right path so that they reach their fullest potential.

Teachers play an invaluable role during this phase. With students spending a major part of their childhood in schools, the knack with which teachers mould students in the right way plays a crucial role in determining how they grow up. This includes academics as well as life skills.

In academics, across every standard, students are exposed to concepts across multiple subjects. Each subject has its own style. How they learn a language such as English or Hindi will be different from subjects such as Science or Mathematics. Different students excel in different subjects and it is unrealistic to expect every student to excel in everything they earn. Extra effort is required from both the student and teacher to strengthen the grasp of their weak subjects. If done right, this propels the student to excel in any area of their choice and gain an edge in multidisciplinary activities.

Self-assessment helps analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the students. It is only after this assessment that an effective plan to overcome weaknesses can be built and executed. This also makes it easier to pay close attention to the student’s needs, as each student is unique. Once executed to perfection, visible growth can be seen in the development of the student, both in academics and as human beings too.

Once students realise their true potential, with proper guidance and perseverance, they can carry it on for the rest of their life. They will be able to face any situation they come across and shine through adversities. All this is possible only because of the efforts of everyone who take in the human potential development process of the child. This primarily includes parents, teachers, and the students themselves. Hence, we can understand the invaluable role played by academics in human potential development.

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