" I always thought the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself." Asked John Keating. Headmaster Nolan replied,"At these boys'age? Not on your life!"
How many of you remember this contrasting ideology exchange between the high school English teacher John Keating, Robin Williams character on use of unconventional methods of teaching for teenagers and headmaster Nolan rooting for rote learning in the 1989 American movie “Dead Poets Society”?
Have you come across teachers like John Keating, during your academic years or of your children, who can think outside the box?
John Keating tells his students in his first class in “Dead Poets Society” , you have two options – Call me Mr. Keating or say « O Captain, My Captain ». This is how he introduces his enthusiastic class of 17 year olds to the world of poetry and thinking beyond the established norms.
He says- Carpe Diem, ‘Sieze The Moment’. Make the best that you have. Make life worthwhile, live to do what you love.
“But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen. You hear it? Carpe diem. Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary”.