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It has been said that education that addresses the unique abilities of each student, evaluates natural talent and takes care of how the student learns is quality education. We cannot deny the fact that home schooled students outperform classroom students. The reason is that parents learn what works and what does not work and then focus on what works. With this method, students develop a love to learn and learning becomes a lifelong process. We should try to build up a strong character in student’s right from the beginning, and they should learn to act in accordance with what they profess to follow what they consider the appropriate path, to carry out their due role in the society, to adopt what they find good and to avoid what they think is morally wrong. It is imperative for us to cultivate human virtues in students from the primary level of their education and training. For instance the promotion of punctuality, truth, hard work, honesty, simplicity, hygiene, etiquette, patriotism, mutual love and sincerity, social and civic sense, obedience to law, tolerance and other desirable virtues should be the hall mark of an education system. Parents and teachers have to play a cardinal role in building up and framing the next generation. Here without a doubt the teacher’s role is particularly important. No other personality can have an influence more profound than that of a teacher. Students are deeply affected by the teacher’s love and affection, his character, his competence, and his moral commitment. A popular teacher becomes a model for his students. Therefore, a corrupt and decadent class of teachers can harm a nation much more seriously than a class of corrupt and perverted judiciary, army, police, bureaucracy, politicians or technocrats. A corrupt and incompetent teacher in not only a bad individual, but also the indication of a corrupt and incompetent society. A nation with corrupt teachers is a nation at risk; every coming day announces the advent of its approaching destruction. In fact the teacher student relationship and understanding has a profound effect on education. A mechanical system of education might drive alone without caring much for the living thoughts that flow in the veins of the student’s mind, but real education which seeks to put the learner right with himself cannot do without an adequate understanding of them. Understanding a student means mostly the understanding of his mind and unless he is not understood rightly he cannot be handled fruitfully. One might put him through some examination but cannot add an inch to his status in any sense. In fact, the psychology that the teacher learns from actual classroom practice is much more useful to him than that which he might imbibe from the scientific books on the subject. The teacher is a student more than the students themselves because the students have often only to learn the things the teacher teaches them, the teacher has to study the student and teach them at the same time. The point is that a student should develop the capacity to act, to do things and to give practical shape to his ideas. Science teaches us not to be satisfied with appearance, but to discover the unknown in the universe as well as within us – we are expected to investigate the unexplained things and strive to make use of the powers within ourselves. The gardener cannot make the plant grow, but he can assist in creating conditions which facilitate its growth. We have simply to create conditions for the knowledge and wisdom within to come out. As William Feather had said, “Education is being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t. It is knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it’s knowing how to use the information once you get it.”