Topper ?

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What’s the definition of a topper? Who is a real topper? When a new parent walks into the small waiting/reading room at our academy, they get a chance to see the (vinyl?) printed colorful boards of smiling students with their scores. Of course all the pictures are of the top performing students. However, very soon while you are reading the below you will learn why a topper is not really a topper. Let’s go back into historyto the culture-based divisions in India: Bramhins, Kshatriyas, Vyasyas, and Shudras.

STAGE 1: Amongst the four divisions, only the first ones (Bramhins) were believed to be educated. They sat under a tree with natural surroundings and a pleasant atmosphere. They had a very strict and respectable sage who put them through the process. They had NO TEACHING AIDS at all! Their only mode of learning was listening and practicing what they heard. During this stage, the only option these people had was an auditory-based learning system.

STAGE 2: The Kshatriyas were not trained in the same manner. These warriors were shown maps and weapons. They learned by seeing.

STAGE 3: The Kshatriyas were later trained by using and practicing with the weapons instead of just hearing about them or only seeing them.

Let’s now summarize what we have learned. There were three stages of learning. Stage 1 emphasized audio learning. Stage 2 produced visual learners. Stage 3 taught students through kinesthetic lessons. The last one seems like it was the most difficult of all. Why is this?

Let’s go back to our childhood prior to our formal schooling. We were taught the alphabet and numbers. More interestingly, however, is the fact that we were taught not by listening or looking at the teacher but rather by using equipment or playing with toys to understand the concept.