New Delhi: Contrary to popular belief,
parents are the biggest role models for children in Delhi, a
latest study among school students in the capital has shown.
Nearly 30 per cent of the children look upto their
parents as role models, followed by teachers, freedom fighters
and old political leaders at 13 per cent each.
Not surprisingly though, as low as two per cent have
new political leaders as their role models.
The study was conducted among students belonging to
the ninth and eleventh standards from prominent schools here.
"We may feel that our children do not listen to us but
for a large number of adolescents it is from parents that they
learn how to be, behave, feel and respond.
"Thus it is essential that as parents we display those
behaviours and feelings that we expect of our children as what
they see is what they learn and by modelling the right
behaviours, we can encourage the inculcation of the right
behaviours," Dr Sameer Parikh, who was a part of the exercise
Teachers follow with 13 per cent students indicating
that they view them as their role models. This places a
significant onus of responsibility upon the educators to
demonstrate the appropriate character and help in the overall
growth and development of the children, he said.
First Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 21:09