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Friday, August 19, 2011

Effective ways of producing clones

Who wants a child to score more marks and why? There is a race to try and prove that their offspring is stronger and better than someone else’s. This obsession has led to the current examination system and this has retarded our educational system phenomenally.
Children are victims in this educational system. There is no scope of being unique or being themselves. Conspirators to this are manifold, parents, teachers, school, society, government and the entire system as a whole. Here the child is the protagonist but he has no say in this. It will reflect on him as he grows up. He will have a conflict in decision making, conflict in facing a challenge, conflict in leadership and you name it and he has a conflict.
Here an individual is slotted into a role whereas it should be vice versa. It is forgotten that the individual is multifaceted. There is a job description from the time he enters school. If he exhibits more knowledge than he is supposed to, he is branded over smart or show off. If he does not he is called slow or special. This boxing restricts his individuality.
If you notice after schooling, 98% of the children do not know what they are good at and not clear about what they are inclined to do. They just follow others like a sheep. When there is no calling they follow the norm of making money. Now they are boxed into a ‘settle down’ frame work. According to the society settle down means to find a job, earn a decent salary, marry, have children and repeat the same action all over again. The whole system is to create victims again. This individual has no individuality beyond his title.
How often do parents allow children to follow their heart? When he does well he is appreciated and patted on the back and is awarded and those who do not perform well are branded unfit. Doesn’t this branding affect the child in future? It will instill a fear forever. There is a conflict in his life, his relationship becomes strained. This is a reflection of what schools and examination do to these children.
Let’s not deny the fact; People with strong calling always break

these rules. To the masses who obey rules, success is very relative.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

How much did you score?

Amit wakes up at 4.a.m. Packs his breakfast, snacks and lunch and is out of the house at 4.30 am. He has to go for maths tuitions at 5a.m, chemistry at, 7.30 to the best school which is ten miles away. He is back by 4.30 p.m but is not free. He has physics tuitions at and biology at 6.00 pm. Apart from this he has homework to do, assignments to complete, prepare for tests. He goes to bed at 12.00 pm. This is Amit’s routine.
There are millions of Amit’s in India. It is pathetic to see a sleepy two and a half year old being cramped into a school bus to reach the PLAY SCHOOL at 7 in the morning. Here there are schools where we have parents standing overnight at the gates of schools to seek admission for LKG.
On an average a child gets to sleep only for 6 hrs and as the child grows up these hours reduce to half as the assignments and tests eat up all their time.
This is not only the plight of children but also their parents as they need to be part of this farce. In reality it is a nightmare for both parents and children till they are out of school.
It would be shocking to know that there are a few schools in India, which are proud to display their motto each year with the list of top scorers in the papers after the board examination, which is no less than a concentration camp. These are popular for high schools.
Even though they have boarding facilities, the children are asked to stay in the classrooms and sleep on mats lest they might sleep for long and not be prepared for the early morning classes. These kids burn the mid night oil every single day in school. They are allotted 10 min of break be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. They are not permitted to talk to their fellow student which is considered waste of time. Let alone speaking they are not allowed to walk, when within the campus they need to run all the time, like rats. If they are sick they need to raise one of their hands and walk. They are monitored by the so called teachers round the clock. These kids work all 7 days of the week.
Their strange pattern is they are taught the board examination syllabus for two years. With tests everyday and with 10- 15 model exams and severe corporal punishments for failures the children tend to score well.
Education has become commercial that there is really no joy in learning. Here all that matters is the numbers on the mark sheets at the end of 12 years. So, why make a noise about this?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


 Hyper active, forgetful, breaks things, fidgets, does 
not complete work, no patience, it looks like all children have this behavior in common. So, how does one recognize students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

It is said that 5 out of 100 children might have ADHD. Let's note that ADHD has nothing to do with intelligence. Mostly, children with this problem are average or above average.
Children with ADHD may be either hyper active, talkative, restless or very silent or withdrawn.
They tend to day dream, make careless mistakes, they are unable to focus, unable to organize things, unable to follow instructions, give irrelevant answers, lose things, jump from one task to another without completing it, act without thinking, very messy. Due to this they are usually branded as trouble makers. The truth is, they are not intentionally naughty. It is just that their brain works that way and they are not aware of it.
It is quite a task for the teachers to handle them. But, not every child in the classroom has this problem. You get a chance once in a blue moon. Once you figure out that the child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder it becomes easy to handle them.
See that you seat the child close to you but don't make it obvious to the class that the child has this problem for it becomes a stigma attached forever.
They cannot focus for very long and tune off when it is repetitive. Surprisingly, they like activities which are fun filled, interactive and hands on. So make sure that that your class is more lively with a lot of mental and physical activities.
When it comes to test, the child might do orally well. When it comes to written test give the child extra time to complete.
They are easily distracted and make a lot of mistakes. Make them edit their work once or twice before submission. While evaluating their work do not use red ink. The blaring mistakes will reduce their confidence.
They are imaginative and creative. Give them activities which bring out the best in them.
They tend to forget things; you can make them write their assignments for the day in their hand book and check it before they leave. Request the parents to check the books and assignments before they leave to school.
Since they are unable to follow instructions, you can break it down to simple instructions. Once they complete the task, make it a point to reward them with a positive remark, these little words will work wonders.
They lose their cool easily and feel frustrated. Encourage them to write their feelings on a piece of paper and discard it. They will find a relief.
When they are restless, send them on an errand or give them a duty. Their moving about will calm them.
They need a caring touch. It is a miracle touch when you pat them or run your hands through their hair. It is a must that they know you care.
They are usually messy and unorganized. Have patience and spend time to help clear the clutter on their desk. Somehow they feel more secure when they follow a schedule. Make the maximum out of this.
However supportive you are, the child needs medical help. Educate the parents if they are not aware of this.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Amazing perspective on our education systems today and and an absolute need for the future. Must watch for the depth of thoughts, presentation and humor...