Saturday, March 15, 2008

Joy of Learning????/


Surely a misnomer...think about the pressures we heap on the child as soon as the child is old enough to walk.

The trials of getting through a good playschool to guarantee entrance into a good school thereafter, the trials of gettign through a good school, then drawing classes, dance classes, swimming classes, extra lessons after school etc etc etc for the all-round development of the child. Then starts the academics pressure. Be first in class, gold medal in sports, pre-term exams, mid-term exams, end term exams, daily assessment, pre-boards, boards...then come the entrance exams to get through a half-way decent college, then again be the top in your class, then of course CAT/ GMAT etc etc.

Children today enter the rat-race from the age of 2. They can tell you the why and the how of high tide and low tide, but ask them if they have ever seen the waves going out and run along with them on the beach - you get a blank stare.


Is it any wonder then that one headline everyday tells us about the latest student to commit suicide bogged down by the exam tension and pressure? Definitely worth a thought.

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