Tender souls overburdened
How heartlessly we subject our kids to torture
G. N. WADOO
School going children are being overburdened with the heavy book bags hanging on their tender shoulders from dawn to dusk. It certainly does not look different from forced child labour. The way a load is thrust on them both at schools and the tuition centres, is deeply disturbing.
Mostly our school children do not find time for eating but hurriedly and a good percentage of them use power specs to reduce their eye strain which they suffer due to constant reading and writing.
This scheme of learning is cumbersome for the children who do not find time for physical activities, obviously health problems are increased with stress and strain on their vital senses. It is a crime against school going children to make them “scapegoats” in a competitive pursuit of education for the pleasure of the parents/guardians. There are instances where too much of force on the children for topping in the examination has yielded horrible results. Believe it recently I was watching a TV programme on CRIME a girl student from some state of India was compelled to commit suicide because her father was pressing hard that she should top the list in exams which the unfortunate girl could not and, instead, decided to end her life.
Hard work is appreciated in every field and so also in education but the work culture in lower classes should not be as hard as is required for higher classes. The school children have to be adjusted to school atmosphere in a play way with least number of books for learning, slowly and steady.
Usually our tuition centers and schools start much before government offices and other business centres do in the morning. Most of the school children attend tuition centres before or after school timings. It is indeed high handedness that while the elders are sleeping the children with feeding bottles are escorted in jam packed vans to reach their crèche’s and kindergartens. Obviously children are fatigued by a back-crushing bag load. It is indeed a crime against the school children and it is increasing day by day as it is under competition that we conceptualize that our wrong decisions are our right decisions. In fact our school children are living in an air tight compartments both at their homes and schools and their parents/guardians provide them all the facilities for gaining the highest positions in the society.
The parents have also the right to get the present system of education improved so that the children are not pressurized either by parents or school administration for attaining distinction, position or securing highest percentage, that should be left to the aptitude of the individual child and he/she should get a learning friendly atmosphere to proceed according to his/her capacity, capability and caliber. The criterion for purposeful education, in my view, is not increasing the problems of students by irritating work load but it is by removing the burden from their shoulders.
J.J. Roseau, a French political scientist, has emphasized for negative education of the children up to their grown up age probably 19 years by keeping them away from any formal education so that they (children) could learn by nature i.e. study of natural phenomena only.
Roseau’s thought being obsolete now is impracticable, however, his thought implies that the students should receive formal (school education) in the natural way without taking recourse to unnatural means of trapping the children for competition race and distinctions, positions etc. No two students are same in comprehensions, capability and competence. The education needs to be imparted on common pattern throughout so that our diligent as well as intelligent class of society receives free and quality education without making it an issue for the students as well as their parents by commercializing the spirit of education.
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