The era of kids

Junior has just transgressed into 1st standard without much of his knowledge. He thinks its great fun and we just didnt want the bubble to burst. A visit to school brought forth his books and accessories. No doubt he was thrilled but few issues did come up.

He has no option but to study Hindi as one of the brand new subject. But which moron on earth thinks that learning an alian language straight using words without attempting to know the alphabet list should be given posthumous bharatha rathna.

We dont need to talk about weight of books etc – they are huge considering what it was when I studied 1st standard and what it is. Very soon astronomy will make way into 1st standard sylabus. Atleast only those books for home work are lent out and rest stocked at school along with cockroaches and silver fish ends the story there.

Uniforms – brand new ones had to be brought. But pray me – why tie that tie (pun intended) into your throats? This is a left over threat from BritishRaj days. Its understandable to cover your throat from the cold weather of England but pray the high temperatures across India – do we still need to carry forward this tag?

Uniforms are expected to bring uniformity in life for all students – but why uniforms on monday, tuesday, thursday,friday but white dress other days complete with white canvas shoes? Is it because the other set is sent for washing OR is it the money spinning ways of garment/dress maker in collusion with school management?

Learning is a mostly an afterthought as it makes me shudder to think of all the expenses a middle class family has to shed for a couple of kids! Cant we simplify these stupid things in private schools?

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13 Responses to The era of kids

  1. Vani says:

    Mohan,

    Exactly same issues with little G in my house….incidentally she will also go to Standard I. And there was a mad rush here among her classmates, to get admitted to CBSE, in one of the paramilitary schools here. These kids do not know hindi, and hindi was one of the subjects for the written test. One of G’s friends, A, whose father has a very “innovative” mind, taught her hindi alphabet like mathematics…3+I = the first letter, 3+2II = second letter and so forth… and that kid A stood second in the entrance test! We took a decision not to trouble G to that extent just to join that school….

  2. greatunknown says:

    Two classic paras:

    “But which moron on earth thinks that learning an alian language straight using words without attempting to know the alphabet list should be given posthumous bharatha rathna”

    and…

    “Uniforms are expected to bring uniformity in life for all students – but why uniforms on monday, tuesday, thursday,friday but white dress other days complete with white canvas shoes?”

    Excellent write-up!

  3. Vijay says:

    “Junior has just transgressed into 1st standard without much of his knowledge” …. classic statement

    My son has Whites on Thursdays as well… this must be an arrangement between HLL and the School…

    Vani: You have done the right thing.. let the kid enjoy her childhood

  4. rk says:

    mohan,
    please share more about junior’s adventures in school for the benefit of all of us. nimma anubhava hanchikondre, namage bahala upyoga aagatte.

  5. neel3 says:

    There is a methodology which does teach words without prior knowledge of the letters of the alphabet.They say that child matches the shape of the word with its meaning/picture and gradually learns that the word itself is made of two or more letters . the child also learns to appreciate the sound of the word and then the letters.
    I too don’t like uniforms.Politically it is correct because it removes inequalities among kids.Kids will forget their backgrounds and mingle easily.
    White shirts are always pains to the ‘washer’ in the house. They have to be pretreated to a series of costly chemicals before loading them into the machine.Cuffs and collars,vanish… all of them are in collusion with school authorities.vagz earlier attended a school where he had to wear whites four times a week. The saving grace was that school didn’t have a playground!!
    I personally prefer coloured canvas shoes on all days. They are more sensible for tropics.I agree that leather shoes,ties, collars are for places where it is cold.Also cotton round neck T shirts are ideal for our weather.

  6. greatunknown says:

    rk… trying to get advice for free eh? Hehehehe:)

  7. bachodi says:

    I have seen kids wearing photo ID flash cards. If they loose it 550Rs fine. I don’t know if it is access card, but they worked their best to make it look like those which techies have.

    I had a cool schooling, Nobody cared what I wore and what I dint.

  8. Bachodi,
    Right. These are unwanted expenses – a simple photo with name on front and address,phone number on reverse should be sufficient. Didnt we all get some eductation with out all these technological mess!

    Neel3,
    Yes – I found this method so simple. Thats why we had trouble writing english alphabets even in 3rd standard while my son in nursery itself has mastered the art of writing and reading – the way you have written.

    What you have written regarding unifroms are universal truths for all moms!!

    RK,
    Times change so fast that todays advice is tomorrows reciepe for disaster!! Anyways definetly there are some ‘moments’ and ‘truths’ to share about.

  9. Prasanna Sastry says:

    For my princess its Prenursery we visited a school last week called Eastern Kids at Hyderabad we had to attend an interview . The so called HM asked me one query ” How close are to your daugther in the metrics of 1-10 ?” I got pissed out and replied back saying ” Pl stay with us during weekend and you let me know the result” .

    Any way since that school was closer to my home we decided to go with that hearing the fees like my BP rose to 145/90 . I told my wife i didnt even pay that much fees during my graduation put together for 3 years.

  10. sastry sir,
    Your BP count is really great – knowing this i did reverse enginnering and only went to schools nearby which charged managable fees. All of the schools intake more than 25 stuents per class which is the norm.

    Your last statement is my feeling too and shudder the fees payable at my sons degree!!

  11. Cuckoo says:

    I fully agree with you here. Course contents & uniforms and for that matter anything shouldn’t be forced on kids.

    Yes, these uniform culture has been adopted from British. In Australia I saw a different attitude towards it though they still come under Queen’s rules.

    In public schools, they have a track suit as uniform, no hassles for tie etc and it is not forced upon.

  12. praneshachar says:

    mohan
    yes it is true the weight of the books and the uniforms particularly
    the tie and you have to buy everything from the school only these
    are all part of school management by private now a day
    uniform are intended to bring all under one and there will not be
    discrimination between one another as if no uniform affordable people
    will come with all cozy stuff and others may feel sad. so this culture of
    uniform is ok but tie in Indian conditions is simply torturing the kids.

    good topic and keep updates and I am sure we can get from your keyboard/fingers we can get very good posts on this keep; going
    kudos to master mohan for all his joy and let him enjoy

  13. Cuckoo,
    A track suite defines their mindset – nothing predetermined -just jovial and enjoying life!!!

    Praneshachar,
    Obsolutely uniforms bring equality but why so many different colours, hues in a single week!!! is all my observation.Thanks.

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