Friday, April 28, 2006

11. Lighten the load of students: KALAM....

Lighten the load of students: Kalam …The Hindu…22 April,05..pp15

Full version of the letter that got accepted to LETTERS TO THE EDITOR in THE HINDU,April 23rd, 05


For years people keep talking about shedding the load of syllabi of our kids. Thousands of jokes have been in magazines about the literal load our kids carry everyday to their schools. But nothing has been actually done. What is the necessity for a kid in third grade to learn the names of the counties in England and the respective agricultural and industrial produces? Our text book ‘makers’ are too avaricious and try to cramp a heavy load of knowledge. Young age is the most suitable period to learn languages. Let our kids learn more languages, and more of languages and just a wee bit of math. At least let them wait to learn the heavy things from standard VI. Too much of knowledge oriented syllabi not only kills the creativity as our President has remarked but they are generally very weak in the languages – whether it is English or their own mother tongue. In higher levels of education they lack communication skills to express what they have crammed.

Will the words of our President fall into the ears of our educationists? Our President should also pursue this further

2 comments:

Orani said...

Wow! That is an amazing statement he has made! Truely!!

//What is the necessity for a kid in third grade to learn the names of the counties in England and the respective agricultural and industrial produces? //

This is what exactly I always wondered too, what is the use of dumbing all that garbage into that little ones, though, we hardly use it in day to day life.

Those informations as a reference will be available at any given time at the snap of our finger when we really really needed it. I believe it is kind of cruel intention of parents' pride. It should be banished.

Thanks Sam for reprinting it here.

Love,
Ornai.

tbr.joseph said...

Hi Sam!

Too much of knowledge oriented syllabi not only kills the creativity as our President has remarked but they are generally very weak in the languages – whether it is English or their own mother tongue//

Exactly. When a person is weak in his expression, whatever be the language, how does he convince others that he is knowledgeable? When some of the Major IT companies say that the present day graduates are not employable this is exactly what they must have in mind. Inability to communicate either in their mother tongue or in English.