The IndianHomeMaker wrote a post on children and education that was the off shoot of a comment on Manju’s post on lost childhoods. I found myself witnessing a live example of what’s wrong with the Indian education system.
I had taken the day off today primarily to take a break from the never ending office politics that’s beginning to get to me now. In the evening I went to purchase a few groceries from the local store. Shopping done( i did a better job than last time) I was walking back home when I spotted a maid walking along the pavement with a cute looking pair of twins about 6 years of age heading home after school.(We have a strange system of school shifts in Bombay. I don’t know if other places have such a system too. Delhi doesn’t for sure). As a walked a few paces behind them I couldn’t help overhearing their conversations.
Maid: Aditi, school kaisa tha.
Aditi: Aaj mejhe teacher ne daanta.
Aditi’ sister: Teacher ne bola apple ko red colour karo, Aditi ne green kiya to teacher ne danta.
What kind of teacher scolds a child for colouring an apple green?! Forget the whole deal about curbing a child’s creativity by not giving her the opportunity for free expression, this is just plain stupid. Apples are green. At least some of them are. So why in the world is the teacher a- dictating what colour the children should fill in and b- if she wants to make every single apple in the classroom red (for reasons know best to her)then why dint she take the pains of explaining to poor Aditi why her apple needs to be coloured red? How does yelling at the child serve any purpose? I am beginning to think that people who are not supposed to be teachers are taking up the profession. Quite like every other profession, if you ask me. Whether or not you have the right personality and soft skills for it, all you need is a degree. Once you have that you land yourself a job and after that those who come in your contact can only pray. I am sure children like Aditi must be praying for understanding and encouraging teachers. But the question is, why should you have to pray for something you should get anyway?