T-shirts and computer wallpapers are two of the many places where you’ll come across the above slogan. We tend to look at it, read it, laugh a bit, have our share of amusement, and move on. Even after moving on this slogan carves its own niche somewhere either in our conscious or subconscious mind. But, this is not what I want to convey by this post. What I want to say is the question that has cropped up in my mind after reading this slogan. The question is – In the present times is this slogan turning out to be true?
Each individual will have his own answer. I have mine, and others may or may not agree with me. My answer is that this slogan is turning out to be true for today’s children.
When was the last time a school-going child was told to study to gain knowledge and not for securing very good marks or a high percentage? When was the last time a school-going child not admonished and excoriated for not getting a certain percentage as demanded by his/her parents? When was the last time a school-going child was told to become what he wanted to be after Class 12th, and not an engineer, doctor, etc.? There are many more such questions which are still finding an answer to.
In today’s race to the top, what every child is losing out on is his/her childhood. These days children don’t have time for co-curricular activities, they don’t have time to play with their friends in the evening, they don’t have time to draw, paint, read, write. Instead their whole day is subject to the same routine – school, home (for few minutes), tuitions (one after the other), home (homework, dinner, sleep). And on Sundays they have tuitions since morning. Their only aim (of their parents) is to get a very high percentage, get admission in a good college, and get a high paying job.
Today’s education is not for knowledge, not to showcase your creative skills or your inner talent. Today’s education is a rat race to the top, for a high percentage, for a good college, for a high paying job. On the way, a child does not remain a child as he turns out to be just another marks minting machine.
What is the use of getting such high marks these days when a child even after getting these percentages fail to qualify for the skyrocketing cut-offs of the top colleges?
I don’t know what more to say. May be the readers of this post would have something to say. I would like to conclude by saying that in the light of the above observations the slogan “I was Born Intelligent, but Education Ruined me” is, unfortunately, turning out to be true.