Recently, “J&K L-G has pleaded the Education Department to look into the matter of primary school children and think of a policy to lighten the burden of homework on students after an adorable video of a 6-year-old J&K girl complaining to PM Modi about the burden of homework and classes on schoolchildren has gone viral on social media.”
It is not surprising to watch an overburdened child with studies in an age where he/she should enjoy or explore his/her childhood with full vigor. This shows the amount of freedom India is yet to gain mentally.
While the lesser privileged class is targeted for most child abuse, the hidden mental abuse or pressurizing of children in the higher sections mostly middle class is often ignored.
Students are being mistreated in a way where their scope for passion and creativity is being slaughtered in the name of society and furnishing them as perfect machines like engineers and doctors.
Therefore the vital problem of children in urban India must be addressed at any cost for a better future, how the innocent school children are sandwiched between the sky-high expectation of the parents and teachers. the divergent experiences of the school students in two different worlds, i.e. the home and the school significantly affect the child’s brain.
The overweight school bags, irrelevant syllabus, hard-headed teachers, tuition, homework, extra-curricular activities, and unreliable examinations in their combination develop a sense of alienation among the adolescent school-going children.
Indian children are subjected to an exorbitant burden of homework. Back in 1977, the Education Ministry’s Review Committee had concluded that our children are turned ‘prisoners in the four walls of house’ by ‘unlimited homework’ but their report was sidelined.
Indian kids face the torture of a 3-hour workday as homework added to the already 5-hour workday schedule at the school. While the British and Americans have minimal or no homework after school as they sought to make their students more efficient.
Parental obsession with marks is a major threat to society along with the child’s development. Parent’s obsession with Rankings, scores, and competition – particularly in the academic realm, forces a student to study or work hard for marks or grades rather than actually learning or enhancing one’s skill which is ignored by one’s own parents.
The criteria serve as a measurement index for a child’s overall development which is a sharp threat for the whole society. The constant push for grades can be motivating yet demoralizing.
A child’s development is managed through a healthy environment rather than imbibing the feeling of competition and jealousy unknowingly. A student learns through what he sees. Creativity and learning should be the backbone for a student’s actual growth.
The growing Interactive learning should serve in making a student more confident and efficient enough to lead a more satisfying life. The more holistic nature of schools can bring much evolution to Indian society.