Saturday, August 11, 2012

Parents, India, Olympics, Medal

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In London Olympics as expected performance of India was really poor. During major sports events like Olympics and Asiad – seeing the pathetic performance of Indian team, so-called feeling of patriotism of lots of Indians rise like anything and start making all hue and cry – some blame politicians heading the sports body, some blame the infrastructure, some blame the commitment of players and so on. All those who find reason for bad performance of Indian team never realize that they themselves are the problem.
Let me explain this with an example. This is about one of my friend – he has a kid that studies in 6th standard. After school she come back home by 4:00 PM. She is allowed to watch TV till 5:00 PM and after that till she goes to bed she is supposed to study. You talk to her father for 10 minutes and all he has time is to talk about how good his daughter is in her studies; good and bad stuff about her present school and the neighboring schools; why he is planning to shift his daughter to a new school 20 kms away from their home just because more students studying there are getting admission to medical school. I feel pity for that girl - only purpose of her school life is to get good grades so that her parents can boost about it.
One day after Olympics started, I met him and he invited me to his house. As usual his daughter was studying in another room and he switched on the TV. Olympics was going one and he started criticizing Indian performance in Olympics. He has so many reasons why India was performing badly. I patiently listened to everything he told and then told him – “I won’t blame anyone like you just did. I will only blame parents like you and me. In the mad rush to get a seat in a professional college we just don’t allow our kids to develop any other skills other than skill of memorizing stuff and vomiting the same in the exams.” I knew from his reaction that he was annoyed hearing that – at least he stopped complaining.
Countries like US and China keeps on wining medals one after another. I have lived in US and seen for myself efforts each parent takes to develop various skills in their kids. If you are above four and going to school, then Saturdays are for either football or soccer or baseball or reading books in library. The parents invariably go with the kids to encourage them while performing. There are interschool competitions right from the first grade.
See the video below. How many such videos we will get to see – shot in Indian schools?
Now if schools in India come up with such ideas majority of parents will change the school of their kids and put them in schools that only concentrate on academics.
As long as our attitude towards teaching kids do not change, never even dream of getting a handful of medals in Olympics or any other world event.
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15 Comments:

Blogger kalyan inampudi said...

Agree with you sir ,Many schools now don't even have playgrounds.

I think there are many other reasons too , lack of Infrastructure , a block level talent recognition mechanism is also missing .

cricket overshadowed all other sports.and pvt sponsors for other sports is a joke .

Like you said Mentality of people is a big hindrance . people should think more about it ,hope at least by next Olympics some thing will change .

August 11, 2012 8:15 AM  
Blogger Vikas Kumar said...

Respected Brijesh Nair...Sir No doubt your point is also Valid...Why Parent wants that his children should get good marks & Grade.This is also matter of serious concern.In my point of view due to increasing number of candidate company allowing people of 85% marks to appear in test,It means due to marks even they don't want to test who got less than 85%.Then why not Student should consider about marks only???Such type of problem created because of current Indian education system.Which should be change from top to bottom.

Now My Point
Why Sharad Pawar hold the post of ICC & BCCI President.In the country everything happening well with farmer?

N Srinivasan he is key member of BCCI.While he is also owner of CSK.Why one person taking two advantage because of politics only sir.

Already Sania Mirza publically accepted about the politics in AITF.

Many Prople Of Bjp and congress are the president of different sports Institution.

Even Ajay Makan also said said that I don't Want political person in sports.

August 11, 2012 9:34 AM  
Blogger Vikas Kumar said...

Respected Brijesh Nair...Sir No doubt your point is also Valid...Why Parent wants that his children should get good marks & Grade.This is also matter of serious concern.In my point of view due to increasing number of candidate company allowing people of 85% marks to appear in test,It means due to marks even they don't want to test who got less than 85%.Then why not Student should consider about marks only???Such type of problem created because of current Indian education system.Which should be change from top to bottom.

Now My Point
Why Sharad Pawar hold the post of ICC & BCCI President.In the country everything happening well with farmer?

N Srinivasan he is key member of BCCI.While he is also owner of CSK.Why one person taking two advantage because of politics only sir.

Already Sania Mirza publically accepted about the politics in AITF.

Many Prople Of Bjp and congress are the president of different sports Institution.

Even Ajay Makan also said said that I don't Want political person in sports.

August 11, 2012 9:34 AM  
Blogger R.Ganesh said...

I see that Indian parents in US too are not any different. Most of them load their kids on academics by putting them in extra coaching like Kumon and how many times do you hear an Indian name in sports team representing the US. In spelling, mathematics, chess comptitions you cannot miss them. Same way financial services, IT , medicine or in many top management posts you get to see Indians...not sports anywhere we live

August 11, 2012 1:11 PM  
Blogger hariharan050 said...

I agree with you partially
I am a non-believer in our current marks based academic system and i always tell parents who push their kids into too much studies or guys who spend all the time studying some thing similar to what you said to your neighbour.

Every parent want their kids to have a stable livelihood and an admission to engg or medical college goes a long way into ensuring that. for them sport is a distraction, esp for a generation for whom jobs were scarce when they came out of colleges.
I have many friends (in their early 30s) who are searching schools with tennis courts and football grounds, drama etc for their kids. They are starting to realise the importance of giving their kids an over all education. I feel when our middle class becomes even bigger and more and more people are less insecure about jobs, the mad rush for pure academics might ease a bit and we could have children opting for more "risky" avenues like entrepreneurship, sports, social sciences, music, arts etc.

Why are so many people trying/desperate/dying to get into movies - as lead, side actor, cameraman, light boy, chai wallah anything to do with movies? People see that there is money in cinema

Indian Govt sports budget is 3500Cr. how much trickles down to averge sportsman or infra? Indian cricket did not have too many sponsors till in the 1990s when BCCI started promoting the game to the masses actively (SRT played a huge part in this).
In 1983, india was world champion of both Hockey and Cricket. what happened to both sports after that is the making of their respective governing bodies. We never lacked good players.

If people start seeing money in sports, we will see more people taking it up and working harder towards winning medals.

Just to play the olympics is a major achievement for someone who is doing it in-spite of general apathy from all concerned, esp the governing bodies. They spend their best years training with non existant infra and archaic methodologies and techniques. When they finish in 8th place or 4th place and not win a medal should we encourage them and applaud them - for being the 4th best or 8th best in the world in their sport or be cynical and question them why they play the sport at all if they are not good enuf? Adding to this, when we have live examples like that of paan singh tomar, can you really blame the parents alone?

BCCI is nurturing the next generation cricketers who can take up spots left by dravid, sachin, laxman etc. We have a factory line of potential batting and bowling champions. Who is our next vishwanathan anand? our next Leander paes, milkha singh, PT Usha... these people came up by their own determination and by their own resources. In india, we donot make champions - we wait for them to come.

August 11, 2012 1:35 PM  
Blogger nikhilkumar said...

Well said and written!!

August 11, 2012 1:44 PM  
Blogger nikhilkumar said...

Well said and written!!

August 11, 2012 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a medical student from gujarat and i am a victim of the system.

Sir what you have said is true..
I was admitted in a school which manufactured students who would go on and get admissions in medical schools...
The success rate was high.. And as i finished schooling i was a successful 'product' of such a school.

Before i got into this school i was good at music, good at painting, won a city under-13 tournament in badminton and was a good athlete...

After i went into the production line i was forced to abandon all these activities as it 'wasted my time.. '

After 5 years in medical college you realize that you were a victim of the system and robbed off everything u liked to do.. There is nothing i recall as childhood memories..


And the worst part is that this frustration is here to stay as one cannot really blame his own parents for that..

August 11, 2012 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Subramanian said...

Well written article

August 11, 2012 5:21 PM  
Anonymous Prateek Agrawal said...

every parent i feel is concerned abt his/her child's future...there is no money in indian sports...so why will any1 start a career in a sector where there is no future...every child n parent will think so...no medal earned-which is nt even recognized by local media will give u food(i am nt at all talking of luxuries)those children really interested and finally get in are killed by the pathetic facilities-the basic infrastructure to play...frankly...its an achievement that so many players even get selected...this really surprises me...-
from a former player

August 11, 2012 7:52 PM  
Blogger Ajith said...

There are multiple angles to this issue

1: Social - Boasting component - Parents will get more credit that their kid is top ranker/engineer/Phd that saying he is a national level athlete

2: Economic Aspect - No Guarantee in career /future prospects.When i was in 6th grade my dream was to play in indian team.I told my father about this and he discouraged me saying There are only 11 people in indian team and millions of people to compete.There is no backup system that if you dont make to the top 11 you are jobless !!!!!!..Compare that to the present scenario-We have the 20-20 tournament which is a big factor which a prospective 6 grader would now really think of having cricket as a career even without making to the top 11



August 13, 2012 8:35 PM  
Blogger rubansblog said...

Great blog! I completely agree with you Shasi

August 14, 2012 7:01 PM  
Blogger aksingh said...

A true description of India's middle class mindset. but there is a point in parents thinking so..there is lack of security in sports as the carrier support is low.

August 15, 2012 12:56 PM  
Blogger aksingh said...

A true description of middle class mindset. But there is a reason - The carrier options in sports is quite low.

August 15, 2012 12:59 PM  
Anonymous medecure said...

Well i think we should learn from China

August 25, 2012 1:42 PM  

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