Parents, India, Olympics, Medal
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In London Olympics as expected performance of
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
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
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.