The nation was shocked when we read the story that a 9th standard student hacked his teacher to death in Chennai.
My son is also in the 9th standard. His principal wants him out of school. His class teacher tells proudly to other students: “Don’t you know he is abnormal”. He is given a seat far away from others. He sweats a lot and resultantly smells a lot! To hide that, he has started putting on some perfume…
Yes, he is not great in his studies. He often commits mistakes. And he often forgets to do his homework, at least some of it.
I don’t know what my son feels (he read this item in the newspapers), but I feel like “killing” the class teacher.
And schools everywhere (my kids are in Karnataka, I am working in AP) only take students who perform on their own and whose parents can afford private tuitions and bring laurels to their schools. “Weak” students are recommended government schools.
Corporate schools only think of money and fame. Why no one talks about this kolaveri di?
On the school’s recommendations and despite our reservations, we put him up for psychological counseling: the doc says there is nothing wrong with him. He says not only this school, but even other “famous” and “in-demand” schools also ask parents to send their “weak” (as in money) students to their hospital.
My son is no Albert Einstein, and I am not the creator. But the principal and teacher concerned are no saints either. They are also patent liars. I will relate one incident: The principal told us that my son goes to the homes of other students late in the evening after the school gets over at 4:00 pm till their parents throw him out. We see our son at home by 4:30. I asked for one name: Any student/parent. They blurted out one name. Happened to be someone we know. They said: “Forget we talked about this at all.”
I wanted to take my son out from the school that very moment. My wife says let this academic year get over. What is more important? The academic year or my son’s life? He might not kill the teacher, but, humiliated day in and out in school, he may kill himself.
Is this the education we want for our children?
We kept away our children (my daughter is in the fifth, in a different school) from TV; it got conked off two years ago and neither did we repair it nor got our cable subscription renewed. Even when it was working, we set one hour for them to watch.
Next, I kept away the kids from my PC. Now that I am not at home, they use it, under the “watchful” eyes of my wife. My daughter loves to watch cartoons: Tom n Jerry, My Friend Ganesha, Krishna, et al. She never gets tired of watching the same stuff, again and again.
My son now has an e-mail address and a Facebook account – “friends” include teachers from the same school. He has also learnt Powerpoint. And he attempted a hand at making a class newspaper. (Of course, I did not like the usage of fonts and the background colours!).
And he loves to download images and videos of railway trains from all over the world.
He also loves aeroplanes. He runs out of our home in a small but famous Karnataka town whenever he hears the sound of an aeroplane to see it high in the sky, leaving a trail of smoke. Of course, as a small kid, he had flown on these machines many times.
Recently, he did a science project for his school. He made a solar cooker costing less than Rs 100, which could be a help to the rural communities.
The HM said, “I saw from my window; he was doing something”. The teachers ignored him. Many of his classmates laughed.
But my son was proud: Using solar energy, he could cook rice, vegetables and even Maggi noodles!