August 22, 2007

School of thought.

Lakshmi remembers her school days fondly while dropping her daughter at school. And also wonders if moms today have become really competitive.

These kids are
three-and-half-years old, for God's sake. And what is worse, there
is immediate pressure on the child to perform well. Usually the competitions are
for stuff like "Bhagavat Gita Recitation". These kids are not even past their
kid-talk (my child cannot even pronounce "R" yet, and it is still "Labbit eat
Callot"), to actually recite heavy-duty Sanskrit slokas from the Gita AND BE
JUDGED FOR IT. Yes, it is probably a good idea to catch them young and
having them lisp the Gita is probably the most beautiful sound to a parent's
ear, but competitions? Why? Why induce the attitude of one-upping at
this age?

I hear ya, Lakshmi!

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Anonymous said...

I was also a student of HAC in Chennai and I think I know this Mrs. Birdy, LOL! Yes, I fully agree with Lakshmi.


mnamma said...

I have heard of these competitions too! It is one thing to teach your kids slokas but it is entirely another to put them under the pressure of a competition and being judged. Lakshmi's post was thought provoking.

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Fuzzylogic said...

I used to be one of those kids who were made to memorize the slokas and recite them for competitions but I was in my second grade when I did that. Then itself the pressure of being in a competition was too much and enrolling 3 1/2 yrs old tiny ones into competitions is insane. I agree with Lakshmi 100%

choxbox said...

101% with lakshmi.

Parul said...

wow - do moms really do that? How will I ever ask Adi to recite slokas when for chrissake I can't do it myself??

Stressful world, eh?

Krishna said...

I see nothing wrong in memorizing. If you guys are inapet and incapable, so be it. Look at Koreans and Japanese, and memoring stuff is part of Hinduism cluture all along. If you are lazy, just sell burgers in USA

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