Respected Principal, Worthy Teachers and My Dear Friends.
Today I am going to express my views on the topic: Role of Parents in Children's Education.
"I want my child's education to be holistic!"
"I don't like cramming and the loads of homework."
"I want my child to grow in a stress-free environment."
"The curriculum must stimulate reasoning and analytical skills."
At the beginning of every academic year this is what you hear from your parents. Newspaper and magazines highlight the stress and strain students undergo during examinations. Good as it may seem, this generate a false hope parents have woken up to view education from a different dimensions. It makes educator believe that they do not want to support a system that evaluates a child's potential through marks and grades. The success of every child initially depends on parents only.
But unfortunately parents suddenly realize the importance of exams, results, percentage and college admissions and begin to rethink and re-valuate their personal convictions. Then they say :"I must prepare my child to enter this competitive world". "I must help my child to succeed in life". What is this success they talk about? Is it a fulfillment of the child's dream ? Have they channelled the child's talents to achieve?
Instead they run from pillar to post collecting question papers and application forms for all the competitive exams. There is no time to consider what the child wants and need. Children are not perceived as individual. Schools become factories churning out prize commodities. As long as parents fail to consider their children as growing individual with aspirations and talents, institutions will continue to capitalize on mass production.
No doubt education is a necessity, but what do you want your child to be? Surely, not automatons and generators of wealth. The goal is to develop them into thinking individuals. Only then will we see...