It is a bright and sunny day you get up and pick the newspaper up for some refreshing news, but………, what’s making the news???? “14 year old commits suicide, 10th standard girl jumps from the third floor, admitted to ICU, “ a suicide here and a brain ham rage there and who’s the culprit???? The increasing competition and the mounting pressure. On the day of Rohit’s result, his parents don’t care about how their child would have fared, but how many marks will Rahul, Robhit’s competitor score. Such is the face of this dreaded demon I the modern system of education.
“Competition is the spice of sports, but if you make spice the whole meal. You’ll be sick.” These couple of lines from the pen of George Leonard says a lot about the increasing competition among students. Yes, there needs to be some feeling of getting ahead of others and it many a times has positive effects on people, persuading them to give in their best, but if your best is not enough to be the best of them all them you got a accept it and think that you have to and you can work harder. And at one point of time the children might well accept the fact that they are not the best, but who will tell the parents that. “After the game, king and the pawn go it into the same box.”
It indeed is a human feeling to see your child making his way to the top but, isn’t making and keeping your child happy part of human nature too. Then why? Why make your child feel oppressed and left out by asking him to compete and more importantly win, knowing in some corner of your heart, that he actually can’t win why can’t we just let it be and not make everything a matter of do or die. After all, going by the words of Dean Smith, the letter doesn’t seem to be the best way of life.
“If you make every game a life and death proposition,
You are going to have problems. For one thing, you will be dead or lot.”
And more importantly everyone is not good at...