The education system in India is too burdening on the child.Everyday my son has to carry school bag weighing 5 kgs.He has time table but the teachers don't follow the time table and take periods as per their convenience hence children have to carry almost all books.
The I.C.S.E syllabus is too tough.It is not matching the ability and the age of the child.For my 8 year old son ,he is expected to know much more then his age.I don't understand why he needs to know more then his age.It is like putting mental pressure on the child so far as academics is concerned.I strongly feel that the education system should cater to the development of an average student and the level of education should match the age and mental ability of an average child.
My son doesn't know how to count mentally , he counts using fingers.He doesn't know how to frame a sentence in correct order and he is expected to write paragraphs using high level words on his own. I learnt " Reference to context", Paragraph writing etc in higher classes which is correct because your mind is ready for it. It should not be taught at an age when the young minds are not ready for it.
I don't understand why are we running so much on a fast track when children have not understood the basic concepts , framing of correct sentences, fluent reading etc.
In Maths word problems my son doesn't approach the problem logically.In the word problem he looks for words like "altogether", "left" etc.If the word " altogether" is there in the word problem he adds , if the word " left " is there in the word problem he subtracts.If these words are not there then he is stuck.He doesn't know how to solve it and I need to help him. In a day most of the time is spent in school and after coming from school his time goes in doing homework, and monthly studies for surpirse exams.He has hardly anytime left to play.
It is very important that we give a strong foundation at the elementary level itself to children by making basics very clear to them. In most of the schools , this part is ignored and they keep running with the portions irrespective of whether the child has understood it or not ?
Only if the foundation is strong , the children will be able to cope up easily in higher classes and they can solve any challenging questions too with confidence.
The level of education should be balanced as per the age and mental ability of the child giving enough scope for the holistic development of the child which includes playing also.
So Friends have you experienced similar problems with your kids .Do share it with us.Kindly pour in your inputs and views on the same.
Let's all make it a healthy discussion.