We want our kids to be things we can boast about. We want our kids to do things we failed to do. We want to see our dreams through our kids. Why???
In the 2 years and few months I have spent running my education start-up company, it has been a major learning curve for me. The fact that I now believe in doing is the impossible more often can be contributed to my experience at ADD-on-GYAN.
But, it has not been a smooth ride. It is human nature to resist change. And when a change is more likely to become a disruption, the resistance is even more. I was a good student in school, I believed in the system but something made me feel very incomplete about my lessons in school and even in college. It was the fact that the system ignored me being a different entity from my friend and he being a different entity from another friend. It completely discounted that I could think differently. If I could get correct answers in geometry and co-ordinate mathematics without knowing any formulae but by simply drawing out figures, am I am outcast?
There are hundreds and thousands like me, who want to develop their own line of thoughts. They do not wish to be chained under the jailed system. They wish to be left alone and explore the beauty in nature and science around them.
I created Gyan Lab for such kids. Kids, like me, who are considered educational outcasts. We came out of the British Era in 1947 but the assembly line education forced by them upon us still prevails in 2013. Who needs to bring in the change? Whose job is it to ensure that the disruption happens soon?
The answer lies within our little genius minds. It is us. We have to ensure that a new era of prosperity is brought over in India with a stronger education system. A system that will take away all the evil and let good prevail.
But, our social structure is stopping us from taking up the change. We want our kids to become a rock solid investment. We want our kids to be things we can boast about. We want our kids to do things we failed to do. We want to see our dreams through our kids. Why???
Can I really ask why? Have you ever thought that he/she might have a dream for himself/herself! Are those dreams worth nothing? Why do we want our kids to get 90% marks just so that they can beat the neighbours’ kids? Why do we want them to learn swimming, badminton, tennis, cricket or horse-riding when the moment they become good in these sports and might become a national asset, we just snatch their glory away from them?
If your child does not behave well, it is your fault. If your child is mannerless, it is your fault. If your child does not respect elders, it is because you do not. Don’t enforce your nature on their fragile, growing minds.
Please, please wake up! Those marks are meaningless! Your dreams are yours; don’t force it on your child. In many cases, your child will have the same dream as you but in equally good number of cases, it would be something else all together. Let them play, let them learn from the environment. Let them benefit from the upcoming disruption. Don’t resist this change too much, we will all benefit from it.
Let us take the road less traveled and bask in the glory of our kids. Because there is nothing more beautiful than seeing them happy and satisfied.