This is about a mother who cheered up her boy despite a performance that stands as below average as per the standards of Great Indian Boards battle. In general, non acceptance of anything less than ninety has gone against basic character and qualities of a growing up child.
Fishes asked to climb trees— a phrase perfectly mirroring its instincts onto Indian education system. One mother, whose Facebook post went viral, once again, sparked this conversation about the misgivings of the system responsible for making of responsible future citizens of world. Her confidence in her child, who scored “not-so-well” 60 per cent in boards, overtook the narrative of thousands of parents who feel overwhelmed and forfeited with “ninety” and “not ninety” grades respectively.

 

This is about a mother who cheered up her boy despite a performance that stands as below average as per the standards of Great Indian Boards battle. Her social media post told much more than the marks of her child, rather it made a fervent point against long standing stigma of our society by challenging it. Non acceptance of anything less than ninety has gone against basic character and qualities of a growing up child.

 

The kind of response that mother garnered for her simple and humane social media post that came direct from the heart out of love for her boy explains lucidly the state of affairs we reside in. Everyone can sense the difficulty, however, diagnosis is no guarantee for cure. But it is also true that diagnosis is first key step towards any cure.

 

News of students giving up on their lives, each year after exam results, is depressing and beyond bearable to say the least. The rush for a seat in some medical college or premium engineering college and marks oriented approach has taken away so much out of students— the natural instincts, non-academic creativity and basic human tendencies— only to tell majority, in return, what kind of failure they are. This behavior has also been instrumental in dampening physical, mental and teen age growth of children to such an extent that it degrades their overall efficiency in life. Instead of improvement, peer pressure and comparison tactics become significant reasons for downfall of children.

 

The mother, protagonist of the article, in her 99 words long post, simply— rather heroically— sidelined the whole bewilderment around marks and whole heartedly displayed affection for the boy, which he deserves. She wrote about the value of “innate goodness, wisdom and curiosity” her child carries along with an undying spirit that helped him to make it through despite all odds. When thousands of people come forward and share their sorrowful stories, it exposes sheer the sheer negligent face of our system.

 

The fact that an average or weak student can be an extraordinary or normal child shall have to be crystal clear in eyes of people responsible for all children’s future. New connotations will have to be explored for the terms such as intelligence, genius and wisdom, for all these terms when trapped into “grade algorithms” simply act as a mask to narrow mindedness that puts all the value on marks scored and pushes all students in a race that has no near end to majority of students.

 

For each problem, its solution had to be a concern, at least for once, in the past. Action over concern leads to way out. If there is something to breathe amidst this suffocation of a scenario that showcases dropped shoulders and tired brains of teenager kids, it is growing concern and awareness about drawback of our way with kids and their education.

 

Much more than marks in linguistics or performance in mathematics and science— what counts most is each kid and all of its values. The norm of judging fishes for its ability to climb trees has to stop here for once and all.