The headline by Kumkum Roy in the Hindu of date and the write up was really interesting.
One song immediately got into my brain.
‘Aap’ jaisa koyee
Agar hukumat kar ne aaye
Tho baath ban jaaye
Haa baath ban jaaye.
Kyaa padne ka
Kya nahi padne ka
Aaj bache ko
Ek Ek kar do
Do do ke chaar
Chaar char ke aat
Aisa kOyee pataanaa aaj nahi hai.
Internet ka duniyaa hai aaj
Whatsap kaa duniyaa hai aaj
Tablet ka duniyaa hai aaj
Selfi kaa duniyaa hai aaj
Apni apni marji par
Chathaa hai bache aaj
Aur chalathaa hai bache ko aaj
Aise koyi duniyaa me
Aaj chal kar bache log
Hamaara baap ban gayaa hai.
Wo hamaaraa baap ban gayaa.
Mujhko aisa lagthaa hai ki, ye thEz rafthaar duniyaa mein, padnaa aur padaanaa ithnaa thEz hOga ki Ek saal ek claas , ek din ek class ban jaayegaa. Go by the first flight and return with a degree by evening flight.
If weight carrying is the primary problem (yes it is now), then split the book into three semesters. But in the final year end examination, do not forget to ask questions from all the three pieces. Such type of curricula will create shrewdness and creativity in the children’s mind. But, please do not reduce the number of pages in the name of censoring. Then only the front and back cover will be left out.
In the fictional stories of Desmond Bagley and Alistair Mac Lean, those covers will at least give the synopsis of the stories.
Kaun banega karod pathi questions can be answered later or even a child prodigy can be born.
Please do not cut the head to suit the cap as shown in the cartoon by Satwik Gade.
By sundareswaran Date 16th September 2015
Foot note: The DPEP program in Kerala
See Frontline Vol 16 Issue 15, July 17/30, 1999 written by R Krishnakumar
A nice anecdote:
Under DPEP program, a primary teacher showed the way to prune the trees for better growth. The next day the tree was missing. When asked, the children told we took it home for firewood.
As explained by Mr. Sasikumar, we cannot reenact a big bang theory or send a child to space in the satellite for the sake of awareness. The text book learning is sufficient for that.
When studying Engineering Physics, I was not even shown the Lummer Brodhun Photometer.Why? It was not there in the Lab.