Today

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Hello there!

If you are coming here for the first time
You don’t know me as such
But that’s okay.

If you read me deeply,
Well then you definitely know me. 🙂

Well- Come!
Welcome anyways.

This is after quite a few years I am using word-press to add in “Snippets of me”

Today, I am a Teacher at OPJMS School, Hisar – the most prestigious one here, pays good; but sometimes, the trend in Education in India, I feel needs a huge change. This frustrates me personally but of course, like everyone says, how can one person herself, can bring a change? I have always thought the opposite – why not?
You start with your classrooms, your own kids at home and though it’s not an easy task to juggle with being a working woman (sorry I am a little biased here. Men if they helped, I would have included them) It’s from what I see at my school, my colleagues, all women majorly – I salute the ones who balance that work life.
Yes, you reading here – I salute you. 🙂

Since COVID -19, suddenly everyone understands how far or rather left -behind we are.. ..teaching norms here, still remain strongly out-dated. Schools in general, fail to have equipments, they just follow CBSE norms on the surface. While education has evolved, most of us still follow –
TEACH (syllabus targeted) CORRECT (the endless notebooks) COME to school and LEAVE.

It’s like EAT, SLEEP and REPEAT.
I do not understand what’s the rush to just ‘book-educate’ the child?? The world has evolved. What we are teaching in school is surely not preparing them for future. Smart Classes are here but what about the teacher training?? In fact, in my personal opinion, even the smart classes softwares are not properly structured. The ones that I have come across are largely just scattered information without the grade levels or even quality material to study.

It’s become such a race to just earn money and fulfil the basic stuff. Often, I wonder, how are we going to handle kids with such delicate brains into this world, rat-race, food-chain, society and all that blah-blahs – properly.

Lack of child psychological support to the core has become just a formality because we just are not left with anytime to pay attention to a child’s need individually.

But I also think, NOW, that all of us have been hit with reality, things are gonna change. We all will flourish. We have children from varied backgrounds, usually classified as Average, above Average and Below Average – how sad that is!? Why can’t we be more productive- helping each other, appreciating, being kind – i wonder.

Working from home should be like an option given. Teachers time-tables should be thoughtful and spread equally. Ah!
All these matters in my head are popping in every now and then. I am not doubting the calibre of teachers, here, it’s the whole EDUCATION SYSTEM that needs to get structured. With so many opportunities, multiple professions across the globe, where, people can make money by just following their passion. I wonder where do WE stand? We are still stuck in a cycle of engineers, doctors, and IAS, IPS and the likes. Today doctors are being saluted, policemen are being appreciated which is such a good sign but there’s still artist community largely ignored in India. Teaching Humanities is very important , I believe.

Of course interest of the child matters. Their aptitudes must be checked, parents should be counselled. i think this can come eventually. If the world stops like this, once a while 🙂

I mean, look at the beautiful skies, the decrease in pollution levels. focus on positive aspects of the tragedy.

I feel deeply sad for the people and families struggling with Covid, much still being diagnosed and all. But I have this strong gut feeling – we are going to sail through, we will emerge as Winners, be it  in science, technology, engineering — today everyone’s together fighting the crises.

I wish all of us good luck.
Stay safe.

N

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Today

  1. From my experience here in London till now… I observed not everything is taught to every child and at a very early age children are directed towards subjects of their liking even if basic science,maths are taught to them. And students could choose History with Exonomics and biology… they study what they want to study and stick to it unlike in india where children study something engineering and end up as MBA managers. Also, here the number of students in a class is a lot less so teacher gives her 100% to each child. Even though engineer,doctors,lawyers and accountants are earning highest still everyone understand their own calibre and interests. Also because they have more practical experience than theoretical knowledge, they are well off when they enter the employment face. One more very impactful part of curriculum is community service. I think that is the real game changer.. children grow up knowing how to behave in a well evolved society. Knowing how to conduct yourself and respecting others is what exactly is need. India will surely reach there though maybe you and I wont be there to see this change but a real shift is required in parents’ and teachers’ aims in relation to the naive minds.

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  2. So good to see you back, Nikki. I’m not sure you will recognize my new(er) blog. Come see me there.

    One of my sons is a humanity teacher. I think your philosophy has a lot in common with his. What age do you teach. He teaches high school (age 14-18)

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    • I will make it a point to visit you and your son too 🙂
      I teach grades 4 and 5 currently but yeah ages would be like till 14, if given the freedom to teach the way I want to.
      Thank you Aunt Adela for stoping by and always inspiring me 🙂

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