Mumma, my back is hurting!!!

June 19, 2009 at 11:15 pm 23 comments

The month of June always brings colorful memories for me (of my childhood days). The monsoon, new school uniform, wet umbrella, fragrance of cool breeze, cloudy sky etc (here in Chennai I’m missing the later parts) .It is so delightful to see small kids (mostly crying babies, coz they remind my nursery days) going to school carrying bags and umbrellas. So when my cousin sister asked to take her kid 2 school on opening day, without thinking twice I agreed. But when I saw my kuttus (he is in 1st standard) bag ‘gage’, I was about to faint. He is barely 20kg and he was carrying 3-4 kg bag and lunch box. When I was waiting in the school compound I have seen a few heartbreaking scenes. Like coz of unable to carry her bag one girl were crying and another small boy who fell down over his bag in front of me. Seems first day, they have to bring all there books, keep some in school and can take it back every fortnight. But still…

 Already doctors explained the health hazards of carrying these heavy bags at this young age. It will cause physical as well as psychological scars for the child (now a days most of the kids are suffering from lower back pain). At my nephew’s case, he has got 5-6 books per subject including text book, notebook, test paper, exercise book etc. In some cases they will get fed up with this and lose interest in studies. I’m not saying we should go back to education of 1950’s or something like that. We should give the best education for our wards. Like a Childs brain will start growing at the age of five (according to my knowledge, if I’m wrong please correct me).So that we have to make him think properly and also we have to provide best resources to train them through the best way. Is that means giving 20-25 books and force him\her to mug up everything? As I said in my previous post, we have to implement a lot of innovations in or education field. I feel that it is high time to change our notebook\textbook style education. Instead of forcing him to study for examination and score 90+% marks, we should motivate them to think creatively and innovatively. Like let him understand what his\her teacher teaches them and ask them to write what they got in a piece of paper(what ever it is) and later the mentor correct it and let the kid to take his paper to home and file it (keep a separate file for each subject ).Don’t you think its a good idea. Another suggestion is we can provide a laptop to them (probably kids above 5th standard and make sure he\she can’t play any games or watch cartoons); Load all the text books in the system and let him type the notes in the system. I don’t know whether all these things are good alternative or not.

  If schools don’t want to change and wanna follow traditional way, then at least provide locker facility for everyone, so that they can keep there book over there and take it back on weekends. Apart from education encourage them to enroll themselves in co curricular activities like music, arts, sports, drawing etc. Come on, we r not sending our children to school to train them to be porters, when they grow up.

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  • 1. kanagu  |  June 20, 2009 at 2:58 am

    It’s really a worrying scene Anish… to see a kid carrying that much load of books.. 😦 really it’s time to think for some alternatives..

    But for sure I won’t recommend laptops for young kids as there is every chance that they never ever practice to write if they find someting comfortable at that age.. also you will never get the pleasure of reading in text books, in computer.

    So one thing can be done is, ask the students to keep all such class works in school itself… only a Home work and book for a subject to carry.. and a rough note for all the subjects… I hope that it makes more sense..

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    • 2. anishthomas  |  June 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm

      I know kanagu,thatz y i said after 5th standard we can keep it as a option.
      @ keep all such clasS…yeahh , that is a gud idea 🙂

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  • 3. hitchwriter  |  June 20, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I hated studies… and I hope my son hates them too…

    I never want him to study… but amazingly my son all the times gets a book and gets me to read… I tell him lets play cricket… and he wants to read… !!!

    but i do see your point… yes they are overburdened… I see my son in junior KG writing in cursive handwriting !!! I thought cursive handwriting came to us only after 1st or 2nd standard… !!!

    they dont even teach the 1st and 2nd ABC … direct cursive handwriting !!!

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    • 4. anishthomas  |  June 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm

      ohhh bad dadda dhiren 😦
      But we have to note a point Dhiren,now a days kids are very fast,They are getting very good exposure to everything.The matter is whether they can able to cop up with there syllabus or not.i’m not against learning things ,What i’m trying to say is the system should change,education should be done in an interesting way

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  • 5. Solilo  |  June 21, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Anish, I just remembered my cousins going to school in June with those heavy backpacks. Kerala is losing it. 😦

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    • 6. anishthomas  |  June 21, 2009 at 6:26 pm

      I know…wht 2 do 😦

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  • 7. Solilo  |  June 21, 2009 at 9:22 am

    My cousin’s daughter and Peanut are same age and when one joined nursery there another joined Pre-school here.

    Scene: She cried every single day and didn’t want to go to nursery while Peanut got up before every one and waited to go to school and never wanted to miss school.

    They learned the same thing but the approach is what makes the difference.

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    • 8. anishthomas  |  June 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm

      hehhehe smarty kid 🙂
      Itz some wht same over here,my cousin sister’s younger kid used to get up at 11:30 PM and cry @ his mother 2 help him 2 do his homework and @ the elder one…she has to scold him half an hour 2 open the book 🙂

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  • 9. Ordinary Guy  |  June 22, 2009 at 9:41 am

    seriously dude…..

    the weight of school bag are much more than the kids themselves…. nowadays…………

    as sololi says, maybe it time to adopt a different approach to schooling so that kids actually like going to school………

    good one as usual machu!

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    • 10. anishthomas  |  June 23, 2009 at 11:16 am

      🙂 aliya …come up with a post about U’r child wood days….we are curious about ‘kutty og’ also

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  • 11. Winnie the Poohi  |  June 23, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I agree to you and most here! I always hated carrying books to school.. most of the time I end up being punished and made to stand out of the class.. not that it mattered to me… i spent time watching clouds n the birds 🙂

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    • 12. anishthomas  |  June 23, 2009 at 7:15 pm

      ahha 😀 ……another Tare Zameen par 🙂 ….kidding gal 🙂
      @end up being punished —same here …from UP to UG ….lol 🙂

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  • 13. Anamika.  |  June 24, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I guess your son is aware of the ‘breeding horses’ race 😐

    The competition sucks!

    Good post, though 🙂

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    • 14. anishthomas  |  June 25, 2009 at 6:02 pm

      Anamika,first of all welcome here
      hey 😀 ,i’m not yet a father lol 🙂 ….yeahhh we r aware of the competition,what 2 do, right now , we don’t have any choices….so have to move with the waves 😦

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  • 15. Ashwathy  |  June 24, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    why not make a locker system by which all kids can keep the necessary books at school itself and take them out according to their classes? solves the entire problem!
    why make the poor things (esp the little kiddies) carry so much of weight from a tender age?

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    • 16. anishthomas  |  June 25, 2009 at 6:07 pm

      Locker system… yeah thatz the best idea…heard some of the schools already started it over here(seems sindhi model),not sure 🙂 ….
      @ weight….we have to really look at the health problem and mental issue because of the same ……

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  • 17. vimmuuu  |  June 25, 2009 at 4:28 am

    This is why DPEP was introduced in Kerala a few years ago. To reduce the luggage burden from the kids and to also let them learn creatively. But the scheme was a disaster, most of them didnt believe in the whole idea of kids learning on their own and faded away like how it came.

    Laptops and Locker facilities are good ideas, especially the latter one. But those again cannot be applicable to the schools in the rural areas of our country. and thats about 80%, right ?

    According to me, they should have just two books for a subject- a note and a text. Anything more is definitely a burden.

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    • 18. anishthomas  |  June 25, 2009 at 6:12 pm

      Vimmu,first of all welcome here 🙂
      DPEP(in Malayalam we used to abrevate it like “daridriyavasi pilare ingane padipikanam”) lol….it was a disaster .It destroyed the base of so many innocent kids….. yeah fund is a major issue in rural areas.But education is the basic thing and back born of a country,government can’t simply turn there face on that
      @ two books for a subject…thatz a gud idea 😀

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  • 19. Meghana  |  June 26, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Its true…now a days bags are heavy and also the projects or homework assigned to kids are actually meant for parents…

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    • 20. anishthomas  |  June 29, 2009 at 10:00 am

      😦 yeahh i know……..In fact that prompted me to write this post 🙂

      Reply
  • 21. Smitha  |  June 30, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    It is so sad, Anish, that children are literally being abused while being educated. Children are so over burdened with school work, home work, project work, that they hardly have any time for being kids.. breaks my heart to see children like this.. There are some schools who do employ different teaching methods – but most of them are so expensive that it is out of reach of the common man.

    And the sad thing in India is that academic success is what counts.. A child who can memorise and vomit it in the exams is termed ‘successful’ !

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    • 22. anishthomas  |  June 30, 2009 at 4:27 pm

      @ different teaching methods….yeahh , i know it is quite expensive.In chennai things are getting better now a days(in some schools).
      Some time back when i was talking to my cousin “she told me like(about infosys training) “morning they will drill a hole in our head,afterwards they will stuff theories and data and evening they will close it and drop us home” .I guess that is happening in our school too 😦 .What to do , our kids also have to race along with others 😦 .

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  • 23. flash-player  |  July 8, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Perfect!

    Reply

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