Teach Them Young

Here teaching is very different when compared to India. Pinkuda doesn’t has anything to do at home after coming from school. She is told by her teacher to choose a book from the school library every week and she has only that book to read at home. She is 5 years and yet to know words. When she was in India she used to bring loads of home work of  two and three letter words. Here they are still in teaching letters. School doesn’t want to put pressure on kids and they leave the kids to take their own time to learn and memorize the things. This post is about a issue which is mostly written and spoken in India and was shown in Amir Khan’s Satyamava Jayathe, it is about Bad and Good Touch.

Pinkuda had a class about good and bad touch. She came home and told me that her sir said KEEP YOUR HANDS FOR YOURSELF, don’t touch others. This sentence is for those who un-necessarily touch others and for those who are the victim of those touches. I felt they are teaching both the victims and culprits that it’s not OK to touch. My mom used to say the things learnt at the younger age is hard to forget like the saying “Old habits die hard”. So if we teach our kids not to touch others at the young age and they will practice the same thing when they grow old.

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11 thoughts on “Teach Them Young

  1. The difference is the teaching pattern – It’s a silly idea to drill words into kids minds by giving them a lot of homework. But reading children’s books/comics helps kids to remember words and understand them naturally, which is the right thing to do. The concept of memorizing pages and pages of text even in 12th std is one of our biggest problems.

    I remember i used to memorize trigonometry too…and i was very poor in maths…just i cleared that exam and was happy that i won’t have that subject ever in my life….That should not be the case…

    Destination Infinity

  2. I am all for giving kids different books to read… in many ways they also help us parents identify the area which is of most interest to the kids… 🙂

    Yeah me too…my kids don’t have any text or notes books…what they have are the story books. They do get homework but it is weekly once that too very little…hardly it takes time for them to do and that too without my assistance or help they do it.

  3. That is true. Sooner it gets imprinted on their brain, longer it stays. But I guess its also important that they learn the right meaning of what’s being taught.

    I love the book reading assignments here. That teaches the kids a lot.

    Sometimes varunavi tells me something which i never heard of…she corrects my english and spells the long words.

  4. I personally prefer their way of teaching. It’s far more interactive, and it is also much more flexible than the Indian system…. letting kids progress at their own pace. Learning by heart is not really preferred, and that’s the way it should be.

    Yeah here they don’t teach (a + b )2 = A2 + B2 + 2AB which we memorize…but here they teach them why that is so and they let them think why that is so… (Not able to put square)

  5. How lovely it sounds to get books and read like that 🙂

    Here libraries lend 50 books to each child for a month and i too get 50 books on my card. But lack of time i use only my card and i get books for them not 50 but few books.I am loving this.

  6. This must be a very interesting school! The children should not be burdened with home work. They should enjoy going to school. Bringing books home from the school library is a good habit. They will start the reading habit very early in their life which will help them in the long run!

    This system has started in India too sandhya..The previous school in hyderabad were not giving homework..they used to give just math homework and other homeworks weekly once.

    We can teach them about ‘good touch and bad touch’ but the children should not get scared and go away from normal people. They might start doubting normal people too. Take care, Saritha! Now, scared of everything, or maybe everything is coming out so fast nowadays!

    Times are changing Sandhya.

  7. Can’t agree more with what Sandhyaji said and yes I’ve noticed here in the UK too that education is not forced onto a child, teaching is different to India. Am not sure how it is in schools here but when it comes to University, importance is given to how much you are grasping and understanding the concepts; assignments are given to challenge that knowledge you gained, whereas in India you can score good marks if you can replicate what is given in the text book.

    It’s the same here…

    Coming to good and bad touch, yeah its good to teach children at a tender age to understand influences, limits, what to tolerate and what not to, etc. I like the idea of choosing one book every week and read that at home, life would be easy, wish we had such system when we were kids Sarithakka, emantaru 🙂

    Avunu but its better late then never…our kids are not following that system…It’s changing in India.

  8. I agree with reading books. its better than heaping homework on 5 yr olds!
    Reading develops their imagination and their reading and language skills!

    Yeah pixie you should see pinkuda’s drawings…full of imagination….

    Good touch bad touch is such an important lesson.. Im glad they are teaching such important things so early…

  9. IF there is one thing I missed giving my children, it was this kind of teaching. While the older one took to academics like duck to water, the younger one hated the structured methods. I supported him by not insisting on grades and allowing him to be. Till today, he feels the horror of schools to be too much and pities the kids in schools here 🙂 Hope Pinkuda gets to complete her schooling there!

    Pinkuda will complete her schooling here…she just hates to miss school..

  10. Absolutely necessary in today’s world. I don’t understand why every single school cannot follow this!!!

    It’s changing…parents and schools are realizing that they are wrong.

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