“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
—William Butler Yeats
Children are supposed to be the building blocks of society. From time immemorial, children have been looked upon as the torchbearers of civilizations owing to their potential to mold the future. And education at any juncture plays a pivotal role in this process.
Education for a society forms its backbone to an extent. Irrespective of the medium, written or oral, it has always been considered of prime importance. What started in an oral fashion, gradually evolved to incorporate the written word. In Indian society too education has seen a similar transformation, from oral which is comprised of different modes like the Gurukul system to the present state which has a bit of both, written and oral.
With education coming to the fore as an important factor in shaping a child’s prospects, so have grown the standards in education. The ever-increasing competition to filter the intelligentsia at the top has seen the competition among students rise to new heights.
In this scenario where the ‘survival of the fittest’ matters, every parent wishes to find his or her child at the top. The child is subjected to the grind of numerous tuitions and coaching apart from the regular academics. The parents assume this as a prerequisite for a secure career for their child.
The pressure to succeed and tread a path their parents think apt for them has become the norm of the day. But in the whole process of securing a safe future for their child, they forget his or her aspirations. The dream of a child gets silenced in the cacophony of competition and expectations.
What do you feel..?