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  1. Nitin Nandan
    March 14, 2012

    Hi Ashwini ..thank u for initiating this subject. i came across this as i m researching on this topic. i read this all, very useful…I am writing smthng abt english medium schools.. do u thikk we can talk about it in details… can u give me ur mail id or cell num… looking forward . Nitin

    • Ashvini Kumar Saxena
      March 14, 2012

      Hi Nitin,
      You are most welcome.
      Since my email could be spammed if I post it here, please use contact form at http://aks-blog.com/contact. I will reply once I have your email.

  2. sid waykul
    February 15, 2012

    truly an insightful read …..abot 2dayz failing education system …….sad but true :-(

    • Ashvini Kumar Saxena
      May 9, 2012

      Thank Sid :) . Haven’t seen more comments from you. I would love to see them.

      Ashvini Kumar Saxena's latest article :Build and will they come? Maybe yes

  3. Unfortunately this is so true.

    There is such an over-reliance and importance placed on education it is bad for the kids, I feel that this is particularly true in Asian countries.

    People want to live their lives through their children. This excessive emphasis on education kills their creativity. The education system needs a revolution. Have you ever seen this video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY I think you will really appreciate this talk, but you’ve probably already seen it.

    The thing is, the current education system is outdated, and children all over the world are taught so many things that are completely irrelevant, theory-based and impractical.

    Like you said, I think that it’s so sad that a small amount of children feel that education is so important that they kill themselves. In most cases I feel their parents are to blame.

    Kids need to grow up, learn things themselves and experiment. Too much focus on education makes these natural processes very difficult.

    How can such an outdated system be relevant in this ever-changing world?

    Informative post, such a sad situation.

    • Ashvini Kumar Saxena
      June 13, 2011

      Hi Robert,
      Thank you for your comment and welcome to my blog.

      Absolutely the education system here in Asia is inclined towards cramming and making people suitable for desk job. Infact entrepreneurship was integrated in Indian economy right from many hundred of years( India has one of the largest number of entrepreneurs ) but the recent emphasis on getting outsourced work ( which provides excellent salaries) has really tempered with the entrepreneur climate. It has converted a productive workforce as dummies for cheap work,
      Of course when one gets a salary that one can only earn after years of being in business, it is very easy to drop the entrepreneurship and get a job. I seriously am not in much favor of outsourced work as it has destroyed the spirit of innovation and thinking. In fact it took me a long time to come out of the grip of easy salary and low level work.
      I have seen parents comparing, pushing and making children carry burden of their expectations. A child is often a source of creativity. Give a young child a toy and you will see how much ways he can look at it. Unfortunately as they grow bigger, they have to ‘behave’ , follow a certain path and live as their parents want. Since Asian societies are family oriented, it is very difficult to develop individuality unlike western societies which have more space for individuality to develop.
      I am a firm believer that entrepreneurs across the world bring benefit to whole of the world ( such as Facebook for providing platform against oppression in certain countries). I just want the parents/schools/society to let kids develop on their own rather than forcing a system on them.

      Thanks for your views, suggestions and experience sharing and hope to see you on my blog once again.

    • Ashvini Kumar Saxena
      June 13, 2011

      BTW…. Great video thank you for sharing.

      • Robert
        June 21, 2011

        Definitely man, you make some great points!

        Yes, the world needs entrepreneurs for many reasons! They entrepreneurs that get big fuel country’s economy’s to perform well – just look at Bill Gates and how many people work for Microsoft.

        Yeah I know outsourcing is big in India.

        I’ll sum it all up “Jobs and Schools are killing creativity.” Bold statement but true.

        Glad you enjoyed the video man, speak soon

  4. Sonia
    June 9, 2011

    Very touching post Ash! I never realized there were so many suicides in India for that reason. It’s weird how some of the kids in the US take their own lives for lesser reasons, but to them it amounts as high as not getting into a college as well. When I was in High School I have to admit, I wasn’t into my studies as I should have been, but like you for some subjects I was interested in, I excelled in. My parents were never down my throat about my studies, but they did expect me to do well, it just wasn’t “voiced” loudly like some parents might do.

    We all want the kids of tomorrow to do well and make a name for themselves. Hell, they are going to be taking care of us when we are “senior citizens” so I would hope they get it right. I think parents focus on the mistakes they made growing up and don’t want that for their kids. At the same time, they don’t realize or think about the unknowingly pressures that they might put on them as a result. Unfortunately people never realize where they made mistakes until it happens to them and their child takes their own life. This is a subject won’t end till it ends at home, because that is where it usually starts.

    Ash thanks for sharing this with us.

    • Ashvini Kumar Saxena
      June 13, 2011

      Hi Sonia,

      I look forward to your comments as always and you bring a great perspective to the discussion.

      I think you have raised important point about ‘making mistakes’. Almost all societies eastern or western wants their progeny to do things right. In my opinion this is where everything goes wrong. It is very important to make mistakes and fail. I remember in my college days, I had to cancel a small fair I was organizing due to a tragedy( a student of the college drowned somewhere). The problems that I had to face after the failures were tremendous and taught me to be strong and resilient. Till today, I never get scared of any troublesome customer situation because of the learning from the failure in college days.
      Failure to me is the like a stone placed in our way which we feel is an obstacle but actually a stepping stone. But how do we tell this to parents who never experienced( or still dont want to) such troubles. If someone does not take risks, it is least likely they are going to teach about taking risks. Hence the chain goes on and on.
      I only hope that if parents read this discussion they will have some awareness about letting kids do what they are good at.

      Thanks for your comments. Love them :)

  5. Wim @ Sales Sells
    June 9, 2011

    That’s a thorough analysis of today’s school system and its consequences Ashvini. In my opinion today’s educational system focuses on the wrong skills. Honestly, when have you ever been marked for creativity or innovation? It’s always about reproducing stuff and following the guidelines. This creates a lot of pressure, especially for those people (entrepreneurs!) who like to step outside the boundaries and develop their own ideas.


    • Ashvini Kumar Saxena
      June 13, 2011

      Hi Wim,
      No , I have never been awarded for my entrepreneur skills. Though I have received admiration from people I know but it stops there. It is very difficult to stand up and shine when the system screams conformity. When I blog, a lot of people I meet ask me the question ” How do you make money?”. They don’t get it that I do it for fun and if I wanted money , I would not have left my job.
      I have been like this right from my childhood and it may be attributed to my parents who never pressurized me to score marks. But they are a tiny majority. Most of them still do pressurize kids. You would not believe that how many kids in India goto tens of hobby classes during the summer vacation rather than playing in the sand. I think I am happy with life today because I played in the sand in my childhood. I hope system changes but there is a dim chance.

      Thanks for your comments and hope to see you again here .

  6. Aswani
    June 8, 2011

    Ashvini, I really appreciate your initiative to come up with such issues. Students suicide is a grave concern these days. I think it has grown big like anything and seems that there is no end to this menace. If you are asking me, I would point my finger to the existing education system which has gone from bad to worse. Our education system does make people learn something but doesn’t make them sensible enough to think positive in their lives. Instead as you mentioned above, the present education system works more on creating fodder for the corporates which does create undue pressure on students and thus makes them prone to such extreme steps like suicides. Yes, parents too are to be blamed for this to great extent.

    One of the things which I have noticed with parents is that they make comparison of their children with other children without realizing one simple fact – Comparisons breed insecurity and results in low self esteem. This in turn can have severe implications and more often leads to steps like suicides. Also, as you have said…expecting your child to perform out of the box always is very silly. Such mindset needs to corrected and even if you child is an under performer, he/she surely is very likely to be better and maybe exceptional in other areas. Parents need to watch out for those areas and must encourage their child to work on those. Then I am very much sure of the fact that it will lead to better growth of a child and he/she won’t be tempted for such extreme steps like suicide…!

    • Ashvini Kumar Saxena
      June 13, 2011

      Hi Aswani,

      Thanks for your views. I really appreciate your comment.

      I don’t think that any parent want their child to be unsuccessful. They want them to do the right things , right from the start. Unfortunately taken to an extreme, this attitude breeds an unsuitable environment for their kids. In the end, when a child grows up all he is left with in his life is to get a job and move on. Nothing wrong with that but there are many children who would not want this kind of conformity.
      The education system however loves conformity and would do anything to scuttle the innovative minds. I still remember my teacher tearing off my drawing because it had a political leaning. To me, as a little child it was excellent thinking ( a satire) but to my teacher it was not. I came to know of it only from my batchmates who innocently told me that she tore the drawing off. Thats how schools and teachers destroy independent thinking and create drones out of children. In the end some of the kids cant cope and take the extreme steps.

      Sad but true and I can only hope this stops because it is too tragic.

      Thanks for your comments once again.

    June 8, 2011

    quite true:(

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