Exams or not, holidays or not, academic pressure plagues children and parents alike. It’s as if their entire life depended on it. Or does it? Why do we lay such stress on academic excellence? What happens to that section of the population who are not proficient enough? After all, it’s common knowledge that there can be only one topper? Then why are we all running a race without giving any thought as to why or how? Why is our inherent herd mentality which was meant to be a survival skill driving us to doom?
If we all could stop to look around us as well as at ourselves, we would realise that no two people are made alike; different looks, varied talents and capabilities, opinions, feelings – there’s nothing we share entirely in sync with anyone – not even our twins. Each one with their passions, aspirations and the skills required bestowed on them by nature to realise their goals. Why did academic become the sole purpose of life, and all our activities seem to centre around it? Is academic excellence the only path to success? While there is no refuting the fact that not everyone becomes Roger Federer or Dhoni, every person still has their place in the world. Those proficient in the sciences go on to become engineers and scientists but what happens to those endowed with linguistic skills? Aren’t there enough options for boosting their skills marching forward? What about the artists, the writers and poets, singers and dancers?
No doubt parents encourage their children’s skills, but how many are willing to go that extra mile to shed their inhibitions about alternative fields and let their offspring pursue their passion? It would be unfair to say “None” but would still be “A handful” which is very disappointing all the same. Even those who recognise and nurture their children’s skills still want to pursue academics as the primary focus of life. Parents are not wholly to be blamed, but the measure of success in this power-driven world is measured by career success, fame and happiness rather than with joy and fulfilment.
But being parents, the least we can do for our children is not to curb their enthusiasm and interests and guide them in choosing their area of excellence. Academics is significant no doubt, in fact mandatory, but the distinction is not, it is an unrealistic expectation of our children’s future.
The idea is not to debunk the theory of academic success but only to reiterate that not all children are gifted enough to be proficient in academics. Education is about all-round development – and academics are just a part of it.
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