Have we ever figured out why students scoring in the ’80s and ’90s till 5th standard, suddenly start hating numbers? Children stop using logic and imaginations as they stepped into middle classes. When they reach 8th and 9th Maths and Science become Thanos from Marvel Comics. By the time they enter into their first board examination class i.e. 10th, they have only one objective that to study Maths and Science for the last time.
I remember a very famous dialogue from Shah Rukh Khan’s Movie Om Shanti Om with a Twist –
“Itni Shiddat se maine tumhe bhoolne ki koshish ki hai, ke har zarre ne mujhe tumhe bhoolne ki saazish ki hai. Kehte hain ki… agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaaho (to Leave Maths and Science), to puri kayanat usey tumse churane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai.”
Parents, neighbors, friends, well-wishers everyone becomes the counselor and motivate students who hate numbers to study maths and science for one last time in the 10th.
Then we create a new segment of intelligent students. Those who score good marks in Maths and science they are treated as intelligent lot. They are the Captain America, Iron Man, Superman, Wonder woman, etc. of our society. Suddenly, the behavior of neighbors, friends and relatives changes. Preparing for IIT and Medical becomes a fashion. Commerce and Arts become the second and the third segments , Law is exceptional. It is been considered that logics and innovations are now only left with the science students. Even the expectation of parent’s gets changed. I have seen parents not allowing their kids to play the games that they are very good at because of their IIT dreams may get shattered. Please remember these are dreams of parents not kids!
Where have we gone wrong? Why we ask our kids to mug up multiplication table or mathematical formula or scientific phenomenon? Have we ever tried to tell kids the logic behind these? We have calculators to do big calculations then why do we need to mug up multiplication tables and formula? Is only IITs are the one who are doing better in life? Students who are scoring better in maths and science are the only intelligent lot? Are Maths and science really very difficult till 10th Level?
Here are few suggestions:
We should stop asking children to mug up multiplication tables, formula, and Science phenomena / Laws. We should motivate them to find the logic behind it and should allow them to come up with their own methods. Science cannot be taught with books and theories inside the classroom. We should use YouTube videos and day to day practical approaches to explaining its working. Simple Formulas like (a+b)2, Quadratic equations, mensuration formula for solid shapes, geometry theorem, etc. should be taught to derive them, rather than mugging up. In the last 23 years, I must have interacted with more than 1,00,000 students and have learned that students who have the ability to derive logic, can innovate and are better problem solvers. Also, students who accept failures and hit back with winning strategy are the ones who have succeeded in life. Logics, Innovations, and Attitude one cannot learn from books and classroom teaching. We as a parent will have to help students to find their own solutions.
Parents must realize that every year almost 15000 students graduate from IIT and IIMs. Till date, more than 10,00,000 students from IIT / NITs / IIMs and equivalent colleges must have graduated, but not all have become business leaders or great entrepreneurs or scientists. IIT and IIMs may guarantee a good start but they don’t guarantee a good career and Life. Parents must teach their children the attitude towards life and to be compassionate. Kids should not be asked to discuss problems rather they should be motivated to provide solutions. Freedom for games and sports will teach students to innovate, derive logic, leadership skills, team-building skills, and most importantly how to convert failures into wins. Life is not all about materialistic things, it’s all about enjoyment and being happy…
Following are my 5 Mantra of success:
- Talk about solutions not problem – Derive formulas rather than mugging up (IronMan)
- Search for the logics – Learn by Doing things practically (AntMan)
- Use adaptive learning – Use technology as much as possible (Spiderman in New Suit)
- Accept failure as an experience – Find a better way to succeed next time (Batman)
- Respect law – Always be humble and compassionate (Superman)
Wait for my next blogs:
1- Interview Mantra
2- Resume Mantra