Education in any form can never go waste. Was a line I heard everyday from my parents. My father is a triple degree holder, his visiting card in the early 70’s would read B.Sc BA LLB. (Bachelor of Science, Arts & Law). I always wondered how did he manage or have the time to graduate in three different courses.
During my schooling days, we had one exam every term making it four every year. But the benchmark was, how much would one score in the 10th grade (SSC- ICSC-CBSC-Board Exams) and that dictated the future course of life. The world was definitely an oyster but all the choices were streamed into three branches Science, Commerce and Arts and one could opt for it only if the grades made it about the cut off percentage. So, when the results were out we had to choose one out of the only three choices available.With time I believe everything is moving so fast. People are far more receptive to new ideas than they were a decade ago. Television and Internet has been the driving force in educating people on various aspects. ‘Aaj kal ki generation kitni smart ho gayi hai’ a line we so often hear. When I see kids today, they are far more knowledgeable than what we were at that age. A kid at the age of 6 knows more than what I knew when I was 16 (I was probably slower than an average 16 years olds — but still).
Gen Next knows what they want in life and what they want to do. As parents, one should encourage them and guide them in the right direction. Every parent wants the best for their child but sometimes a few of them are blinded by what they expect their children to become. We should let them dream and not enforce our dreams on them.
Apart from mainstream education, one should also be open to alternate education. I see so many young people wanting to do newer things that they feel passionate about, but seldom do parents feel they are making the right choice. There is nothing wrong in wanting to be a hair stylist, make-up artist, disc jockey, wildlife photographer, script writer, dog grooming and training expert etc. In fact, these are as honourable professions as a doctor or engineer. I’d rather be a good DJ than a bad doctor.
It’s time for the mainstream educational infrastructure to engulf and support these alternate education courses at a wider spectrum. And it’s time for parents to realise what their child is passionate about. Life is more fun when your passion becomes your work.
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