He shared that he was the only educated man in his family, he has a masters degree in commerce and married his sweetheart from the college itself. He encouraged his wife to study further by paying for her B.Ed. Today she is a very experienced teacher and earns far better than him. He says he feels very proud that his wife's earn's more than him.
His only regret in life is that he learned in Marathi Medium school so though he has a master's degree, people refused to give him any job as he didn't know English. He decided to teach his kids only in English Medium school. Today he says that it gives him immense joy when he sees his son and daughter speaking in English. He is assured that their future is secured. He also said that I am ready to shell out as much money as I can for the education of my Kids. He has to almost pay 1 lakh per year for the education of his kids but that doesn't bother him because he is hopeful that his kids will not meet the same fate as his.
I learned many things from him today and most importantly I understood that yes parents do think that "An investment in Education pays the best interest for their children" and for this reason's the school's are demanding very high fees. Today I read a news that Kejriwal has issued a warning against private schools against the unnecessary hike in school fees and that if they don't return the extra fees they would take over such schools.
Beware! I question everything and everybody.
But in this attitude some parents are not considering the calibre of the children and expecting more and more than what the child can deliver. Here my point to parents is try hard and give all the amenities to your ward and see that he will do his best but don't expect anything beyond his caliber.
And thus they put their everything to provide there child best education availabel, no matter how hard they have to work for it how many compromises and sacrify they have to make for it.
They don't want that their child to lag behind any other child in any respect. And these high fee demanding school and colleges provide an assurence and a dream to these parents that their child will have a secured future and a better life than they had.
"It is hardest thing in the world to be good thinker without being a good self examiner"
Parents today are definitely investing on education rather than knowledge. They think that studying in a good institution and scoring good marks will take their child to the top. That is why they are preferring to get their admission in topmost schools and those schools charge extra high fees. Seeing the culture and infrastructure, they decide to get their child admitted there. But they need to understand that it is the knowledge that is going to help their child in future and they forget that all schools give the same teachings. Parents are thinking from their perspective, what they had in their times, they should understand the atmosphere in today's time. The times have changed. They need to understand that it is the child's ability to grasp things in a better way, school can only impart good education, knowledge he will imbide by himself. I understand that it is because they think about the benefit of their child but they should be counselled on this part as well, so that they do not have to face unnecessary harassment for their child's education.
Do what inspires you !!
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
So she was enquiring which syllabus was the best which would help her son to prepare well for the entrance coaching exam. I was under the assumption that her son would be in 9th or 10th Std, as per my experience I told her which was best according to me. A few minutes later I asked her in which std her son was studying and guess what, they wanted to admit her son in LKG.
It is generally known that after the initial basic learning how to talk and communicate , how to go about the essential daily chores as habit, children learn much about the world around them from formal schooling only. It is from schools that children come to know about their peers, the larger society, the many difference between adults and children, how to behave in family, in society and when you are to yourself. Apart from all this the children learn to write and count. By grades the knowledge also goes on increasing. It is after high school that the children get chance to take options of their liking and choice. That is only the apt time when the children can start taking independent choices in at least some things related to their further education etc.
Even though all schools may be following same syllabus, some schools will have some extra infrastructure, facilities and support structures inherent ,inbuilt and ready, so that children imbibe what is taught in a better and easy way. The composition of a class also decides how much a student can go on getting better and better. Parents usually would like such schools for their children. Usually parents get to judge these only by previous results.
To get good and best we may have to pay more also.
Parents would not like to take risk in such matters. So what they feel is that they would rather spend some extra money to have the best education (and thereby knowledge and eligibility for further studies and career) for their children.
They do not take it as investment, but as manure or fertiliser for the good growth of their children.
As far as our constitution places education as concurrent and also has given certain rights and freedoms to start educational institutions, 'education business' will continue to grow. The only alternative or remedy is to star similar schools under public sector. There is no need to blame parents.