How hard did they (the earlier generation) work?While my wife and myself are feeling the intense pressure of our daughter's gigantic project work, my mind travelled backwards during that time when I had been staying at Karol Bagh. At that time, to kill boredom of the Bengali mess where I had been staying, I started to teach some local children. Almost all children were first-generation learners, Out of those five children, a boy was very meritorious. He used to work hard, was very good in Science subjects and Mathematics (but poor in English). He used to study in a local Government school, but his performance was really very good, especially in Science and Maths. However, the boy told me that he hated project work. He also stated that although he had had to spend lots of time in completing projects, he didn't get good marks. I advised him to take the help of his parents, but he simply said they were not capable to do project work.
Today I am thinking about the difficulties faced by the first-generation learners. They don't get any support from their parents. If the learner is the eldest child, then his/her problem is of Himalayan proportion. Very few people are available to help such learners.
No doubt, the first generation learners have to work doubly hard to succeed.