How long do we stick to "Baaba black sheep"?The craze for English medium education is fine among parents. It is welcome that even lower-middle-class parents somehow earn some extra money to place their children in some English medium school nearby, hoping that one day, their child will also be very competitive in his or her career.
However, it is a sad fact of life that we have taken this to the other extreme. We routinely find children singing the "Baaba black sheep" rhyme to anyone who is interested. That is, to any visitor.
The children run the risk of being isolated from the deep cultural roots of their respective mother tongue, be that Tamil or Hindi or Telugu or whatever. There should not be any compromise on this.
There are simple prayers in the form of songs in each language. The small children, as young as just five years, should be taught all this. In addition, when the children grow up, they should know everything about their own religion and also know about saints from other religions.
The habit and attitude formation in children, before the age of five, is almost complete. The mind-sets become sort of established. It is also very strange to find children of rich families boasting about their command over the English language to children of servant maids, electricians and so on. This is just horrible. They should be taught the spirit of tolerance only at such an age.
How can we do something in this direction?