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Friday, May 20, 2016

When ‘Endangered Species’ are threatened…

The nucleus of our thinking system is deeply soiled with a narrower perspective that ‘school’ is the only habitat for learning to take place. Other than those who possess a utilitarian educational background, we seem to disremember that learning can happen anywhere, anytime with anyone. In fact, learning transpires in every moment of our lifecycle.   
There is no full-stop for learning 
As an educator, it is worrisome that the today’s youth are hardly found to be buried under books – let alone with the prescribed textbooks. They share a broken relationship with the books of any sort while some have literally divorced – because what they are asked to read and learn are just a piecemeal work.    
Gone are the days when education was considered as a means to earn livelihood. Children surviving with such blood of thoughts are so rare today – even rarer than those vulnerable species of any flora or fauna. So I classify them as the ‘endangered species’ of learners. And now with snowballing disturbances due to a technological dominance, scarce parental attention and dysfunctional homes due to a divorced or broken family, that limited species available in the schools are threatened to suffer a mass extinction at an alarming rate. When such enabling conditions are deprived, children consider learning as worst as paying a survival tax.
In these span of my 9 years teaching, I have observed each day into this profession becoming rather increasingly testing. I have served in almost any kind of school setting – rural, semi urban, or urban. And of all, urban is the worst experience thus far.    
While it is disputable that schools in rural and urban areas are dependent on its own set of parameters to define its quality, and that neither of them is comparable for being better nor worse, teaching in urban is certainly both physically and psychologically draining.
In urban schools, the learning environment is plagued with discipline deficiency and toxically contaminated with intense nebulous behavioral problems. Due to a scanty and delicate parental involvement, academic drought in the children is clearly visible. The worst thing of all is becoming an educational nanny’ for some students who comes from a dysfunctional home’ caused by a broken families or for students whose parents don’t even care about their kid’s education. Teaching those leftover students are as challenging as dragging a goat to drink water from the river.
At such circumstances, I yearn for the years working in a rural schools with those students having lesser juvenile delinquency and cohesive parents who share the dividend of educating their child despite being busy for making their ends meet. The parents of the rural villages either acts as a catalyst or become an environment itself for their children’s learning. They design a separate time from their packed schedule to track the progress of their child because they assume that educating their child is a shared responsibility of a teacher and parents. 
Such thoughts are miles away and furthest from the minds of some parents who send their kids in the urban school. While they are into a marathon of lucrative ventures, they never realize that the academic bank of their child gets bankrupted. When lesser value of education is cultivated in the minds of those academically unfortunate kids (though financially dominant), they fail to compass between good and bad or divine and evil. Consequently, they become an ambassadors of juvenile delinquencies, professionally trained lawbreakers and a bizarre pest to the otherwise serene and clean school biodiversity.
One as a parent never understand this and by the time we diagnose, it is too late to regain the health of child’s education. At such terminal stage, even a rehabilitation under a series of tuition classes can’t straighten the backbone of child’s progress.
So, when those parents having 1 or 2 children can’t spread their hands of care and upbringing, what is the question of asking to teachers that need to stretch every inch of their skin to touch those hundreds and thousands? In fact, such things don’t need any subtitle to understand and are never classically abstract.
But as an educator, it is painful to see children’s future getting diseased even with the needy drugs available at their disposal.   
“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you” – B.B. King


  1. It's irony, isn't it? The different types of students you had in urban and rural area, their parents characteristics, and so on. I understand the plight of teacher like you. Hope you can lend your passion and care to all of them, no matter where they stay. Keep writing Dumcho!!! :)

  2. I could truly feel and understand your thoughts about the education system and learning process. My wife had taught in the most expensive private school here before lecturing in the most prestigious private university in the capital. I have seen how horrible the wealthy kids who often hailed from bad parenting back ground where such parents believed that their money could buy anything including Top Grades results! When their kids failed to match their expectations, the parents would question the school authorities instead about the big sums invested instead of checking the problems their own kids had. This could make anyone puke.

    Now my wife will continue her studies for Phd in Education psychology soon, with the ultimate hope to change the country's educational system.

  3. I agree with you that today's youth share a broken relationship with books, its movies, malls, shopping and food for them. But, there are still a dedicated few who love reading.

  4. Alas, it is a sad truth, games, mobile phones and TV have replaced books for most of the world's children.
    Those who do still enjoy reading books are then often subjected to the most cruel ridicule by other children.
    This peer pressure is the main reason I withdrew my son from mainstream education in favour of teaching him myself.
    The education system here is severely failing our children.
    How I wish we had teachers like you here...

    Many thanks for another thought-provoking post, Dumcho.
    It is always a real pleasure to visit...:))

  5. I think the difference is that mainly, there is lack of appreciation and gratitude for some children/students. They take education for granted because it comes easy to them. I really hope there's a program wherein students are made to really experience what it's like to have to fight for education so they would appreciate and value it.



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