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November 09, 2004

Rat race is a phrase that normally means 'exhausting routine that leaves no time for relaxation.'

It is also something we put our children through every day of their lives!

Therace begins early asparents and tots prepare for KG 'interviews'!

Nursery school admissions are created by draw of lots.

From then on, a decade or more of lugging heavy school bags... shunting between school, tuitions and homework.

Is there release for kids from the vicious circle of peer/parental pressure, tuitions andunimaginative education policies? Solutions abound in theory.

One particularly interesting one,by the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration in New Delhi proposed asolution. Children mustnot be failed in any class up to and inclusive of Standard 10.

Do you think the aforementioned ideais a way out?

Maybe you support the current system as a necessary evil to get your kidthat coveted IITseat you once missed?

Or do you have anychoice at all to stand up and say 'therat raceis for rats, not my kids.'

Write in and tell us.

Photograph:PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images

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Sub: school study subjects choice

Any one aware about availability of service by any indian coaching centre or counselling firms or web portals or websites which provide service facilitating the ...


Sub: Rat race is for rats, not kids

The phrase is good but,why consider kids as rat, If the children are not failed how to judge who is intelligent and dull and the ...

Posted by Neeta Rawat

Sub: Are we Confused!!!

This is a continuation of my previous message.If children do not read geography just because its boring and they dont have any exam for it, ...

Posted by jyothi

Sub: Are we confused!!!

In a land where some states are talking of reforms to change education strategies, and the others talking of passing laws against abducting people,i think ...

Posted by jyothi

Sub: Rat Race is for Rats, not Kids

The Indian school system is flawed. Students are required to learn by rote. The dictionary defines 'rote' as 'memorization using routine or repetition without full ...

Posted by Ved Vedamanikam



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