Indian School Experience — a rant

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Let’s encourage and appreciate honesty

When adults are prone to planning fallacy and present bias more often than we wish, how could we expect children to be an exception? So, when children really do fall into the planning fallacy, end up procrastinating and fail to complete a task or when present bias pushes a child to value winning in a video game more than preparing for the next week’s exam, we should empathise and encourage them to recognise and admit to the actual situation. Instead by penalising and punishing honest responses, we are teaching the next generation a wrong lesson.

Everything’s vague, nothing is defined

Two most important life lessons I wish schools warned about — real-life success isn’t the same for everyone (there is no one correct answer that gets you full marks) and solution for every problem isn’t available just 10 pages away. Additionally, schools with their rigid timetables give a false sense of hope to its pupil than most things if not all are predictable.

Demotions do happen more often

There is no laid out plan for everyone. Even if there is one, moving across a career ladder for instance isn’t as straightforward as graduating from Grade 1 to Grade 2 class. I wish schools gave us the courage to sit through elementary school even after high school if and when required.



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Shilpa Manikanteswaran

Shilpa Manikanteswaran

Curious about humans. Chasing the 'Why' behind 'What' and 'How'.