Monthly Archives: April 2008

Great expectations or Unnatural expectations?!

Great Expectations seems almost like unnatural expectations. The problem that I have with this post: What is the role of the parents if you expect the school to measure up to everything that the parent is supposed to teach? I guess this is my problem with people criticizing schools these days. The expectation list is horrifying. I sincerely believe that there is more to a kids education than Arts, Math, English etc., but I also believe that the little extras should come from home. My values and my culture are my own. My grandparents, my parents, and the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Spiderman and speed racer taught them to me every weekend. I have studied in a convent school all my life and I know my hymns, and hail Mary’s too. However, my parents did not worry about the very Christian culture I was immersed in or the skirts and buckled shoes that I had to wear to school. That definitely was not my culture, but the point was I was there to learn English, Math, Biology, History and everything else that cam in books. The Brahmin culture that had its rites and rituals, the values of respecting elders and everything else on that line came more from home, a little from school yes, but more from home. The list is ridiculous because of the impossible terms it sets not only for the teachers, but for the kid itself. I mean come on what kid is not going to be fascinated with Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck. Hell, I still am and watch Looney tunes like there is no tomorrow. I understand the idea of no TV’s but cartoon characters encourage creativity too. How many times have you tried copying Mickey mouse’s face or trying to imitate Donald duck? If that is not creativity, I wonder what is….
Akila has a neat post on another one of the author’s article. I like to think I am a bright, inquisitive, curious adult. I grew up with 8 cousins who all fit into that description. I grew up with so many friends who fit that description, and we all grew up in the most normal way imaginable. I mean my mother used to give me color pencils and my father gave me Archie comics. I sat in a group full of people talking politics and here I am studying political science. My cousin sat with my grandmother in the kitchen and was curious about food. He is a budding chef. I am not an expert, but I think this comes more from our upbringing than a specific manner of education or school. I agree that certain schools encourage creativity and I envy kids who learn things these days that I am only now learning. However, I also believe that there needs to be a limit to the expectations that we pile on schools and teacher and more so on the kids themselves. Every kid is wearing a jean, a t-shirt and carrying a princess Barbie or a Thomas train or whatever. Would it be right to say that “Long skirts, salwar, sari” etc, is our culture and deny the kids those things. The author dresses up in Blazers, boots and skirts that reeks of Indian culture. I mean to be judgmental here and I am not apologizing. I cannot stand people who do not seem to realize that just criticism is enough. Standing back and throwing stones is satisfying, but ultimately kudos goes to the person who picks up all the stones and starts building a school, where a US born kid and Indian born kid are seen in the same light. Perhaps brand name is not the answer, perhaps the schooling really ought to start from home and not from school.


Google Standard Time! Think April 1st

That email I was supposed to send to my father as soon as I landed in the US about 4 years ago, well according to Google TimeI still have time to send it. YEY:D

Think about all the pitiful excuses made..”Oh, my computer stopped working,”‘I spilt coffee on the drive and it went kaput”, “Maybe I sent it to the wrong email”, or the birthdays missed oooh!! I can already see a dozen possibilities. “Chuckles and rubs hand in glee” I can’t believe you didn’t reply to the email I sent today, but that which I sent four years ago. Hehe! But you know know what as exciting as all this sounds. I can feel it in my blood that this is an elaborate “April fool Prank“. It seems to good and too Google prank like. I can just feel it in my bones. I am good at this…I mean they actually have a formula for justifying the 10 predated emails. I am not good at math, but this is hilarious. Hehe!!! I love it. Happy April Fool’s Day!!!