The Lost Spring: Do We Really Need To Stress The Youth?

Posted on December 23, 2010 in Education

By Shivani Singh:

It’s the end of the year, festive season round the corner but for the students it’s the time of the year where they have to be sure that they know everything. With a month or two left for the exams, the students are burning the midnight oil so that they get the best of results; they are secluding themselves from the festivities, locking themselves in a room, ending all outside world interaction so that they could do well.

Its time for the study groups, the late night revisions, those small handy notes which would help us revise the entire answer at once, solving the previous year’s questions, calling up friends and asking them “Kitna ho gaya?” (How much completed), the crash course coaching classes. The anxiety, , excitement, hopefulness, that little bit of doubt, all the plethora of emotions which the youngsters feels just before they sit for their exams.

It’s a very competitive world these days and the youth has to prove everything it has in order to succeed. I personally fell that there is a paramount difference that is prevailing between the education system during our parent’s time and the existing one. Today, its only the survival of the fittest that is why we see exams as not something that is fruitful for the youth but as something dreadful, a compulsion, something that has to be completed in the most perfect way.

We hear too many cases of suicide because of examination pressure. Do we really need to stress the youth of today so much that they think taking away their own life is much easier? I don’t totally blame the education system; it’s the sociological structure that prevails in India which makes each stepping stone a freakish advance for the youngsters. Seeing small kids burdened with the load of books, do they really have the time to enjoy their childhood when they have so much homework, exams? Do we really need to push the youth to these extreme limits? Isn’t education all about knowledge and not the present situation of pressure? These are a few questions that does raise a few doubts about whether or not the youth is actually “learning” or just “fighting for survival”.