Redefining the best

I think a lot more people need reminding……School isn’t entirely about book learning. It is also about socialisation, reading Shakespeare, playing chess and self discovery just as I always sang mango tree back in nursery school. I do not intend to underlook the achievements of all the brilliant students who appeared in the press over the recent primary leaving, O’level and A’level results.
Many parents believe great grades mean a great future.
Many parents believe great grades mean a great future.

I think a lot more people need reminding……School isn’t entirely about book learning. It is also about socialisation, reading Shakespeare, playing chess and self discovery just as I always sang mango tree back in nursery school. I do not intend to underlook the achievements of all the brilliant students who appeared in the press over the recent primary leaving, O’level and A’level results.

But looking at their stories gave me reason to pause. Since when did some pupils, students, get mentally aged? Children now have traits of passing exams. When did this happen? Little boys declare how they passed, by burning the midnight oil.

Students say they abstained to pass their exams? That they weeded out all the bad friends and only discussed with the serious ones before their primary leaving, O and A Level examinations.

Am I missing something here? Perhaps, I am the most naïve laid back moron in the universe. As a pupil in primary school, I did not want to be a heart surgeon or an aeronautic engineer.

In fact, most days I am not sure I want to be what I like to be. But somehow, this national exams frenzy is about students following their passions. It looks like we are over stretching our young bodies and minds to keep up with what the skewed society is telling us is right.

Where is the regulating mechanism that keeps students from taking life too seriously? Who is reminding parents that things were NEVER serious when they were at school ?

At this point, I am sure some people will get defensive and ask whether they are supposed to let their children fail. No, the fact is that the world is a competitive place and everyone wants the best for their child. Everyone thinks that if their children are not bespectacled, then they are behind the rest, behind the best. I think we just have to redefine ‘the best.’

There has to be balance somewhere along the line when we define what the best really is. What is your best life? How do you really like to be living and loving, all the money and props aside?

I have asked too many questions, and I will be living a life full of quality answers, keep on reminiscing the mango tree song or even the blah, bla, bla black sheep.

benjis2007@yahoo.com

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