Monday, January 18, 2010
When should one start preparing for professional courses? - Part II
This is about my previous blog post " Preparing for professional course, when should one start?Many have commented on my blog either through mail or face book. Thanks for all the views and opinions that each one has given me. Made me get a better perspective.
These were some of the opinions. Some felt that one need not start so early. Some felt it is too pressurising for the children. Others were of the opinion that children right now cannot definitely decide and therefore the onus is on the parents to make the decisions. Others wrote that the child should be the decision maker on what field he or she wants. We as parents need to just be there to guide them.Yet others doubted whether IIT is the only path to success.
Well these were some of the doubts that many of us parents had and we all raised these questions to the programme coordinator whom we met to have an intro session. According to them the CBSE curriculum they say has changed a lot over the years. A lot of dilution has happened in order to cater to children at different intellectual level. But looks like the syllabus has not changed at the eleventh and twelfth grade. It is quite vast and tough.
So classes like this try and fill that lacunae. Also children will get exposed to the various curriculum in one place. They will also get an idea as to where their strength lies and hence prepare for future.
Right now as a parent I am looking at it this way.
1. I would like my son to get a general idea of how challenging a subject can be and how he can work through it.
2. Give him this opportunity to explore his own strengths and work on his weaknesses.
3. Finally if he enjoys well and good , if not then atleast I have the satisfaction of providing him with this opportunity.
4. This would also be like a stepping stone if and when he makes up his mind in the next four years.
Finally we as parents can only be instruments of guidance and help provide opportunities for our children. After this it is left to the child to understand and go through this process of learning and try and achieve whatever goals that he or she sets. After all I guess isn't that what life is all about? Learning continuously and discovering oneself?