It is common knowledge and concern that the below average students find themselves a misfit in the current schooling system. The school curricula and methods of teaching are meant primarily for the average children. What doesn’t strike us is that the talented children find themselves as much a misfit and are as marginalized as the below-average students. The schools, we are at pains to find, do little to address the cause. The classrooms usually brimming with children with different capacities make it almost impossible for them to try out anything different.
The boundaries drawn by the syllabi and the habit of being spoon-fed further hinder the growth of such children. As a result, the child is seen lacking the initiative to start a topic on his own even though he has studied the same in the previous class. So, the stimulating exercise of exploring new things on the basis of previous knowledge becomes a mere routine and children start finding education burdensome. Have you ever heard of any parent hiring a tutor for teaching video games? Children are ready to put in hours just to cross one level even when these games are not a walk in the park. The reason is the increased sense of responsibility amongst these students; there is the joy of struggle leading to success and a sense of achievement at the end of the task. Our education system, unfortunately, does not offer them this meaningful sense of “Hurrah! I did it.” It spoon-feeds them, and is devoid of any meaningful challenges for them. Why can’t we have struggle as part of the learning experience in our curricula too? Aren’t we then underestimating our students?