Result season is back with nerve wrenching anxiety rising each day with rising mercury levels. The fate of students appearing in Class XII is sealed during this time of the year. This time of the year is also marred with various controversies related to a course or examination. This time around it was Honorable Supreme court of India which took everyone by surprise with the introduction of the common admission test for medical entrance i.e. NEET.
Uncertainty, last minute glitches, and ever changing policies has started to characterize new India. What also defines our country is our large middle-class society which pins its hopes and aspirations on the shoulders of their kids. Kids are part of an important race which they even are not aware of and the pressure for succeeding in the exams are looked as a life-defining event. Parents, Teachers, and society at large have made a compelling environment in front of kids as if these exams are the last hope in their life and they have a reason to behave in this manner. Results in these exams provide instant gratification and a sure stamp that they have done their job well. However, no one has the patience to let the kid grow as an individual and a good citizen of the country. Who has the time for waiting?
Opportunities and Success
Sensing opportunity and to exploit the psychology of parents and their aspiration, markets have also filled their shops with the product which guarantee success in the mad race. Shops have opened up which provide “world class coaching” at affordable prices, capsule modules if in case you think that you are behind in the rat race. Now moving a step forwards shops are filled with tonics and chavanprash made of gold and silver to spruce up the ability of the kids to “mug up” the junk spelled in the books.
However, there is a section of society , NGO’s and various writers who are acting as hope in this abysmal situation and have come out with research which speaks contrary to the beliefs of the society and advocates nurturing the inherent abilities of an individual. They advocate that every individual is unique and a single system cannot be used to evaluate an individual. God has gifted each of us with unique abilities which are required to be identified and honed. Daniel Goleman in his famous book “Emotional Intelligence” argued that an individual’s success doesn’t depend on his Intelligence Quotient (IQ) but on Emotional Quotient (EQ). He argues in his work that the way an individual approaches a situation or a problem defines his success in life. He supported his arguments with long research evidence in his bestseller.
Off late, we now see an emergence of a section of society which has started to believe that it is important to nurture the inherent capabilities/skills of an individual. Great’s like Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Amitabh Bacchan, Sonu Nigam and Mari Kom have proven that had their parents also believed in the numbers as a barometer for success than these famous people would not have brought laurels and respect for our country. If we evaluate a fish from its ability to climb the tree then fish would feel stupid its entire life believing that it is of no use.