The “coveted” month of the Board results is here. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the annual marks fair is here and I’m already reading news of some splendid performances and thoughts on the same. As a mother of a teenage son, who will be taking the plunge in another year or so, both the results and the reactions bother me. My modus operandi, as a parent, has always been to initiate fun in learning. I have encouraged faltering and failure- having learnt from my personal example and set-backs.
When the movie “Three Idiots” was released a couple of years ago, it became an instant hit. The concept and idea resonated with many and it was highly applauded for its school of thought. But our high ideas on learning and excellence are probably limited to celluloid.
I read reports of feelings of dis-satisfaction among students for missing out on a perfect hundred percent. This really irks me. Perfection, really? Or have we inculcated the idea of a zero-error syndrome? What are the values and attitudes that these “score-oriented” youngsters will carry to their work place tomorrow? Have we unknowingly pushed them from hard work to excellence to cut-throat-ism?
We are constantly fed reports on work pressure and stress in jobs. Is it also because those who are seeking perfection in mark-sheets grow up to be bosses seeking perfection in their work place, leaving no scope for human error?
There is nothing wrong in doing well. It is a reward for your unflinching effort. But what needs to be reinforced is the idea that there is nothing wrong in not doing well also. That it is okay to falter. That it is human to make mistakes.
I celebrate all those students today who have made mistakes and not scored a perfect hundred percent. They have gifted themselves scope for improvement, for surging ahead and for going up the ladder. Because you can’t go further up from the summit. You can only come down. So, enjoy that percent that has just evaded you. It has left you with countless possibilities to better yourself!