Do you know what’s the difference between student in USA and student in India? When student goes to school in USA, they carry a book in general and when student goes to school in India, they carry a bag. General Indian School Student carries approximately total of 16 books/notebooks for 8 classes he/she may be attending in a day. Whereas in USA, student attends total of 4 classes in a day, and generally carries only a notebook, books can be picked up from class itself before it starts.
But what I want to say is not about load of weight on student’s back but load of weight on student’s head. This load needs to be shrunk in my view. When Indian student goes abroad for study, he will find it much easier to carry on because whatever he may be taught in colleges, he would have learned it in high school in India. There are benefits no doubt. But Is it really a necessary to teach every single form of science and math in detail? Majority of students are crushed under weight of these kind of teachings, few manage it good. However, Don’t you think that after lets say 8th grade allow student to chose subjects he wishes to study, subjects that are related to his interest for future career. This will trim down other unnecessary subjects which most of the students do not need to learn in its complete depth, and allow student more time to concentrate on what really they want and with less pressure.
Till 8th standard, student can learn all basics and in few in depth of subjects such as Language, Math, History and Science. From 9th grade, allow student to chose what he want to learn. For instance if he is interested in Algebra, he does not need to learn in depth about Calculus. Students should be taught about their careers in 7th and 8th grade. From 9th they can follow path by picking their subjects and cut down all other extra load.
I think math and science we have been taught in schools, average person after school uses only 20% of it to make living. If that person had chance to just learn all he wanted after gaining basic and some advance knowledge of general importance, than he would have done better in life. What do you say?