Children of today are often tangled between their choice of subject and decision of their parents. In a recently concluded survey, it was revealed that as much as 76 percent of today’s youth that it was their parents and not them who took decision of subject in higher educational plans. This clearly suggest that even in today’s so-called free and youth-oriented society, youth have a little say when it comes to receiving education.
The statistics further revealed that the worst sufferers were children from Asia-Pacific and a huge majority of parents in this demographic region expect and ‘forced’ their wards to take Science as a subject despite their children desiring to opt for streams such as Commerce and Arts. Decisions of parents like this in today’s civilized society clearly suggests that there is still a lot to be done before one can say that the world is free from Fuehrers and Czars.
Parents need to learn that they cannot play with a life and when it comes to their own children, things like life-influencing decisions can just not be influenced to such an extent. While parent’s advice is all that necessary, yet the final authority of decision-making for taking higher education’s stream should be best left to teachers and school/college if not with the children. This is because it is the teachers and the school/college authorities who know all about a student, his liking, areas of interests, and every relevant fact, which helps in making a right, thoughtful, and informed decision for the students.
If the future of our future citizens can be left in hands of the best, the burdens of ‘unrealistic expectations’, suicide tendencies after failure in exams, and job frustrations at a later stage can be eliminated at the first place itself. After all, there is always a need of a right man at the right time and at the right place and this can be met only by putting the right student in the right stream as per his or her abilities rather than as a matter of parents’ choices.