Colour your Child’s Evaluation Bright

  By Sagarika Ranjan Jul 09 2018

Our tickets to prestigious universities are often cold-coloured, dotted with vague judge mental numbers and the dreaded stamp of Pass or fail — I am talking of results.


Child Psychologists say that for years these numbers have been affecting the belief system of a child. Any student’s self perception is affected by the kind of remarks or comments he or she receives. A child’s self belief or self perception is an important factor. It determines how confident a child is going to become and this is what should be the philosophy of the pedagogy of the new education system.


It is the result of years of social conditioning. Marks on the report cards and the teacher’s remarks are taken too seriously.


Master Charan, a student of South India, was very politely told that he is not competent enough as his marks were not up to the mark by one school. However, there was one school that believed in his abilities. With the support of the school, Master Charan pursued painting. Today he is an artist of national fame. His paintings are showcased in exhibitions and bought at competent prices.


This little example affirms that even those who do not do well in studies can have a future.


Marks culture has been killing the creativity, versatility and uniqueness of our children. All hundreds of students are expected to study every lesson with the same perspective as that of the teacher, their abilities to think on their own gradually gets evaporated leaving behind machines who mug up as per the instructions of the teacher and pass examinations to get a job and earn money and then the same fate follows for the generations to come.


So, what is the alternate?


City International School in Lucknow distributes report cards with colour bands. It does not have any numbers defining your child’s capabilities. The school in its report tells the students the topics he or she is good, not so good or needs help instead of just putting across the idea that the child is bad a particular subject.

This keeps the child’s belief intact that there are just some topics that need attention and then it will all be great education.

An experiment conducted by Dr. Sunita Gandhi shows this helps. A child was given a test on a particular topic where he scored 37 per cent but the marks weren’t revealed.

The topic was again taken by the teacher and the same test (with different set of questions) were repeated and the same child scored 91 per cent. This clearly shows the extent of impact a child has from these unscientific reports called the Report Cards.


This is just one way to turn around the impact positively.

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