Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Taare Zammen Par and dyslexia....

Taare Zameen Par is getting rave reviews in cinema halls all around the world. The story is written by Amole Gupte and it shows the trial and tribulations faced by school children in India. The pressures they are subjected to: excel in studies, excel in sports, excel in extracurricular activities; life becomes a survival game. Parents and teachers need to change their outlook on how children should be moulded.

I suffered from dyslexia when I was in school. It was called learning disorder by the school psychologist. We were a batch of seven kids in third and fourth standard and all of us had problems with mathematics. They called our parents held meetings and organised special classes for us on Saturdays. Slowly I overcame my fear of maths, I did not score 100% in maths in high-school, but I managed to get decent marks and survive the pressures of the educational rat-race.

We need more child psychologists who should work with academicians to create a better tomorrow for today's young ones.

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