Mohammed Abdul Jawad

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The Loads Our Children Carry

The Loads Our Children CarryImage source: dnaindia.com


One day, I noticed my neighbour with his little daughter, probably a student of first class, waiting in front of the building for the school bus. She stood there— she visibly slim—but, on the contrary, next to her was her heavy backpack.

“Does she need to carry this load, enough to ache her back and spine?” I asked my neighbour, with an air of curiosity.

He gave a prompt reply: “O, school teachers prefer kids to carry everything—text books, work books, class note books, assignment book, homework books, scrap book…”

I wondered then, where goes the concept of books by timetables? It’s pity to see little kids lugging along satchels that are too overweight! Little angels need tiny stuff, and not heavy backpacks.

Sometimes, we happen to see scores of kids, like junior weight-lifters, carrying their heavy satchels, and some, under the stress, make a drooping posture, with a burdening load on their backs.

Since a decade or little more, there’s so much change everywhere. Each and every system had undergone drastic changes, and so the educational system too had its modified looks, with scraped old versions discarded by addition of revised and new curricula, and then new rules, new stipulations, new fee structure, new syllabi, and God knows what else…but let me bold enough: the harsh thing is burdening our school children’s back with heavy bags.

Imagine how parents feel their kids walk off to school with a heavier bag.  Obviously, kids wearing overweight backpacks across both shoulders end up their days, with fatigue. Also, during summers carrying such a huge load is very difficult for a kid.

So, let’s think of precaution for children’s health. Firstly, it is the responsibility of teachers that they keep their students informed about those books of relevant subjects that are needed on specific days as per the schedule, and then they need to adjust homework or project work so that students need not carry every heavy book back and forth. Secondly,  parents should keep checking their children’s bags to see what is in there is on a daily basis, and at the same time dispose any unneeded stuff to keep the bag light weight.

It is funny, these days, besides textbooks, notebooks, workbooks, notepads, geometry box, lunch box, snacks, children also slip in things of their choice such as mobile phones, CDs, computer games, (and some even) iPads into their backpacks—thus, burdening themselves with additional loads.

Three decades back, probably in 80s, a typical nursery pupil just carried a slim bag that hardly consisted of 8 x 10 inches writing slate, encased in a plastic or wooden frame, one or two chalk-pieces, a well-sharpened pencil, and a wonderful rhyming book of those easy-to-remember short poems, a four-ruled book for the kids to practice writing and learning alphabets. That was pretty enough! What else do you expect a lower kindergarten (L.K.G.) kid to carry?

An additional, but essential load was a rectangular 5x7 inches lunch-box, and a simple, plastic water bottle, with an attached straw to the cap. That was all!

Better were the good old days—few books, a concrete study, a little homework, no tuitions, good play and early to sleep. Believe me, with this norm, one can have best schooling, with no traces of discomfort, muscle strain or back pain.


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Mohammed Abdul Jawad

5 years ago #5

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Praveen Raj Gullepalli So much kids are burdened in many ways that they traverse an ordeal, from start to finish abiding by the norms of harsh schooling system and equally fulfilling parents' high dreams. In the name of education, everyone is eager to fill their pockets, ultimately parents suffer from the burden of expenses and kids suffer from the tedious learning ways.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

5 years ago #4

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Robert Cormack Aha...like the grown-ups busy with Smartphones, kids can relish handling iPads. :)

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

5 years ago #3

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Jennifer Schultz That's painfully saddening news to hear about your daughter's suffering.

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #2

agree back to school today for my two and the bags was light enough this morning and it will probably be the only time during the school year

Robert Cormack

5 years ago #1

Supposedly, one day very soon, all of this will be on one iPad. Certainly better for the spine.

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