Learning languages in school

I am not the type that has any complains what so ever. Rekha married me because she knew that I am the type that can be easily satisfied. But when it comes to our educational system, I am all complains.

What is this obsession with learning at least three languages? The three languages being – English, Hindi & a third language of your choice from amongst the four given options – French, Sanskrit, German and Chinese.

Let us say we choose Sanskrit for Rhea….this means she has to learn English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil & Malayalam. The school won’t ease down on the first three languages and Rekha and I won’t ease down on the last two.

If Alexander the Great was told to learn Sanskrit and then try conquering the World, he would have never stepped out of his house. “To hell with conquering the World,” he would have said.

If Hitler was told he had to learn French before he attacked them, World Wars would have never happened. Imagine…those excellent movies like Life is Beautiful, Bridge on River Kwai, The Schindler’s List, The Great Escape etc would have never been made.

Does a janitor who knows Latin get to be a janitor in a bigger restroom?

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4 thoughts on “Learning languages in school

  1. Dear Jammy,
    Dont underestimate the kids abilities..for all we know they will take it up and becum multilingual global citizens…atleast they will know to find restrooms in strange lands!!

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