Today:- “follow your dreams, transform your life,” said famed author Paulo Coelho. If only things were that simple. This brings us back to the issue of choosing between your parents and yours dreams. How life can turn out to be hellish for those with ‘helicopter parents’, a term coined by Dr. Haim G. Ginott in 1969 in his bestselling book Between Parent & Teenager, which means parents who hover over their children to the point of suffocating them in every aspect of their life. Are parents always right..??
A survey conducted by M-tutor, a private company that develops supplementing tools for education learning revealed that 65% of the students are enrolled in engineering courses due to parental compulsion and peer pressure. Students also said that they took up engineering because their entire class was opting for that course and they didn’t want themselves to feel like minority.
Despite of having low scores in physics and Maths which are the key subjects for engineering to determine aptitude, students still preferred engineering above all the other courses. Such students portray a lack of interest in the field and did not have any long term goals and these students were faced with high pressure right from day one. “We observed that i such cases, the parents also put pressure on the institutions for placements. this in turn pressurizes the institutions to focus on a quantitative rather than a qualitative approach in their academic processes “ said V Sundara Moorthy, managing director of M-tutor.
The study also revealed a change in patterns of learning among students over the last decade. their focus is being diverted due to the availability of digital mediums. the study found out that their ability to grasp concepts during a classroom session and to take down running notes had weakened. most of them were hesitant to to even express their short comings to their own class mates.
By: Tanya Kabeer (Reporter)