Green Blazer, Blue Blazer..

Oh no, this is not some tongue-twister game that I’m starting with you! You can breath easy! πŸ™‚

This, in fact, is the base of a flow of thoughts that was set in motion after a discussion with a friend whose children studied in one of the schools here.

The exam season is going on in most of the schools here, or at least the Indian schools here and most of the children, I know have their noses buried deep in their course books. And parents, or at least some of them, have their eyes, noses, heads, expectations firmly fixed on their kids to ensure that they prepare their subjects well enough to score high passing marks.

Now there are plenty of parents I come across here who go through their own hyper-ventilating sessions every time the examination-fever is in the air. They bring about all kinds of embargo into their lives. ‘No watching television’. ‘No socializing’. ‘No phone calls’. ‘No internet’. ‘No Facebook’ ‘No playing, dancing, singing, nothing!’ Only stress and mounting pressure to perform.

And the embargo is not just restricted to the kids but the parents too, mind you!

Anyway this post is not about those parents and their parenting styles. They are a fodder for another day another post.

This post is rather aimed at this particular approach that one of the schools here has adopted, apparently, to encourage the students to perform better.

I learnt from a friend recently that the students of the school, who otherwise have green blazers as their uniform, are rewarded blue blazers if they manage to score top grades for three consecutive years. Furthermore they get to wear a blue-tie as well if the top grades are scored for the fourth straight time.

And this friend of mine was distressing about how her daughter was so worried about scoring the top grades this time around for that would entail her the blue blazer!
Ok Now I am happy to see her so driven and studying hard to get the required marks( and the blazer) because I know she is a very bright girl who is confident that she is capable of score high marks.

This incentive may be helpful for those smart promising students who have their confidence and morale intact and for whom this may be motivating enough to work harder and be one of the chosen ones to own the blue blazer.

But what about those weaker students who need that extra push and attention to score passing marks or those average ones who may not be scoring as many marks as their top ranking class-mates and who may just have to make do with the ‘ordinary’ green blazers? Does it mean that they are not good enough? Just because they dont have enough numbers on their mark sheets, does it mean that they are not smart enough?

Every child is different and smart in his/her own way. And every child needs encouragement and motivation just as much as any other, if not more.

Which is why I am not sure how motivating such techniques that schools have in place are. Such segregation based on grades and intellect can demoralize a less scoring child, in my opinion. Imagine a group of students wearing green blazers entering a classroom where there are some students in blue blazers. How likely is for the green blazer wearing students to be ignored or looked down upon by their mates in blue blazers or how likely is for the blue blazer wearing students to be grudged of their status by their mates in green blazers?

I have seen and heard of instances where teachers have favoured the high scoring students by investing time and energy on them, over the weaker students.

Why, its approaches like this that make those overbearing parents sit on their children’s head like a hawk and push them to perform beyond their capacity.

I find such methods so utterly discriminating and unfair. And I have my doubts how encouraging and helpful these are for our children. Hope I am wrong.

Meri Awaz Suno :)

Which literally means,’please hear my voice’ πŸ™‚

Now most of you who read me know how much I love music. It is a very integral part of my life. I even have a humming page in the blog where I share some of the wonderful songs that I hear at any given point of time and hum through.

What I also love doing is sing. I have always nurtured a desire to record a song in my own voice. Its a different matter though that I have never liked my voice much, probably because of which the drive to record never really took off to fruition. But when ever I have listened to fabulous singers-cum-friends like Vimmuuu and so many others and seen them upload their wonderful creations online, the urge to record has only gotten stronger. Vimmuuu can tell you the number of times I have pestered him with my silly requests to get a recording right :D. And I cant thank him enough for being a sweetheart always ready with his precious advice and guidance :).

*Vimmu, surprisingly it was fairly easy to type all those nice words about you,really! I fear if you’re losing your devilish streak* πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

A couple of weeks back while chatting with a friend, another amazing singer, I got to know about an application which I could download onto my phone and use to record songs with some inbuilt tracks. So I downloaded it and tried a hand at recording once again. R did some tweaking and mixing with the background tracks and merged them with my voice.

Vimmuuu has already given a go ahead, so here I am sharing it on the blog :).

Now its for you to see how it sounds :). I still have a lot of improvement and practice needed, I have even missed a couple of beats, so its not as great as it should be. Nevertheless its the first time I have attempted something like this, so here it goes… hope you enjoy πŸ™‚