Thursday, March 03, 2011

Vanity - Part II

Pattu's school has exams and they also give a report card at the end of it. I generally boycott this system by not acknowledging the time table and not 'preparing' Pattu to face the exams. She goes to school like any other normal day. After her drawing and colouring exam:

Amma: What did you draw today?
Pattu: A hill and an ant on top of the hill
Amma: (Who has her doubts since she's never ever seen Pattu draw anything like that before) Did you colour?
Pattu: Yes amma... I coloured beauuuuifully... so verrrry beaauuutifully amma
Amma: (with heightened suspicion) within the borders?
Pattu: Yes amma... only little bit...juuusssst a little bit went outside the border..

The report card arrives and madam has a 'D' for drawing and colouring!

Nenappu thaan pozhappa kedukkumaam! So much for all the claim...

10 comments:

The Print Lover said...

LOL!
But did the teacher have to give a D however Pattu had performed?!!

Ani said...

may be she wud have mistaken D a the higher grade.. you see next time she will get A.. come on Pattu don't let amma talk like nenappu etc...

Asha said...

I liked lil pattu's confidence. Boost her confidence and look at the school, why grade such little ones, this could have an adverse effect on sensitive children.

Anonymous said...

colouring within borders is a crime against imagination! no wonder pattu broke the rules:D
KP

sowmya said...

I despise the school system where teachers grade the work of little kids not knowing that each individual is unique. Happy to see a parent not force the kids over what might simply be the kid's own imagination.

P.S: How could the teacher possibly be an expert in drawings, I don't understand and how does she have the nerve to even think she is capable of grading the tots' drawing?!

யாரோ said...

Better talk to the school/teacher not to grade childrens art activity .

Focus need to be on learning rather than grading !

Uma said...

TPL - Hey! How have you been!
As for the D - *Throwing my hands up*

Ani - Actually, it doesn't matter. I think it is too early to grade children...

KP - Absolutely!!!

Sowmya - You almost voiced my thoughts.. the best I can do is ignore the report card which I do very well :D

Yaaro - I've had many discussions... but then there are parents who support this system...
I guess the best thing would be to choose a system that we believe in...

apu said...

ha ha. that one was very funny. somehow the way you have rendered Pattu reminded me of Gollum in LOTR :)

as for schools and parents' fascination with grades...sigh.

Uma said...

apu - :D I agree with the gollum part...

and on the grade fascination - sigh is what I do too!

Swaram said...

Ahh I like u :) This grading all that the parents contest against each other for hmmpf!