India

CBSE vs ICSE – always a good battle!! :)

As most of us from India might be aware, CBSE and ICSE are the two popular education boards in India. While most of us parents are strongly attached to one particular board for any which reason, putting our child into either of the boards is a perennial dilemma for most parents. We choose one board and then after a few years think the other board might have been better and we keep see-sawing on the decision.

However, with my son having completed his Xth grade from the ICSE board and XIIth grade from the CBSE board,Β  these are a few of my learnings over the years:

  1. When he first started school in India in fourth grade, we had safely forgotten the nitty-gritty details of boards in India(remember – we returned after a long US stint) We saw the first school, liked it and he stayed there, irrespective of the board. It was then we learnt that the school was an ICSE school and learnt the ICSE way of approach.
  2. ICSE syllabus is vast. Writing ‘vast’ in the English language is easy – but understanding the word ‘vast’ and studying the ‘vast’ syllabus in ten subjects is not easy.
  3. There are ten subjects in the ICSE board for grade 10 – yes, TEN!!Β  They are Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Hist/Civics, Geography, English language, English literature, Computers/PE/or another optional subject, 2nd language.
  4. There will inevitably be 50 chapters in Math, 50 chapters in Physics, 50 chapters in Chemistry and so on for the final board exam!!Β There have been times when my son has always been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information in Xth grade and has always asked me one simple question “How can I look at all 50 chapters the night before the exam?” The answer of course is quite simple – you cannot look at all the chapters before the exam, you can only look at the weakest ones before the exam. The ICSE exam thus needs a lot of exam hacks and cracks to be successful in it with less stress.
  5. Most parents feel the CBSE board offers less stress – because the subjects are clubbed together(like Physics, Chemistry, Biology as ‘Science’, History/Civics/Geo as ‘Social Studies’) Now, I cannot say for sure whether the CBSE board till Xth grade is less stress or not – but you sure have to study all the science laws and Trignometric formulae to ace life’s academic tests.
  6. In hindsight, XIIth grade CBSE board was a relatively easier and happier experience for my son.
  7. Now, the final irony was that when the grade X and grade XII results for both the boards were released this year, the ICSE/ISC students were awarded full marks or centums in many subjects such as Math, Computer Science, History/Civics/Geo while not many were awarded centums in Math and Sciences in CBSE schools!! ( And I am a sucker for centums! :))

Quite a twist in tale, right? The supposedly easier syllabus had lesser known centums and the grading was harder (atleast from what I have seen around me) and the supposedly harder syllabus had more centums and more students got better marks than they expected!!

I am not sure which syllabus had the last laugh?

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Parenting

My ’99’ mark wonder boy!! :)

Many of you might recollect that I sat and waited and waited for the Xth gradeΒ marks to be declared for my son, two years ago..but this time, around the the CBSE twelfth grade results in India took us all by surprise by being declared suddenly!! (but it was a sweet surprise, though!! :)) In India we love the declaration of Xth grade and XIIth grade marks …everyone is excited and going bonkers, phones ringing incessantly – the excitement has been the same from the time I studied 12th grade!! :)(if at all, it has grown more!!)

The anticipation is always huge for my nerdy and geeky son, who is known to only “study”!! πŸ™‚ (yes, he exists!!) The boy whom I have never taught anything since the age of 2,(yes – you saw that number correct!! :)) and who has never been to any form of tuition (rather he is capable of him taking tuitions!!) all through his school, finally got his 12th grade results yesterday.

While I always wonder what is “the” thing that must be shared on social media…I always end up sharing my son’s marks on social media through a blog post!! πŸ™‚ So, here without any further procrastination – are his marks:

Computers – 99/100

Math -99/100

Physics- 99/100

Chem -95/100

English – 95/100

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With a total percentage of 97.4%!! (and ironically it is the same percentage as his Xth grade!!)

And where does he stand in school with this result? He is the SCHOOL TOPPER!! πŸ™‚ YES, HE DID IT – even though the ‘1’ mark in each subject evaded him, we are all over the moon for him!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ We couldn’t have been more proud, happier and excited!!

To the boy, who entirely studied on his own and drew his own timetables and formed his own shortcuts and never gave his parents anything to worry about on the studying front, may HAPPINESS and SUCCESS always find you!! πŸ™‚

To the teachers, students of Bala’s present school and his past school(s) – we are forever indebted in shaping our son’s life and always having trust and faith in him!! Thank you for making him smile and giving him a happy carefree environment to grow!!

 

 

 

 

 

Family, India

Women’s Day

It is March 8th and yet another Women’s Day..while we rejoice this important day and women’s equality is always discussed in all spheres of life in every part of the world,Β  I keep wondering what can and should change for women. It should not be a one day affair that we talk about it and forget about it later in the year. From career choices, to pay checks, to household chores – there is always something that a women wants to speak up for.

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While I have always been very lucky in that “I” have been the only one in my life who always made my choices in how I want to work, whether I want to work and how my life will be, I know many women might not have that luxury. They are boxed into certain “careers” or “likes” from a very young age. They are told(directly or indirectly) they should be married at ‘xyz’ age and not study too much(because they will not get an equally educated groom!!) (All this might not be as prevalent in the bigger cities of India – but it is definitely present in the smaller cities)

Women in bigger cities of India have definitely come a long way but still I feel we are “boxed” into certain categories “working before marriage”, “should not work after marriage”, “must work after marriage” etc etc. I am sure most of us are helping in any little way, but I would suggest the beautiful woman to take charge and decide what is best for her and her family… after all the woman’s happiness is the family’s happiness!

Help her choose what she wants to do and stand by her!

Cheers and Happy Women’s Day! πŸ™‚

 

Humor, Parenting

Do you like to ‘Floss’? :)

No – not the dental floss…but the dance ‘floss’… πŸ™‚ If you are mother/parent to a a child who is 10 years old and up, chances are, you already know what I am talking about… πŸ™‚ and have already practiced the moves and may even have perfected it… πŸ™‚

If you have no idea what I am talking about, read on… ‘Floss’ is the latest dance that involves moving the hips and arms in opposite directions and one has to do it repetitively. It seems to be pretty viral, since kids around me are continuously flossing all the time! πŸ™‚

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Where else can we see the ‘floss’?

Girls, boys – the ‘floss’ does not seem to be partial to any particular gender – they are all twirling away!! In addition to the kids constantly flossing around me, if you live in India – I am sure you have seen the Swiggy advertisement and the mom learning to floss through a dance video!

In addition, if you have watched the latest Indian movie ‘2.0’ – the Rajini starrer, the superstar flosses like a true and thorough professional!!:)

Parents, siblings and ‘flossing’!!Β  πŸ™‚

If kids are constantly shaking their hips and hands, can the rest of the family be far behind? πŸ™‚ I thought this was a trend only in India with kids teaching their parents and siblings to floss, but I think it is a trend that is going all over the world. Either the parents are interested in learning to “floss” or the kids are eager to teach them…. either way, it looks like we are all twisting and twirling with the happy experience!! πŸ™‚

I admit I was stunned to see the number of videos “teaching parents how to floss” and how most of the time, “parents don’t get it”!! πŸ™‚ Children hold their parents arms, raise it up and say “go up like this” and move the arms in the opposite direction and say “go down like this” !! πŸ™‚ They give more directions on the movement of hips and finally the children walk away with a sigh and say “I think you are doing it all the wrong” or “You need to do it a bit slow”!! πŸ™‚ (Karma coming back at us?! :)) or even better “she is not getting it!!” πŸ™‚

While we as parents are still trying to master the fine art of shaking the hips and arms… the almost teen in my house shakes herself away wondering why we take so much time to master it!Β  In the mean time, I wonder what the next fad will be and “how” or “if” I will master it!

So, what has your experience been? Have you learnt to floss successfully or is it embarrassing for your kids?! πŸ™‚