Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Giving children their space

A child from my children's friend's circle committed suicide because she could not cope with peer pressure on no getting into the college that her friends had not got into. A sad comment on our society that does not give children the means to cope with issues that either they or our society magnifies out of proportion.
A few months ago, a colleague came with another problem which could have similar repurcussions. Her son was was diagnosed as Attention Deficit Syndrome. A borderline case, his only problem has been with academic performance. The doctors recommended motivation as a solution to his problems. Instead the first school threw him out, the second placed him with mentally challenged children and the third, which has mediocre academic acheivements is letting him. be. Are we not pushing this child over the edge too?

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