Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Indian kids better educated....says a 12 year old

On the plane from Delhi to Mumbai tonight, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Eera, a 12 year old, VERY articulate and composed young woman. Our conversation was wide reaching and, of course, I loved her when she said I didn't look as old as I am. She'd asked if she could ask a personal question.

Anyway, one of our conversations was about her belief, from speaking with her father, an aeronautical engineer, that Indian schools are much harder than ours. During the 7th grade, she said she will have 74 different courses from math and science to Hindu and English literature and everything in between. She believes that our kids can sue the school if they are given homework that takes more than 30 minutes to complete.

What an image she has of us. Let's pray for an end to the last 8 years of dumbing down.

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