What Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar wrote in his article Don't Teach English to Your Children in Class 1 is something we have been advocating for here at the Banavasi Balaga from a very long time. It's just unscientific, nay criminal to throw away one's mother-tongue thinking English can replace it.
Although Mr. Aiyar doesn't talk about it, the first thing that must strike even the most superficial reader of his article is that the entire English-medium private-school system in India discards the science of education by teaching English and teaching in English from (why Class 1) even the Kindergarten stage! What's worse, many even refuse to teach the mother-tongue already in Kindergarten!
I have grown up hearing about and being in English-medium private-schools which punish children who utter a word in Kannada, and now my son continues to be tortured by such an English-medium Kindergarten (from which he will be rescued shortly and put into a private Kannada-medium school). Of course, I don't mean that the English-medium schools do it knowingly; in their heart of hearts, they think they're doing the right thing by neglecting Kannada and promoting English. That's the problem.
It takes a lot of energy and money to build up a human settlement in Antarctica, and a lot more to sustain it. It takes throwing away basic commonsense which asks you not to go there. Only a handful who can spend that much energy and money ultimately end up being able to do that. What about the rest?
It takes a lot of energy and money to educate children in English-medium land, and a lot more to sustain it. It takes throwing away basic commonsense which asks you not to go there. Only a handful who can spend that much energy and money ultimately end up being able to do that. What about the rest?
It's not even fun out there in the cold with nobody around, and everything all white and bland and colourless and lifeless. But let's admit it - we all got there thinking of it as a great human feat. Okay we've accomplished that feat. Now what?
What about all our brothers and sisters back home, that far away place where people still continue to languish in ignorance and poverty, they who together with us were born on this earth speaking that beautiful, melodious, honey-like tongue called Kannada?
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