Speak in English or Speak Freely – What Will You Teach Your Kids?
Education in the English language is the implied tag for a child to be polished in a language, merely spoken around one-fourth of the time of their whole day. The struggle for this language starts when the child begins their journey, even before they can barely pronounce their name.
India is divided into several states and has multiple regional languages. Every language has its beauty and is the best for the respective state. But one language is meant to be prevalent to connect all Indians in language, Hindi.
Then comes the king of language, English, as it is globally accepted as the common language of communication. However, the English language has become a sign of education, talent, and status nowadays. How can one be a gold medalist in Science if they don’t know the spelling of an encyclopedia? But it is strange how the knowledge of the spelling of an encyclopedia is connected to gauge one’s knowledge of Science.
Let’s come to the point I started with. So, the little citizen who has just landed in the temple of learning is now revolving around the pressure of learning English. Before their minds could comprehend, their imagination was stabbed with the consciousness of speaking fluently in English.
“Oh! Your child is five years old and still not communicating in English? They need to play with kids who can speak good English.” These become the topics of gossip for mothers. In most homes, one prefers their mother tongue to groom and convey messages to their child.
If you reside in a different state that is not your native, the state language gets added to the child’s syllabus, starting from the tender age of 6. So, besides carrying the heavily loaded bags filled with books of multiple subjects, children also need to bear the burden of learning different languages. On average, a child has to learn a minimum of 4 languages if foreign languages are not considered elective learning. I agree that, as per research, a child can learn multiple languages in their early childhood years.
However, the language should not be a part of the syllabus in such a case, and no learning pressure must burden the child. Scoring well in languages, learning multiple scripts early, and having the pressure of being well versed in the languages, should not restrict a child’s power of expression.
Everything is said and done; even if a child does well in their native language or any other language, they still get trapped under the burden of speaking well in English. If a child speaks fluently in English in school, at parties, in a social circle, they draw everyone’s attention, and the parents become the source of inspiration for other parents. Children who return from foreign are treated as cute aliens landed from a different planet as they speak with an American or European accent.
Let’s not be conscious about speaking in English; rather, give our kids free wings to fly, explore, and learn. They would surely come out with flying colors. English is only a language used as a mode of communication and not as a mode of expression or status symbol. Let them express as they want and enjoy the process of learning a language.
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