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Education is knowledge wisdom life, why is it directed to suicide today

Education is a must, but should the child be burdened for it?

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It breaks my heart to read articles where teenage kids commit suicide because of the tremendous pressure they go through during the exams which only gets worse once the results are out.  Ans after that comes the entrance exams to get into a particular university or a prefessional course. Some get what they want some don't, some settle for whatever comes their way. In all this there is that percentage of kids who feel they have failed because they haven't met that particular standard which they set for themselves or by their parents or even the school and the only option for them is suicide. What drives these kids to such decisions? What are we missing? 

This is happening a lot in India compared to any other country. It's the education system we say. But can we blame it wholly on the education system? I think not. 

What drives a child to feel so stressed out that not getting a 100% or that one university or course is the end of the world? 

Let's educate our children to understand that 'It is okay.' Let's make it simple for our children. 

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

High School kids today, especially in India, are so pressurised by the constant testing system in the schools, the education system and to an extent even the pressure from the parents, they are so fed up that they commit suicide. If this is what education leads a child to do they are definitely better off uneducated.


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Hi Harsha, thanks for the post! It'd be great to add an image with this. Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

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James Takayesu, I only hope we can find a solution for this. It's heart breaking to imagine what could these kids be going through, their mindset. Where can I find  Dan Savage's project

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For more like this,  look at Dan Savage's It gets better project for lgbt youth. 

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I agree.  Perfectionism is a form of magical thinking by which one hopes to become invincible and infallible.  This is anti-mindfulness.  You are arguing to have mindful engagement and acceptance come into the center of what we teach our next generation.  In so doing, we plant the seeds for their success in accepting adversity.  Thank you for this post!