Russia's chief sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko has said that subjects such as Maths and Physics should not be taught on Thursdays. CJ Arjun talked to an educationist about the suggestion.
DURING OUR schooldays, Physics and Mathematics were two of the toughest subjects that one had to study. For some students, it was pain, just to clear the exams. While for others, it was interesting. Shrabani Mukherjee, who did her schooling in Jamshedpur found the subjects interesting till the tenth standard, after which, it was a bit confusing. Russia's chief sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko said that students should not be taught subjects such as Physics and Maths on Thursdays in schools. According to the doctor, it is the hardest day for children during a week due to their bio-rythms.
Dr. Irshad Gulam Ahmed, an Associate professor in West Bengal says, “To me, there is not much difference if students are taught about Physics and Mathematics any day of the week." Such kind of statements (as made by the Russian doctor) have to be well researched and proved as well. “It is dangerous to have such kind of generalisation,” Dr. Irshad told this Citizen Journalist
But Dr. Irshad agreed with the fact that Physics and Maths require lot more reasoning than any other subject. Hence, these subjects take a toll on the brain of the students. But, it sometimes also depends on the student, as he/she may find literature more difficult. He said, ”It differs from people to people.”
In this context, it becomes important that parents are able to spot their child's interests at an early age, so that they can help and guide them in the correct manner. The Russian doctor also said that parents should reduce the excessive mental load on children. In an age of extreme competition, there are parents who want their children to stay at the top, and this increases pressure on children. Dr Irshad said, “Parents are very sensitive to the needs of the children.” Evidently, this is not so in many households across the cross-section of the society - otherwise Indian children and parents would not be facing bare facts regarding suicides, rebellious behavior, bad grades, and directionless life.