Fights are useless, most often…

Scene 1: ইংলিশ মিডিয়াম এর এক ছাত্রের মা আমাকেঃ “তোমরা তো বাংলা মিডিয়ামে পড়। সোজায় সোজায় পার পেয়েছ। আমার ছেলে পড়ে ব্রিটিশ কারিকুলামে, অনেক কঠিন। আই এম ও (আন্তর্জাতিক ম্যাথ অলিম্পিয়াড)’র সিলেবাসও পুরা বাংলা মিডিয়ামের, এজন্য তোমরা পেরেছ। নাহলে আন্তর্জাতিক মানের শিক্ষা আমাদের বাচ্চাদের, ওদের সাথে পারতা নাকি?…” ইত্যাদি ইত্যাদি।

Scene 2: এবার বাংলা মিডিয়ামের ছাত্রের মা, “আরে! ইংলিশ মিডিয়াম! ওরা কিছু জানে নাকি বাংলা আর বাংলাদেশ সম্পর্কে। বখাটে ছেলেপেলে, খালি বাপের টাকা উড়ায়…” ইত্যাদি ইত্যাদি।

All I have in response is that THIS is stupidity at its best. Honestly, people don’t change in accordance with their language/ mode of learning. A patriot is a patriot, a spoilt brat is a spoilt brat, and a genius is a genius whatever school he goes to. Every school system in Bangladesh has its own pros and cons. Honestly, in Bangladesh, it is mostly on the student whether he/ she is faring well in education or not. Newton’s Law is Newton’s Law in both curricula- I don’t understand this complaint about education being more or less standard in two different systems of schooling. I talked with my friends from English and Bangla medium schools about this and they are at a loss as well.

Also nobody in the world cares what school system you followed, as long as you learnt your necessary lessons. To the world, I am as much of a Bangladeshi as my peer who goes to an English medium school. Why some people no understand this?

When you look at this picture, what comes to your mind? “Oh! Bangladesh team” or “Oh! Team Bangla Medium”? If it’s the second one, then sorry, you are kind of not normal; please get your issues resolved.

PS: It is a huge misconception that English medium students fail at Bangladesh math olympiad. They absolutely do not. In the beginning, a few of them attended, so a few of them got awarded- easy stats. Now more and more of them are participating, so there is obviously an increase in the number of winners from English medium.

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3 thoughts on “Fights are useless, most often…

  1. Both systems have deep flaws that need to be addressed, so singling out one is hypocritical. Personally, I am in favor of strengthening our own national curriculum so that no one is driven away towards foreign curricula. The English medium system might be serving some useful purpose, but it should not remain forever.

  2. Personally I don’t see any problem in following a foreign curriculum, as long as you keep up with your country’s affairs, culture etc.
    But I agree with you on the point that our national curriculum should be made as innovative, and as up-to-date, for the sake of the huge portion of students following it, if not others.

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