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Importance of learning language in School

A random thought occurred while I was working part-time in a retail shop. It was about what I learned from studying Tamil and English in my school years (14 years!!) versus the other subjects like Economics, Physics and others.
While learning pure and social sciences have given me an understanding as to how things work, the lessons covered in Tamil and English taught me invaluable life truths. Although, I have not memorised Thirukural, a repository of Tamil proverbs, the explanation given by my teachers still resound within me. Similiarly, as part of the ICSE syllabus, there was a story of a boy from a village struggling to survive in Bombay. Among other things, it helped me to learn about the realities of less fortunate ones. Also, I still remember the powerful points made in two lessons in tweleth CBSE syllabus about the story of Mohammad Ali and a lesson titled, 'My lost dollar'.
Reflecting back, though I was not that happy to spend so much time in learning languages, now I feel that it has taught me some of life lessons which I think are more vital than learning any other things.

Comments

Ramnath said…
you are right.

really, i first came to know about einstien and newton from my english text books...

even in science, it's important for us to understand the process of finding things out, rather than read about what newton's first law states.

i think, that way you get learn physics, chemistry, economics or whatever better...text books when i was in school were so disappointing... hope they are better now.

but then, i should also add that many of my friends, reading from the same textbooks went away with far greater understanding than i could :-)
Krishna said…
John, Like you said I have always cherished reading the 12th standard english book.Not from the academic perspective but for the reality that they portrayed about a lot of things.I remember the dollar story.But "Hiroshima" was my favorite. You wouldnt beleive after so many years about 8 months back i digged in to my book shelf and took the book out just to read the story again!.... Let me know if you want the book (ofcourse it isnt in a good condition)

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