macaulay’s progeny, education macht frei, of course!

02/10/2015

Even after more than some 180 bloody  years, the Macaulay’s legacy happily and sordidly lives on in India – what with the mushrooming ‘English Medium’ schools all over our Indusland and ‘Cambridge / Oxford / Berkeley / MIT / etc affilicted Royal Concorde[1] Internotional Public Residential type ‘school’ entities, promising the clueless parents of ultimate deliverance of their hapless and rather sad & stymied children…

Yeah!  HotAir -welcomes – you – on – board – flight – 911 – to – touts’ universities -where else -but-in-USA – please – fasten – your – seatbelts, we-are-ready- to-take-off – what? -don’t – you – know – we – have – two – swimming – pools – and – provide – horse – riding – training – also – conduct – meditation yoga – classes – suit coat blazer ties caps shoes must – we ‘accent-neutralize’ your children’s – speech – so – they – sound – like -yankees – when – they – visit – the – localmalls – in – hordes – and – wear -polo – caps – with – their – bills – turned – sidewards – yeah – they – FightJEE too! So we all can then, happily die ever after! Yippee!!

Thomas Babington Macaulay is famous for his rather evangelically candid ‘Minute on Indian Education’ – laying the foundation for probably the first major instance of ‘state sponsored errorism,’ sorry.

In fact everytime I read this or read the (a)versions of his apologists, a lot of bile gets secreted in my stomach – anyway, the rant on this will be reserved for sometime later…

According to Trevelyan[2], the biographer of Macaulay, the latter exhibited “vehemence, over-confidence, the inability to recognize that there are two sides to a question or two people in a dialogue…

It is no wonder that he went on to scribe the note, no doubt after some very heavy thoughtful lucubration and all that.

Some archived material about this illustrious son of the empire is here.

’nuff said.

The main object of this entry is to present significant photographic evidence to:

(1) showcase the fact that his lordship’s views are here to stay, whether I like or not, and

(2) to furnish a snapshot of a sample, stellar student. (Sorry, no monkey tricks here, actually the simian student product of Lord Macaulay kindly cooperated with me for his ‘portfolio’)

This school actually exists on the famously clogged Hosur Road (south Bangalore).

macaulay_1[macaulay school for the faithful]

And, this playful student hopefully continues to thrive and proliferate. (our pal is perched right on top of M as in Macaulay) 8-)

macaulays_child[ah, this student is definitely a climber… you can see his head bobbing up!]

And, this is a close-up – after which ‘his highness’ chose to go back, presumably to his classroom, wearing a tie in the sweltering heat and singing ‘pussy cat, pussy cat…,’ whatever.

macaulays_child_closeup[“enough of this photo session; let me go back to my classroom; my parents working for the software ‘services’ industry will be back any time now to pick me up…”]

And, yeah! Thereby hangs a tail! ;-)

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I await with bated breath, the grand arrival of MacEducationAalay – an Indic franchise model of education/schools, erm, temples of excellence, whatever… :-(

Amen.

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PS: Thanks, I know what I am talking about, silly. Because, I am also a child of the Macaulay’s education system. Sheesh!

PPS: I intend no offence at the simian creatures. They are oh cho chweet. Besides, aren’t they the harbingers of re-tail segment growth of our Indian Economy?

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Notes, my foot!

[1] Actually a school(!) by name RoyaleConcordeInternationalSchool EXISTS. I am not making this up.

Screenshot from 2015-09-29 20:41:29[2] Trevelyan, Sir George Otto. 1876. The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay. Oxford University Press, Oxford. (Reprinted, 1978) – (was) available in the IISc, Bangalore and Connemara-Madras libraries.

Screenshot from 2015-09-29 20:39:46

JournalEntry# originally written on August 05, 2006; updated on 29th September, 2015

roughcut ideas, opinions & notes on education

I maintain a (mostly) Tamil blog. However, there are a few, occasional english journal entries on ‘education’- like the following samples – posted during various moods, sometimes aha! sometimes morose, during the past 4 years or so; one may find them interesting to interpret me (if one wants to, that is!)

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2 Responses to “macaulay’s progeny, education macht frei, of course!”

  1. சந்திரமௌலி இரா Says:

    //…a class of persons, Indian in blood and colour, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals, and in intellect// நானும் ஹொசாபாளையம் முனையில் இந்த பள்ளியின் பெயரை 2007ல் பார்த்தபொது நம்பத்தான் கஷ்டப்பட்டேன். மக்காலேயின் கொள்ளுப்பெயர்களுக்குத்தான் எவ்வளவு மரியாதை தன் பாட்டன் மீது?
    அஷ்விட்ஸின் வாயிலில் எழுதப்பட்ட அந்த வாக்கியத்தின் மீது அமைந்த அங்கதம் புரியாமலில்லை! தாய்மொழி மற்றும் தேசிய கல்வி மகத்துவம் புரியாத மூடர்களாகிவிட்டோம் நாம்.


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