Monday, September 11, 2006

applying the dictionary

My friend was sitting smugly in her new office. Trying to look very serious and important in the swanky conference room when she gets a call from her daughter's school summoning her immediately.

The 10 year old daughter's class is being taught to use the dictionary. And the daughter with a friend, after some self education, is going around school, asking eighth standard seniors if they were 'virgins'. A teacher complained that the kids called her a 'whore' too.

After complaints were made and heard out the two girls were rusticated for a day and sent home with the mothers.

The 10 year old daughter was last heard telling her friend, "if we learn bigger and dirtier words, we'll get a 2 day holiday, you know."


Anonymous Melody said...

LOL... is this for real??? Hilarious!!

The things kids think of these days. I had to wait all the way to 11 before I learnt the word whore. Not. ;)

11:37 pm  
Blogger Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Ha ha haha... so much simplicity!!

And that kid is really intelligent: my my, how to get holidays :)

4:15 am  
Blogger Minal said...

....and I used to think kissing could gt one pregnant!

Makes me feel so outdated

8:16 am  
Blogger Ajeya said...

If only someone rewarded us with holidays for using the same language. *sigh* Hilarious story btw

10:05 am  
Blogger Chakra Sampath said...


10:50 am  
Anonymous Gangadhar said...

Though it's fun to read this post..but i'm worrying about those kind situations and where to lead such innocent kids..

11:35 am  
Blogger Noojes said...

You are joking right?

12:02 pm  
Blogger anumita said...

melody: You bet. These kids are too cheeky these days.

sudipta: Simplicity? I think these kids are too smart.

minal: Well, I too had some embarrassingly weird ideas as a kid.

ajeya: I wish. But I think our language is quite holy compared to the kinds teenagers and youngsters use today.

chakra: Even I laughed really hard when I heard about it.

gangadhar: What I found funny was the school gave up. I thought it was the school's duty to set them straight instead of accusing the mothers that they are learning it all at home.

noojes: No, I swear I am not.

12:20 pm  
Blogger Prerona said...

lol - this really made me laugh ...

2:47 pm  
Blogger MellowDrama said...

Nice One! You have got to admire the logic! Kids are quite literal, take this 6 yr old I met yday, I asked her, "How is your mum" and she replies, "My mum is getting fat". Honestly! Btw which school is this, yeah they should set the kids straight and 10 isn't that young, 10 yr olds talk about dating for chrissake..whatever happened to that thing called childhood?!

3:25 pm  
Blogger Sangita said...

That was nice..But must be diffcult for ur do u handle something like that..Kids today are too intelligent

3:28 pm  
Anonymous abhishek said...

Even we...yea "we"...i mean we were a group of classmates, used to look up these so called "dirty" words...but neva spoke them out to the teacher...
you know what..."GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS".

4:07 pm  
Anonymous mysterious_mona said...

my god!! even today i dont know many things and i came to know abt all this in my graduation and thats becoz of my raging....
wat going to happen to these kids..

7:09 pm  
Anonymous Hardu said...

oh God! What's happening to kids these days? No innocence left in them anymore!

7:47 pm  
Blogger monk15ad said...

We are going to have nother girl and we are planning on returning to India by the time the oldest turns 5 so we can school them there!! Do you think its time to rethink our decision :(

10:06 pm  
Blogger anumita said...

prerona: Even I laughed really hard.

mellowdrama: Mum getting fat is really cute. And you are so right. On being accused that the daughter is learning everything at home, the mother said, "yeah, I ask people if they are virgins when they come home and I also call them whores"!!

sangita: Actually no, she's a really chilled out mom.

abhishek: You bet. Girls will be girls and always pursued by guys.

mysterious_mona: Kids today are growing up faster I guess and the media is responsible for a lot of it.

hardu: The end of innocence... sounds kind of tragic, no?

monk15ad: Not at all. Unless you are planning to come and school them in bombay :)

11:15 pm  
Blogger GettingThere said...

:D The girl is smart for figuring out what will get her another day off. Now, only if teachers were smart enough to curb this kind of behaviour without giving them the satisfaction...

Personally, I feel most of the teachers in Indian schools just turn to such punishments because they cannot think of better ways of disciplining these kids. Really - what is a 2-day suspension going to do? How about thinking of ways to motivate the kids to behave well?

1:06 am  
Blogger Shreemoyee said...

:) trust kids to come up with such wierd ideas.

3:13 am  
Anonymous Stone said...

I guess school authorities are more wrong here!!!

5:17 am  
Blogger Swathi said...

where has all the innocence of kids gone???

9:40 am  
Blogger Ajeya said...

Anumita, I AM a 'youngster'!!!

10:27 am  
Blogger V N said...

its turly hilarious the kinda things that one gets to hear from those small mouths at times!

11:39 am  
Blogger Priyanka Mahanta said...

Shocking words to come out from 10-yr olds. I'm even surprised at their guts to go and ask these things to their senior and call them names. I was so scared of my seniors in high-school when I was in my primary and middle-school classes. Kids are really out-of-control these days. Media, society, busy parents and the casual attitude of the school teachers...everyone's responsible. Its really SAD..

5:16 pm  
Blogger manoj said...

kids will be kids..a few days back when i was a kid and watched a movie called "dil", i had two words which i didnt know..and daddy had tough time explaining "kiss", i still wonder what would have happened-if asked- with the other one(that being "rape")

9:04 pm  
Blogger procheta said...

really really one.

1:10 am  
Blogger Manny said...

I never truely understood the whole point of a suspension from class back when i was in grade school. I dunno what the teachers were thinking i was supposed to do by giving me a week off school and homework. it was like a paid vacation.

8:10 am  
Blogger anumita said...

gettingthere: Kids are smart these days. But I will always maintain that teachers in India are doing a far better job than elsewhere, especially in the US. At least students don't go to school with guns and shoot people here :)

shreemoyee: Very amusing, right?

stone: Even I think they are. But complaining to parents is the easiest way out.

swathi: It's the age of the end of innocence, didn't you hear?

ajeya: I know you are. I just forget how ancient I am.

velu nair: I love the stuff they come up with. But sometimes there are the oversmart ones that you want to run away from.

priyanka: I know. I always wonder at the things that kids can say and do, all that I never could. I was such a quiet and well mannered kid. But it makes for a good laugh when you are not the parent.

manoj: It's always better to try sources other than your parents if you want some cool information.

procheta: Right, even I thought it was really smart and hilarious too :)

manny: The idea I think is to make the kid feel ashamed of being punished, in front of the class and everyone else. But it doesn't work like that unless you are the nerdy sort (in which case you wouldn't be punished in the first place!).

11:30 am  
Blogger Mistress of Magic said...

hey anumita.. just happened to land at ur blog while blog-hopping.. any wild chance that u are/were working at Lionbridge?

1:04 pm  
Blogger GettingThere said...

Anumita, you really think that it is only the teachers' job? It really does take the whole village to raise a child. And many teachers in India are trying their best - I agree with you on that. But they lack imagination when it comes to discipline. I see parents blaming it on the teachers and teachers blaming the parents when, in fact, both should work together.

Personally, I feel both school systems (Indian and American) can learn some things from each other.

9:46 pm  
Blogger endevourme said...

hey nice blog da,
i liked esp mars-venus one :-)

10:04 am  
Blogger sinusoidally said...

No this is not true, is it?? I mean getting rusticated part!

7:38 pm  
Anonymous Ph said...

I don't want to run into these girls!

3:51 am  
Blogger Arunima said...

lol. I was thinking about writing the first time i came across this word.

2:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Look funny but very thoughtful. this is: "Mars vs Venus"


2:45 pm  
Anonymous sherriff said...

innocence lost....thru a dictionary

2:48 pm  
Blogger Shobha said...

OMG...hilarious...I guess schools should understand that suspension is just another holiday for the kids now :p

11:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

scary!! coz they actually know when and where to use them!!


9:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bhagwaan bachaye in bacchon se;p

Cannot comment in non beta blogs,so anon comment now:(


11:07 pm  
Blogger itchingtowrite said...

hilarious- found my way thru cabbages & kings (aparna). nice blog u hav got-
i dont know why the teacher thought sending the girl home was a good idea? i guess the word "rusticated' means a big shame during school days :))

10:07 am  
Blogger ketki said...

ha ha ha........that's really funny!
naughty innocence!

11:26 am  
Blogger anumita said...

mistress of magic: Plenty of chances :) Do I know you?

gettingthere: I know as a parent you must be more passionate about the education systems. All I get is second hand info from friends kids about their schools.

endeavourme: Welcome and thank you.

sinusoidally: Absolutely true.

ph: You are right. I too avoid the kid. She scares me bigtime.

arunima: Do write, it will be fun. I dont even remember the first time I heard it.

roy: Thank you, roy.

sherriff: Hahaha! Blame the dictionary now.

shobha: Kids know how to turn everything to their advantage I guess.

bips: I tell you, they are too smart. I avoid meeting the daughter when I meet the mother, more out of fear. Unnerves me.

alapana: Dont worry, as long as I see you around and get to read your blog, it should be fine.

itchingtowrite: Thank you. Yes, for us it was, but I guess it takes a lot to put kids to shame these days :)

ketki: Isn't it? I laughed really hard when the poor mother told me.

10:46 pm  
Anonymous bluespriite said...

suspended for a day mean? rusticated usually means thrown out of school.. at least it did in my days..

9:43 am  
Blogger Pallavi said...

hahahah !! cool man

12:56 pm  
Blogger anumita said...

bluespriite: I am confused now. I don't know... maybe suspended is a better word to use for she wasn't thrown out of school.

pallavi: I know, really cool, the kids :)

5:36 pm  
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4:14 pm  

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