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But there are areas that are encouraging enough, finds the survey, which is being detailed in a four-part series in Mint, the second of which is carried today. Though some civic responsibilities are yet to catch on with the adults of tomorrow, they have become aware of gender equality and strongly feel that pollution should be controlled.

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Future Concerns

Gender Prejudice

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Student Values

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Civic Responsibility

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Acceptance Of Diversity

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Sensitivity Towards Differently Abled

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Citizenship

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Ecological Issues

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A need for parents’ involvement

Interactions with students, parents and educationists from several cities reveal that they are concerned that students are becoming less sensitive. However, there is an interlinking thought that fragmentation of the family system and being overloaded with homework are forcing students to become self-dependent. In such a situation, they have more friends on Facebook than in the real world.

But the silver lining is that parents have realized they have to chip in to better the situation.

My friends and I are sensitive towards physically-challenged students. But there is a mindset among many students that they are not like us; that’s why they stay away from such students. Plus, many students throw garbage on the streets because of two reasons—either they’re careless or learn from others doing the same.

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Children are not insensitive per se. There is too much competition and parents’ expectations to live up to. This never allows them to think freely, and contributes in making young children insensitive. Here, both schools and parents need to put in efforts on creating well-rounded children.

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Students now have access to all kinds of resources that we never enjoyed during our childhood. That’s why they don’t value things and become insensitive. Here, parents and schools are to be blamed equally. In schools, the teachers are not passionate about the students’ learning outcome. There is absolutely no effort from teachers.

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The focus of education should shift from the blackboard to interaction. Children are becoming less sensitive as they are too dependent on themselves… They play games more on the computer than outside; they have more Facebook friends than real ones. More than schools, here parents need to step in.

Wipro Applying Thought in Schools is a social initiative of Wipro’s working on school education reform. Educational Initiatives (EI) is one of South Asia’s leading educational research organizations that works for improving student learning in schools.

Graphics by Ahmed Raza Khan/Mint

Also Read | The first part of the series

prashant.n@livemint.com

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