Child prodigy bats for homeschooling

The "business-minded" schools of today "waste a lot of their time organising annual day functions, teachers' day and other events where the students have to dance", believes the 13-year-old child prodigy, Sushma Verma.

The solution, according to her, lies not very far from the child's home. It is the home.

"Currently, the education system takes a year to teach ABCD. But if you want, you can teach that to a child in a week," Verma said during a felicitation ceremony organised for her by Sulabh International.

In a message to students her age, she advised them against blindly listening to and following their teachers, which, she says, children do because they are not aware of their potential. They should, instead, "ponder over what is being told to them in their own minds."

"When my name went into the Limca Book of Records for being the youngest person to pass Class 10 at the age seven, I didn't even know what a record meant then. I don't remember anything from that part of my life," she said.

Expressing her unhappiness with parents comparing their children with others', the child prodigy says everyone has got some talent. "A newborn is like a blank paper. It all depends on how parents nurture their child. And if you want to nurture your kids' talent, you have to take some time out of your routine," she said.

But what really stole the show at the ceremony was Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak's citations from religious scriptures, philosophy and mythology and his ultimate assertion of a personal realisation that he had during one of his mediatational sessions.

Before he would go on to say that children like Sushma have an aura about them, he recounted to be holding a karz (loan) that he had taken from her in his fifth life and that it is time he paid it back.

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