One of the very few columns which are of interest to me in `THE HINDU’ is `OPEN PAGE’, as many of the articles in the column are thought provoking and are based on mundane day to day happenings. 1 April edition of the column contained a very interesting article written in a lively and humorous manner and accompanied by an interesting cartoon as shown below:
In the 1950s, '60s, '70s etc. it was common for most housewives to take care of their husbands and in-laws, manage their households and contribute to conducive environments for children to grow. They were also strict with children.
While wives took care of their households, husbands were responsible as `bread winners' for the family and were free to concentrate on their professions and come up. When my parents got married, my father was a young graduate equipped with B Sc and B T degrees. He worked in Government High Schools and Government Higher Secondary Schools in Vellore District, Tamilnadu.
|L to R: My father and his friend with their newly acquired degrees|
When we were young, discipline and values were not only instilled in our homes but also in schools and colleges.
When I was studying in high school, I remember how our State Department of Education implemented useful schemes such as Madras English Language Teaching Campaign (fondly known as "MELT" Campaign) to train English language teachers in ELT skills for use in classrooms. These programmes were usually held outside school timings. Headmasters like my father and Mr Chettiar were selected to work as teacher trainers.
In those days, schools were an integral part of communities and they functioned as social organisations. Though teachers were strict, they were caring.
|From L to R: My father is seated 4th and Mr Chettiar, 1st.|