School Sanskrit curriculum was not a shot of encouragement but an inoculation against ever being interested Sanskrit.
Vapid, uncool content. Completely unnatural language teaching methodology. Not even a viva voce requirement.
Leaves the student with zero skills, no feeling that this could have any juice in today’s world, and no interest and, if anything, disdain after getting away with an easy score.
Pseudo ‘Sanskrit’ subject was merely a way for the Nehruvian Ganga-Jamni tehzeeb walas to cheat the 3 language formula system – the same tehzeeb gang who opposed the proposal for Sanskrit as national link language and voted for Hindi. Most other Indians had to actually learn another Indian language (Hindi) as part of the 3 language formula, but these guys cheated and got away with a high scoring zero-skills cop out.
Those tehzeeb walas choose Urdu via Bollywood to give them cultural juice in today’s world.
From personal experience,having learned Sanskrit from classes VI to X(including both the classes),you basically get the level of a sloppy version of just only the vākya vyavahāra book of the first level(as taught by Sri Vempati Kutumba Shastri) and that itself will get you more than 90% in the Sanskrit CBSE exam of class X. And that too will get lost/eroded to nothing within a year of non practice. This is the state of Sanskrit teaching as I have seen and experienced it. If you want people to actually like and respect Sanskrit at schools,the methodology must change a lot.
1 thought on “A friend’s remarks on Sanskrit being taught at schools-its current state,with my remarks from personal experience at the end”
Recently I was at my kid’s school and asked the Samskrita teacher if he can make students learn the language like a language, impart some conversation skills etc instead of just teaching it as a grammar subject. He remarked that I should enroll my kid to a Samskrita Sambhashana Shibira for that! Apparently 4hrs of curriculum time every week isn’t enough for students to pick up language speaking skills and teacher was expecting a separate language speaking course. Very disappointing and I have enrolled my kid to a Samskrita speaking course which is being conducted by new age people who know how to make language learning fun for Kids.