My Family History Essay

1450 words - 6 pages

My dad, Kanaka Rao Rapeta was born in 1967, in a small rural province in Southern India. As a young kid I used to cajole my dad to repeat his childhood stories over and over again before I went to bed. I admired the way he incorporated humour and passion into them, as if I were present in every one of them. Only recently did I perceive that in his days he had a very compelling life, as he crossed the bridge of his traditional childhood to a more modernized adolescence. Several aspects that influenced this transition was education and the development of urban communities. However there was still traditional elements which were preserved, such as the caste system.

The end of the 20th century marked the beginning of education for Rao. From a small age, he took learning as a rare opportunity and cherished it. The rural villages were areas where there was only a few educated, as that had been tradition. Generally, people residing in the rural villages assumed that education for children wasn’t essential because they would be pursuing a career in agriculture.Since each family had their own way of farming, they would pass their knowledge on to their children. In Rao’s side of the family, this had been the case for many generations. But Rao’s parents’ views had changed towards agriculture. They were instead interested in placing my dad into academics, such as engineering and science in hopes to bring fresh and new change to the rural villages. From his parents’ influence Rao became inspired to be educated and eventually step out of the traditional wall of agriculture that had been unmoved for many years, even though this was not the trend. During that time others were not being educated as well. He describes the experience as “Unlike other areas, our place was actually better in terms of education. In other places you literally had to sit on the hard stale ground and and attempt to pay attention while the teacher tries to squeeze the writing on the small blackboard. Even if it costed quite a bit of money I loved education because it was something unique from the farming and all the other household drudgeries.”

As suggested, lack of infrastructure and proper income for families was some of the factors which severely restricted reformation of education In addition, the method of traditional education that every family has been implementing, and the open education system that Rao opted for has an interesting relationship. According to the case study made by Shashi Singh, PhD at the Meerut Institute of Technology concerning rural students’ education, rural students who had a traditional education system (where family members directly pass on their customs and teachings on to the children) were less satisfied than in an open education system, which Rao had taken. A traditionalist education system meant that people could not properly develop skills necessary for more academic related jobs such as engineering. Part of my dad’s beliefs helped distinguish...

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