There was parental anxiety in Mr. Obama’s tone when he asked the American kids to gear up to meet the challenges posed by the up and coming Indian and Chinese students “who are in the classrooms longer than the American kids”. Mr. Obama is equally worried about the US education system itself which he feels needs overhauling in order to compete with other international universities and colleges.
One wonders whether Mr. Obama was making some sweeping remarks to alert the American kids or he really meant it. Anyhow, India cannot take things for granted. It is true that Indian students have proved their mettle at the international level, but the Indian education system as a whole has to go a long way to attain international standards. While taking steps to improve the standard of education it is also necessary that the students should keep their hands off politics which is the main cause for all internal problems. Though Mr. Obama has said that the Indian and Chinese students spend less time on video games, the Indian kids from upper and middle class families do not deserve this encomium.