” Ma’am, I clearly deserve full marks here! I’ve written the correct definition.”
” No, that’s not the exact definition. ”
” But ma’am, this is exactly the definition of ‘Ecosystem’ given in our E.V.S. book.”
” Do I teach you E.V.S.? I teach Geography! Is this the definition given in your Geography textbook?”
” No ma’am, but Ecosystem means the same everywhere. Is it given wrong in the E.V.S. book then?”
” Stop arguing! Listen to what I say! Write this definition in your E.V.S. exam not Geography! Go to your seat now.”
That day, one fine day in class 3rd, I understood what rote learning actually is by the virtue of a teacher who, maybe, herself had been it’s(rote learning’s) victim.
Though I understood it, I quite didn’t imbibe it, which cost me a lot of marks in all my subjects in the later classes as well.
I lost marks when on differentiating between ‘animal cell’ and ‘plant cell’ I did not write the ‘important’ points my teacher made the students mark in their textbooks; for apparently the rest of the differences were not really differences but just some arbitrary information!
I lost marks when instead of giving a long(5 marks long!) explanation of the temperature zones of the earth, I gave a short explanation with a suitable, and self-explanatory, diagram.
I lost marks when I arriculated the ‘Causes of the Revolt of 1857’ in three-fourths of a page when the teacher expected a one full page long answer. I wish I had written the same in a bigger hand-writing!
I lost marks even on correctly evaluating the area enclosed by the given curve because I missed a step in ‘showing’ that it was really me who solved the question!
Sadly Gladly, I was never the class topper. Gladly, I was never a parrot. Gladly, what others roted in two hours, I understood in one. Gladly, I always scored less.
But I sincerely look forward to the day in near future when someone would ask me- ” What do you understand by Ecosystem?”
And I would say-
“Ahem, precisely, it’s the inter-dependent relation between organisms and their environment, but don’t believe me! My class 3rd E.V.S. textbook said ‘this’ and my Geography textbook said ‘that’…”
” You prefer E.V.S. or Geography?”