In the previous three decades, India has transformed dramatically. People throughout the 1990s and early 2000s lived in extended families that included two or more parents and their children. Cousins were their first best buddies, and siblings stayed together. Everyone learned something by living in a blended family. The children were able to spend a lot of time together, which helped to deepen the bonds between all of the family members.

Children learned how to communicate and speak with elders and younger children in this manner. When children see elders, they learn haptic communication, chronemic communication, gestures, body language, facial expressions, eye contact, and other skills. However, as the first decade of the new century came to an end, everything changed. The majority of families said that living in a joint family limited their ability to make the best decisions for their children. They always found it frustrating that people in the house were constantly lecturing them on what they should and should not do. The joint family arrangement came to an end in India, giving rise to a modern model known as the nuclear family.

A nuclear family is made up of a mother, a father, and their children. A nuclear family ensures privacy and freedom. However, it deprives children of learning opportunities. It deprives a child of the opportunity to learn how to communicate effectively. This is where I want to begin my day's article. Nothing matters in the real world, absolutely nothing without effective communication skills, and schools must begin to teach elementary school children communication skills in a realistic and practical manner.

This appears to be a relatively straightforward topic for an article. This skill set, on the other hand, is the single most crucial missing component in a child's existence. Consider approaching a celebrity and complimenting him on Instagram.

Imagine yourself alone at a cafe, pondering how you might approach a group of people around and strike up a conversation. Consider attempting to explain your product to a possible investor. Consider attempting to converse with someone without repelling them. If any of this seems difficult, it's because there isn't a formal subject to developing practical communication skills.

It's time to introduce a subject that will have a significant impact on a child's future. It is critical to teach students how to think before they speak, appreciate the other person's point of view, and admit their role in producing the situation. Empathy, communication skills, listening and speaking procedures, appropriate vocabulary, the power of pausing, and introspection must all be taught in schools (practically as a value-added topic, not for grades). This has to be done.

To assist others and oneself to absorb information more quickly and properly, good communication skills are essential. Poor communication skills, on the other hand, lead to a lot of irritation and misunderstandings. Children in a nuclear home have no one with whom to communicate. They're either home alone or go out to play and try to imitate other children. The school must honour a student's time in their environment by teaching them basic communication skills.

(This is a slightly modified version of an article originally published in Times of India. The original article can be found at https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/desires-of-a-modern-indian/value-added-communication-teaching-a-new-subject-to-primary-school-kids/)