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Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

 

It is typical for a teacher to say, “Abhishek looks so confident, and he will make a good leader while Nazneen is so caring and she will be able to handle children well”. What is wrong with these observations? Well, nothing is inherently wrong but it leaves an impression on the children that can be extremely damaging. Do we ever say that a boy is so caring that he will be good with children? Gender stereotypes are perpetuated in every social institution and schools are no exceptions.

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I would like to present two scenarios that will hopefully lead the reader to the answer this question.

Imagine a Social Studies class in which the desks have been pushed together to make groups of about 5 students. In each group the students are busy discussing with each other, peering into atlases, searching through an index, and noting down their friends’ opinions.

Vikas Arora shares this video from localfutures.org. You may use it in your social studies and economics class to trigger a discussion around fund allocation and resource distribution. Ask your learners to express and engage what happens in their family, at the local grocery shop and at a bigger super market. You may introduce them to the trend of 'artificial scarcity' and the price rise. Invite all ideas from them and also ask them to think of possible solutions. They may start with a mini project of budget allocation in their classroom project as a starter.

How modern times imposes one way of learning and doing things on kids, thus taking away their natural, inborn creative instincts? This short award winning, critically acclaimed animation film, is a reflection of this bitter truth, the homogenous industrial way of education and living, which we blindly believe in.

“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” Jacques Barzun

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