Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Education and Politics

When I was in school, Civics was considered the most boring subject. Full of constitutional and legal details, all effort was made to make this subject as dry as possible! So, I was delighted when I read this bit in the National Curriculum Framework:

“It is suggested that instead of Civics, the term Political Science be used. Civics appeared in the Indian school curriculum in the colonial period against the background of increasing 'disloyalty' among Indians towards the Raj. Emphasis on obedience and loyalty were the key features of Civics. Political Science treats civil society as the sphere that produces sensitive, interrogative, deliberative, and transformative citizens.”

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