8465Re: [alt-ed-india] Re: Growing Up in a Multi-Cultural Learning Environment
- Jul 5 9:43 AMPadma,Thank you for this book recommendation. And, yes, you are so right - it definitely is important to plant the seed of Universal Brotherhood early on. Books, music, interaction, post card exchange, museum visits - there are some meaningfulness (and fun, and interesting) ways to embrace this idea...I looked up for this book on flipkart and it's available. I'm going to order it right away.http://www.flipkart.com/books/1406323373?_l=CJHVEqJO3veuHytbACc9dw--&_r=Cw5QEWWQKmNKMlbS3A_iHw--&ref=86800fed-ff30-47a8-a735-03da0c2958a8&pid=0nx3flft1dCheers,Rashmiehttp://blog.gorgeouskarma.com
On Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 8:49 PM, adiyendasi <prt108.cj@...> wrote:
In May my husband bought God's Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for our kids and already this was the pick for two birthday presents in June.
I would highly recommend this book to any parent/teacher to read to children under their care. There was a lump in my throat as I read it to my children, it really is a very sweet book advocating Universal Brotherhood. I think it is important for children to get that idea very early. The illustrations in the book are very beautiful.
Here is a link to God's Dream -
--- In email@example.com, Nagesh Kolagani <nagesh333@...> wrote:
> The NCERT books are highly superior, and obviously some very good
> minds have gone into it.
> Even the learning levels are adjusted to what a child can actually
> grasp at that age, and there is no overload. The social studies books
> are excellent.
> Unfortunately gearing teachers to deal with such books is the uphill
> task in our country - and the best material can be reduced to rote
> learning. Guess that will take some time.
>> On 7/4/11, lotus <paravinda@...> wrote:
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Rashmie" <rashmiejaaju@> wrote:
> >> An excerpt from the article:
> >> "Considering how multi-cultural interaction can enrich, I, as a parent
> >> to a 5.5 year old, don't see our schools really doing much to encourage
> >> a multi-cultural learning environment. At least, not much here in India.
> > NCERT textbooks reflect India's diversity better than any of the other
> > textbooks I have surveyed in India. The illustrations, children's names,
> > drawings and activities show girls and boys from different regions,
> > cultures, and urban / rural (and even adivasi) settings.
> > In contrast, in many other books you will find glaring stereotypes of
> > gender, colour and very little attention to rural life. Even in books
> > published for rural schools I have seen that, for example, the kitchen looks
> > nothing like a rural kitchen. The skin of all the people is almost white or
> > very light pink or tan, unless, for example a story features a daku or some
> > other suspicious character, typically drawn in darker brown. And the
> > majority of the people given in the examples will be male. When girls and
> > women appear they are often performing household chores, rarely playing ball
> > or even catching a bus. Why?
> > Some people will say, "well they did not mean to show one gender, or one
> > caste, or one community more than any other. It was not conscious." Why
> > does it then come so naturally, without making any conscious effort to show
> > the sun-deprived urban male as the default character, and women / dark skin
> > / rural person only when seeking to depict something about such people?
> > To recognize the diversity among and within cultures, the efforts of
> > individuals to overcome bias and stereotypes, to be simple humans by default
> > is something that our multicultural environments give us potential to do. I
> > can see this effort in the NCERT books such as Rhimjim, Aas-Paas,
> > Mathmagic, Looking Around. (example -
> > http://www.books4u.in/books/ncert-textbook-in-hindi-for-class-4-environmental-studies--aas-paas-1913)
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