• meena malhotra posted an update in the group ON TRANSLATING BALUTA 2 years, 1 month ago

    Being alienated from your own community is a very difficult thing to go through. I see this kind of alienation in the classroom for the smallest of reasons and it has a very negative impact on the students performance. Any ideas on how to tackle this?

    • A class teacher, I have live to learn, wields a lot of power in the classroom, despite what we say about times changing. I think s/he still has the power (for want of a better word) to set the ‘tone’ of the class – of tolerance and acceptance. Maybe not in one week or two, but eventually.

      • Its true Mini. Class teachers do play a hugely influential role on young minds. And that makes the responsibility of shaping values and leading by example that much more crucial for all teachers.

    • Stories, pedagogical stories… But to tell them, first believe in them and their power to heal and change… 🙂

      • Yes, conviction is all important.

        • The awareness should ideally start with teachers – sensitising them to the urgent need to recognise and accept differences, without making a big deal of it. Once a ‘different’ student feels valued equally by the teacher, miracles happen inside classrooms. Very often we as teachers are also complicit in the alienation – if not by commission, then by omission, by not intervening when we should.