• Sharat Kumar posted an update in the group Teaching Contested Histories 3 years, 1 month ago

    It is not important to learn history lessons rather the focus should be to learn lessons from history. The challenge begins when you begin with long.. long ago….there lives a king. Who wants to know kings of the past until he is not present. So Why not to begin with the Present History going back to past one step at a time. It is important as teacher to observe relevant real time examples when turning the pages of history.
    For example- Why not to give a task of knowing the names and a little bit of three or four generations of grand and great grand parents? Then simply discuss the sense of accomplishments with them with both those who can and those who cant’? And then start talking about Mughals…Let syllabus wait for a while!!!!!!
    Hope I am making some sense.
    Cheers

    • Sir, but what about the immense pressure teachers are under to stick to lesson plans and exams and marks? Also, I have met some teachers who tell me that parents object to even the slightest deviations from the curriculum.
      Having said that, I think the whole pattern of teacher training needs to undergo a radical shift. Simply so that teachers, from the beginning, start the system of questioning.