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Primary School - Exposing the children to Real World

Atleast in major part of Indian Education System, the pedagogy used results in children being oblivious of reasons behind the happenings of the real world. Be it the financial crisis, terrorism.... or simply how the world functions...

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The following adjustments in the Indian Primary Education System can, to an extent, make students more aware of the functioning of the world. (My proposals are a result of my experience as a student in Indian Education System. The readers can reflect on the solutions to see if it fits their situation as well)

1) Distribute newspaper in classes. Allot extra time for student to read it under the supervision of a Teacher (to ensure that student is taking the exercise seriously). The teacher should then pick up a few articles, which are in some way relates to the current syllabus of the class. For instance, if the students have civics in their syllabus, articles related to coalition government, political party related news, etc. should be picked up and discussed. I know it might it does not directly contribute to the presented problem, but this is one small way of making children mindful of their surroundings.

2) Include topics like finance, politics and other real world subjects in the curriculum. For beginners, finance can mean how to manage your pocket money which can later include the real world finance, historic lessons (from various recessions), banking system, etc.

3) Bring people from variety of background (the student's parents might suffice), who holds different kind of jobs. Ask them to tell the students all about their work (not just the rosy parts). It will help students in making decisions later in their life.

How will your concept support young people as they transition into the world of work?

The young people should have an idea about what the real world is really like. The above points will help those in primary school to develop an understanding of their surroundings.

What online or in-person components of your concept will best support this transition?

More aware teachers, involvement of parents in their child's education and intelligent use of information & communication technology to access sporadic talent will help in effective implementation of the points mentioned above.

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Nishant—I work with a school in Hyderabad, India, where oftentimes the emphasis is just getting through each page of the text, not necessarily engaging with it. And between holidays and exam days and such, teachers seem fairly pressed for time "to cover" the material. When do you think would be the best way to fit something like reading newspapers? Convince teachers to put off the lesson and read articles as classwork? Offer it only for students in tuition hours? Any further ideas/thoughts re: engaging the real world in India's classrooms would be helpful.

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On a tangent – I thought you both might find interest this Inspiration we got way back on the Low Cost Education Tools Challenge which is more about self direction than monitored reading of newspapers: http://www.openideo.com/open/how-might-we-increase-the-availability-of-affordable-learning-tools-educational-for-children-in-the-developing-world/inspiration/enhancing-knowledge-sharing-through-expression-magnets/

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Hi Karolle,

First of all, one have to understand the education setup in India concentrate on the wrong factors. Emphasis on 'covering' material isn't going to work out unless the material is properly understood my the students (an insight who must have had in your experience).
A school day is usually is divided into periods. One can dedicate one such period (30-45 mins) for a class, where their 'class teacher' can engage them in this activity. It would not require any preparation for a socially aware person (read teachers) to engage in such activities. There should be clear rules that this specific time period should not be used for any other purposes...

More Ideas?
Take the course from just text based to visual based. What I mean is:
To teach English (any language), Show them good english movies with subtitles.
To teach History, show them History Channel. For Geography, show them documentaries like Frozen Planet. Integrate various documentaries (should be chosen for their impartiality) in the pedagogy.
Make them aware of real world with documentaries like An Inconvenient Truth, Inside Job, Too Big to Fail.... but enough work should be done beforehand so that the audience actually understand what they are watching...