Growing up, how many of us explored opportunities in Social Sciences? All we ever heard about was how to become an engineer, a doctor, or a lawyer. Yet, Social Science is one of the most important disciplines in our education system, where we learn the fundamentals of society, power, politics, culture, ethics, history, and geography.
The New Education Policy (NEP) aims to transform India into a vibrant knowledge society making both school and college education more holistic, flexible, multidisciplinary, suited to 21st century needs and aims at bringing out the unique capabilities of each student. In this diverse world that we live in, it is important that our children become active, responsible, and reflective citizens who can tackle local and global challenges effectively.
At Ekya and CMR National Public School, the Humanities and Social Science program equips our learners to:
Develop a deeper understanding of society, law, politics, and human-environment interactions
Critically think about issues and perspectives by recognising the different social, historical, and legal contexts
Make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good.
How are we achieving this purpose through the Social Science curriculum?
Ekya’s curated social science curriculum develops students to have a deeper understanding of society, law, politics, and human-environment interactions that we are participative of, that we influence or make a change to, and live by. We build a culture of inquiry, critical thinking, perspective sharing, and empathy through the use of collaborative and reflective strategies in the classroom such as Think-Pair-Share, Gallery Walk, Put On Your Thinking Hat, 3-2-1, I Used To Think But Now I Know, etc.
To help our students make informed, reasoned decisions, meaningful learning experiences are included in the curriculum. For example – Students try to answer the question,’ Why do we need the Constitution?’, through research and teamwork. The research they initiate allows them to collate information from international, national, and local news, thereby sparking curiosity. Further investigation leads them to conduct surveys from households, their neighbourhood or social circle, for data and reliability from ground reality. This provides multiple perspectives for students to explore and enhances their communication, leadership, and collaborative learning skills.
Experiences such as these aid them to make relevant observations, identify, analyse, compare, and make connections between ideas, concepts, and related resources. They are also given the opportunity to be creative. This enables each student to present their ideas in various ways; be it through art, creative writing, data surveys, debates, presentations, projects, music, role play, or speech. What is important in these tasks is how inquiry helps them, deep dive, into a specific issue and resolve it.
In today’s world, it is important to build the social consideration and empathy of learners where we are made aware of our surroundings, the past and the present, to develop an international or a wide viewpoint for the moral progress of society. With all the perceptions we have, we learn to break it down to the relevance of today and reflect on how we relate to it.
Beyond building understandings of the world, its institutions, and social and political systems, Social Science at Ekya helps individuals engage with these systems both for self and society’s benefit. In a democracy, this is crucial. Furthermore, Social Sciences teach us to learn from our mistakes, to make a change in society, to influence people and policymaking, to forgive, and be kind. It is in the Social Science classroom where we are allowed to be open-minded, creative, and share what’s in our mind and heart.
“When classrooms become a forgiving place where it’s okay to make mistakes, we see creativity spike and anxiety fall”
– Gavin Mc. Cormack.