Dr. Lalit Kishore
Ever since science has become a part of environmental studies at the elementary school level, its importance is being neglected in the curriculum. Because it now finds space in the same book as social studies, the practical aspects of science at primary and upper primary levels are being ignored and the subject is being taught like social studies, emphasising rote learning.
Besides this, with the emphasis on the social studies, detailed pictures have been introduced in the text books which have become sterile visuals while science demands line diagrams and recognisable structures. Not only are there no diagrams in the textbooks, even the teachers no longer draw them on the blackboard.
The author is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Unfolding Learning Potentials, Jaipur. He can be reached at [email protected].