This article provides an idea of history as a discipline and as a specialized subject, and also suggests ways in which this subject can be introduced to children.
It is a paradox that in a land so rich in History, there is a great contempt for the subject among students. One reason is the mechanical rote learning system, and the other is the chronological approach in pedagogy. The author explains how we can have a readymade blueprint for a meaningful pedagogy of history in our country.
History essentially is a study of change. It is about making students aware of the changes taking place all around (and within) and at every moment. Once the students understand that change is a constant, it is easy for them to understand that the present is different from the past, that the present will change into the future.
In this article, the author recommends books and methods which can help teachers fruitfully engage with the textbooks and indeed go beyond them.
Why is it necessary to teach children about the freedom movement? The answer is that any united effort, any willing sacrifice that has strenghtened national unity needs to be taught to inspire young minds and instil in them values.
The north east of India does not find itself represented in the national narrative. This article analyses the reasons behind this state of affairs.