The National Educational Policy 2020 has come like a breath of fresh air with its shift towards being more flexible and giving more choices and chances to students. By advocating a vocational and practical approach to learning, the NEP may well give a thumbs up to the home science course because of its multidisciplinary influences. However, in practice, till now the subject has suffered because of the way it has been taught. It is time for home science to upgrade, raise the bar and deliver greater value to students, its practitioners and its academics.
Aashna Gada and Kavita Anand
What constitutes a good text book? How can educators ensure that the text book corresponds to the learner’s needs? While textbooks provide the basic framework of the syllabus, they also help in making the teaching-learning process more systematic. Of late however, teachers of home science have raised several concerns about the newly introduced CBSE syllabus (2019) for grades 11 and 12. What are the concerns of the teachers and what are they doing to set things right?
Every home is a microcosm of values, beliefs, lifestyles, attitudes that shape people’s lives in different ways. Seen in this context the study of home science has tremendous potential. And the only way forward is to revisit the curriculum in the light of the new world, make home science a compulsory subject and take strong measures to remove gender biases in the basic unit of the home.
Subha Das Mollick
How can gender equality be initiated on the home front? The pandemic and online teaching seems to have helped school teachers in Kolkata who are enthusiastically showing the way. Read on to know more.
This article is a brief glimpse into the history of home science followed by reflections on the dominant discourse around the subject. The origins of home science are important to reflect upon, to better understand the ways in which the field has been constructed. For educators too, it is essential to explore the politics of class, caste and gender that still govern the field of home science.
There is an urgent need to rescue home science. Why? The trouble with home science is that it has constantly slipped back into being perceived as a subject for women. And that has to change. Given that the home is the real driving force of capitalism and economy, it is even more urgent that the subject becomes mandatory in the school curriculum irrespective of gender.
What is it about home management that seems to ruffle the feathers of most couples? Is it about budgeting expenses, sharing household tasks or not participating at all in ‘home work’? A few individuals express their views in this article.
Books can be a wonderful ally when one needs to have some conversations at home and show children how things can be without having to say it. Books can also sensitize children to be more empathetic, caring towards the other. Children’s books are often reflective of the times they are created in. Here are a few books that talk about gender equality, about a father-daughter relationship and even how parents can lead by example in the home. Teachers can reach out to these books to sensitize their students in schools.
In a rapidly changing world, schools must take it upon themselves to educate children on the science of living. This would make them self- reliant and equip them with skills that are most needed in everyday living.