Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Core Subjects, I mean C - O - R - E !

From class 1 to Class 12 in our schools, Can the following be the CORE SUBJECTS? Not extra-curricular activities BUT core/main subjects? Wont it be exciting? Wont it create a far more productive citizens for the world? Every student will need to study each of them completely and not just do it for a year or so. It will be seriously taught throughout the day for 12 years.

1. Swimming, running, rockclimbing
2. Yoga, meditation, spiritual studies of all religions
3. Drawing, Painting, Sketching, Cartooning, Pottery, Sculpture
4. Trekking, Rowing, Cultural visits
5. Audio Visual classes on geography, animals, history like that on Discovery and NatGeo TV channels
6. Overcoming obstacles and situations at home, friends and at work
7. Handling problems like domestic violence, breakups, teenage emotions, drugs
8. Stitching, Carpentry, electricals, cooking, gardening
9. Learning mother tounge, Hindi, Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, French besides English
10. Learning to play at least 1 Indian and Western musical instruments AND singing
11. Entrepreneurship development
12. Social service (cleaning streets, beaches, feeding poor, teaching abandoned kids)
13. How to write your own books, poetry, make movies
14. Indian and World politics
15. Science, Maths, History (system already exists)

This is a small part of the email that i sent our President couple of minutes ago. When i get his reply, I shall post it for you all to read. But for the time being I want your thoughts. If possible, please get me feedback from your contacts as well.


At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Rajaram said...

I support you on the list that you have made, especially to Entrepreneurial Development.. Rest of them cant be just pushed as CORE. They lie in the child's interest.. Anyway, nice that you have made the list.

At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rajaram,
I too think that we need more entrepreneurs in the country and its important that they are shown the ropes at a young age rather than as a part of a MBA programme. I wish our successful entrepreneurs come out more often on TV, schools, colleges and write books on how they made it hoping that these would motivate our youngsters. You would be surprised to find out that a young person will try their hand at anything to do with building their skills if the programme is packaged right. Many of them prejudge. But iam sure they will have more interest in these listed subjects as core than the ones we currently have.

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous rajaram said...

Obviously, not only students but everyone know well the current stuff are not to provide adequate knowledge. Real knowledge comes only when work experience and book stuff are blended together.

Rather than we speaking this with each other cant we take it to few schools who are ready to experiment on a pilot basis. I hope there are many teachers waiting for some initiative.

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right. That would be the best thing to do. The intention should not be just to make sure that a school is made aware about such subjects. There should be a complete follow up to ensure thats its implemented and monitored for the first 12 years. The most important thing here is that an individual / organisation needs to put their heart and soul into it. They need to give their lifetime to such an issue. Any takers?

At 11:32 AM, Anonymous rajaram said...

why not manoj! a little time from every one of us is more than enough. a weekend class or workshop will surely make a bright beginning. i am ready to spend my time...

At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good rajaram. Now all you need to do is take down the list that I created. Understand each one of them as much as possible. Create a document on the logistics, cost, maintenance, monitoring, service providers etc for some of the subjects like rock climbing, swimming etc. Run it past certain business consultants to cross check. Make a list 108 schools where you would like this system implemented. Start with the first on your list (preferably your own school). And start on your second only after the first is convinced. And follow the process.

Dont delay. Do it right now. This minute. No excuses. Good Luck.

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous rajaram said...

thanks for cheering. will let you know in case i need your help and i hope u will be there..


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