Emancipatory education – UPSC GS2

  • CBSE had to issue an apology for one of its sociology exam question. The question read “The unprecedented scale and spread of anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat in 2002 took place under which government?”.
  • Another instance where an English comprehension passage of class 10th exam has come under criticism. It faced such backlash because it conveyed a message in support of Patriarchal mindset.
Emancipatory education:
  • Emancipatory education is an approach that goes beyond the transfer of knowledge, questioning the dominant structure of socioeconomic and political situation.
  • This will enable students to think critically and reflect on the issue of National and International significance.
Why change is needed?
  • Making education value neutral doesn’t mean accepting the status quo. Education is about asking difficult questions and striving for a just social order. For example: A student shouldn’t just memorise preamble but also be able to reflect upon the meaning of its ideals in real time.
  • If students are allowed to reflect freely upon ideas from different thinkers, cultures, it will enable them to build their own thought processes.

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