Thursday, November 4, 2010

Unanswered questions: final words from a Jaitpura school

This week, Gandhi Fellow  Kabir Arora concludes his report on his work in a village school in Jaitpura with a series of questions.  Soon, he'll move on to a more urban setting.  

During the past six weeks I came across lot of things. Some inspired. Some depressed. Many of those moments are a part of this small book. I thought to conclude in this section, but realize there are so many questions unanswered. I decided to share all those unanswered queries here.

Where does violence start? Can classroom hitting lead to violence and anger againstthe society?

Can teachers bend down a little to hear what a kid wants to share?

Is it possible to incorporate the dialects (languages) like Marwari in the syllabus instead of making it Hindi (English too) Centric? What kind of political and social will be neede to do that?

Do we need to redefine the work of the teacher? Is teaching in the classroom only task assigned to a teacher?

Is it possible to complete the syllabus with the same method which I adopted during past six weeks?
Lot more going on in my mind.

Who is Kabir Arora?  Here's what some his peers, other Gandhi Fellows, had to say about him:
Our nodal point of intellect, whose knowledge is group’s inspiration. His articulation makes us proud, his “happy go lucky” attitude gives us joy. Art of managing time, and, his knack to carve his space out, makes us all look upto him, so brilliant in his positive criticism, that you want him to be your critic always.

However with “positive” there is always a “negative” and our dear Kabir, apart from being moody, demands too much of the space which becomes hindrance, and the art to learn when to speak & when not too is something he needs to master as well!

For more of Kabir's experiences, see:
If I were my own teacher: confidence, colour and voices
Steep Climb 
Tourist Guide  

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