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Social Education in Schools: Its Significance

by Prosenjit bhattacharya

Date & Time: Jan 13, 2023 1:04 PM

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The Goal of Education

Here are the three widely acknowledged goals of all education: educating students for future jobs, assisting youth in becoming the best versions of themselves by cultivating their special gifts and skills, and ensuring that individuals are successfully integrated into society. Due to the diversity of views on what "society" should entail and how people should interact with one another, the third and final goal is frequently the most contentious.

Functional Literacy

According to UNESCO, social education is "the only means to elevate mankind emotionally, intellectually, morally, and materially," while the Indian Ministry of Education's 1963 definition of social education included terms like "functional literacy," "moral life," "community development," and "desirable social change." There seems to be a widespread agreement regarding the aspirational objectives we want "social education" to accomplish, but figuring out how to do that is undoubtedly more difficult.

Student's Performance in Community's Primary Language

'Social education' is often addressed in schools through three main channels. First and foremost, "literacy" must be one of the key pillars of social education. Without literacy (and to a lesser extent, strong numeracy), it is difficult to conceive a group or society having any cohesion or success. Societies function through effective communication. 

This is why you will always regard a student's performance in the community's primary language as being of utmost importance, and why language proficiency is frequently one of the main criteria for passing entrance exams for schools and institutions.

Also, many educational institutions provide "social science" courses, which typically cover subjects like geography, history, economics, business, philosophy, psychology, and so forth. These classes are designed to help students comprehend their place in the world, how people interact with one another, how things came to be the way they are, how societies have evolved, and the ideas that have shaped them. These are frequently the classrooms at schools where, in my experience, pupils feel most at ease, which signals to me a natural need in children to feel a part of a community and to discover ways to contribute (which contrasts with the typical criticism of our youth as being overly narcissistic).

In addition to the curriculum, schools frequently assign pupils to volunteer work in the neighbourhood. Our goal is to assist our students in connecting what they are learning in the classroom with their everyday lives.

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