Introducing the arts into Indian education

February 8, 2012

Amita Chudgar,Ā an assistant professor of educational administration in the MSU College of Education, recently published a column in Mint, a partner publication of theĀ Wall Street Journal. She expresses the need for art education in India, noting that even withinĀ India’s most affluent regions, students doĀ notĀ receive enough art education.

“Nearly 20 percentĀ of students in these ‘top schools’ report that they do not get any opportunities to participate in dance, dramatics or debates,” Chudgar wrote.Ā “The principals of these schools agree that arts and sports are important for building confidence, self-control, solidarity and teamwork, but when it comes to execution, the attention given to these activities leaves a lot to be desired.”

Chudgar also stressed theĀ importance of parental involvement in a child’s education, and how it isĀ worrisomeĀ that approximately 35 percentĀ of mothers in India lack basic reading and writing skills.Ā While Chudgar believesĀ that most parents are keen on providing the very best for their children,Ā she points out that mostĀ parents are not well-resourced and well-equipped to fulfill their dreams for their children.

But ChudgarĀ saysĀ that there isĀ stillĀ hope for education in India.

“The good news is that we are increasingly committed as a nation to define, measure and understand what teaching and learning look like in our schools,” she wrote. “We have taken that first step: the road ahead is long, but the journey has begun.

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