Core Paper I
THEORETICAL BASE OF EDUCATION
WHAT SOCIAL CHANGES ARE NOW BEING FOSTERED BY EDUCATION?
A MICRO-LEVEL STUDY ON THE IMPACT OF MODERN EDUCATION ON 20th CENTURY KERALAM.
Many studies have identified modern education as one of the agencies that has brought out radical social changes in Kerala. Kerala now has become the most the most literate state in India. But at the dawn of the third millennium, the Kerala society is at crossroads; Kerela now spends more on liquor than on rice; agriculture, which is the backbone of our society is in shambles; fissiparous tendencies find fertile soil here; poor sections find increasingly difficult to make both ends meet; environmental disasters are common and people are ruthlessly displaced ; there are strong forces getting ready to commercialize the education sector and so on . What kind of social change does education now want to foster? One really doubts the role education now plays at this crucial juncture.
An appraisal of the dynamics of social changes initiated by modern education a century ago in Kerala shall provide an insight into the current imbroglio. Our forefathers have considered modern education as the torch bearer of social change. This Practicum aims to identify the role modern education has been playing since the dawn of the 20th century in the social transformation of Kerala
To undertake this micro-level study you please select the first educational initiative in your locality /area. It may be a school, an initiative by an enlightened individual to popularize modern education, a community effort to build a school etc. Please meet people who are associated with such events and movements, refer documents and interview people who got benefited from these educational efforts. Study the social changes which have been brought about by education in your area.