Diversity And Discrimination - Class 6 Civics - Extra Questions
What are the reasons why children from Dalit, Adivasi and Muslim communities leave school?
There are several reasons why children from Dalit, Adivasi and Muslim communities leave school. In many parts of the country, especially in rural and poor areas, there may not even be proper schools nor teachers who teach on a regular basis. If a school is not close to people's homes, and there is no transport like buses or vans, parents may not be willing to send their girls to school. Many families are too poor and unable to bear the cost of educating all their children. Boys may get preference in this situation. Many children also leave school because they are discriminated against by their teacher and classmates.
Match the following statements in a way that challenges stereotypes:
(a). 3: Many people have formed a stereotype that people living in cities or having influential jobs like surgeon are busy and do not give time to their family. But this example proves that feelings for the family are universal and the surgeon wanted to talk to her daughter. (b). 4: This challenges the stereotype that crippled children are good for nothing. But the truth is that they have only one, or probably two defective organs, but they can still use their mind and talent and win prizes like this boy. (c). 1: Remark. This challenges the stereotype that chronic asthma patients can not run fast or take part in sports. (d). 2: Remark. The challenges the stereotype that only influential and high-class people can dream big. Even poor people can dream big and prove themselves.
Sometimes people make prejudiced comments in our presence. We are often not in a position to do anything about this because it is difficult to say something right then and there. Divide the class into groups and each group discuss what they could do in one of the following situations: (a) A friend begins to tease a classmate because he is poor. (b) You are watching TV with your family and one of them makes a prejudicial comment about a particular religious community. (c) Children in your class refuse to share their food with a particular person because they think she is dirty. (d) Someone tells you a joke that makes fun of a community because of their accent. (e) Some boys make remarks about girls not being able to play games as well as them. Discuss in class what the different groups have suggested for the above situations, and also talk about the problems that can come up when raising the issue.
(a) I would try to convince my friend that being a poor is not a crime nor a matter of laughter. Hence, he should not tease his classmate. Instead, he should take care of his dignity and self-respect. (b) I would stop him/her to do that. (c) I would advise my classmates to be friendly with one and all. (d) I would not get involved in the joke and would proceed from their immediately. (e) I would try to convince those boys that girls are in no way less efficient than their male counterparts. I would give examples of Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams who did what many men could not think of.