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True inclusion

By Deepti Priya Mehrotra

The move to include characters with disabilities in school textbooks is welcome, but do we not need a more nuanced portrayal?

disability in school textbooks

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Good girls are submissive and subsidiary

By Deepti Priya Mehrotra

School textbooks continue to portray a predominantly male and patriarchal world. Women are depicted as demure, stay-at-home accessories for the male. They seem to exist only to preserve the status quo

Sukh ka Dwar, Rajasthan Class 5

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Chaste women and learned brahmins

By Deepti Priya Mehrotra

How should school textbooks deal with realities such as caste, class and religious discrimination? Should they pretend they don’t exist, or confront them? Part 2 in our series analysing the values and biases in textbooks

education in India

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Top-down or participatory learning?

Who is the ideal child/student? One who dialogues with the teacher, or one who obeys, follows, copies? This is the first in a series of articles by Deepti Priya Mehrotra that will examine the values, biases and prejudices perpetuated by school textbooks

education in India

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