I know I just posted, and I promise to keep this short. I wanted to just put some thoughts out there of stuff I’ve been mulling over recently. Isn’t that what people do on blogs in general anyway? I’m still getting the hang of this…
This past year during some classes, I’ve taken a bit of a look at education in conflict. Prevailing in a lot of the literature and best practice guidelines is the theme that education during conflict must be relevant (flashy dime word alert!). It makes perfectly good sense though: in exceptional circumstances such as conflict, education ought to follow suit. But here’s the thing, I’m wondering why we aren’t really thinking more about relevant education for other populations as well. As I go to visit the some rural areas in Rajasthan, I’m left wondering why there is an expectation for children to learn “by the book” when their educational needs may actually be altogether different. Why not focus rural curricula on good farming techniques, animal husbandry, etc. Sure, basic literacy and numeracy must not be neglected, how could a farmer otherwise barter his or her goods? Of course, when I actually think about it, creating relevant education for anyone and everyone is a logistic and practical nightmare, if not impossibility. Aslo, nailing down what children’s specific needs actually are is an entirely different can of worms. But I suppose what I’m left thinking is that education should serve to expand livelihoods (and human flourishing and….capabilities?) in whatever way that may look like for each individual. And, I think to do that, it’s got to be pretty relevant.