I’ve been nose deep in literature to prepare for the upcoming end semester exam. I start off with the subject that brought out the true expertise of the teachers in the department – Sociological foundations of Education. After the high-charged discussions on social justice and socially relevant issues of education over the summer, at Bhor, I was excited when I found out that I had this subject this semester.
And boy! What a disappointment it has been!
A few things I remember being said in class, by the respected sharer of information.
- I wouldn’t allow my son to find himself a girl friend. It’s against my culture and culture is our God.
- All these live-in relationships and all must make your parents so sad and disappointed in you.
- The sole aim or purpose of a family is to give birth to young children.
- Social stratification is natural and it’s these strata that bring a sense of calm in the society. If we were all in one big societal class, we’d kill each other and die.
- I don’t know why the syllabus has Economic studies as a part of Sociology. Let’s skip that part.
- All women in certain families in North India have to wear a ghunghat. They are not allowed to enter the living spaces with men without wearing the ghunghat down to their chests. It’s a popular symbol of feminism.
And a bonus one.
- Myanmar is the capital of Burma.
I feel cheated at the end of this semester. A Master’s program should not be spending 60 hrs dishing out definitions and meaning of ideas like culture, social classes and Inequality. These should be pre-reading for the students to come prepared to class with. And the discussion should be around matters of social relevance. Nobody will ask you for the definition of gender bias in real-life. It will stare you down your face when a father chooses to pick his teenage girl out of school. And you will be unprepared to handle that situation.
“All this studying and you seem to be in pain. Do you need a hug?” Scotch