I remember two subjects that nobody cared for much in school. Though your opinions may differ and may even consider maths or science as suitable options; I am only referring to Catechism / Moral Science and History & Civics. When I see the state of the nation around me I guess this lack of interest or importance has affected us very badly.
Let us examine each subject starting with Catechism or Moral Science. Having studied in a missionary school Catechism was always the first subject of the day and it aids character building. Moral Science for the non Catholics also attempted the same but somewhere character lost out to scores and people just ignored the subject. The shocking rape crimes that have stunned the nation shows moral deficiency and morals are inculcated in the childhood. I think it is a pressing need to ensure that moral science gets elevated to a major paper right through school and even in college. Surely it will make a change in character building?
The next paper is History which was clubbed with Civics. Sadly the paper becomes redundant in High School. By the time students come out of high school they forget national pride, delight in their heritage because they are focussed on marks and only marks. By the time they finish college civic sense gets replaced by cynical sense when they blame the ills of the world around on someone else when the root cause will be at home. Today students seldom know their political leaders, the laws of the land, duties, roles and responsibilities and it seems unfair to expect them to be good citizens.
I have observed the earlier government trying to bring equality with the Samacheer syllabus and despite the best efforts of this government it has survived. I only wish that one day this syllabus will incorporate these two major papers for the next generation desperately needs it.
I would love to take these classes part time, but will there be takers?
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P.S. The second image is from Bhavia's blog : )