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NCERT downsizes history curriculum choicelessly
Some chapters of the NCERT history textbooks have been removed as a part of curriculum rationalization and reduction of cognitive load on students as desired by the MHRD. The rationale is that certain chapters promoted casteism, colonialism and capitalism.

Since 2016, on the basis of a CBSE circular, the chapters remained in the textbooks but were not taught. However, from the new textbooks such chapters have been removed.

"Curriculum and textual material are meant to be transacted in such a way to promote rational thinking by raising questions on the societal and historical events of the past. The content is inert, its removal or replacement hardly matters. What matters is that classroom processes needs to promote the higher order thinking skills of critical and creative thinking, which comes how the textual material is dealt with in the classroom. The comparison between 'what was' and 'what it had ought to be' teaches you. Promoting belief thinking and glorifying a particular thought or interpretation is of no use," reacted a retired teacher in Jaipur to the of the NCERT's move to revamp the textbooks of social sciences.

Meaningful teachers, educators, curriculum designers and social scientists believe that the curriculum must accommodate the diversity of learners and regions. And, schools must be allowed to contextualize one-third of the curriculum in EVS and social sciences. The transaction of the curriculum must promote thinking skills.

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