In Maharashtra's new school syllabus, LGBT -- or part thereof -- set to feature
Sociology lessons will talk about gender equality, changing lifestyles, and cultural stereotypes during this time of increasing social media influence.
Maharashtra has taken the lead to modernise its school syllabus to include topics hithertoo taboo. It will now talk about same-sex relationships, single parent families and live-in relationships in the sociology syllabus for the 11th standard.
In other states, the Tamil Nadu syllabus will have a lesson on menstruation in class 11. But to date, no school board is willing to enter these uncharted water. Sex, for instance is again taboo. This is the case not only in Tamil Nadu but throughout India.
Experts and academics have been stressing that students need sex-related lessons to deal with today's world. But fringe groups are against it. Even if the curriculum change is brought about, it is doubtful whether the subject of sexuality will be taught maturely.
In this context, the Maharashtra government has made changes to the 11th standard sociology curriculum. Accordingly, the 21st century family types are included -- such as single-parent families.
Types of Families
Until now, students were taught about the joint family, the nuclear family etc. But in the new curriculum, family types included are unmarried, single parent, second time married.
They will be teaching students about gender equality, changing social mores and cultural intersectionality during a time when social media is exploding.
In this revised course, the Supreme Court's decision to decriminalise homosexual relationships on September 6, 2018 [prohibited under section 377] will also feature prominently.
It is a brave attempt to introduce the 21st century life and marriage to students. According to Indian law, it is not a crime for two people to live together without getting married. These are also explained in the lesson.
[Autotranslated from Tamil]
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