Teaching about Inequality
(Ekalavya, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh)
This paper draws from our experiences of helping school teachers and SCERTs to develop social science text books for middle and high schools as well as materials for teacher education courses. To begin with I explore the grammar which this space imposes on academic discourse – its demand for a special form of conservative political neutrality – and the contestations that take place there.
Secondly I try to review the way school text books of various kinds have tried to address the issue of inequality.
Finally I try to recount the many different ways in which inequalities are seen by school teachers and teacher educators and our attempts at engaging with them.