Class 8 Highlights Power Structures in Education

Class 8 begins an exciting new unit this week, delving into structural violence in institutional education.

Over the course of three days, we kicked off our exploration with an extended airing of the poignant documentary “Schooling the World,” which critically examines the resounding cultural implications of the introduction of Western classroom-centric education in the traditionally isolated, agrarian society of Ladakh.

After ample pauses for discussion and reflection, the group collaborated on a structural violence analysis of the material they witnessed in the film:

student analysis
student analysis
Next week we continue the investigation, considering alternative educational initiatives in other pockets of the country, before getting our fingernails dirty with interviews and field research tackling the topic in our own neck of the woods. Stay tuned for more soon!

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3 Responses to Class 8 Highlights Power Structures in Education

  1. Veronica says:

    An interesting way to look at how complex roles are within a society. Some people may fall into more than one group, too.

  2. Jerry & Gaby says:

    This is a major issue in cultural preservation: conventional education and cultural preservation may be in contradiction. We hope that Jhamtse Gatsal can preserve both: love, understanding and compassion

  3. Ada Woolston says:

    I can remember that in Tawang amongst the young people I met farming was looked down upon. None of the children when asked which employment they wanted to choose mentioned becoming a farmer. I hope and expect that at Jhamtse Gatsal becoming a modern farmer is treated as a respectful goal. Are any of the students planning to go to an agricultural college? If so, they could teach the local farmers so much about modern, organic and sustainable farming.

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