Not Under My Parachute: How Co-curricular Offerings Exacerbate Inequities Under the Right to Education Act
Against the backdrop of the 10-year anniversary of India’s Right to Education (RTE) Act, Baily and Sodhi investigate a pedagogical gap generated by unawareness of concerns held by school professionals who participate in school-based extra-curricular activities (ECA). ECA is a critical component of middle-class education in India, but ignored within teacher preparation programs. ECA affects school culture and student learning, necessitating an examination of how RTE policy goals exacerbate dehumanizing and unprofessional aspects of teaching related to co-curricular programs. Baily and Sodhi provide guidance to teacher preparation programs as to how to fill this gap and address these inequities so that teachers are prepared to confront some of the explicit and implicit biases exhibited in school culture due to the unexplored challenges of RTE implementation.
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