Real life politics.. in the classroom!

How did you learn about government, politics and economics? How did you grapple with complex ideas and form your own opinions? Our 10th Standard ALF students participated in an integrated history and politics curriculum, designed to provide experiential learning opportunities, debate and discussion.

We introduced students to Capitalism and Socialism through a simulation. We started off in a purely Capitalist system, where teachers allocated differing sums of ‘money’ to groups of students.  Students had to use this money to ‘buy’ supplies to create an advertisement. They were rewarded based on the quality of their advertisement, which needed to be colourful and catchy.

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Mangala and Tanushree ‘sell’ stationary supplies to students, so that they can make their advertisements

Of course students who started off richer were able to buy better supplies and make better posters, while others produced less impressive posters.

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Anjali, Cynara, Nikita and Nutan couldn’t afford to buy colourful supplies and were forced to make a plain advertisement with no colour at all

In a subsequent round, we introduced the concept of Socialism by levying taxes on the richer groups and providing subsidies to the poorer groups. This caused outrage amongst some groups, while others celebrated their new found opportunities. Students used their redressed bank balance to create a new advertisement.

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Anjali, Cynara, Nikita and Nutan received a government subsidy. They were now able to buy superior resources and produce a colourful advertisement!

Each group benefited or suffered to different degrees under these economic systems. Students shared their responses to both systems.

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Aarti, Akshata, Jhanvi and Sofista were unimpressed with the introduction of taxation and subsidies, through which their profit margin was hugely reduced
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Meanwhile Sayra, Sejal and Yamuna extolled the virtues of a Socialist system

After completing the simulation, students read more on the subject, and fervently debated the benefits and drawback of of each economic system.

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Tanushree facilitates a small group discussion on the issues and challenges of Capitalism and Socialism

ALF students raised numerous big questions through these discussions: How can we create an equitable society? How can we promote innovation and creativity in business? What role should government and business play in Indian society? Our students will have many opportunities to further explore and debate these questions through their course of study at ALF.

3 comments

  1. What a delightful way to learn. Wish I could be a student all over again and study at Avasara! Thank you to all the wonderful teachers for offering the gift of the love of learning to our future generations. May Avasara grow from strength to strength. Jyoti

    • Really it is very fun learning here and they make the most difficult topic so easy 🙂 and the teachers are so very friendly and they are doing such a wonderful work

      • And yes, thanks to the enthusiastic students who have taken up this opportunity and bring with them their curiosity, wonder, attention and seek so much pleasure from participating and experiencing the joys of learning. You are the future generations of this World. Excellent teachers make excellent students. Great synergy!

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