Children at the centre: Classrooms for the kids, by the kids

PUBLISHED IN DNA INDIA

In a 7th grade classroom, Rutuja and her classmates are studying fairy tales. They have just read Cinderella and are writing down the stereotypes stories such as these promote. Rutuja writes, “The prince always saves the princess” and “Girls always care about what they look like”. She debates that last point with her thought partner, who questions why it is a stereotype. Their teacher, Surabhi, calls the class to attention and asks volunteers to share their thoughts...