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ICSE Social Science Class 5 | Martin Luther King Jr.

In ICSE Social Science Class 5, children learn about the inspirational human rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.  Martin Luther King Jr. helped end racist policies in the United States of America.  He was greatly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi to follow a non-violent path in the struggle to uphold human rights.  Children living today may not even be aware of the barbaric treatment meted out to Indians by British imperial mindsets not even 100 years ago.  Before independence, atrocious signs saying “No colored people are allowed” into certain restaurants, first class trains barred Indians from entering certain places.  Indians, however, were used as cheap and forced labor to build ostentatious mansions and palaces, hotels, work in plantations, etc., in the first place in the hot sun.  In USA, widespread racism still existed well into the 1950s and 1960s in spite … Continue reading

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ICSE Social Science Class 4 | States-India’s Northern Plains – Bihar

In ICSE Social Science Class 4, children learn about states in India’s Northern Plains.  By learning about various states in India, children begin to appreciate and become aware of the vast and amazing country that we live in and the world at large.  Usually, the negative aspects of certain states are highlighted.  One such state is Bihar.  Of course, they do need to be highlighted in order for reforms to take place but so do certain positive steps that are being taken there.  Due to exploitation, Bihar and its people may be facing myriad challenges.  However, there is more to Bihar than the challenging conditions that the vast majority of the people there live in.   On this note, the following is a short overview of the state of Bihar. ICSE Social Science Class 4 | States – India’s Northern Plains … Continue reading

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ICSE Social Science Class 3 – Government of India-Union Territories

India is a vast and dynamic democratic country with 29 states and 7 union territories.  The 29 states of India have their own elected local governments.   The union territories (except for Delhi and Puducherry) are under the direct control of the national/central government.  A lieutenant governor/administrator appointed by the President of India presides over the union territories.  The union territories, Delhi and Puducherry, have their own elected chief ministers, legislative assemblies and local government due to constitutional amendments passed by the Parliament of India. The 7 union territories of India are as follows: Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the largest of the union territories.  It consists of numerous tiny islands and is located in the Bay of Bengal.  Capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is Port Blair. Delhi: Delhi is also known as the national capital … Continue reading

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ICSE Social Science Class 2 | Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi is well respected and admired all over the world.  He showed that the fight for independence, freedom, justice and human rights could occur through non-violence.  Most people ended up in armed struggles to fight injustice all throughout history.  This has led to large-scale human suffering, bloodshed and loss of innocent lives in the past.  This still sadly continues to be the case in many situations.  Mahatma Gandhi had great love for the masses.  Gandhiji was disturbed by the suffering caused by imperialistic and sinister forces.  The word Mahatma in fact means “great soul.” Gandhiji was indeed a human being with a great mind, heart and soul.   Mahatma Gandhi had great regard and love for children.  He was also very simple and had great regard for even the tiniest gift given by children.  An endearing life incident related to … Continue reading

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ICSE Social Science Class 2 | Schools

Education is a means to ensure that all citizens of a country lead a healthy and dignified life.  With education geared towards humane, sustainable and eco-friendly future, a nation can truly progress for the better.  At the primary level, it is very important for parents and educators to ensure that education moves in this direction.  Parents can take part in parent-teacher meetings and also give their valuable inputs on the learning process, etc.  They can also check on the facilities in the school.  Does the learning process help children become free and thoughtful thinkers?  Educators and teachers nowadays need to make learning sessions more joyful for children.  They need to help them become good thinkers and questioners and also help them become good communicators.  Earlier, children were told to be strictly obedient to elders, parents, teachers and rulers and follow … Continue reading

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ICSE Social Science Class 1 | Importance of Honesty

“Honesty is the best policy” is a proverb which you may have heard of since childhood.   Being honest and trustworthy are values that can be instilled in children by parents, teachers and well-wishers.  Honest citizens help in ensuring that society is corruption-free.  What would it be like if people all around were greedy and engaged in cheating and deceiving others?  Wouldn’t it be a vicious place to live in?  Moreover, being honest will help ensure that children have healthy and happy relationships with others.  The child will be trustworthy and also learn to trust others.  This will help in ensuring that society is just and caring with minimal rich-poor gaps, exploitation and inequalities. You may have heard of the famous Pinocchio story where a puppet’s nose grows longer and longer whenever he says lies.   Wouldn’t it be nice if such … Continue reading

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