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.
Of course students who started off richer were able to buy better supplies and make better posters, while others produced less impressive posters.
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.
Each group benefited or suffered to different degrees under these economic systems. Students shared their responses to both systems.
After completing the simulation, students read more on the subject, and fervently debated the benefits and drawback of of each economic system.
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.