It is said that when Benjamin Franklin emerged from the concluding session of the Constitutional Convention, one Mrs. Powell asked him, “What have you given us?” “A Republic,” he responded, “if you can keep it.” That claim, of course, stood glossed by the trenchant irony that, at that point in 1787, the American constitution framed in Independence Hall in Philadelphia did not include the right to vote for American women.
Only after heroic struggles by American suffragettes was that right realised in 1920.
Just as the formal right granted in 1870 to African-American men to vote was actually to fructify as late as 1965 when the Voting Rights Bill was passed.
Yet, some 230 years after the adoption of the American constitution, the United States under the Trump presidency can be seen to be embroiled in another historic battle to preserve the republic and all its democratic and institutional accomplishments.
The situation in India is not too different.
The Indian constitution granted the right to universal adult franchise from its very inception, transcending some stiff opposition from deeply conservative sections of the Constituent Assembly.
A pivotal aspect of that revolutionary accomplishment was the new emphasis on expanding literacy in order to lift the mass of Indians out of ignorance and render their exercise of franchise sentient and independent. Long decades of struggle were finally to culminate in the legislation by parliament on August 4, 2009, which made access to free school education a legally enforceable right.
Needless to say, that education about republican values and citizen’s struggles to realise them is transmitted to students in academic institutions through a study of social and political science curriculum, and, overall, through a study of the history of cultural oppressions and aspirations.
Qualified Tutor and Lee Elliot Major OBE come together to discuss many of the current issues in the educational landscape, as well as the fundamentals of empowering students to become independent learners
Lee is a keynote speaker, published author (we are avid fans of "What Works") and columnist who’s been spearheading the movement to address this country’s low social mobility and unequal education landscape
🎧 Catch the episode on Apple, Spotify, Google Pods and many more by following the link in our bio above ☝️
This is a must-listen for anyone involved in tutoring, social mobility, teaching or education more widely - we are hugely excited by what discussions like this will inspire
Posted @withregram • @operation.wake.humanity The good news is the contradictions are in plain view so let's just point it out because we got people who still can't see it but I guess that's why we are here 😂
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