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“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) conducts the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and the Indian School Certificate (ISC) examinations for Class X and Class XII respectively. On 23rd November 2016 a new curriculum was released by CISCE for Preschool to Grade 8 students with the mission to incorporate “all elements of academic interests that cater to the challenging requirements of present day educational needs” writes Mr. Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive & Secretary.
The new curriculum strives to “prepare the future generation of learners to meet the challenges of an ever advancing knowledge-based society and a dynamically changing environment.”
The goal is provide children with a holistic education and the appropriate attitude, tools and knowledge base to become global citizens.
One of the best ways to steer children towards this path to success is to read, read and read!
Galileo saw reading as a way of having superhuman powers. Joseph Addison believed “Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body,” and James Baldwin discovered in books a way to change one’s destiny.
Reading forms a fundamental part of every one’s progress. The updated CISCE curriculum has provided ICSE/ISC schools with a wide range of age appropriate books written by authors across genre, time and geography. A sample of the books included in the reading list are:
So how does a broader range of books that includes some of the most popular reads of our time expand our children’s mind and inculcate good reading habits?
Additionally, books have the ability to stimulate a child’s imagination, foster creativity, introduce them to role models, enhance concentration, develop logical thinking and so much more.
“No two persons ever read the same book.” –Edmund Wilson
Every child is different, as one devours current affair and debates about the current state of the economy; another is imaging how to build a spaceship that will travel across the galaxy. A book about a little girl working her way through adolescence or another about a boy losing his first tooth can have a profound impact on a child’s growth and future. However, none of these stories may have found the right reader if the curriculum did not allow students to explore a broad range of topics. Books truly have the power to transform a child’s life. By incorporating some of the most popular books of not only our time, but across time, the CISCE has opened the hearts and minds of ICSE/ISC students across India.
This article was published in CareerIndia website on 26/12/2016.
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