Medium of Instruction

My point exactly:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday frowned upon the imposition of mother-tongue as a compulsory medium of instruction in educational institutions and warned it could go against the interests of students struggling in the competitive world dominated by English language.
It's a point that has been argued several times over by many scholars before. I refrained from writing or talking about it in detail because it was my master's research paper and had plans of expanding it further for my Ph D. But since I've become disillusioned with the idea (of doing Ph D) I'll try to write shortened version of it here or do a podcast on it.


Hawkeye said...

I'll expect to hear your thoughts on "why shouldn't a state/country expect another language to replace english as a dominating working/business language around the world".

Also why china, germany, and japan can get away with this.

Prasad Venkataramana said...

Forget India. Henry Louis Gates Jr wrote:

Mr. Cosby got a lot of flak for complaining about children who couldn't speak standard English. Yet it isn't a derogation of the black vernacular - a marvelously rich and inventive tongue - to point out that there's a language of the marketplace, too, and learning to speak that language has generally been a precondition for economic success, whoever you are. When we let black youth become monolingual, we've limited their imaginative and economic possibilities.

Anonymous said...

I would really like to see a convincing argument as to why an individual would have a competitive 'edge' by educating in a language which is other that his/her mother tongue.

Suresh said...


I think Prasad's quote sums it up very succinctly. But I'll talk about it in detail in the post.

Anonymous said...

I am still waiting for your "shortened version" or "podcast" on this issue.

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