Indian Studies at A.E.S.
Indian Studies at A.E.S. is an interactive and dynamic curriculum for all AES students, designed to impart a comprehensive knowledge base and develop positive attitudes about India, a “new” country with a 5000 year old history. Based on an articulated K-12 scope and sequence, the curriculum is taught through scheduled classes, interdisciplinary integration at all levels, and proactive community partnerships.
The purpose of Indian Studies is to
- Foster an understanding and appreciation of India,
- Create an awareness of cultural diversity and commonality,
- Enhance students’ understanding of their roles as global citizens
K-12 Indian Studies Program Benchmarks
Indian Studies Program Outcomes will be integrated, where appropriate, throughout the curriculum in every course, at every grade level.
All students will:
1. Develop appreciation of geographical and cultural diversity as well as unifying features of India.
2. Understand the history and beliefs related to major Indian festivals and celebrations.
3. Explore traditional and contemporary literary, visual and performing arts of India.
4. Understand the impact of significant individuals and historical events on India.
5. Pursue individual interests using India as a focus.
6. Understand basic systems of belief in India.
7. Examine ecological and environmental issues as they relate to India.
8. Understand the functions and responsibilities of the Indian systems of government.
9. Explain forces for change in India.
10. Understand India’s contribution to the world.
11. Reflect on connections between home and host country.
12. Understand continuity and change in India
13. Understand Indian economic factors in relation to society and politics.