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Sanskrit Imposition in Schools opposed by Tamil Nadu leaders

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Chennai: The Union government’s attempts to promote Sanskrit in schools by making compulsory the three-language formula have been crticised by the Tamil Nadu leaders and DMK president M Karunanidhi.

Recently, Smriti Irani, Human Resources Development Minister, announced that Sanskrit would be made compulsory as a third language in all the CBSE and ICSE schools all over the country.

After this announcement, Karunanidhi claims that the Modi government has been trying to impose Sanskrit indirectly since the time it came to power.

He said in a statement, “Having discussions only at the ministerial-level regarding decisions like this of national importance involving non-Hindi speaking states is condemnable and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should intervene and ensure that linguistic diversity is preserved”.

G K Vasan of the Tamil Manila Congress has also opposed this. He says that MHRD has many other problems to be taken care of  immediately including improving the infrastructure of colleges, prevent commercialisation of education, rather than thrusting upon a language on school children. He demanded the Centre to retract the decision.(inputs from agencies)

Recently a panel made by the Education Ministry has submitted its report which recommended few things to promote Sanskrit and this was part of those recommendations. (inputs from agencies)

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Race Plays No Role in Language Skills Children Later Develop

It was found that maternal education played an important role in predicting the amount and quality of the mother's language use

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Race, Children, Language
Our findings represent a big shift from previous thinking that race-based differences in maternal language play a significant role in children's language outcomes. Pixabay

Researchers have discovered that race plays no role in the amount and quality of words mothers use with their children or with the language skills children later develop.

Published in the journal Child Development, the study evaluated the language use of black mothers in comparison with white mothers with the same education levels to measure the amount and complexity of the words they use with their infants and young children.

“Our findings represent a big shift from previous thinking that race-based differences in maternal language play a significant role in children’s language outcomes,” said Mary Bratsch-Hines from University of North Carolina in the US.

The current study followed 1,292 children from birth and is part of the Family Life Project which focuses on disentangling race, socioeconomic status and educational attainment to better understand the factors that influence child outcomes.

Race, Children, Language
Researchers have discovered that race plays no role in the amount and quality of words mothers use with their children or with the language skills children later develop. Pixabay

Researchers measured the interactions between mothers and their children during four picture book interactions in the home between the ages of 6 and 36 months.

It was found that maternal education played an important role in predicting the amount and quality of the mother’s language use and the child’s language development.

Maternal education was very related to children’s later language at school age regardless of maternal race and that mothers’ early language input quality and complexity were even more related to children’s later language at school age, researchers said.

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This study is significant because earlier studies generally included parents with higher incomes who were primarily white and parents with lower incomes who were primarily black. As a result, educators and other child professionals were not able to distinguish between race, income or education as the cause of the language gap until now, they said. (IANS)