Can you explain why the periodic table is not appropriate for grade 10 students?
Over here (in Australia) they already learn it in 6th through to 8th grades.
Same for evolution i believe.
Educators in India have emphasized more importance on vocational training for students and lesser importance for other subject material which is more memorised for grades than anything else.
I had memorised the periodic table elements and its symbols when I studied it in eighth, but I did not make much use of it for the rest of my life other than boasting to friends of my memorizing ability.
Also what use is the periodic table or evolution to be of people who are interested in commerce or humanities or other non-stem subjects !
I actually wish I learned some accounting lessons in those grades that would have been useful to me than the periodic table.
But what proportion of hindus do Vivekananda and Aurobindo represent the scientific beliefs of? I understand Hinduism to be diverse rather than homogeneous, so is it reasonable to expect different hindus will have different beliefs about evolution? My wife is Hindu and she seems to believe God "made" everything.
India being an ancient civilization has an ancient tradition of science and mathematics .
The numeral system and basic mathematics such as zero, arithmetic, decimal system, negative numbers, trigonometry originated in India and learnt by the Arabs who taught it to the europeans later on.
The Indian numeral system and arithmetic was found to be superior to the roman numeral system in terms of accounting and indepth calculations, and after initial resistance in Europe for a few centuries due to its foreign origin, was finally accepted by western scholars as a valid and superior mathematical system for calculation purposes.
In the early part of sixth century A.D., Indian physicist Aryabhata calculated the sidereal rotation (the rotation of the earth referencing the fixed stars) as 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4.1 seconds; the modern value is 23:56:4.091. Similarly, his value for the length of the sidereal year at 365 days, 6 hours, 12 minutes, and 30 seconds (365.25858 days)is an error of 3 minutes and 20 seconds over the length of a year (365.25636 days).
Indian mathematics reached Europe six centuries later after Aryabhata. So you can see from here Indian math and science set the benchmark in those times.
This wide acceptance of Indian mathematics for calculation purposes led to significant advances in world science, technology and accounting.
But what proportion of hindus do Vivekananda and Aurobindo represent the scientific beliefs of?
See, Hindu philosophy is divided into jnana yoga (yoga of the intellect) and bhakti yoga (yoga of emotion).
As Plato said, intellectuals are always in a minority and the emotionalists are mostly in the majority. Most fanatic ideas and fanaticism comes from emotion-based religions incapable of objective thought.
Vivekananda and Aurobindo are Jnana yogis, and so their proportion is bound to be not large. However the intellectual class and leadership adhere to their ideas and consequently they are spreading at a fast pace.