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March 2015

Understanding the ‘Other’

From material possessions to thoughts and ideas, everything is available readymade in the age of the ‘Google Devta’. From mechanical gadgets to sensational drama, it is available, all on sale (sometimes even free), in an array of variations, often exceeding human fancy. Colourful clothes, shining toys of all cuts and variety, mobile phones, television and laptops, sheets, mats, cribs, room decors and the list is endless! Most of our fortunate babies see bright pictures and fascinating material all around them right from birth. Thus, lost is the need to look inwards for the things desired. Why conceive anything of your…

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The Changing Face of School Education

  The term ‘Academic Excellence’ should be synonymous with ‘meaningful education’ focused on the development of a well-rounded personality ready to face the challenges set for Generation ‘Y’. Rather than the vague reflection of some digits on paper, the most important concern in this process of development should be the need to preserve the wonder, the sheer inquisitive yearning to learn and the inspiring joyous spirit of a happy pressure-free childhood. Thus, the new mantra is the ‘Holistic Development of Each child’. Given the growing pressures of competitive examinations, stringent admission ‘Cut-offs’ in colleges, peer pressure on parents and much…

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The Facilitators of the Learning Voyage

Education Revolution Immersed in the fear of separation, inexorably anxious about stepping into an unknown world, unguarded by the snuggle hearth of parents’ affection, the little one steps into a school for the first time… The tearful eyes are looking for a reassuring smile and the hands need to be held by a mother’s magical touch. Thus, the child embarks on the voyage of formal education. The journey of learning continues for a lifetime. The anxieties and fears keep shuffling their reasons as learning happens while years of variegated achievements and failures pass by. The institution of School boasts of…

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Transforming learning into an experience.

Throwing paper planes at a friend’s desk or sharing riveting caricatures with fellow students on the last bench amidst the rhythmic monotone of a dull teacher’s academic gibber, addressing a class of around 50 pupils who are occasionally monitored with a stoic gaze peeping over a pair of spectacles placed loosely on his nose … Isn’t that a typical image that strikes one’s mind with reference to the word ‘Classroom’? Our generation is in fact nostalgic about these classrooms, however boring they may have seemed back then as students. Today, we follow in queue to get our children admitted into…

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Learning and Living!

What is the objective of educating children? ‘They need to earn a living’ pat comes the most obvious answer to our matter-of- fact minds immersed in the ubiquitous culture of utilitarianism. Is it really surprising then, that ‘Education’—the quintessential promise of an egalitarian society, the framework for handing down the benefits of culture, the disseminator of intellectual growth and learning, has not been able to effectively eradicate any of the social evils of human society? Has education too failed as a parent (and quite like so many of us feeling helpless faced with a rebellious teenager) subverted itself into the…

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Shifting the paradigm from Score-card to Skill-set.

‘How much have you scored?’ is the one question that reverberates in a child’s mind all through the years of schooling. It is this million dollar question that decides the availability of gifts from parents, the nature of comparative analysis amidst relatives, the conditional respect from teachers (apparently deemed unnecessary in case of bad scores), the coveted role in the school concert, the opportunity to kick the football or touch the strings of a guitar without a gnawing pang of guilt… The Question decides your past, your present and future. It is the All-powerful, the ubiquitous decision-maker. This omnipresence of…

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From the old school to the new leap of learning.

  The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.   It is not just about what is taught to the students but how the knowledge is being imparted to them; the methods practiced and the approaches being taken to make them learn. There is a lot of discussion around the traditional and modern ways of teaching. Traditional method to some people is the most effective one to teach children, whereas others argue that modern teaching methods are far better than the earlier as they…

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Art, at the core of the child’s Development.

  “How dull, how very drab the lives of our children would be, if they looked, but did not see, touched, but did not feel, listened, but never took a curtain call.” – Wilson Riles   Academics are very crucial, indeed, but they only stimulate a very small portion of the kid’s mind and heart. There are other domains of learning as well, which contribute to the holistic growth of the child and that’s why your kid should say- Art. Many parents feel that giving a child crayons and a coloring book is great way to occupy a kid for…

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