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September 2016

Real Meaning of Education

The time has come to contemplate whether we can separate education from the culture and civilisation of this Country….. The very step of a child to seek education in a formal set-up need just “a lovely look” of an educator assuring the child with a happy directive… “You are here to grow into your best, You need to be free to grow, To have the emotional room to breathe, To stretch and try your wings, to succeed, And especially, to fail.” The clouds of confusion disperse with this lively welcome and a general sense of being in control through understanding…

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Right to Individuality

Attributes like respect, discipline, truthfulness, finesse and an endless list of moral values are expected from well-groomed children. Parents and Schools are supposed to train the new generation. ‘Respect your elders’, we chant like a mantra. Thus ‘Age’ is implied as the only cognizable criterion for deserving respect. As per this paradox, the child in turn does not deserve to be respected! Can we really expect them to learn real respect without respecting them for being their individual selves? The fact is, all we make them learn in the garb of discipline and respecting elders is ‘Fear’. Incidentally, the paradox…

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Of Praise and Punishment

‘Learning by Doing’ or ‘Hands–on Learning’ has become the new chant of most new schools today. The child is loaded with a deluge of praise and the fear of the loss of certain opportunities of fun as punishment. It is believed that praise and blame / punishment go together at making a child learn. The degree of usage of Praise vs. Punishment varies amidst educational institutions, the more sensitive ones inclining more towards the former. However varied the proportion may be, these are considered the most appropriate learning motivation factors. Let’s rethink! Does praise or the fear of punishment really…

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Approval Vs. Authority

‘We go to school to learn!’ This is one of the most obvious statements that schools are associated with. However, every toddler, setting foot into a school building for the first time, has already acquired and even mastered at times one of the most complicated, difficult and abstract of skills—‘Language’. She / He has found ways to communicate with the world around (in the mother tongue, which would be seen as an achievement only if their educators could decolonize their mind.) She / He is more curious, more confident, eager, persistent, independent, better at analyzing and asking questions than she…

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Well Begun is Half Done

Most of us agree that beginnings have a lasting impact on the process as well as the outcome of any activity. While choosing a school for a toddler in the pre-primary years, decisions are often made on misplaced objectives. One of the most conveniently repeated statements is: ‘Arre bhai is umar mein kya pharak padta hai?’ Do beginnings lose meaning when it comes to our child’s education? The first five to seven years of human life are known to be the most critical in terms of growth. The physical, mental as well as the socio-emotional development of a human child…

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