That there is a need for moral education in school there is no doubt. But despite all the years of value education and moral science classes we have failed to instill morality in our children. Why? Because all these years the focus was on teaching moral values rather than on supporting the moral development of children.
Seetha Anand Vaidyam
Recently the newspapers reported the death of a 13 year old boy who was canned by his teacher for misbehaving in class. Why is it that we still have teachers in this country who believe that corporal punishment is the only way of disciplining a child? There is an urgent need to ensure that teachers are sensitive to children.
Panamalai R Guruprasad
One of the things that RtE promises is quality education to all. If quality education has to be ensured teachers, schools and parents have to work together. Here this author explains one simple way of involving the three elements to work together for a better system of education.
Read this strong response from a reader to Maya Menon’s ‘Open letter to teachers’ published in the February 2010 issue of Teacher Plus.
B Ramdas and Rama Sastry
The debate on RtE and its consequences for alternative schools in particular continues in Teacher Plus.
The first impulse of a teacher when she catches her student cheating in an exam is to chastise him/her. But apart from causing some embarrassment, chastising or admonishing doesn’t help much. Find here the right ways to deal with cheating.
Vinoba Bhave is most kown for his ‘Bhoodan movement’ in the early years of the Indian independence. But Vinoba was also a thinker and philospher with strong views on education. And while Vinoba’s views on education were fomed several decades ago, this author finds how most of Vinoba’s thinking stands true of education in today’s times as well.
Environmental pollution, e-waste, harmful chemicals and toxins in food–these are things that every child should be made familiar with. Our Toxic World presents these issues neatly in its half graphic novel and half information manuel format.
A bit over the top but funny and informative all the same, Words Unlimited chooses Shakespeare as the subject this time and discusses words associated with theatre.
Girija Uday Kumar
Disappointment, excitement, challenging, tiresome–this is what teaching is as this teacher found out.