Stepping out of the manic machine

Rahee Dahake
How can a school environment nurture in the students a sense of aesthetics and appreciation of beauty in all its forms? Schools can be happy and caring communities that recognize the importance of expressing emotions and learning through feelings. Through exposure to art, films, literature, music and performing arts which are normally not part of the curriculum, children have access to a rich world which can become part of their lives and help them gain an understanding of varied multisensory learning.

Who is being taught what?

Rohit Kumar
How can a school create its own culture? Culture can be built beginning from the students themselves. When they walk into school, they bring in their lives, their stories, their customs, beliefs, hopes and aspirations. Therefore a school should be able to absorb all the different cultures that students bring, in short, a school cannot refrain from engaging with multicultural beings. It has to be a collective growth— of teachers, students, principals, helpers, and everyone else from the school community.

A bridge between home and school

Jane Sahi
How can the school, home and community converge to create a third space to help children’s literacy learning? Schools need not be the only domain for children to learn literacy. Each and every home is characterised by its memories, stories, languages and cultural resources which can enrich a child’s literacy learning at school. This article gives several suggestions on how a third space can be created where re-contextualisation can happen and literacy practices at home and school can merge.

The library: a place of being and becoming

Usha Mukunda
How can a library space in a school bring about a culture of freedom and enquiry? Can a school library sow the seed of thinking differently and nurture young people to grow into strong individuals? The author points out various ways in which a library can be used to effectively bring home the idea of what culture is all about — it can be an inclusive or diverse space, it can create room for conversation and dialogue, or even a collaborative and compassionate space with no bias and dogma. Read on to find out more.

Words and the worlds they make

Anjana Nayar Melania Trump recently made a gift of some treasured children’s books – a set of 10 classic Dr. Suess books – to various schools across America. The First Lady of the United States, making the gift on the Read More …

Sharing the lives of children

B. Ramdas and Rama Sastry Every classroom, every school, whether we like to admit it or not, reflects, in effect, a microcosm of the society we will have. Teachers and school administrators always forget this. Our schools have become such Read More …

Listening to the other

Thejaswi Shivanand Selvi is a nine-year-old attending a middle school in a town in south India. She has been the target of attention from some of her classmates ever since she joined this school late last year, and this attention Read More …

Caring for the natural world

Roshen Dalal If we can create a culture of non-violence today, beginning with the classroom, we will move towards a better future. There may be many ways to do this, but here are two possible suggestions. Before focusing on people, Read More …

The culture of community building

Anandhi For many years I have been connected to the Waldorf school movement in India. Rudolph Steiner, the inspiration behind Waldorf schools, speaks of education as a ‘social, cultural deed’. The expression of any culture is reflected in its art Read More …