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Moving towards a world of open education

Michelle C
Is good quality education available to everyone equitably? Learning is continual and an ongoing process and knowledge has to be acquired but the path to open access and free knowledge is not entirely straight. Open Education believes in a world where everyone, everywhere has access to high quality education and training they want; where education is seen as an essential, shared, and collaborative social good. But there are barriers to this goal. The truth is that real knowledge is not free. The aim of this article and the others covered under this theme is to question the commodification of knowledge, how it denies access to millions and what educationists and practitioners can do to bring openness in education.

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Learning to adapt

Jeny Rapheal

Change is constant. Change is inevitable. Yet most of us are afraid of change, the developments they bring in our lives. This is sad because change is essential to the process of learning, to our evolution as thinking beings. It is only the motivated student that looks upon the changes in the journey of learning as an important means to the end; for the uninterested student these changes are unwanted hurdles and this attitude inhibits their learning. And it is up to the teacher to convert the uninterested. For this the teacher should herself keep abreast of the changes taking place in the world of education.

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The pragmatics of planning

Ranjini Krishnaswamy
In a school’s academic year, how are things planned and executed with precision? From teaching, testing and evaluating all that needs to be evaluated and including all the co- curricular activities that form part of the curriculum, it is indeed a tall order. Given that our country has three national syllabi and two international curricula, there are bound to be conflicts with so many different boards following different calendars. Do schools have any flexibility in planning their calendars? How do school heads face these enormous challenges that crop up? Does a packed academic calendar result in student fatigue? Do schools create spaces to facilitate students’ emotional and spiritual well-being? Our cover story by a leading principal and the additional articles accompanying it throw light on some of these issues so that both school heads and teachers can plan out their days more efficiently.

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The culture classes

Shailesh Shirali
Can a school have regular classes on culture? Can it be made a part of the school’s curriculum? Culture is shaped partly by our attitude and behaviours which we replicate from society. But most of this learning falls outside the curriculum. In this article which is the lead story in this issue, the author argues that there are many other things we learn along with geography, history or science or math. Students learn that not all people are equal, that some are rich, some are poor, some are capable, others struggle etc. But what they do not learn is self- awareness. It is this that must be taught to children.

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