Alex M. Thomas & Varun Nallur
How much does the Government spend on education? Should school leaders and teachers engage themselves with this exercise to know and learn how their own schools allocate their funds? Does a lower allocation mean that there is a learning crisis or even a shortage of teachers? The manner in which this kind of data is collected, classified and analyzed can yield useful insights.
Once upon a time we used to consume news through our morning newspapers or the TV at dinner. Today news has become perennial. We are constantly surrounded by it. Every ordinary citizen is able to dispense news, journalists are competing to bring us breaking news and opportunists are looking to take advantage. The ability to sift through this barrage of news stories is becoming more and more necessary. Try out some of these exercises to help your students cultivate the ability to consume news.
Has entrepreneurship in the education sector become a movement that is reflective of a trend that is likely to revolutionise this space in the coming years? While there are huge challenges to be met especially in the government schools in the rural areas, what is heartwarming is the rise of a new breed of innovators who are trying to create a new supply of public and private schools and school systems.
Why do we value only that which is measurable and devalue things that cannot be measured? Math, science and computers are valued because they can be measured in terms of their gains to the establishment while the other subjects are not. Schools are places of learning and an approach where the difficult- to- measure attributes are given due attention will make for a more sensitive and humane society. Our Cover theme this month explores the science versus the arts narrative.
The idea that the school is a safe haven is fast turning utopian. From the moment a child leaves for school until he gets back home safely, a parent is more often than not anxious. Transport mishaps, accidents on the playground, physical and mental abuse, infrastructural lapses, danger seems to be lurking everywhere and all the time. Let us work to make schools safe again.
Do teachers model themselves on their own teachers or memories of their teachers? It seems so considering that nearly eight teachers recalled how their teachers influenced them. From trying to be kind to developing an ability to laugh at oneself to finding a passion for story telling—- all the teachers that the author spoke to were able to narrate instances where their teachers encouraged them to seek new learning all the time.
Corporate schools, entities that educationists love to hate. And yet every street corner in India houses a corporate school. What are these corporate schools? Why are they so in demand? With all their flaws maybe these schools doing something right to make them so popular? An attempt to demystify corporate schools.
Devika Nadig and Vijay Gupta
How can teachers plan, observe, intervene and assess their own teaching so that it leads to better and more effective interventions? The authors propose this idea of Action Research where teachers themselves become researchers in the classroom and also give three reasons why teachers should be doing this research. From becoming more reflective and thereby enhancing their own learning to transforming the school into a learning organisation, teachers end up finding thier own answers to the problems they face. What can be more empowering than this?