Articles in the Editorial Category
December 2013, Editorial »
Why is a uniform so important for a school? Does a dress code reflect a school’s philosophy? Are children able to learn and interact better among themselves if there is a standardised attire? These and many more questions need to be asked. This issue of Teacher Plus tries to answer some of these questions. Read on to get a glimpse of what teachers across schools have to say.
Editorial, November 2013 »
In a lot of Indian schools the textbook is the Bible. Teachers and students don’t like going beyond the textbook come what may. But the quality of education in India often forces us to question this iconic status given to textbooks.
Editorial, October 2013 »
Every now and then, it pays to take a good hard look at ourselves, our actions and interactions to enable us to get answers to even routine things. The act of reflection is always pushed to the background in order to ‘do’ things. While doing is good, thinking about doing helps us to take that one step forward. This issue of the magazine argues for reflection to become a part of our everyday tasks.
Editorial, September 2013 »
People keen on quality education have been clamouring for change for many years now. While it may appear that their demands are falling on deaf ears, change is actually taking palce albeit slowly.
August 2013, Editorial »
The recent tragedy in a Bihar school where 23 children died after consuming the mid-day meal has exposed the dismissive and ‘don’t care’ attitudes that is prevalent among the politicians. Against this backdrop it is imperative that schools open up and create spaces for dialogues that can help cultivate caring attitudes at every level. Only then can we build a truly safe school system and nurture every child’s body, mind and soul.
The need and importance of inclusive education is slowly being recognized in India. It may be true that mainstream schools are not yet inclusive in their setup but the thought is at least there. And while inclusion in terms of disabilities is being acknowledged we need to broaden our understanding of inclusion to include differences in terms of religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation as well.
Editorial, May-June 2013 »
Chemistry is all about matter and the changes it undergoes. In actuality, the field of chemistry is so vast that there are numerous sub-divisions. But now because there are tremendous overlaps across branches of this discipline, students need to understand the breadth and the depth of the subject and its relationship to other areas of knowledge. A look at how chemistry not only governs science but also life in several minute ways.
April 2013, Editorial »
Summer is upon us again, bringing with it the heat and the piles of papers that signify final examinations. As …
Editorial, March 2013 »
Learning spaces need to be accessible to all children, so that they get the opportunity to grow into happy, productive adults. But since children have different expectations and needs, a standardised curriculum may not fit the bill. So, while the RTE Act is an important policy that promises to make schooling accessible to all children, alternative spaces where learning happens must also be allowed to coexist.