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Focus, January 2018 »

[29 Dec 2017 | Comments Off on Taking stock of schooling systems | ]

Sushama Yermal

The Indian education system is in a terrible shape and unless we do something about it immediately we won’t be able to rescue our children’s future. This is by now common knowledge. But despite several attempts why aren’t we able to do anything? Here’s analyzing Lant Prichett’s, American educationist, book, Rebirth of Education, which not only identifies the problems with education systems in developing countries but also proposes possible solutions.

Focus, November 2017 »

[1 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on An emotional safety net | ]

Fiona Vaz

In a world that is fast becoming selfish, indifferent, and hateful of others, it is important that we bring up emotionally healthy children who understand and experience their emotions undeterred, for only then can they begin to understand the other.

Focus, November 2017 »

[1 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on Fat to fit: causes and control of childhood obesity | ]

Thomas John

Childhood obesity is on the rise in India. We are all aware of the adverse effects of this on our young population so let us, parents and teachers, join hands to fight childood obesity. Here are a few tips.

Focus, October 2017 »

[3 Oct 2017 | Comments Off on Getting students on to the career path | ]

Lamia Bagasrawala
Students in high school are faced with life changing decisions. Many students are at the crossroads during this crucial time while trying to decide on their future course of action. Parents too, have limited awareness and are unable to guide their wards properly. How can schools facilitate the career- guidance process? If this is integrated with the school curriculum, it makes the task that much easier. The author highlights some activities and processes that can be initiated when students begin high school.

April 2017, Focus »

[3 Apr 2017 | One Comment | ]

Anju Dhawan

We have heard a lot about the success of the Finnish education system. Here is a first hand account of why Finland is so successful with their educational institutions.

Focus, March 2017 »

[2 Mar 2017 | Comments Off on What’s up with parent WhatsApp groups? | ]

Pooja Birwatkar A few years back There was a time when parents would wait for their children to return from school. All that happened in school, the highlights, the challenges of the day, activities that happened, home work that was given, everything was discussed. School bags were checked and school calendars were read regularly. The […]

Focus, March 2017 »

[2 Mar 2017 | Comments Off on Preparing students for exams | ]

Ruchira Ghosh Preparing students for exams takes time and dedication on a teacher’s part. Helping your students to feel confident will give them the best chance of success. Below are a few tips to ensure that your students are up to the challenge of writing an exam. Plan forward Check the most up-to-date syllabus for […]

Focus, October 2016 »

[3 Oct 2016 | Comments Off on “Humanistic education” – more than a buzzword? | ]

Simran Luthra

Moral value classes, life skills lessons or humanistic education. What is the value of this in learning? How important is it to implement humanistic education and can it be implemented in mainstream schools?

Focus, October 2016 »

[3 Oct 2016 | Comments Off on Interrogating some basics: CCE and no detention | ]

Priyanka Sharma

Seven years after its implementation, how is CCE faring? Have CCE and the no detention policy managed to achieve what they were meant to? Have we failed in implementing an education policy? Where and how have we failed?

August 2016, Focus »

[1 Aug 2016 | Comments Off on Draw the world to know the world | ]

Jinan K B

Drawing is something that comes naturally to every child. Whether good or bad, it is the way the child learns to observe and express himself. Instead of allowing children the freedom and encouraging them to continue to explore the world through their drawings, we push children to learn to write even before they are ready for it thereby undoing all the progress that the child has made in the process of growing up.