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The CCE conundrum

Garima Bansal
The Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme is back in focus in this article after the CBSE brought in formal testing and reintroduced student detention. The author asks if the CCE had intensified the pressure on children with excessive testing of students, what then is the alternative? How can students be assessed to ensure effective learning? While citing the case of Scotland where the problems were dealt with, she suggests that the immediate need of the hour will be to identify what went wrong with the CCE and how it can be addressed.

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Gap year – lost in translation

Kiran Gandhi

Taking a year off to decide on a future for oneself makes perfect sense but is there any sense in parents encouraging their children to take the year off to train to write exams to get into top engineering and medical colleges? If a student is taking time off in life let it be to find a direction for himself and not for any other reason.

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Tools to develop a school culture

Brendan MacCarthaigh
How can a school develop a culture that is collaborative, joyous, and participative? Cooperative learning is one way. Another tool is the simple factor of applause. Team applause for correct answers, or for presenting an item during a concert— little things— but they go a long way in building a culture of team work, of pride , and of cooperation.

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The killer whale

Sana Mujawar

The Blue whale was one of the most destructive games that appeared on the Internet in 2017. The game led several young people to suicide. While the game developer seemed to have some perverted idea for developing this game, one wonders whether the game was the only reason for all those young adults committing suicide.

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A feeling for numbers

Pooja Keshavan Singh

At its basic level mathematics is necessary for every individual, but beyond that one doesn’t need mathematics for survival. Why then have we elevated the subject to such importance that our children actually feel suffocated? Let us not create frustrated and angry students who hate mathematics. Let us give them the space to understand and love the world of numbers.

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