Conflict in the curriculum

Sunanda Ali

Krishna Kumar’s new book, Education, conflict, and peace points out that conflict seems to be conspicuous by its absence in the Indian curriculum. Why are we afraid to talk about and discuss conflict with our children when it is, in fact, all around us? By keeping them away from conflict we are not protecting them from it. Unless children understand what conflict is and why it arises we cannot expect them to avoid conflicts.

From Antopolis to Cocoonpuram

Thejaswi Shivanand
If you wish to learn more about insect behaviour or insect development and are not put off by wasps, bees, ants, hornets or moths, then this book on the curious world of insects by Geetha Iyer is definitely for you. With so many interesting stories in every chapter, most insect haters may find themselves drawn to insects whenever they see one.

A year in the hills

Nimesh Ved

Katie Bagli’s book on Sangla is about a four year old girl from Mumbai who spends one year in the mountains and her experiences. Since it is for children, schools could add this book to their collection in the libraries . A good read.

Negotiating the Periodic Table

Surekha Nayani

From books to the Internet and now learning apps. School teachers and children have a wide variety of resources to dip into. Here’s a new learning app that helps a teacher introduce the periodic table to her students.

Multiple approaches, fresh discovery

G. Gautama
Jane Sahi’s ‘In Our Own words’ is a definitive collection of approaches that any language teacher can make use of. However, the book could have done with some lightness, especially because it teaches teachers how to teach. This does not belittle its value as an important book for every school library.

The power of action research

Arun Elassery
Here is a book for the reflective teacher offering several helpful insights into how children learn coupled with strategies that teachers can use in their classrooms.

Answering a felt need

Urban D’souza

The English language is ubiquitous in India and yet we can’t claim native fluency in it. For those of us who want to learn or want a resource to teach how to speak and listen in this foreign language, Let Us Hear Them Speak is the book we are looking for.

Developing a concern for the environment

Stella Pauline Punitha

How blue is our planet? Is a book that can beautifully supplement the EVS/science textbooks in school. Through its 16 short stories the book succeeds in bringing out in children a concern for their surroundings.

Greening young minds

Nidhi Jamwal
Three books reviewed in this article bring alive the Kachchch region of Gujarat especially for young readers. The stories teach children the importance of local species, the various eco-systems and the value of teamwork. This can be a very valuable addition to any school library and the stories can be enjoyed both by teachers and students.


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