The native flavour in learning

Anuradha C
How do we integrate the knowledge of essential, native skills into the learning process of a student? While there is no disputing the fact that universally accepted subjects such as languages, math, science and social sciences must be taught, where and how do we teach children the skills required to cope with their native habitat? Formal learning must address this lacuna.

A treasure trove of teachers, untapped!

Anuradha C
Teacher shortage is a perennial concern in the Indian education system. There have been and continues to be a lot of debate and discussion around this. The solutions, however, have been few and far between. We are aware of the problem, we have discussed it enough. It is now time to think of innovative solutions and implement them.

Where there is no will…

Aneesh Parnerkar

The basic problem with Indian education is that there is no support for the students who deviate from the popular choices either from the parents or from the schools. But with the world no longer enamoured with the medical and engineering professions, it is time that schools stood by their students and encouraged them in whatever they choose to study.

Let nature turn teacher

Anuradha C

Most of man’s discoveries or inventions have been inspired by nature and yet we keep our children and their education far away from it, why? Nature lends itself not just to the teaching of science, but language, life skills and sex education as well.

Do we need a national language?

Anuradha C
Hindi or English? The question on every Indian mind today. While what language we use to communicate in informal contexts is not much of a concern, it is the medium of instruction in schools that is the cause of this nationwide debate. But does the language used to teach really matter so much? As long as we know what really to teach and how to teach it, learning will happen no matter the language.

A student’s best ally – memory or intelligence?

Anuradha C
How does learning take place, and what type of learning stands in good stead throughout life? All types of learning have their place such as rote learning, conceptual learning and experiential learning. So, the ideal would be to memorize facts, understand the concept behind the facts and apply that understanding to solve problems.

Re-imagining the gurukul

Anuradha C
The gurukul tradition was the epicentre of learning in ancient India. With modernization, however, this system has seen a decline. Is it time now to revive some of the best practices of this system? Some aspects worth adopting are the holistic way of learning and human development, honing the individual abilities of children and learning to live in harmony with nature.

Move over bookworms, the ‘gadget-worms’ have arrived!

Anuradha C
E learning apps are being launched by the hour and some of the more popular ones even have top actors endorsing them. Digital learning is so ubiquitous now that you can no longer ignore it. But is digital learning as effective as traditional learning? Or does its interactive nature outdo traditional learning? Have you joined the debate yet?

Private tuition – boon or bane?

Anuradha C

Busy parents and overburdened teachers has meant that private tuitions have always been popular. As long as there is a gap between what the teacher in school can provide and the parents can handle, good or bad private tuitions are here to stay. Read this amusing account of the author’s short foray into the world of private tuitions.

The origins of prejudice

Alina Kaufmann

What is prejudice? How do we become prejudiced? Can we change the way we think about certain things? This article by a student is the product of her research and attempt to understand prejudice and what we can do to make the world a better place to live in for everyone.