What will not change in education over the next 10 years?

What will not change in education over the next 10 years?

Would you rather try and guess the skills that children might need in the future or invest properly in the skills that you know are going to be useful irrespective of the day and age? What's the benefit of choosing one over the other? What are those skills which will stand the test of time?

Education Data : How do we present it in such a way that people engage with it?

Reliable data is the cornerstone of any reform. It helps us pinpoint specific changes that need to be made. It helps us understand what is working and what needs to be tweaked/changed. There are major challenges with data in our country. They are availability, reliability and accessibility. Education is one sector where these challenges are even more apparent. When we talk about reform. It is very important the we back it up with data. It is also very important that we present this data in a way which invites people to engage with it and makes it easier for them to understand.

‘No Child Left Behind’ is leaving children behind

No child left behind also known as the no detention policy has been one of the reasons why so many of India's children have been left behind. The law clearly states that no school is allowed to detain a child till they finish grade eight. There can be no examination based on which students are asked to leave the school or repeat a grade. If a child doesn't pass the evaluation, additional help is to be given to that child. There are a lot of problems which have surfaced after the implementation of this law. Most of them were something that could have been predicted because we have seen them play out in other countries. Before we push kids to attend school for so many years, let us ensure that our schools teach them something valuable. If we take care of that, we will see that students will come to class on their own.

Happy Schools. Happy Children. =)

Happy Schools. Happy Children. =)

In the recent times, there has been an awakening in the education sector across the world, global forums, the government and the society that children are beyond just students. At the policy level, there is a steady growth in the acknowledgement of children’s social, emotional and psychological needs that mold them both as learners and as children. Schools are a very big reason for stress among children. How can we make schools a happier place for them?

Coding in Schools?

Why is it important to teach our children coding? The author explains why coding is a skill that should be taught irrespective of the future aspirations of the children. A lot of countries around the world have included coding into their curriculum. Is it time India does the same?

Public v Private | To discard or to improve?

We often talk about how private schools are doing a much better job in the education sector than the public schools. It is one of the main reasons why everyone demands privatisation in the education sector. Does the private sector really do better than the government? If yes, do we then discard the public sector or continue to improve it? What needs to be addressed to improve the state of education?

Teaching children Entrepreneurship

The government has started a lot of programs or schemes to help entrepreneurs. The only problem with that is that it is not doing anything to nurture students into being entrepreneurs. What can the government do to promote it? What have other countries been doing in this regard?

The case for a school librarian

The author talks about how access to libraries leads to sizeable positive impact on reading levels of the students. The impact of having a separate librarian is something which multiplies this positive impact. India has very few libraries compared to other countries and the laws that we have are not adequate to tackle this issue.

Value Based Education in India | Practice v  Preach

Value Based Education in India | Practice v Preach

We've heard the two words 'value education' in the educational context much too frequently. What do these words really mean when looked at in reality? Is it a moral science text book followed by the teachers as part of the curriculum? A set of values put up in a classroom for the students to read every day? Or just another subject for the students to pass?

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the Politics that accompanies it

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the Politics that accompanies it

In Education, a lot of the reforms now needed lead to majoritarian politics and that becomes the biggest problem for the government. No government would want a majority of their vote-share to be susceptible to swings towards the opposition. In the system, as noisy as it is today, even a small risk of such a wavering would prevent any restructuring from happening at all.