When development issues are trumped by political imperatives and the ruled stay silent through the idiocy of the rulers, end will come. Continue reading अग्निपथ
(This is set to the music of Chivaraku Migiledi, a beautiful song from the movie Mahanati) १ कौम को, क्या हुआ, क्यों हवा, जल रही, धर्म क्यों, सर चढा, हर बशर, क्यों खुदा, आंधियां, वो चली, जिन्दगी, बुझ गयी, सोचते, … Continue reading कालजयी￼
A tribute to the nurse on International Nurse Day Continue reading धात्री – The Nurse
My angst at the Covid carnage and call to build the country we want. Continue reading क्या खोया? क्या देखा?
How low do we go before we deserve to go? Continue reading Let there be darkness
My evergreen recommendations for science books in Class XI and XII are NCERT books which you can download from their site for free, or buy from a nearby bookstore. Not everyone believes in this recommendation though – for some these … Continue reading Books for Class XI and XII PCM
I watched Tamasha couple of weeks back, going against my usual tendency of only watching movies with good reviews. The reason to go was very simple: one of the reviews mentioned ‘career’! As a self-proclaimed career coach, I was thrilled to find a movie touching that word, even if poorly 🙂 Continue reading “Tamasha – A great watch for careerists”
I read today’s The Hindu Op-Ed ‘Beyond the Pass-Fail Binary‘ with interest. It talks about why discussing No-Detention Policy in isolation is a disservice to RTE act, and what the real problem is.
A paragraph there hit me particularly hard:
[…] Exams have a tendency to become the only motivation for learning. All educated Indians are thoroughly conditioned to believe that “no exams, no learning”. This belief is easily transferred to children in a system that has almost no idea of the joy of learning in itself.
My elder daughter wanted to skip the school today, many of the students had done the same the day before in her class. We refused, and she was visibly unhappy.It is exam time in her school, and everyone in her class is preparing for it, and she wants to do the same by skipping school! Continue reading “The Cult of Exams”
When I think of my education, I think 3 things made it worthwhile for me:
- Teachers who gave me space to learn at my own pace
- Curriculum (NCERT)that aroused curiosity and provided means to satisfy it
- Mentors and guides who taught without teaching – teachers, parents, seniors, friends, well-wishers
When I look at my child’s education, I find all 3 are missing:
- Teachers are under too much stress to complete the prescribed curriculum in the midst of myriad of activities a modern school gets involved in (song and dance competitions, events to generate PR, programmes to woe new ‘customers’) for a classroom with 40-60 students!
- Curriculum is replaced by content of mediocre quality (at least in lower classes) and misplaced focus on grades and competitive exams of all kinds (there are more olympiads in Indian schools than you can count)!
- Social connect with people is shrinking so much that there is no opportunity anymore to interact and learn, from your neighbor’s dad, your doodhwala or rickshaw-wala, ever-enthusiastic dadaji, or that ‘bhaiya who studies in IIT’!
We went to visit Dadhikar Fort at Alwar over the weekend. It was a great experience, even though it rained most of the time due to the unseasonal rain due to some western disturbances. Since we were on outskirts of Alwar, we decided to pay a visit to nearby famous places, and Alwar City Palace came up when looking on tripadvisor. This is the story of my experience of that visit.
GPS guided us almost to the exact place. When we were about 200 m away, we asked for directions to the city palace. The person assumed we were asking for Sariska City Palace (which was about 29 kms from there!). When we clarified, he pointed us to a turn an asked us to park in the district court parking area. We entered the court parking area, enjoying the fact that our visit to the city palace would be smooth after all since there was no visitor in sight. Continue reading “A lesson on how to lose a heritage – Alwar City Palace”