The Cult of Exams

  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 …

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Education is dying, and I am letting it die.

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 …

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स्वर गान

अ से अनार, आ से आम, अपना तो है पढ़ना काम। छोटी इ से इमली, बड़ी ई से ईख, मुन्ने राजा कुछ तो सीख। छोटा उ से उल्लू, बड़ा ऊ से ऊन, दिन में सूरज, रात में मून। ए से एड़ी, ऐ से ऐनक, ओ से ओखली, औ से औरत। अं से अंगूर, अः से …

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Some tips about implementing e-learning initiatives

Recently, I commented on this topic for someone, and that made me look around for some help, couldn't find any canned (and free!) listing of things to do/avoid during implementing e-learning initiatives in a developing country like India which has low bandwidth availability, large number of languages to be supported, and in general a low availability …

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Collecting the list of organizations involved with education

Here is a list of major organizations in this area, do let me know if there are others I should add here: http://www.wiproapplyingthoughtinschools.com/ - Azim Premji Foundation's work with education. http://www.pratham.org/ - Pratham works in the area of education. http://www.aksharafoundation.org/about_us.html - Akshara foundation, Banglore-based, involved in primary education, is a part of Pratham Education Initiative. http://www.smilefoundationindia.org/aboutus.htm - Smile foundation, involved …

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Most efficient way of impacting primary and secondary education in India

While discussing/thinking about e-shiksha, I also started thinking about what is the most efficient way in which someone can provide value to primary and secondary education in India. Here are some of the typical ways in which impact can be made: Support some students around you, monetarily or otherwise Work with an NGO Start your own …

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e-shiksha learning portal is too good, and too unused

I am getting more involved in Shiksha in general and e-shiksha in particular. Got a look at their site, thanks to the account my sister has (who is a teacher and hence she can have an account). It is indeed a very good site, but sadly, very underutilized. I guess it is a chicken-and-egg problem, …

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