Category Archives: Education

Value of human beings in religion

  I am very wary of people who are religious by profession.  My experience is that they are more eager to receive than give.  They look for donations, offerings, and other means of accumulating wealth without doing any creative or … Continue reading

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Rote Learning – a teacher’s diary

  This post is inspired by Raghuram’s comment to my last post.  But this is not directly related to the comment.  The comment set me thinking about the education system today in India.  This is quite a personal approach to … Continue reading

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Should Students be Detained?

  “The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) has decided to constitute a committee to revisit the ‘no detention’ provision under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009,” says a newspaper report today [The Hindu, June … Continue reading

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The Politics of Value Education

  “I don’t believe in teaching values,” the Hindu [May 30, 2012] quotes Brian Jenkins who is the principal of Sholai School at Kodaikanal and a disciple of J. Krishnamurthy.  “It is a pompous adult attitude, like an old chestnut.  … Continue reading

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RTE and the 25 Percent Quota

  The Government of India (GOI) wants 25 percent of seats in every school to be reserved for students from the Economically Weak Sections (EWS).  Will the schools actually practise such generosity?  Can they afford to do it? In Delhi … Continue reading

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Cancer in the Systems

  He died.  At the age of 20.  The only son of his parents.  One of my students.  A gasp, that’s all I had when the news reached me this morning.  I have overcome the gasp.  I’m sorry if I … Continue reading

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Ravishankar and Education

    I’m quite amused that Sri Sri Ravishankar thinks that privatisation of education can save our country from the Maoists (and, by extension of the logic, from other such ‘evils’).  I have taught in both government-aided institutions (a school … Continue reading

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