Monthly Archives: January 2014

The emancipation of the Teacher

The whole process of education entails interaction between two parties i.e., the teacher and the student along with feedback from both to improvise their existing skill set. The teachers and the teaching methodology of the old ages have periodically gone through a revision. There was a time when the teacher would sit outside to take a class probably in the community room or the village ground. Surrounded by nothing but nature or in the premises of a temple (as the Greeks would often do) education was imparted to a select few. These select few mostly comprised the elite aristocrat children or the progeny of kings. Even if the teacher would wish for the spread of education there were only few who could afford it. Time kept on passing by and societal reforms continued to make their way. When the printing press was invented, education progressed by leaps and bounds. This is undoubtedly the best thing that ever happened. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said that the printing press is the reason that education today is a global phenomenon. This was however just the first step. Continue reading

Class 6 Social Studies

When we talk about social studies, we talk about the quadripartite of history, civics, geography and political science. These are the four elements which help us to analyze what has made us into who we are today. History involves us to take a step back and dive into the past to see the diverse factors, events and things which we had done and to learn from our mistakes and achieve better results. Civics sensitizes us about our civic duties and our fundamental rights both as resident of our country and the world. Civics studies function to provide us knowledge about the multifarious aspects of a compact and well functioning society. Geography gives us a pretty good idea about our topography, climate and vegetation; it helps us to acknowledge nature at work and how best to acclimatize to it. Last but not the least, Political science instills in students the knowledge about the philosophy of the political ideas, the concept of state, country, the constitution, economics and the study of factors which are imperative for creating a healthy state that follows the dictum of sustainable development. Continue reading

Class XI English

The first board examinations are over and you are all set to relax a bit. And why shouldn’t you? After all, class 10 is not that simple an affair and because it is so important, a great deal of impetus is given to the child to perform to the best of his abilities. The outcome determines the choice of subjects (though in a country like India, streams like arts and commerce are usually frowned upon and children usually end up opting for science irrespective of their personal interests, aptitude and natural flair for other subjects). Continue reading

The Future of education

The course that the future of education will take is highly dependent on the current technological trends in the world. And technology is just one very important aspect of the whole educational realm. The imparting of education to a lot of extent rests on the attitude to the teaching and learning activities and ideology of the people, the connectivity between them, their prosperity level, the speed of communication, the local and global culture, and of course the easy access to facilities such as transport and study materials like stationery and books etc. Continue reading