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Children can learn from experience, says expert

The Hindu
January 6 , 2007
The myth that child was an "empty vessel" needed to be exploded. The children of today were capable of learning from experience, each could learn differently from the same experience, added Dileep Ranjekar, CEO, Azim Premji Foundation.

Lessons beyond parents, teachers and textbooks

DNA - dnaindia - dnabangalore
Reading a recent news item on how a district collector in Tamil Nadu admitted his daughter in a government school, I and my schoolmate were reminiscing about our own school days. We used to get strong messages from our parents - do not mix with the minorities. Even the textbooks added fuel to the fire by making us hero-worship historical figures such as Shivaji, Swami Vivekananda and Rana Pratap.

Pick top-quality leaders for our schools to build India's future: Azim Premji

There are multiple research studies across the world, including India, which attempt to identify schools where learning is genuinely happening, and to understand the factors that influence these outcomes. There are usually a few common factors that are characteristic of those schools where learning really happens. One of the most significant and consistent of these factors is the quality of school leadership.

“Right to education, simplified!” by Yogesh Durgapal in The Times of India

It took Right To Education (RTE) 60 years after Independence to finally see the light of the day. With a special meeting held in Nainital, by the SCPR with the State officials, to see the smooth implementation of the act, KP talks to different stakeholders to find out their take on issues surrounding its smooth execution.

“Caveat from Farm Debt Waiver Scheme,” By Himanshu Upadhyaya

Serious and rampant irregularities exposed by the CAG audit of the Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme, 2008 hold important cautionary advice for the government as it seeks to launch direct cash transfers.

“Validation Phenomenon,” by Anurag Behar, in Live Mint

My friends who read this column often say that every fortnight I seem to refer to a trip or two, which they wish they had come along for. I travel two weeks out of four in a month; some months it’s three out of four. They also ask me, why I travel so much.

“Cost of Privatised Education,” by Anurag Behar, in Live Mint

Sometime in January this year, Mint displayed a graphics about good and bad things that have occurred in India in the past decade. The increase in the number of private schools was depicted prominently as a good development. This is not a valid claim. The increase in the percentage of private schools, i.e., the effective privatization of school education, is not a positive development. It will not help solve India’s education problem.

Inauguration of Teacher Learning Center in Mandya

The first Teacher Learning Centre (TLC) of Mandya district established in the Block Resource Centre, Maddur held its formal inaugural function today. This TLC is established in collaboration with the department.

Reality of social change By S Giridhar

Last month, my colleague Rudresh who leads one of our initiatives in Surpur block of Yadgir district in Karnataka gave a talk on how he mobilised youth to bring to book the corrupt gram panchayat president and some influential leaders who had misused funds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act scheme. As I listened to Rudresh, I recalled interviewing and recruiting him exactly ten years back to the day, with fire in his belly and a steely determination to stay the course. But this story is not about Rudresh’s courage and social activism.

NaMo Narmada: Who gains? By Himanshu Upadhyaya

Even as The Indian Express reports on the steadily rising water storage in the Sardar Sarovar Dam over the river near Kevadiya in Gujarat, farmers who have been waiting for the last three decades for Narmada waters to irrigate their farms intensify the stir. However, they are not shouting slogans against Narmada Bachao Andolan this time around. They are protesting because the state government has notified their farm lands under the command area of Narmada Dam to be acquired for a Special Investment Region. - See more at: