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"Of metrics and moustaches: Measuring social change", by S. Giridhar

September 16 , 2012
The nature of work in the domain of social development is such that it is often impossible to observe visible change or impact for some years. And yet measurements are important for we need to know whether the journey is in the right direction. The challenge is to walk the fine line between loosely articulated ‘good intentions’ and a rigid set of quantitative parameters.

"Good people, hard places", by Anurag Behar

September 5 , 2012
To make change happen where it is needed most, the central question is: how will good people move to those places?

"Healthcare Law in the US and the RTE in India," by Sudhir Krishnaswamy and Arjun Jayadev

Economic & Political Weekly
September 1 , 2012
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of India upheld the constitutional validity of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 and the Supreme Court of the United States likewise upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 2010. The two pieces of legislation attempt to expand, to a greater or lesser degree, the provision of education and health services, respectively. This article attempts to understand and evaluate the policy debates and legal decisions around the two Acts as attempts by two constitutional liberal democracies to clarify the relationship between the state and private sector, and their respective roles and responsibilities to secure social welfare.

"How to lose, slowly", by Anurag Behar

August 22 , 2012
We are losing our monsoon, few of our children will feel it. We are gaining a kind of civilization, and losing our earth.

Need more infrastructure, teachers: Dileep Ranjekar

Times of India
August 19 , 2012
With the R Govinda committee report suggesting an overhaul in the education system, Dileep Ranjekar, CEO, Azim Premji Foundation, talks about what it could mean for children.

"RTE admissions: Will disadvantaged students be able to cope?" by Rohit Dhankar

Deccan Herald
August 15 , 2012
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (RTE for short) is certainly a landmark development in India’s attempts to universalise elementary education. However, there is some confusion in its pedagogical and curricular vision, which, if not cleared in time, can mar its potential for achieving its objectives.

"Funding at a snail's pace," by Himanshu Upadhyaya

India Together
August 9 , 2012
All the increased budgets for education in the country may not amount to much, if the States don't move the money fast enough to the intended uses, which is not happening now.

"Beyond 25% reservation," by Anurag Behar

Live Mint
August 8 , 2012
There is much more to the Right to Education than mere reservations for underprivileged children.

Educational issues usually attract headlines when a controversy emerges. Controversies have differing levels of substance, ranging from the truly important to the totally irrelevant. There has been a clutch of such issues that have grabbed headlines in the past months. These include, poor learning levels in our schools, cartoons boiling the feelings of a few and getting expunged, and a list of holidays in a school book determinedly ignoring all holidays other than the ones related to religious festivals of the “majority” community, among other issues.

"Surpur ke Sholay," by Anurag Behar published in Mint

Live Mint
July 11 , 2012
 A Teacher Learning Centre shows how to create a local and vibrant community of intellectual exchange and social support.

It was in Kembavi that it started. A discussion of a group of teachers had just got over at the Teacher Learning Centre (TLC) and some of them were complaining about the sole computer not working reliably. I was amused to hear that their real interest in the computer was to do with the standard movie-making software. Some of them had been trying to make movies, edit it, give voice-over, etc., on the computer.

They were all government school teachers from around Kembavi.

"Universal education, minimal learning," by Himanshu Upadhyaya in India Together

India Together
July 3 , 2012

Tripura's proclaimed progress in ensuring high attendance and sufficient numbers of teachers doesn't stand up to scrutiny. There are many holes in the numbers as well as quality.