If you want to listen to this blog. Please click on the link below. Rajitha Gopinath · Finding the ethos of a Democratic Education Centre Last year when I decided to become a facilitator at our learning centre I had no idea what that would mean. I was uncomfortable. I was warming up to the … Continue reading Finding the Ethos of a Democratic Education Centre
Let me start this story like all stories ought to start with. Once upon a time, long years ago there lived a king. Now, he lived in an amazing palace (like all kings do) with his three beautiful daughters. The king loved his daughters dearly and gave them all the love and all the riches … Continue reading Small but indispensable
For Ganesh festivities this year we decided to take kids where all the actions take place. The Central Railway Loco Works in Lower Parel, near the Lalbaug flyover in the heart of the city. This is one of the several hubs of Ganapati idol manufacturing and there are others in Lalbaug, Parel and Chinchpokli. Once … Continue reading The Business of God
This morning I was preparing dosas on one burner, tea on the other, loaded the cooker with dal and rice and kept the milk for its ceremonial boil. While I worked with precise hand movements, frequently peeping at the clock which is purposefully running few minutes faster. I realised I was in the zone. I … Continue reading We are open!
When I begin to write, I first think about the title, not always but usually. Then I make a quick search on the internet, just to make sure I don’t come out as stealing. The education conundrum, thats what came to my mind. Unsurprisingly the top few searches with same title called out the glaring … Continue reading Schools : Past :: Future : ?
Think about the purpose and the scope of education in our society and you will agree that it needs to change for the future. The purpose of education in our society has primarily been that of elevating the masses towards human development. To be literate has been reduced to having the basic skills to read, … Continue reading Education and what it didn’t do for the Indian populous
This is the most powerful slogan from the Occupy Wall Street movement. This was a protest in 2011 addressing to tackle the hardcore capitalistic agenda of decades which created the social and economic divide in the Amercian society. This was not a leader led movement but people led in its true sense. “the 99%” says … Continue reading “We are the 99%”
http://www.salon.com/2013/08/26/school_is_a_prison_and_damaging_our_kids/ Yet another excellent research done on schooling. Many may not agree, but thats the first step to questioning the hegemony of schooling in our society.
(Part 2 of 2) The Science of Teen Rebellion Nancy Darling and Linda Caldwell from Penn State University conducted a survey among high schoolers. The topic was called "leisure time" which is something that the teens involve themselves in without their parents or any other adult supervision. Darling seems to remark that "when they are … Continue reading Nurture Shock – Why Everything We Think About Raising Our Children is Wrong (Part 2 of 2)
This is a book by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman first published in 2009. Nurture Shock This term simply means the state of panic that the new age parents have found themselves in. This new generation of parents have kept their instinctual knowledge and natural behaviours at bay. They are looking to tap into abode … Continue reading Nurture Shock – Why Everything We Think about Raising our Children is Wrong (Part 1 of 2)