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What Is The Purpose Of Education- Holistic Versus IQ Based

I recently read an article on 'Why Google doesn't care about hiring top college graduates'. It explains how after years of analysing who succeeds at the company, they have moved away from high GPAs and brand name school and colleges. Google has discovered what most teachers already know. A student who is successful in school is not necessarily successful in life! An education that only educates the brain and not the mind, soul, heart and spirit of a child is a system that fails students. The habits of mind that lead to success are based in developing the Emotional Quotient.

09/11/2017

This Is How You Inculcate The Vital Skill Of Reading In Children

Each period of history is defined by the tools invented in it and the way in which they were used. The still recent transition into a new century is a good time to define how learning, and the learner, has changed. The wonder that is the Internet has expanded access to information, removing the teacher and student's dependency on limited sources of information. Education is no longer bound by the limits of the teacher, textbook, or reference books in the school library. It is limited only by the student's interest and ability to read proficiently.

09/07/2017 9:52 AM IST

Why Schoolteachers Need To Move Beyond The Engineering-Medicine Trap

Never before has the need for 'life mastery' been as prevalent as it is today. Walk into any bookstore and you will find any number of 'self-mastery' and 'self-help' type of books, along with books about spiritual development and fulfilment. Increasingly, I hear of people who have left high-paying corporate jobs to follow a yearning they have had.

30/06/2017 9:13 AM IST

8 Things That Will Make You A Dad, Not Just A Father

The contribution of your DNA makes you a father, but what will make you a dad, a true parent? Here are a few points that will help fathers make this transition early on in your child's life.

19/06/2017 9:03 AM IST

Let Us Raise Our Children To Be Happy

The happiness quotient
When I ask parents what they want for their children, I hear many things that range from a 'good' career to abstract notions of success but I rarely ever hear the word 'happiness'. Happiness is important because only when you are truly happy and satisfied yourself can you start focusing on other factors outside yourself. The definition of happiness then may be defined by external or internal factors. If your children observe kindness and feel happiness first hand, they will reach out to help and build a capacity for gratitude for their privileged existence and only then will the empathy begin to develop.

11/06/2017 11:11 AM IST

Tips To Ensure That Your Special Child Lives A Full Life

The Oxford English Dictionary defines autism as "a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterised by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts."

15/05/2017 9:06 AM IST

Dear HRD Ministry, Stop Strangling Entrepreneurship In Education

Education has seen a major shift in the last 15 years. Generally back then, parents sent their children to aided schools, where the fees were minimal and girls received free education. The teacher-child ratio was 1:50 (or even more) and the curriculum was developed by government-appointed universities, but rarely if ever updated. With so many children in each class, schools could only follow a rote method of learning where the child did not necessarily understand the concept taught but was able to regurgitate it orally and on paper.

17/04/2017 4:14 PM IST

Our Schools' Evaluation Systems Are Making Kids Lose Out On Learning

What is the purpose of education? Why do we send our children to school? What do we expect out of this 15-year process? These are the questions that matter the most when we think about educational systems and their impact on society.

31/03/2017 12:57 PM IST

Are You Repeating The Mistakes Your Parents Made With You?

Teenaged Netra lived in fear of her parents. She believed it was her moral duty to please them by scoring the maximum marks in every subject. Her mother was very strict and often pushed her to excel in everything. She ensured that Netra went through the rigmarole of classical music and dance. But for Netra the experience was so rigorous and severe that it alienated her from the art form. She dreaded the classes and instead of growing to love them she grew to abhor them. But her mother was oblivious to the growing resentment in her daughter. She believed that a girl from their community had to be trained in the arts to be considered well reared. The mother believed in the mould.

09/03/2017 11:52 AM IST

Working Moms Should Be Celebrated, Not Sent On Guilt Trips

Isn't this a case of much ado about nothing? To me, it is. Point out a time to me in the history of humanity when women weren't working. Incidentally, this takes me to a very interesting case where my nephew attended an interview for admission to Class I. The interviewer asked him, "Is your mom working?" The kid responded in a very matter-of-fact manner, "Yes." The principal came back with the follow-up question, "And where does she work?" Pat came the answer: "At home." So if that six-year-old could understand, why can't this adult world?

06/03/2017 11:31 AM IST

How To Pick The Right Preschool For Your Toddler

A play school or a preschool (no, there's no difference between the two) is a place where around 10-24 children spend 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 each day under the supervision of teachers.

28/02/2017 5:36 PM IST

How To Build A Love Of Reading In Your Kids

Srishti works as a senior manager in a multinational company. She and is highly upset with the new batch of trainees that has entered her organisation. "Every year the problem seems to be getting worse," she complains. "These guys can't even draft a letter properly. If I ask them to quote someone, they wouldn't have even heard of the names! I wonder if they read anything while they were growing up. I give them a list of books to read and they hardly manage to finish even one over a three week period. They are good with their content but when it comes to reading, they just don't want to go beyond the newspaper!"

21/02/2017 12:24 PM IST

Why You Should Consciously Introduce Music In Your Child's Life

"Music makes me forget my real situation. It transports me into a state which is not my own. Under the influence of music I really seem to feel what I do not understand, to have powers which I cannot have." - Leo Tolstoy

20/02/2017 12:04 PM IST

How (And When) To Pick The Right Playschool For Your Toddler

Being an educationist I am often asked what the right age to send a child to playschool is. Parents also ask how they can pick the best school for their child. Here are the answers!

10/02/2017 5:30 PM IST

What Should You Do If Your Child Isn't Into Academics?

"Our society has been hypnotised into believing that a student who is successful in school will be successful in life, and although this may occasionally be true, the opposite is not necessarily false." - Alec Sahakian

29/12/2016 4:29 PM IST

Do You Believe In Just Letting 'Kids Be Kids?' They May Never Grow Up

This is part 4 of a series on parenting styles. Part 1 is here. and part 2 is here. and part 3 is here.

The permissive parent

"Kya tum jaante ho main kiska beta hoon (Do you know whose son I am)?" How many of us have heard people bring this up in a fight or even in regular conversation? This is a perfect example of a comeback from children of permissive parents. A permissive parent is usually nurturing and warm but also one who refuses to set limits for the child. They discuss things with their kids, give them choices, and ask for their opinions but they do not set consequences. They encourage free thought without putting much thought into their own actions. They are rather laid back and relaxed when it comes to parenting. They do not demand things from the kids and expect them to find a regulation system for themselves. At times it seems like it is the child who is controlling the parents.

19/12/2016 11:15 AM IST

10 Principles That Authoritative Parents Swear By

This is part 3 of a series on parenting styles. Part 1 is here. and part 2 is here.

Remember the parent's role essayed by Anupam Kher in the movie DDLJ or the one by Kiran Kher in Hum Tum? Both of them are affectionate parents who guide their children through life. They do not lead their lives for them but are their pillars of strength. Such parents are able to bring out the best in their children. Children of such parents are confident, strong, and self-assured individuals. They are able to establish meaningful relationships in their lives.

14/12/2016 11:16 AM IST

Why The 'Because-I-Said-So' Brand Of Parenting Sets Kids Up For Failure

This is part 2 of a series on parenting styles. Part 1 of this series is here.

Your role as a parent begins once a child enters your life, and most fathers and mothers usually develop their own styles of parenting. Every type of parenting style has its own reasons and consequences. But what I would like to emphasise is that each of these styles also has subconscious undercurrents guiding it. This is what we need to be aware of. I will leave you to decide what your style of parenting is. You may find that your parenting style is a mix of many. But the bigger question is - are you aware of how your style is affecting the subconscious mind of your child?

12/12/2016 10:56 AM IST

How To Choose The Best Parenting Style For Your Child (Part 1)

Let me start with the most common question parents have: "Is parenting an inborn talent?"

My mother believes that the parents of today tend to overthink the process of parenting. "Why in the world does a mother need a guide to be a parent? A mother learns to care and nurture by herself. It's natural," she says. She strongly believes that parenting guides give so much information that young parents get confused. Ask any grandma in the family and you will get the best tips from her. When I was a new mum, perhaps my own support systems were laid on similar lines. Then why am I canvassing for the "how to parent" industry?

05/12/2016 3:19 PM IST

Are You Celebrating Festivals The Right Way With Your Kids?

In an increasingly globalizing world, a child in India not only celebrates Diwali but also Halloween. A child in Australia not only celebrates Christmas but also experiences Diwali. Road signs in Western countries read "Diversion ahead due to Ganesh Chaturthi procession." The great thing about this is that it promotes an understanding and hopefully a tolerance of other cultures, rituals, ceremonies and traditions. In a world where intolerance and religious disputes are rife, teaching children about other cultures and their festivals can help build a more peaceful world. This will only hold true, however, if we bring the depth of understanding to the rituals that festivals are marked by.

21/10/2016 12:04 PM IST

Why 'Time - In' Is Better Than 'Time - Out' To Discipline Your Child

"Time - out" is something that we've either experience or doled out, most likely both. Let's define it first - time - out is essentially social exclusion that is imposed on children as a form of behavioural modification. As the Wikipedia definition says, "It involves temporarily separating a child from an environment where unacceptable behaviour occurred. The goal is to remove the child from an enriched, enjoyable environment, and therefore lead to functional punishment or extinction of the offending behaviour."

18/10/2016 2:31 PM IST

Is Technology A Boon Or Bane For Teenagers?

As an educator I am often asked this question: "Is technology a boon or bane?"

We need to understand that human beings are lazy by nature and would love it if other people did all their work - the introduction of technology has done precisely that. Over the years, we have stopped writing letters, instead tapping out informal emails. We do not remember phone numbers,depending on our mobiles to pull them up for us. We do not remember birth dates, because that's what Facebook is for; we also wish people there instead of making that two-minute personal phone call. We do not make the effort of remembering spellings because there's spell - check and auto-correct. We talk to people miles away from us and ignore those who are sitting right next to us. We tell the whole world where we are and what we are doing. Technology is making our children dumber and as parents we need to train our children to use it wisely.

03/10/2016 3:45 PM IST

Ever Considered Hopping On A Plane And World-Schooling Your Child?

World-schooling is a new form of learning that's been gaining traction (read about some experiences here). What's that, you ask? Simply put, it's homeschooling on the go. It's educating your child through experiential learning - gained as you travel the world and interact with people of different cultures. Parents who subscribe to this unconventional mode of schooling believe that the world should be a child's classroom and the earth their text book. Independent thinking and decision-making skills are seen as successful outcomes rather than good scores in a test.

Could You Be Leading Your Kids Astray Without Even Knowing It?

Gaurav, a 25-year-old, is an engineering graduate. With a GPA of 10 all through his academic career, Gaurav does not know what it is to be second best. However, he is unable to stick to any job for more than three months and has already switched three companies. He cannot handle criticism. Gaurav's father, Rajesh, just doesn't know what to do.

19/08/2016 1:12 PM IST

Here's How You Can Use Demonetisation To Teach Kids Critical Thinking

We can learn a tremendous amount from our environment and everyday events. Teaching children using practical examples helps create a deeper understanding of the subject and it leaves a lasting impression. The latest event that can be used is the demonetisation of ?500 and ?1000 notes in India, a move that was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 November.

04/11/2016 3:39 PM IST

How To Use The US Elections As A Learning Tool For Your Teenager

Every moment can be an opportunity for a child to learn if parents and educators put their minds to it. The environment, direct or indirect, can be used as a powerful learning tool, whether it's a trip to the supermarket to a history-changing political event unfolding on the TV.

04/11/2016 3:39 PM IST