Education Newsletter #6: Medical education in crisis

Hey! Today’s newsletter will be about medical education, employability, research in higher education and public spending on education. Medical Education 1.5 Crore Capitation Fee There has been a lot of news about the NEET exam mandated by Supreme Court. There is a lot of confusion for lakhs of students across the country because of the short notice of 3 days. Valid arguments against NEET this year are a. Short notice period b. Lack of examination in regional languages (It’s estimated, 60,000 of Gujarat’s 68,000 MBBS/BDS aspirants take the entrance test in Gujarati) 3. Marginalization of State Board syllabus for CBSE However, there … पढ़ना जारी रखें Education Newsletter #6: Medical education in crisis

Education Newsletter #5

Hey! Lots of quotes today. Today’s newsletter will be about teachers as ‘education will improve or stagnate in the reality of the teacher and her students.’ Teachers Accountability Last week I had an online argument with a friend who believes test performance should hold teachers accountable and slow, inefficient, lazy, unionized teachers need a strong kick and stick to be better. Unfortunately, our Ministry in charge of education thinks along the same lines. USA has been following such policies for a decade with extremely harmful consequences. Anurag Behar calls them its lost years. 14 years of No Child Left Behind … पढ़ना जारी रखें Education Newsletter #5

Education Newsletter #4

Education Technology Overselling of Education Technology In an excellent article (on an Edtech website), Alfie Kohn articulates the lies and marketing we are fed about Edtech in schools and how little we think about the actual teaching and learning in the classrooms. Every paragraph is a gem. He concludes: “There’s a jump-on-the-bandwagon feel to how districts are pouring money into computers and software programs—money that’s badly needed for, say, hiring teachers. But even if ed tech were adopted as thoughtfully as its proponents claim, we’re still left with deep reasons to be concerned about the outmoded model of teaching that … पढ़ना जारी रखें Education Newsletter #4

Education Newsletter #3

Diversity Girls going to school An incredible collection of photos of girls going to school around the world from Taliban to Germany to Kenya to Russia. My favourite is the 49th one with the girl skipping. Which is your favourite? Can such diversity ever be educated in the true sense by a single curriculum, pedagogy, board, examination system, language which is not an integral part of the community of the students? Decentralized and sustainable School Architecture The school building can create a sense of well-being, respect and happiness. In Finland, new school buildings are designed in collaboration with teachers and architects and … पढ़ना जारी रखें Education Newsletter #3

Education Newsletter #2

Hey! Today we will be talking about the National budget and a field visit to a classroom teaching practical skills. National Policy National Budget Major Announcements Sixty two new Navodaya Vidyalayas proposed to promote quality education. A Higher Education Financing Agency with a capital base of Rs. 1,000 Crore will be set up to leverage funds from the market and supplement them with donations and CSR funds. Entrepreneurship education and training will be provided in 2,200 colleges, 300 schools, 500 government ITIs and 50 vocational training centres through online courses. My verdict – disappointing, extremely short on detail and lack … पढ़ना जारी रखें Education Newsletter #2

Education Newsletter #1

My first newsletter went out today. Here’s what it contained. Teaching and Learning The secret strength of introverts Who are introverts? Is it different from shyness? What are the right ways to think about class participation? Do we overvalue students who raise their hands all the time in the classrooms? The article examines how we can think of group work, social media and class participation to provide a learning environment that works for the introverts. Teaching Entrepreneurship to students A lot of entrepreneurship discussion in India focusses on the VC backed tech startups while forgetting the millions of small businesses … पढ़ना जारी रखें Education Newsletter #1

Kota coaching is not education

My cousin is visiting me nowadays. He is studying in Kota preparing for the crazy competitive IIT entrance examination. A recurring medical problem has forced him to take leave for a month. He is worried about missing his classes for a month and feels that he won’t be able to catch up in the race. He is thinking about repeating 11th grade so that he can prepare properly next year. In Kota, more than 1.5 lakh students are preparing for various entrance examinations. Students are filtered into various batches once they enter the coaching institutes. The biggest coaching institute has various … पढ़ना जारी रखें Kota coaching is not education

Kota in South Korea?

The Economist article on South Korean cram schools was such an apt metaphor for our sad Indian coaching system. “From a tender age all pupils (and their parents) are fixated on the eight-hour multiple-choice entrance exam for university, to which three-quarters of school-leavers go. Because competition is fierce, parents plough money into private tuition—over 18 trillion won ($15 billion) last year, or more than a tenth of household spending—to improve their children’s chances of getting into the best secondary schools. This has led to intense competition even for places in crammers. The most desirable hagwon set their own entrance exams … पढ़ना जारी रखें Kota in South Korea?

IAS से ज्यादा कम्पटीशन है चपरासी की नौकरी में

ये खबर आज के हिंदी अखबारों के फ्रंट पेज पर है | सुर्खी देश की शिक्षा और बेरोज़गारी की समस्या को अच्छे से दर्शाती है | मेरी पिछली पोस्ट में मैंने बताया की स्टेट बोर्ड्स से छात्र IIT में नहीं जाते | आज का अखबार पढ़कर पता लगा की उपी में लोग चपरासी की नौकरी के लिए आवेदन करते हैं | 23 लाख आवेदक और सिर्फ 368 चपरासी के पद | मतलब एक पद के लिए 6250 आवेदक | IIT और IIM की परीक्षा में भी एक सीट के लिए इससे 10 गुना कम आवेदक रहते हैं | इस स्तिथि पर … पढ़ना जारी रखें IAS से ज्यादा कम्पटीशन है चपरासी की नौकरी में

IIT JEE and Board inequality

It has been observed (and widely commented on in IIT circles) that every year, more and more students in IIT are coming from richer and more urban families. The results for IIT Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) came out recently. I am talking about the second stage of the exam which is now called JEE Advanced (no shit!). This exam determines the final ranking on the basis of which 9784 seats in the 16 IITs and ISM Dhanbad will be filled up. One thing that has changed in the last few years is the inclusion of 12th Board results in the … पढ़ना जारी रखें IIT JEE and Board inequality