Education in 2019

Education in 2019   Although the new academic year is still a few months away, as 2019 rolls in, we at The Hearth have compiled a list of areas for educators – in schools and otherwise – to keep their eyes on.   Environment At the recent COP24 summit, world leaders spent an inordinate amount…

Understanding a Design-led Liberal Arts Education

Understanding a Design-led Liberal Arts Education   There is much interest (and some confusion!) in a modern liberal arts curriculum at education institutions across the world. At its core, a liberal arts education aims to develop well-rounded individuals with knowledge of a wide range of subjects, and with an understanding of a range of transferable…

Stress on Children – From Pre School to University

It is school admissions season again and I am following (nay! actively searching!) with amusement the many advertisements that claim “multiple intelligences” is their great differentiator. Some of these schools are using advertising copy that treads a fine line between deceit and outright lies, for they seem not to have the faintest idea about multiple…

Change in Education … Dealing with It

Do you remember the year 1997? It was a monumental year. Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule; the Kyoto Protocol that is the subject of such discussion leading to the Paris meeting was signed by 150 countries. The celebrities of the time were Princess Diana, Mother Teresa, Deng Xioping, and Gianni Versace. Along with 18…

Urban Development Guidelines to Impact Education Infrastructure

The Urban and Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation (URDPFI) Guidelines, 2014, have recently been released by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India   The guidelines and norms for education infrastructure are conceptually in keeping with the need to ensure that learning spaces are adequate and driven by the needs of students rather…

India’s education must prepare children for life

The far-reaching Right To Education Act, now in its fifth year of implementation, obliges the central and state governments to provide eight years of free and compulsory education to all children between 6 and 14 years of age. But the country is a long way from achieving that goal. India has always been a land of…