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…

To Live As Many Childhoods As Possible

To Live As Many Childhoods As Possible Contemporary English-language picturebooks in India   India has the one of the highest reading rates of the world [1], one of the largest young populations, one of the fastest growing publishing industries [2], and one of the strongest linguistic bases in terms of English and local languages [3].…

Choosing the Right School for Your Child

Choosing the Right School for Your Child   School choice is becoming increasingly difficult across the world. In India, parents feel the stress of school admissions well before their child reaches school-going age due to a sometimes perceived and often genuine mismatch between the supply of ‘good’ schools and the demand for school-entry places. Decisions…

Tackling Bullying at the School

Tackling Bullying at the School Ask your child to take this short survey to check for early signs of being bullied at school: BULLYING SURVEY (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BNC5CNH)   Being victimised by school bullies is a frightening experience for any child at any age, and frustrating for any parent.  Ignoring a bully is never the answer: the…

BEACON: Avasara Academy

BEACON: Avasara Academy BEACON is a series that profiles, highlights and celebrates the work done by organisations and individuals for their initiatives in education and skills. We welcome referrals, but we tend to profile those groups whose work we understand and know well. There is no consideration of any kind for the BEACON series and…

Is Your Child Studying in a ‘Safe School’?

In light of deaths of two school students by drowning in water tank and septic tank, in the school premises in Delhi earlier this year, the state government’s education department vide an Order issued on February 01, 2016 directed all schools to immediately carry out special inspection of whole school building and the premises and…

India’s Education System Must Prepare Children For Life

Indian Education System Needs an Overhaul.   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…

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…

The Reflective Teacher

The core of being a reflective teacher means gathering data about your teaching activity, analysing this, and reflecting upon it in a critical manner to improve your own practice. Reflective teachers, who are committed to the learning of students and have a deep understanding of the dynamic nature of knowledge.   “An empowered teacher is…