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…

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…

Should You Pick the IGCSE or IB Programme for your Child?

Should You Pick the IGCSE or IB Programme for your Child?   Today, children have more curriculum choices for their school education in India. However it can be a little confusing as to which curriculum is right for your child, as there is no ‘one size fits all’. Picking a curriculum would depend on many…

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…

School Leadership – Resonant Leaders Walk their Talk

Effective and positive school cultures do not happen by accident-they are created by “resonant” leaders who employ emotional intelligence to motivate and nurture their faculty (Boyatzis & Mckee, 2005). Such leaders are always attuned to themself and the people and world around them (Boyatzis & McKee, 2005, p.112). They have a clear understanding of their…

School Leadership – Change and the Tipping Point

Successful school leaders will not be content with the status quo-they look for opportunities to bring about a change for a better future of their school community. Understanding and ‘catalysing change’ in the internal environment of a school is a major task of a school leader (Nanus, 1992, p.13). According to Kotter, leading an organization…

Need for Structured Physical Education Curriculum in Schools

It is widely recognised that physical education at school level forms the foundation of an overall development of a student’s mind and body. However, it has often been neglected by schools in India. In many schools, PE class is often spent as a rest period with most of the students sitting idle. The PE hour…

The Dirty Dozen: Hazards facing children in schools

If you thought sending your child to school in an air-conditioned bus to shield him from pollution and giving him packaged water and food will keep him in good health, think again. Your child is exposed to far greater dangers from the time he’s born.   While ISO and other standards are routinely spoken about…