By Sarojini Vittachi, Neeraja Raghavan, Kiran Raj
This ebook experiences the cutting edge equipment of studying utilized in a few substitute Indian faculties. It sheds mild on locations of studying the place the educational strategy is enjoyable for the trainer in addition to the scholars, not like the serious examination-oriented studying in mainstream faculties. Researched facts on replacement faculties within the kingdom, bargains the reader an array of associations all around the nation the place efforts are being made to lead to a distinction to standard methods of studying and instructing. It comprises specific articles through major practitioners who supply an perception into flooring truth while a definite philosophy is utilized to a faculty. It additionally comprises money owed in line with the adventure of the way such replacement practices mold the learner and instructor, and impression the dad or mum besides. within the latter a part of the publication is a listing of different colleges in India. such a lot are tucked away in distant corners of the rustic. curiously, the typical thread binding those 'alternative faculties' is the welfare of the kid as well as that of the lecturers, who love their paintings in preference to simply doing a role.
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A policy that demands of teachers that they take time off from teaching to learn a new subject every few years, will not only increase the expertise of each teacher but will also allow them to bring in a new perspective to the subject of their training. Here again, this could become an institutional policy until such time as it becomes a governmental one. I know of an alternative school that allowed a teacher of literature to develop the expertise to teach chemistry by first letting her sit in on the classes of a senior chemistry teacher for a year or so.
These were some of the considerations that led me to hold serious discussions with my children when we decided to part ways from formal schooling and start on our learning adventure. I resigned from my job and the children stopped going to school, and we decided to see if we could learn at home. There was a deliberate setting aside of notions related to schooling and a conscious decision to examine the kind of things that the children would like to learn in a sort of formal way. EARLY DISCUSSIONS As one can see from the discussions that follow, the notions of schooling and school subjects were already established in the minds of the children because of their school experience.
Apart from the teaching–learning activities, a unique feature of SIDH schools is the quiet time set aside for daily meditation. Coupled with a bit of counselling, this has helped the children become more confident, participatory and aware (Joshi 1996). Uttarakhand Seva Nidhi in Uttarakhand has designed and implemented a statewide environmental education programme, which would inspire children to rejuvenate their environment rather than dream of migrating to the plains. MV Foundation, Andhra Pradesh, is bringing education to working children.