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Issue # 307 | 25 November 2014

 

 

 

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EVENTS

School Choice National Conference: Freedom in Education

19 DECEMBER 2014 AT THE THEATRE, INDIA HABITAT CENTRE, NEW DELHI




School Choice National Conference (SCNC) is an annual event that provides a much needed platform to identify critical issues in the education sector, review existing programs, explore strategies to face the challenges ahead and ideate on ingenious solutions to provide quality education to all children in India.


For more information, contact Rohan Joshi; M: +91-96501 27755; E: scnc@ccs.in

 

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11th Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival




Calling for entries on livelihood issues in Education!
Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival is a unique platform that highlights livelihood challenges and regulatory barriers faced by the rural and urban entrepreneurs in Asia. For the
Education World-Jeevika Freedom Award, in partnership with Education World Magazine, we invite applications for outstanding documentaries by professionals and students that highlight livelihood challenges or successes of people working in the education sector.




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VCCIRCLE Education Investment Summit

27 NOV 2014 AT WELCOMHOTEL SHERATON, SAKET, NEW DELHI




The summit will feature all leading and emerging edupreneurs, investors, consultants looking out for latest trends & next big opportunity in the K-12, higher education, training space, besides newly emerged segments such as vocational training, pre-school and interactive digital e-learning courses.




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RESEARCH, REPORTS AND PAPERS




The State, Socialization, and Private Schooling: When Will Governments Support Alternative Producers?

LANT PRITCHETT AND MARTINA VIARENGO


Understanding the institutional features that can improve learning outcomes and reduce inequality is a top priority for international and development organizations around the world. Economists appear to have a good case for support to non-governmental alternatives as suppliers of schooling. However, unlike other policy domains, freer international trade or privatization, economists have been remarkably unsuccessful in promoting the adoption of this idea.

 

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Attacking Homeschooling Is Attacking Choice

HEATHER KAYS



Homeschooling seems to be an easy target for critics of school choice.  It always has been.  With homeschoolers being by definition outside the education establishment, some people attach a stigma to their choice, suggesting that homeschooled children and their families must be somewhat weird.  Recent claims about Adam Lanza, perpetrator of the Newtown massacre, are just the latest and perhaps most egregious example.

 

 

 

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Putting teacher training on track

ASHISH DHAWAN




Less than 6% of the 6.6 lakh teacher education programme graduates who appeared for the recent Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) conducted by CBSE were able to clear it. Our current teacher preparation system is failing those who choose this profession and is in urgent need of reform. We need to honour the commitment of those entering the teaching profession by taking steps to create high-performing teacher education institutes (TEIs) that are building effective and motivated teachers.




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Top-Down Reform vs Market Reform of K-12 Education

BENJAMIN SCAFIDI

 

Newly elected officials interested in “improving” K-12 education might sound a lot like Optimus Prime: “Reform and roll out!” But just like the Transformers, although policymakers’ reforms will differ and change, they’re all inherently the same. America has seen “reforms” of public education since 1644, when Rev. Ralph Wheelock became the first teacher in the country’s first tax-supported school.




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CCS RESEARCH

 

Not Anurag Behar, Not Smriti Irani, Ramchandara’s Wife Knows Best What’s Good For Her Kids

KUMAR ANAND



This is real life story of the family of Ramchander, or Ramchandara, as he is called by his friends and acquaintances. Ramchandara is one of the “below below average” IQ person, with almost no skills. He earlier used to make a living working as a daily unskilled labourer to support his family of five – his wife, three young sons and himself. But even this typically unskilled work was too much for him and soon he found it hard to find employment, as his capacity to add value was significantly less than an average daily labourer in this small town of Bihar, and labour is quite abundant in this part of the country. Soon the word got around that Ramchandara was lazy who hardly does anything when on the job.




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Hiring of permanent teachers in government schools: Effect of ‘Teacher Eligibility Test’

SHEFALIKA



This study examines the effect of ‘Teacher Eligibility Test’ (TET) on the recruitment process of permanent teachers in government schools. Following the implementation of RTE, TET has been described as a step in right direction in portraying government’s non-compromising attitude towards quality of government school teacher. In spite of being in force for the past four years, a formal study on the assessment of TET is yet to be concluded. Such a need for comprehensive assessment of TET becomes even more imminent with the revelation of several fallacies in RTE provisions at a policy level. This study briefly examines the genesis of TET, its objectives and how it seeks to fill the gaps in the recruitment procedure by ensuring quality. Through qualitative analysis and semi-structured interviews, it tries to find the benefits and limitations of TET on its various stakeholders.




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Does Quality of Education Really Matter for School Choice?

SAYAN KUNDU AND SUPRIYA DAS



In the past few years, the number of Budget Private Schools (BPS) and the number of children enrolled in them have dramatically increased. These schools compete with government schools in providing education to children of low-income and low-education households. However, such proliferation of BPS schools is ironic given that under the Right to Education Act (2009), education is ‘free’ for all students in government schools. This paper seeks to understand why parents choose to pay a fee to BPS over availing the free services of government schools. Further, it explores which are the factors that are most relevant to parent decision making. Our primary data suggests that it is ‘socio-economic factors’ rather than ‘educational factors’ that drive to the decision of low-income parents in sending their children to BPS.



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