Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 233)

28 May 2013

CBSE introduces course on Indian traditions
Abhishek Choudhari, Times of India, 17 May 2013

NAGPUR: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced a new course about Indian traditions and believes that it will build “immense pride and raise self-esteem” of students. The course called ‘Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India’ is an elective subject for class XI and XII students.

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Blind girl gets to class XII merit list, tops humanities group
Rageshri Ganguly, Times of India, 21 May 2013

BHOPAL: ShristiTiwari, a girl of many dreams and aspirations. This blind girl, who topped the humanities group with 481 marks and stood 4th in the overall provisional merit list of class XII MPBSE declared on Tuesday said she has “miles to go before she sleeps.”

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Top school scraps 11-plus over ‘endemic’ tutoring culture
Graeme Paton, Education Editor, The Telegraph, 15May 2013

One of England’s top performing grammar schools is to scrap its entrance exam amid fears the 11-plus is being undermined by an “endemic” culture of tutoring. Chelmsford County High School for Girls will introduce a new selection system from September to stop middle-class parents subjecting children to up to six years’ worth of coaching in preparation for the admissions test.

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Disabled children ‘sent to library’ during PE
Rosa Silverman and agencies, 21 May 2013, The Telegraph

Many disabled children are still “sent to the library” during school PE lessons, the former Paralympian Baroness Grey-Thompson has warned. The 11-time Paralympic gold medallist said that some sports have fewer disabled children competing now than when she was a child.

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New plan to crack down on poorly-qualified private tutors
Graeme Paton, Education Editor, The Telegraph, 22 May 2013

New rules are to be introduced to regulate private tutors amid a surge in the number of middle-class parents paying for evening and weekend classes to boost children’s performance in exams.

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Education reform’s next big thing: Common Core standards ramp up
Amanda Paulson, Christian Science Monitor, 15 May 2013

Common Core standards are aimed at building students’ critical thinking skills, and 46 states have adopted them. But critics say the methods are unproven and the education reform is moving to fast.

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Should Teachers Be Trained Like Doctors and Lawyers?
Takepart. com, 20 May 2013

It’s no secret that America’s education system needs colossal reform. Politicians from both sides of the aisle always campaign on the issue, and policy makers push new standards every few years. But what might just be needed is a radical approach to teaching instead of more standards and tests.

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How do you educate India, India?
By Meeta Chaitanya

The education which does not help the common mass of people to equip themselves for the struggle of life, which does not bring out strength of character, a spirit of philanthropy and the courage of a lion – is it worth the name? – Swami Vivekananda

In my humble submission, no it is not…regardless of what the rankings tell us, regardless of where we think we’ll end up in life, regardless of our modus operandi relative to ‘getting there’. Individual successes, capitalized individually, amount to little more than personal pride, little less than smug comeuppance. Click here to read more

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Skill Vouchers - Global Experiences and Lessons for India
Leah Verghese and Parth J Shah)
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Reservation in Private Schools under the Right to Education Act: Model for Implementation
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A comprehensive analysis on reservation in private schools under the Right to Education Act, providing a seven-step model for 25% implementation.

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