Why we need government schools: They are the only educational lifeline for 60% of India’s children

There is change in our government schools if one cares to look for it. In a survey my colleagues conducted in 2005 in northeast Karnataka, only four out of ten schools had obtained uniforms and books in time for the start of the academic year. Today, this number has more than doubled. Nearly every school I visited had planned and procured books and uniforms well in time, even if it meant that their teachers had to sacrifice some holidays. In most schools that we visited, attendance was over 90 per…

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U.S. Public Education Increasingly Drawing Attention From Private Philanthropy

The Broad Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization established in 1967 by billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, announced Thursday that it would donate $100 million to Yale University. But the donation will be directed to training leaders in the realm of public education, from kindergarten to high school (K-12). The $100-million donation will help the Yale School of Management create a master’s degree program, free to students who aspire to lead in America’s public school systems in areas of management, public health, law, child development, policy, criminal…

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Two News Stories From Abroad Suggest American Education Is On The Wrong Track

News about schools in England and Finland challenge a prevailing assumption in American education–that it’s better for students to learn on their own than to be explicitly taught. GETTY It can be risky to look to other countries’ education systems for models. Nevertheless, two recent news stories from abroad raise doubts about prevailing American views on how students learn. Too often, American education reformers and policymakers have called for emulating other seemingly successful systems without taking into account the myriad differences between any two countries. An approach that has worked…

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Application of Mathematics in Various Fields

Mathematics is a subject that everyone needs to learn. It develops our problem-solving skills, while also enhancing our logical and analytical skills to solve problems. Mathematics is broadly classified into two types, namely: Pure Mathematics Applied Mathematics Pure Mathematics is the study of basic concepts and structure in Mathematics. In order to develop knowledge and gain a deep understanding of mathematical concepts, the education of pure Mathematics is essential. Applied Mathematics is the study of mathematical models in various disciplines including Science, Business, Engineering, Computer Science. It is a combination…

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Techno India Group breaks barriers in education

For the Techno India Group and Sister Nivedita University, the journey began more than three decades ago. Because of a dearth of private engineering colleges in West Bengal, many meritorious students relocated to other States for higher studies. This was resulting in a massive brain drain in the State. Keen on breaking the stereotype of school pass-outs joining typing classes, Goutam Roychowdhury and Satyam Roychowdhury decided to start a computer training centre. They took the initiative to open computer centres at government-sponsored colleges jointly with the Institute of Computer Engineers,…

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Whole Child Education Has Come Far. It Still Has a Long Way to Go.

What does a “whole child education” mean to educators? That has been a question we’ve been helping to answer since ASCD launched its whole child initiative more than a decade ago. More recently, it’s taken on greater awareness (and confusion) with the increased attention around social-emotional learning. So it is no surprise that EdSurge would publish a research article centering around this question, given the various definitions and perceptions among educators. We’ve seen and heard a multitude of definitions of what whole child means. To some it references providing nutritious food or…

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