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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Oxford of the East

Today I overheard 2 of my colleagues debating about school admission for their daughters in Pune.The whole discussion was more about why schools charge so much admission fees these days.

Their kids are just 3 or 4 years old , but the amount of time and energy that they expend to evaluate and pursue the admission process reminds me of my college admission days.

The irony was that earlier on my way to office, I happen to listen to 2 folks on a bike having the same discussion at a traffic signal.

Seems that education has become hackneyed as any other developing city in India. But considering Pune being fondly called as the Oxford of the East, one would expect more revolutionary schools.

This brings me to some earlier research from TED recommending that children need to find a good learning process that lets them evolve into great learners.

Is Home schooling the answer ?  Definitely an alternative to traditional schooling.
Needs a lot of time & commitment (Jennifer is a bit iffy on this topic).

Prof. Sugata Mitra has delivered a TED talk about the self-learning process of children from various age groups across diverse cultures/continents.

He evidently began the research in India through the The-Hole-In-The-Wall Experiment.

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