Tag Education

Quality isn’t quantity

One of the great myths about mechanization and globalization is that it will replace low end unskilled jobs fit only for machines with higher end, high skill work. That we will all be free to be autonomous, creative individuals while…

The Centrality of Learning — I

Human beings are animals. As biological creatures, we are bipedal primates that wander from one location to another and engage with our environment by walking, running and other forms of active exploration. As living beings of flesh and blood, we…

Jobs for the boys

When I look at the state of education in India, it brings tears to my eyes. We have one of the youngest populations in the world, but most of us are either illiterate or poorly educated. Really, when I think…

Praja Factory

While we teach children physics and poetry, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the goal of education is to create citizens who will create a just and flourishing society. For that, not only do we need to teach…

Learnhow versus Learnthat

I was at Mapunity earlier today with Ashwin Mahesh and E. S Ramamurthy of the Sikshana Foundation. I wish I have Ramamurthy’s energy when I am 75.  Ramamurthy mentioned something to us which I find interesting: in *one* month, he…

How to run a successful scam

I received an email yesterday from an organization called the India International Friendship Society, based in Delhi. They claim to be a a voluntary organization established to forge greater unity and integrity among the people of Indian origin living anywhere…

The Future of the Book

The Kindle made ebooks popular, but the ipad and other mobile devices are making us question both the form and the function of books. Authors, publishers and academics are all interested in the future the book. I am at an…

Rights and Responsibilities

Citizenship has always been about rights and responsibilities. When kings and Rajas were sovereign they had all the responsibilities, in theory anyway, and they had all the rights as well. The modern nation state is a descendant of the sovereign…

Citizenship in the 21st century

Scientific and social structures are influenced by the technologies of the time. Modern democracy is unimaginable without print newspapers and other mass media. It isn’t surprising that the one way, creator to consumer nature of newspapers, radio and TV is…