422. New trends in Education

Getting smart education is becoming popular in 21st century.  Education should be skill based and the students should have interest to learn. We need to have a progressive mindset and keep generating changes that time demands. Globally the trends are changing. Machines are taking on humans. There are talks about driverless cars, robotic surgeries and so on so forth. So, the education should also change correspondingly.

Efforts are being taken by researchers for changing education through talks, writing, advising, and teaching.  People, students, and teachers create the change not the administrators or the executives.  Many experts started to say that using social networking to teach any subject and catapult students into a realm other than stagnant learning means blending the traditional education with modern communication. Many educators believe this is the route to engaging students in learning all the basic skills they need.

Students love movement, television and film so utilizing these snippets of information transforms the meaning of learning especially for many students who are strapped for time. They learn to survive in the real world so the concept of underground education challenges educators in any walk of life to give students the tools with which to live and breathe in the world around them.  The student shouldn’t be embarrassed about failing the first time around, not even the second or third time. The instructor should actually encourage students to learn from that failure.

Schools in increasing numbers are implementing BYOD(Bring Your Own Device) and allowing students and staff to use mobile devices on the Wi-Fi network. Some schools have begun rethinking their libraries as open spaces, or learning hubs conducive to rest, independent learning and creativity.  By presenting students with deeper-level questions and instant access to almost infinite data and information, teachers are able to encourage children to become inquisitive problem-solvers and innovators.

So, parents should not press their children to score more marks in the exam. The children should be allowed to learn whatever they like.


335. Youngest headmaster in the world

babar ali

Babar Ali is living in Bhabta village at Belganda in Murshidabad, West Bengal. He started teaching  his sister after returning from school at the age of nine. Gradually the villagers started to join learning from him. Now, it has become an outdoor school with about 800 students. Some more students like Babar Ali act as teachers in evening hours. The tuition fee is free for the children as they all come from economically backward families.

Since there is no Government or private school nearby, all the village families show interest in sending their children to this school. In 2009, Babar Ali was awarded  “Real Heroes Award” by CNN-IBN. Now Babar Ali is 23 years old and recognized as the youngest headmaster in the world.

Now Babar Ali is studying in college. Many people started to support him morally and financially. He is the first member of the family to get education. His aim is to educate all the children in the village. See the fire in the heart of an average boy from a small village. He ignored all criticism, as many people want to make their children as an earning member instead of  a student. Many students do  part time jobs and help their family. The West Bengal Government has recognized this school.

Since all the teachers and the headmaster are young, the school children easily move with them. They listen to their words and show interest in studies.

Let us salute him for dreaming and making his dreams come true.

225. Cloud computing

We used to store our data in our personal computer. Cloud computing means a type of internet based computing application. The name “cloud”  is used to represent internet in diagrams and flowcharts. So, cloud computing means hosting services over internet.

Instead of storing data in hard disk, we can store and access data through internet. With an online connection, cloud computing can be done anywhere at anytime. Some businesses use Software as a service(SaaS).  Some other use a platform as a service(PaaS). The third one is very popular as it uses infrastructure as a service(IaaS).

The companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google provide a backbone which are rented to other companies for their use. The cloud computing applies traditional supercomputing to perform tens of trillions of computations per second in customer based applications.

Multiple users can use a single server, for accessing their data and using several applications without the need of  purchasing licence for applications. The main attractions in cloud computing are its scalability and flexibility. The end user needs to pay only for the resources he used.

A public cloud is a cloud in which the services are offered off-site. In a private cloud, the services are provided through a private network, which are not accessible to others. The headaches of managing hardware and software are totally avoided in cloud computing.

211. Education tour in India

The students get knowledge by studying text books in the classroom. For awakening interest for learning education tours are essential. Some schools take the children to the Post office and bank & show them how they work. They are also given information about different types of saving accounts there. They are also taught to fill up various types of forms and applications.

The students are also taken to park, wild life sanctuaries and other important places in the city. The outside knowledge improves the performance of the students. Once in a year, the students are taken for trekking or tour to nearby hill stations or places of interest outside the city. The tour helps the children to mingle with others, sharing and caring.

The outdoor games and campfire nights bring out the hidden talents of the students. The educational trips are part of school curriculum which are valuable in the lives of the students throughout their lives. The students get relief from academic study, homework and  project work. They get an opportunity to interact with their peers and teachers.

There should be a purpose in every visit. The observation, inspection and analysis in groups should be entertained during tours. The students should get informal learning environment.  So, let us encourage education tour.

206. Learning hindi is essential for Indians

In most of the states of India, people learn hindi in addition to  their regional language. People from south, especially from Tamil Nadu, keep away from learning hindi. Those who have not learnt hindi in school or college, should try to learn on their own.

Those who are going on transfer to North India from South are compelled to learn hindi. What about others?  While going for North India tour,  they have to depend on the guide or somebody else, throughout their journey. Some people say that English serve as a link language better than hindi. Will it work out everywhere in India?

The elite people can speak stylishly and fluently in English in India but what about the common people? They understand only hindi. The South Indians who are going to foreign countries  for studies or work, could not communicate well with North Indians and there also they are using English for communication.

Atleast all the children in India should be taught hindi. The elder people have lot of opportunities to learn hindi. They can try to speak in hindi a  few sentences daily with the children at home. For doing any business in India, knowing hindi is a must. So, please start learning hindi.

202. Home schooling

The formal settings of private and public schools need not be followed in home schools. The parents or trained tutors can educate the children at home. Many parents and children hate the formal school structure in many countries. Getting up very early and rushing to school with less eating or no eating, spoil the health and mind of young kids.

Many fed up and frustrated parents are ready to seek a solution to regular school system. In a class of 50 students, the teacher cannot teach to the needs of all the children, as the grasping power varies from child to child. Many children are self-learners and have the capacity to explore things.

In normal schools they  are restricted from doing such things. The blossoming of creative activities is cut in the bud.  A   big question in front of parents is “What about board exams?”. National Institute of Open Schooling and international General Certificate of Secondary Education are conducting exams equal to board exams which are valid.

Now the parents can chart out a time table for studies and passion of the children. The parents while teaching themselves should get well equipped in all the subjects and should be ready to face any queries of children. The children should often be taken tours to learn the different things, culture and atmosphere.

The scope for learning outside the textbook should be given to all children. But, such children are losing the opportunity of  learning some good things from teachers  and having good time with the children of their age group.  But, the concept of home schooling has to be welcomed.

193. The best kind of homework is “No homework”

The parents having kids learn everything the child is supposed to learn and in the form of assisting, do all the homework. Is the homework for the child or for the parents? Some schools are particular in admitting the children whose parents are graduates. Their aim is that the parents will teach the child better at home if they are well educated.

Then, what for the children are sent to school?  The teachers should be aware of giving effective homework. They simply mark some pages in work sheet, give some problems in maths to solve and ask the students to write the answers already given. Too much of writing homeworks definitely decreases the score in exams.

The student won’t find time to study for the test and he will be in a hurry just to complete the homework, in half-sleep at home. Some weak students push themselves to do more to do homework and if they couldn’t do well, they opt to quit the school. The parents get frustrated when the child is not capable of doing homework by himself/herself.

The relationship between the parents and the child becomes weak because of homework. The students having interest in extra-curricular activities and sports have to bury their interests for the sake of homework. The teachers can watch the progress of the students better through tests and exams than through homework. The children should be given time for studying.

The teachers and parents should help the child to develop his/her skills and knowledge than just just putting a burden of homework on his/her shoulder.

186. To BE or not to BE

To BE or not to BE, that is the question in the minds of students of plus two and those who just completed plus two. The parents are also very much confused whether to join the child in BE herd or leave them to stand alone in a different field.

When a child is born in a family, the elders dream that he/she will become a doctor or engineer. Nobody thinks about other professions. An engineer in India from an average college earns equally or slightly more than an electrician. Many new Engineering colleges are being started in every nook and corner of India, especially South India. North Indians of course are not having that much craze for BE as South Indians.

Even if the dull students get admission for BE, they face the crisis by aspiring for careers they are not suited for. The students who are not interested in BE can select courses like Law, Animation, Hotel management, Catering, Fashion Designing, Hospital management, Event Management, Tourism, Architecture, Economics, Pharmaceutical, History, Multimedia, Commerce, Business administration, Media  and Journalism  which are equally good.

The reputation and remuneration will be more than BE.  So, to BE or not to BE is a question which has got many answers about future.

164. Back to school after summer vacation

Two months of summer vacation is over for children. The children along with the parents are to be prepared themselves to run with the schedule. They might have forgotten the routine in these two months. Moreover, the enjoyment of the holidays would have made them fresh as well as slow in their activities.

The parents have to bring the practice of getting up early in the morning one week before the re-opening date. The watching of TV, playing games and using mobile & IPad should be reduced gradually. The setting of things like uniform, shoes, books, washing lunch box and water bottle are to be done in the early morning. The checking of home work note books is to be done on the previous day night itself.

The children are to be instructed that they are going to a higher class and the new teachers will attend them for the next one year. The healthy food items are to be given to the children at the appropriate time. The children might have interested some hobbies during vacation. The parents have to think and discuss with the children whether they are able to continue after re-opening of school also.

If the children are placed in a new school, the parents have to give time to the children for getting adjusted in the new environment. From the beginning we have to teach the children to know their name and the names of parents, teachers and school. The location of the house, school  and the route are to be get registered in the minds of the kids. The emergency phone numbers and house address are to be taught well by the parents before they enter the school.  Go ahead.

144. Attention deficit

We hear about attention deficit very commonly among children nowadays. If treatment is not given properly, when they grow up it will be a big challenge for them to cope up with the normal world. The parents should watch the growth of the child at every stage. If a child cannot concentrate on simple household tasks, they should take it seriously. In a tv programme recently I saw a programme about children who won’t respond when others talk.

The doctors advised to repeat the process of talking with the children more than other normal children. If is is not fruitful, they have to take the child for treatment from the early stage. We can notice the change from the age of two. Even among adults we see such problem. While talking, they may move to a different world. The genetic factors play a major role in this problem.

The brain activity may be abnormal and the persons affected with attention deficit may not focus and concentrate on  a particular thing. They have wavering concentration and they forget the present situation. Those who take some strong medicines for a quite long time may also get this disease. The parents of the affected child and relatives in the case of adults should understand that the affected persons can be cured by training. These persons may be strong in some other field.

We have to find out which task is enjoyable for them and help them to develop it. The scientists say that the aerobic exercises help them a lot. We have to treat them cautiously and we should not ignore them in the society.