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The precarious lives of children and the oases that are schools

India, Dec. 11 -- The teachers and I sat on the floor and chatted. He sat quietly outside the circle, doodling on a small notebook. He was nine years old. He was gentle and caring, but his rage could ... Read More


Opinion | The precarious lives of children and the oases that are schools

New Delhi, Dec. 4 -- The teachers and I sat on the floor and chatted. He sat quietly outside the circle, doodling on a small notebook. He was nine years old. He was gentle and caring, but his rage cou... Read More


Future generation students can't be left to private schools alone

India, Dec. 4 -- What is "public" about public education? Schools that are funded largely by tax revenues generated by the State, and run by the State through any of its bodies are called public schoo... Read More


Future generations can't be left to private schools alone

India, Dec. 4 -- What is "public" about public education? Schools that are funded largely by tax revenues generated by the State, and run by the State through any of its bodies are called public schoo... Read More


Opinion | What future generations learn can't be left to private schools

New Delhi, Nov. 20 -- What is "public" about public education? Schools that are funded largely by tax revenues generated by the State, and run by the State through any of its bodies are called public ... Read More


Opinion | A story of hope built on the ideals of Devanampriya Ashoka

New Delhi, Nov. 6 -- The rock stands erect amid the rubble around. I can't read the Brahmi on it, but I have read a translation. A part of the edict says, "Devanampriya does not value either gifts or ... Read More


The magical thinking that must be resisted in schools

India, Nov. 6 -- In the corner of a room or a hole in the wall, let us put a computer. And let children have free access to these. Or better, give a laptop to each child. All of these are rugged and ... Read More


Opinion | The magical thinking that must be resisted in school education

New Delhi, Oct. 23 -- In the corner of a room or a hole in the wall, let us put a computer. And let children have free access to these. Or better, give a laptop to each child. All of these are rugged ... Read More


Opinion | The Mahatma of the future is to be found in schools across India

New Delhi, Oct. 9 -- Where would you find Mahatma Gandhi in our schools? A picture of the Mahatma is up on some wall in almost every school that I have visited. Usually, it is the most faded of all pi... Read More


Opinion | Why we should foster candour on sensitive issues in children

New Delhi, Sept. 25 -- The pride of the crimson tilak on his forehead did not determine his demeanour. His posture, voice, words, all were courteous to a fault. But the tilak and the name, revealed hi... Read More