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19 Jul 2013

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If You Are a Parent --- BY Azim H Premji.

If you are a parent, you have many aspirations for your child that may include him or her becoming a doctor, an engineer, scientist or another. Kind of successful professional. I believe these aspirations are driven by your thinking about your child’s future, and her centrality in your life.

Since good education is often the passport to a good future, I presume it leads you to getting your child admitted to a good school. Then you encourage your child to study hard and do well in the school exams. To bolster this, you send him or her for tuition classes. This would have primed your child for board exam and entrance exams, thereby leading to admission into a good profession into a good professional course. Doing well at college increases the probability of landing a good job. And a good job means the child’s future is ensured.

I am neither a psychologist nor an educationist, and what I will now state may seem counter-intuitive. I think that these aspirations and actions might be doing more harm than good to your child. To understand why; we need to re-examine some of our fundamental assumptions.

In the first place, I have seen time and again that living: for some distant future goal also means you do not live in the present. The distant goal will always translate into an external measure of success, such as exams. And most exam – focused children start forgetting what it means to be a child, to be curious, mischievous, exploring, falling, getting up, relating, discovering, inventing, doing, playing.

Childhood is very precious; precious enough not be wasted by the artificial pressures of contrived competition, by too many hours of bookish study; and by school report cards that simplistically wrap up an entire human being in numbers.

The second assumption is that education is merely a ticket to socio-economic success. Give the state of our country; this reality cannot be ignored. But restricting education to only this aspect is, I think, a very limiting notion of the aim of good education. 

The primary purpose of a school is to guide the child in her discovery of herself and her world, and to identify and nurture the child’s talents. Just as every seed contains the future tree, each child is born with infinite potential. Imagine a school which sees children as seeds to be nurtured – here the teacher is a gardener who helps to bring out the potential already present in the child.

This is very different from the current view which seeds the child as clay to be molded – where the teacher and parents are potters deciding what shape the clay should take. There is an old (and forgotten) Chinese saying :“Give a seed to a potter, and you will get a bonsa !”

Even in a commercial organization, to make profits we do not have to chase profits. Rather, we need to build an institution that gives every employee an opportunity to do meaningful and fulfilling work.

Create an organization driven by values of innovation, integrity, customer centricity and care. And as you practice these values every day and moment, you will see the profits take care of themselves.

Similarly ; dear parent, this is my request to you. Do not give up your child’s present to secure his or her future. Give your child the freedom to truly explore life with abandon. In doing this, you will see your child flower into a creative and sensitive human being. And when this happens, everything else – money, social success, security – will fall into place automatically.

 Let your child be a child.

[Azim Hashim Premji  is an Indian business tycoon and philanthropist  chairman of Wipro LimitedIn 2001, he founded Azim Premji Foundation,[14] a non-profit organisation, with a vision to significantly contribute to achieving quality universal education that facilitates a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society. The Foundation works in the area of elementary education.
In December 2010, he pledged to donate $2 billion for improving school education in India. This has been done by transferring 213 million equity shares of Wipro Ltd, held by a few entities controlled by him, to the Azim Premji Trust. This donation is the largest of its kind in India.]
"I strongly believe that those of us, who are privileged to have wealth, should contribute significantly to try and create a better world for the millions who are far less privileged"--- Azim Premji

14 Jul 2013

Create your Own Online Course (MOOC)

Many teachers enthusiastic to create their own MOOC (mass open online courses) to teach the kids. Here are few websites FREE to go ahead with.

Versal is a simple publishing platform with facility to add everything to develop a course. Add text, videos, images, quizzes and interactive learning gadgets and bring your expertise to life. To use one need not have any technical knowledge. This is a big advantage for teachers with enthusiasm to build courses online.
The Versal Foundation offers grants in two categories: Transformative education and Foundational education. Grants range depending on the scope of your course, length (one hour at a minimum), what it will take to build it, and its power to help people.  

Course builder : by ‘Google’ contains software and instructions for presenting your course material, which can include lessons, student activities, and assessments.It also contains instructions for using other Google products to create a  course community and to evaluate the effectiveness of your course. To use Course Builder one should have some familiarity with HTML and JavaScript

Help while learning

Freerice is a free online game and learning tool, that allows players to raise rice to fight world hunger while learning through educational, multiple-choice games. For every question the user answers correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated to the World Food Programme.
The available subjects include English vocabulary (the original subject with which the game launched), multiplication tables, pre-algebra, chemical symbols (basic or intermediate), English grammar, SAT, basic foreign language vocabulary for English speakers (French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish), human anatomy, geography (flags of the world, world capitals, country identification and world landmarks), the identification of famous artwork, and literature (classic and popular books). Total score is displayed as a mound of rice and the amount grains.

web sites for grammar and spell check

Here are few FREE web sites for grammar and spell check in English.
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