More parents take to home-schooling their kids, term school studies as rote-learning

Children have always learned naturally from grandparents, parents and elder siblings by accompanying them to the market, to the jungle, to the river, or to the fields. Helping with daily tasks of sowing, harvesting, hunting, food gathering, wood cutting, thatching, attending cattle and so on… children acquire valuable knowledge about biodiversity, medicinal plants, animal husbandry, agriculture,Continue reading “More parents take to home-schooling their kids, term school studies as rote-learning”

Driving safety in India

Those who have driven in developed countries and then driven in India will realize the stress that this activity brings about when you drive on the roads in India. Figure 1 A common sight on Indian roads in 2014   Often this stress is not recognised by the majority of Indians because they have notContinue reading “Driving safety in India”

What about exams or tests?

One of the most common questions we encounter as parents of three homeschooled kids is: What about exams? Let us start with the basics: An examination, commonly known as exam, is a test to see how good somebody is at something. If that ‘somebody’ is your child and he or she happens to attend school,Continue reading “What about exams or tests?”

Schools, Obesity, Activism and Education

Obesity on the rise in developing world: Report The number of obese and overweight people in the developing world nearly quadrupled to almost a billion between 1980 and 2008, a thinktank report said on Friday. There are now far more obese or overweight adults in the developing world than in richer countries, the Overseas Development InstituteContinue reading “Schools, Obesity, Activism and Education”

75% schools don’t have playgrounds

‘75% schools in India don’t have playgrounds’ reports Hindustan Times in their 4th January 2014 paper. WHILE PRIVATE UNAIDED SCHOOLS CAN AFFORD TO RENT OR BUY GROUNDS OR SPORTS CLUBS, STUDENTS IN AIDED SCHOOLS OFTEN HAVE TO PLAY ON POORLY MAINTAINED CIVIC GROUNDS. AND RTE RULES ARE APPLICABLE ONLY TO AIDED SCHOOLS! This means thatContinue reading “75% schools don’t have playgrounds”

IGCSE and Homeschool

Some of us parents met with Ms. Tanya Valecha, Principal of Rustomjee School http://www.school.rustomjee.com/ on Tuesday 18th June 2013. We mentioned to her that we are part of an All India body of Homeschoolers called Swashikshan whose website is http://homeschoolers.in/ The main points discussed were: Homeschooled students giving the IGCSE 10th grade exams Handholding partnershipContinue reading “IGCSE and Homeschool”

Hypertension in Children?

Hypertension on the rise among children in city ZoomBookmarkSharePrintTranslate MUMBAI: Recently Dr Ajit Menon, a cardiologist at Lilavati Hospital, Bandra, treated a 12-year-old boy for hypertension. The child, doctors suspected, was battling “school-related stress”. “He complained of regular headaches. We put him on anti-hypertension pills, asked his parents to change his diet and taught himContinue reading “Hypertension in Children?”