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We live in an era of data and information. Right from deciding what to read, what to wear, which restaurant to go to, which city to visit, whom to vote for, we consider ourselves rational human beings who rely on data to make all our decisions. How much of this data is based on facts rather than opinions and/or perceptions? This review looks at two websites, Gapminder and Our World in Data, which attempt to provide reliable global statistics and promote a fact-based worldview.

As a corollary of Section 8 of the Right to Education Act, every young Indian citizen in elementary school today has the legal right to get mathematics education of good quality. Perhaps India is the only country in the world, where this is legally mandatory. Two questions are now squarely on the agenda of Indian math education: “What is math education of good quality?” and, “Is it possible to ensure this for every child?”

Teachers and children are the two most important links in the chain related to a school. They may be looked upon in any of these two sequential ways – first the teacher, then the children; first the children, then the teacher. This is so because till a few years ago, education was teacher-centred; now it is considered to be child-centred. New facts are coming to the fore with regard to how children learn and it is also claimed now that children construct their own knowledge.

Schools are meant to prepare you for life. But how prepared will you be if they don’t teach you about your own region? Citing Ladakh as an example this article asserts the importance of “locale specific learning.”

The author shows you how simple stick figure diagrams can be used in the classroom to enable contextualized learning.

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