culture

In the first 'Education Talks' interview professor Barend van Heusden from the University College Groningen speaks on the importance of better integrating cultural education within Europe's education system.

Manish Chandi writes about our recognizing features of the Earth...because places do have faces after all.

Anything shared in the form of a story is more captivating. Nimesh Ved shares his experience...

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Telling a story the 'right' way can make all the difference. Nabanita shares here some aspects teachers need to consider to make the most of their story-telling sessions.

Teachers’ Days are special days intended to recognize and appreciate teachers. While World Teachers’ Day is on the fifth day of October, each country celebrates Teachers’ Day on a day significant to their journey of education, or to celebrate the memory of a local educationist. In every region, this appreciation is shown in different ways, drawing from the specific cultures and traditions.

This story about how the world - animals, birds and man - was created is written and illustrated by Herminder Ohri and Baaraan Ijlal.

As a class teacher in the middle school [Grades V, VI & VII] I have heard children rebuke one another during the class sessions, in the common school areas where they sit and chat while waiting for their bus, while they go pass staff rooms. Initially I thought children coming of age have this awkwardness in expressing themselves and so tease each other gently as a way and means to start and strike a conversation with their peers.
“While [the children] may not be physically punished…a strong message is communicated to them that if they want to be accepted by the teacher and the society, they have to renounce any allegiance to their home language and culture. [W]hen the message, implicit or explicit…is "Leave your language and culture at the schoolhouse door" children also leave a central part of who they are, their identities - at the schoolhouse door.”(Cummins, 2001)

This video on the dance forms in India can encourage children to appreciate dance as a  form of expression and help them understand the culture of India through its dance traditions.

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

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