self-assessment

Grant Snider challenges you to chuck the curse of perfectionism and be productive. Add multitasking and procrastination to it, too. Counter-intuitive, it may appear. Try it out for yourself and for your learners before you dismiss this idea.

In India, independent assessments conducted by organisations like ASER and Educational Initiatives show that students in Government schools are not learning well, and are not acquiring the expected competencies in basic literacy and numeracy. India has now enacted the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) for all children from 6-14 years of age. Attaining the RTE goals on enrolment, access, equity, etc. are meaningful, only if the education students receive is of a desired quality.
There might have been instances in your life where you were asked to reflect and evaluate your own capabilities and you would have either taken a while before responding or penned down unsure words about your own self! It is rather surprising that for most of us, this capacity of self – reflection or evaluation doesn’t come so naturally.
Amy Chua’s 2011 book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, raised outraged protest in the US when it was published. The book is about a culture or style of parenting (the author, a law professor at a prestigious American university, calls it the “Chinese” style) which consists of pushing your children to achieve perfection in a field by insisting on hours of work a day, not giving them any choice in their interests or work patterns. The author’s two daughters are musica prodigies, and they spend several hours a day practising the piano and the violin.
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