Learning in the early years - providing a social compass

Right from when they are born, babies begin to observe the expressions and behaviors around them and start to match their neural maps to these observations. As early childhood educators have consistently maintained, much of what young children learn in school or at home is from watching the adults in their lives. So we need to constantly ask ourselves this question - are we modeling for our children the behaviors we do want them to practice? Are we their "social compass"?

Read the following article by Susan Pinker for more on this:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/for-babies-copy-cat-games-provide-a-social-compass-1445438656?alg=y#livefyre-comment


Shifting landscapes of higher education in India

Delhi University in India's capital city has been embroiled in a series of mismanaged educational reforms over the past few years - from moving from a three-year undergraduate degree program to a four-year undergraduate degree program (FYUP), to the now latest Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). It is interesting to compare these to current trends in education in the US:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/higherstudies/choice-based-credit-system-will-erode-higher-education-standards-in-india/article1-1353973.aspx

http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/cursor/why-the-choice-based-credit-system-proposed-by-the-ugc-is-obtuse-and-destructive/





What to Look for in Your Child’s Preschool

"Every parent seeks the “best” preschool for their child; but the truth is that there isn’t any one best school.The “best” school is the one that works most for you and your child. There are, however, some basic markers that do characterize a quality preschool. Here's what you should look for when investigating preschool options... "

Read more at:

https://www.noodle.com/articles/questions-to-ask-when-considering-preschool






Langston Hughes: The powerful poet from Harlem

Remembering Langston Hughes on his 113th Birth Anniversary with a couple of my favorites:


Dreams

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.


Mother To Son

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.









Education in Ancient India

Here is a video on the talk I gave for The India Center in New York City in November 2014. The presentation offers a glimpse into aspects of Education in Ancient India. Viewers can read this topic in more details in my books Going to School in South Asia (Greenwood 2007) and Early Childhood Education, Postcolonial Theory, and Teaching Practices and Policies in India (Palgrave, 2006/2013).



2015 WISE Awards - Deadline approaching!

Consider applying for a WISE Award if your project is having a strong educational impact in your community!!

"Each year the WISE Awards recognize six successful innovations for today’s education challenges.Since 2009, the WISE Awards have identified and promoted education excellence by recognizing projects that are addressing key education challenges, and are having a strong positive impact on individuals and in communities globally. In bringing forward these models, WISE is helping build a network of change-makers and encouraging collaboration" (WISE Awards Brochure).

Click on the following link for more information about the awards and winning projects in previous years:
http://www.wise-qatar.org/sites/default/files/2015_wise_awards_digital_brochure.pdf

The deadline for applying for the 2015 WISE Awards is January 15th.

Access vs Quality?

Education policies are forever challenged by the access vs quality tension. Is this a false dichotomy or are the two parallel lines that just will not meet? Here is a piece in today's NY Times that describes another example of this challenge in the context of education in India.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/in-india-revealing-the-children-left-behind/?mabReward=RI%3A11&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&region=CColumn&module=Recommendation&src=rechp&WT.nav=RecEngine