As a child you might have missed opportunities, don’t do the same with your child. A short message! Santosh Avvannavar talks on a personal journey on importance of providing children with opportunity. Among several indicators that can classified under health, environment, education, social and economic influences the child’s development. He believes the larger the opportunity index, the higher the happiness index for the child.
Silence is the word that I often heard by some teachers in the classroom.
This silence brought several students to conformity to regulations and it was termed as ‘discipline’. I understand teachers do require peace of mind as an adult now but what are we expecting from kids who are yet to be adults!
This silence has shut the creative space for a while and cumulative over years. In one of my recent conversations with The Lead Man of India – Dr. Thuppil Venkatesh, says true and profound words – kids rely on other people to tell them what to do even when they grow up. (conversation link) How true and sad the story of children on decision making?
Several schools and colleges have attractive infrastructure as rightly pointed by a former IITian and Professor, Dr. Dhindaw says, “now-a-days education is perceived as business”. He suggests investment must go beyond infrastructure such as motivating teachers and pay them rightly. (Conversation)
I have continued to feel bad on knowing and learning how little teachers are paid for their passion for creating invaluable citizens. However, I believe people who have money as a driving factor should choose another profession assuming teachers & fellow men don’t stand up for their voice. I see teachers who stand up for themselves will make children stronger. In an informal conversation with educators I have come across some become teachers just to be engaged. I think it’s actually harming several children over one person’s needs. As in desires of one’s life several lives are at stake!
I was surprised by parents, teachers and several media platforms to have only apolitical talks. I think teachers & parents must have tough classroom/ home conversations about race, racism, sexuality, democracy, violence and so on. It would be too late by the time one becomes an adult. Often adults are silenced by misusing the law or power. The silence continues!
Some Parents often no less in silencing not only their children but others as well. I still remember a day and still fresh it was yesterday – two of us were preparing for board exams at friends house. Friend parents were watching TV with a volume that distracted us. I asked my friend if his parents could lower the volume of the TV for awhile. As he walked into their room, I heard a voice yelling at him – We need TV to break our stress. Your friend and you could go somewhere else to study! Poor friend!
Several educators have mentioned in conversations that teachers are confronted by parents on school fees matter. See the matter of standing-up for themselves and others come back! As teachers and parents we need to do it for ourselves so that children could do at least for themselves. I think parents must go to school or college leaders not to always depend on the media and others to stand-up on their behalf. Time will let individuals know if the education system is worth time and time. (Conversation link)
“Individuals’ success relies on freedom of learning,inquisitiveness and curiosity“, says Dr Thuppil in an conversation. He also believes most of the 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 are to test memories rather than outcome of information. Such assessments are often associated with structured learning and this learning is often forgotten post assessments. Perhaps parents must get out of topper culture!
Teachers, parents, and people which each child come across must be allowed to experience failure. Though failure might sound painful but often it is sounded as shameful. I recall an IIT professor who taught SAS course to a bunch of electronic students. I happened to attend his introductory non-technical lecturer that was open for all. One of the points I still remember is – its not uncommon to fail in my internal assessments and its designed for us to reflect. As a professor I learned that something didn’t go right in my teaching and something for students worked harder than yesterday. We are here to co-create this course and evolve! I saw glowing faces, not silence for the first time.
I have also come across several teachers and parents who work child centric. And Hats off to them!
Dr. Dhindaw, former Professor and Dean PG and Research #IIT#Kharagpur uses thermodynamics concepts like entropy to drive the points of (Entropy = Parents* Students) students transformation through a relationship.
Dr. Dhindaw says that parents will have not just give time but also energy. However, Dr. Dhindaw says its onus on parents to handle the behavioural first and then teaching to follow.
Share your thoughts & questions via comment! Dr. Dhindaw is open for further discussion. Thank you!
In order to help parents to choose a right school that will help the child in a holistic development at Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz has started a series ‘My School Best School’. In the series 11, RJ Santa Santosh Avvannavar spoke members of DRS International School, Hyderabad. The show is in collaboration with QtPi Robotics.
In order to help parents to choose a right school that will help the child in a holistic development at Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz has started a series ‘My School Best School’. In the series nine, RJ Santa Santosh Avvannavar spoke members of Royale Concorde International School, Kalyan Nagar campus, Bengaluru. The show is in collaboration with QtPi Robotics.
In order to help parents to choose a right school that will help the child in a holistic development at Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz has started a series ‘My School Best School’. In the series eight, RJ Santa Santosh Avvannavar spoke members of Royale Concorde International School, Mysuru. The show is in collaboration with QtPi Robotics.