I have created this acronym STEP to embody creative and critical thinking skills that must be inculcated in all children through education in formal as well as informal educational settings. These skills support proactive learning as individuals engage in multifaceted contexts throughtout life. Only when individuals engage with the new information through questioning, exploring, sharing understandings, they learn meaningfully and can better apply the acquired knowledge to new situations.
As evacuation picked up pace in Afghanistan amidst scenes of chaos, bomb blasts and misery, with security outside the airport falling apart and the future of Afghan allies increasingly blurred, torrential questions came (and continue to come) lashing out at President...
I think not just in a severe conflict or war situations, but also in everyday life where sundry complexities abound and surround humans, this kind of a ‘thinking disposition’ empower the young to use effectively their reasoning and navigate their way through personal as well as professional quandaries that could be ambiguity ridden. Enculturating such thinking behaviors warrantees schools’ top priority and our schools need to make a surge of effort in this direction.
In an apparent attempt to restrict the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT), the new Texas law (June 2021) prevents a teacher from exploring any topic (not just the state’s history of enslavement) in a way that makes a student “feel discomfort, guilt, (or) anguish.” Twenty-six states are considering or have passed bills to make sure critical race theory is not taught in their public schools. Alas! The reasoning that backs this law doesn’t chime with many including me! So we’re going to make our student as the final arbiter of what teaching areas cause discomfort and therefore removed from curriculum? And is this ‘discomfort’ really detrimental to growth and development, or rather a contributor?
The newly formed education ministry in India has outlined significant changes and conceived new directions in the curriculum and education policy with a focus on (i) overhauling the curriculum, (ii) "easier" Board exams, (iii) a reduction in the syllabus to retain...
(This blog is a response to Kaywin Weldman’s blog: https://www.nga.gov/blog/memory-museums-once-known.html Kaywin is the National Gallery of Art’s first woman director) In the December of 2009, I accompanied my husband to the annual Climate Summit held that year in...