Genius hour is an approach to leaning where students are guided by their own interests, background knowledge, and curiosity to learn. From the outside looking in, it is less organized, less formal, and less standardized than traditional learning. Genius hour is truly ''open-ended'' leaning characterized by student self direction, passion-based leaning,inquiry, and autonomy. In public education, genius hour can be though of as a response to rigid,test-driven, and ''achievement-focused'' climate that testing-based model of school improvement has encouraged in school over the two or three decades. Genius hour allows ( Actually, it requires) students to explore their own ideas and follow their own instincts in leaning for the sake of leaning creating for the sake of creating and doing for the sake of doing. An underling assumption of genius hour is that if students are given space and tools and audience and time, they will create something personal and compelling and of course be ''leaning'' in the process. It has several unique characteristics that separate it from other approaches to education.
I am dreading next month. My son is going to celebrating his birthday soon and like any other millennial he wants a phone as his birthday gift. As much as I want to get him anything that he wants, as it is his special day, I can’t stop and wonder, “What is the best age to buy a phone for your kid?” I know I have to keep emotions aside and think logically. Age has nothing to do with what is the best age to buy a cell phone for a child. It has more to do with being responsible and mature to be able to handle one of the advanced pieces of technology. Cell phones and internet can be a lethal combination. Cyberbullying, trolling, and safety of children are all things that we, as a mother, try to protect our children from. Having said that, my son does need a phone as he attends a lot of classes after school and takes public transport for commuting. Keeping in touch with him with definitely make me less anxious about his whereabouts
Last year, tuition fee for undergraduate education in the IITs saw a whopping increase of 110% in a single year!! The fee was increased from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2 lakh per annum. Not just this, the fees got increased by 80% just 3 year ago in Apr, 2013. So, in-effect last five years saw annual fee in engineering colleges going up by more than 30% year on year. If you consider general inflation, last five years saw inflation rising by around 7% per annum. Imagine the plight of parents who might have assumed this rate of inflation and planned for higher education of their children. Despite their planning, they would have missed the goal-target by a huge margin!!
Statistics show that students from all over India (and abroad) make a beeline for Bangalore to pursue their higher education after school. The most popular city for students besides Pune, Delhi and Mumbai is Bangalore. Bangalore or ‘Bengaluru’ has become synonymous with youthfulness based on the increased number of young crowd vying for interesting career choices in the Garden City. Gone are the days when parents and kids alike had a birds-eye view on what to choose for their subject of interest; where Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Medicine and MBA were the only options for them. With the source of worldly information just a click away, students have become more aware and more open to following their dreams and passions in a quest to making it their future profession. Our education systems are also changing and with it the opportunities to present more varied and alternative courses for the students are taking precedence. Interestingly, as an urban city, Bangalore didn’t start out to be this major IT and education hub that it is today. Perpetrated as a military cantonment, the city developed around the army camp area and has grown to become a safe city drawing more and more students and professionals in. This makes the parents also satisfied and comfortable with the thought that their children are pursuing their dreams in a city which statistically is much safer than the others in India. Besides safety, there are so many wonderful aspects to Bangalore as an education hub.
Education is one of the most vital part of our life. India today is the second largest higher education network in the world. Universities in India are set up by the Central or the State Governments by the means of legislation, while colleges are established by either State Governments or private bodies / trusts. All colleges are affiliated to some university. The structure of higher education consists of three years of education after 12 years of school education leading to arts and science and four-five years in professional fields like engineering and medical.
Effective education leadership makes a difference in improving learning. There’s nothing new or especially controversial about that idea. What’s far less clear, even after several decades of school renewal efforts, is just how leadership matters, how important those effects are in promoting the learning of all children, and what the essential ingredients of successful leadership are. Lacking solid evidence to answer these questions, those who have sought to make the case for greater attention and investment in leadership as a pathway for large-scale education improvement have had to rely more on faith than fact. This report by researchers from the Universities of Minnesota and Toronto examines the available evidence and offers educators, policymakers and all citizens interested in promoting successfulschools, some answers to these vitally important questions. It is the first in a series of such publications commissioned by The Wallace Foundation that will probe the role of leadership in improving learning.