Learning: a continous process

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Greetings from the Progressive School!
Welcome to the New Year 2018!

The dawn of this new year is very special because all of us are eagerly expecting the NEW EDUCATION POLICY from the Government! With innumerable challenges faced by the school systems, the schools are eagerly looking forward to some new directions in policy, some new interventions in curriculum administration and a systemic response from the policy to prepare the learners of today to face the challenges of tomorrow. The expectations are high and one could sense a lot of impatience in the stakeholders to know the designs the policy is like to unravel.

Last few months have been quite vibrant in the educational scenario with new

edu-preneurs walking into the scenario with their own schemes to facilitate learning methods, learning styles and the teaching fraternity. The competition appears to be high. It is, however, important to understand that the stakeholders need to evaluate the potentialities of their delivery systems before they are engaged. Care needs to be taken to see that these models should not be exclusively commercial, especially when it addresses to education. Further, it is important that such delivery models have to be positioned to an educational system and its related architecture and not implanting of industrial and business models lacking relevance to the school system.

A number of issues have been reported across the media columns about safety issues both in schools and related school activities. It is indeed a matter of concern and we had meaningfully raised some immediate concerns in one of our earlier issues. School leaders need to be continuously mentoring, monitoring and evaluating the safety processes in their environment.
The continuous technological interventions and innumerable number of apps for school curricula appear to be impacting the learning world. While their role cannot be underrated, one could see their potentialities for extended learning and informal learning. Learning beyond the textbooks and curricula have become the routine of a serious learner. However, it is interesting to note the observations of Peter Dixon in his book “The future of (Almost) everything” – “Despite the huge growth of e-readers and online news channels and all electronic media will face a challenge from print….” In this context, the information that was given to a question in the Parliament that the CBSE has not made the NCERT books compulsory in the affiliated schools, is noted by many school heads with a sense of satisfaction.

The current issue is focusing on the impact of global educational systems. It is important to note that the education system of any country does not exist in isolation. It has to take cognizance of the global developments and innovations. In the Indian context, it appears more significant keeping in view the migration of a large number of Indian skilled workforce to countries worldwide. Preparing learners as ‘global learners’ with their firm feet on Indian culture is the need of the hour. The issue discusses the views and opinions of many heads of Institutions across the country.

Learning is a continuous process and the magazine will be contributing to facilitate learning at all levels in the school ladder. We invite your constructive suggestions.

G. Balasubramanian
Editor-in- Chief