The biggest concern about the present main stream education is that it kills creativity. The frenzy with which ‘art’ is being introduced seems like an attempt to counter these damages. But ‘schooling’ not only kills creativity, it also kills authenticity, cultural diversity and aesthetic sensibility. It will be worthwhile to look at what has been the impact of teaching art, architecture and design in this country. This could give us lessons as to what not to do in schools.

Juliette Mendelovits

 “We are good at churning out people who can learn and memorise but not those who are creative or capable of original thought.” Sam Pitroda, Head of the National Knowledge Commission

I had been a school teacher for quite some time. Today I am not talking about those experiences, rather I wish to pen a different kind of teaching experience.

By doing art, students can create and communicate new ideas. By seeing art, students can be inspired by new directions and new ideas. Check this Karen Haydock article where she draws from her wide experience on science reaching and learning.


In a fun and personal talk, Ramsey Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.

Here's the transcript:

The date for an important exam is looming. You know you have to study for it. Suddenly, it’s the evening before the dreaded date, and you feel like you haven’t studied enough, if at all. It’s time to cram all the information you can into your brain.
We know that to do well in exams, you have to remember your material to then demonstrate your knowledge during the test. But is an intense night of study an effective way of learning?
Almost everyone is convinced that our education system does not inculcate values, it is accused of being all cognitive, as if the issue of values involves no cognition. And that is one of the problems in value education: if values are not a cognitive matter then a mystification begins in their definition, lists and ways of teaching. If we do want our education to help children become morally responsible, then we need a lot of thinking on what values are, how they can be chosen for ‘teaching’ and what methods might work.

Here is Ann Wiseman's inspirational words for the tinkerer, doers, doubters, the 'failures' & the triumphants residing in each one of us. The text is taken from her book "Making Things."

It's OK to Fail 

Education provides essence and nourishment for human development. Process of education begins at an early age and continues till end. Education is a source of great strength in everyone’s life. Our sustenance in society depends on education. It develops a platform through which we get opportunities to prove ourselves before society.

What skills do learners need in today's world? While academic skills have often been the focus of education systems, other skills that help us to better learn to live together and prepare us for the world of work must not be underestimated.


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