Chitralekha Gujarati issue dated 6th July 2015
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Education with a Difference
There is no dearth of schools that produce robots instead of students by insisting on rot learning and subjecting them to undue pressure to improve performance in terms of percentage. However, not all institutes follow this mechanical method. There are some schools that chart a different course and have achieved encouraging results. The cover story in the latest issue of Chitralekha (by Sunil Mevada) deals with three such schools in Pune, Mumbai and Musoorie that follow a different model of education and thus stand out in the cluttered field of education.
The institutes in question follow the educational method that not only helps one’s intellectual growth but also offers space for the student’s creativity to grow. The story cites the example of a student who while elaborating on the quality of education in her school in Pune says that for a science project her class was tasked to make a device that measures the sound decibel (the idea was to measure the decibel level of her class which was considered very noisy). They came up with a device that would emit the beep sound in case of the sound level exceeding permissible limit. Not only the students’ prowess was gauged with this method, the erring class too was controlled.
The Pune alma mater mentioned here is one of the very few schools in India that defy the stereotypical definition of educational institute. The very mention of word ‘school’ does conjure up the picture of an institute that enforces discipline without inculcating real values and education. Refusing to be lured by the false glitter of convent schools, some guardians do seek schools that can impart education in real sense of the word. Rather than adding their children to the cattle class that most schools have become, they want to put their wards under the care of a Gurukul or an institute that can impart values to them.
Sensing the changing mood of some parents, some institutes have shunned the stereotypes and instead opted for a new, flexible model that breathes in a fresh lease of life into the way they teach. The three schools that perfectly fit in this new mould are Jnanprabodhini School of Pune, Mahatma Gandhi School of Bandra, Mumbai and Siddh Sanstha’s school in Musoorie.
A Private school, the Pune School is committed to align education with national and social interest. This is the age of information and rather than thrusting information down the throats of students, they need to be taught how to use it to their utmost benefit. Also, how each of their works is connected to society is taught to them at the outset.
Of course, the school has its own selection criteria, as for admission, a test is held for class four students where emphasis is given to test of intelligence. Finally, students with potential for development are selected. Their talents are recognized, encouraged and channelized in the right direction.
Founded in 1962, the school has currently 12 classes with 480 students with a total of 40 teachers. The founder Vinayak Vishwanath Pendse’s objective was to give a new direction to educational field in the independent India.
Essentially a small school in terms of number of students, there are separate classes for boys and girls in this school. Education from standard V to X is given here and anyone having studied up to class IV elsewhere can get admitted here provided he or she fulfills the admission criteria of the institute.
Innovative educational system in this school means various projects and fresh teaching models for different standards, not to mention the various camps and expeditions organized by the school to enable the students to have practical exposure. Besides, there are art classes, sports and Yoga sessions too.
What is noteworthy is that students are required to wear uniforms only on Saturday. On other days in a week they can put on normal clothes. This gives them a much-needed sense of being equal and at the same time, there is no burden of going out to an alien planet for study.
The article then talks about other two schools and their different educational system that aims at preparing students’ rounded personality rather than making them clones permanently interlocked in needless competition. The accompanying boxed piece culls three special features of each of these three great institutes.
A very educative story, indeed..!!
Dealing with Perverted Partners
There are ways to deal with the perversion of unknown people in case you happen to run into them, as there are laws to bring them to book if you have any such unsavoury experience. But what would you do if your life partner-your spouse behaves in a perverted manner and makes your life miserable?
Mahesh Shah in this report cites a number of such cases where husbands have acted as perverts and reduced their wives’ lives to worse than hell. How do the hapless wives react in this situation? Should they go to the police for redressal or take in their stride like ‘ideal wives’?
There are varying degrees of perversion in the cases cited in the report. In one case, a husband relishes the fetish of sending lurid pictures and jokes to his wife. In another case, a wife is threatened that clips of her private moments would be released in social media if she did not fall in line. In yet another bizarre case, a husband asks his wife to prepare for wife-swapping act he would indulge with his friends and so on.
The story also ropes in experts on the subject who offer their take as well as tips.
Girishmuni’s Santharo: What Actually Happened?
A controversy has recently erupted over the santharo (a voluntary act of fasting unto death) of a highly revered Jain monk Girishmuni belonging to the Gondal Gachchha. Reporting on the unsavoury sequence of events, Jwalant Chhaya raises a few pertinent questions about the issue, the principal query being whether the venerated monk was aware of the Santharo at all.
In a video which later went viral, the sage appears to reply in negative when asked if he knew about the Santharo. This has deepened the mystery surrounding what is considered to be the most sacrosanct tradition in Jainism.
There are also Political & Humour columns, Palak, Sonography, Cardiogram, short story, Health Helpline, Jalsaghar and Mukhwas.
Chanakya has said: when there is chaos in the state, people are in pain and unhappy, organize entertainment to divert people’s attention..!!’ This advice given by the most astute ancient thinker Chanakya is relevant even today.