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The relevance of Montessori education in a post-Covid world

COVID-19 may have been the catalysis for a revamp that has been long pending



From leaving the black-boards behind and holding the android screen, the modern lifestyle of teaching has been preached and adopted by almost every educational institutes all over the world in this pandemic.

Now, classes are held online, evaluations are done through an online portal, and assignments are sent through email. For a nation like India, this is a great possibility to fortify internet connectivity throughout rural areas. This situation led to the recognition of areas where data connectivity (Network) was still a “water in the desert” scene.

Every village and city in India should be digitally linked to the higher interplay among scholars and teachers. We can take the example of pre-school students, nowadays we see children of small age using mobile phones very nicely. They know how to watch the next video just by a swipe.  They are open to learning new technological advancements.  So it is better for them if we provide learning on their fingertips.

Approaches like integrated learning and experiential studying, with the extra implementation of technology, will strengthen the fate of education in schools

A worldwide consciousness has been sparked during this COVID-19 pandemic, that our cutting-edge manner of lifestyles does now no longer work. It has damaged our belief of what’s regular and deconstructed society as we recognize it.

Now the focus has arrived on the utmost sector that is our education system. The outcomes of the coronavirus and thereby its preventive measures, has upended the existence of scholars, parents, and teachers.

The clean disruption in the ‘normal’ functioning of learning has positioned an emphasis on many questions, which have been formerly requested and sooner or later left unanswered. So, what ought to the contemporary consequences of this worldwide pandemic imply for the fate of education?

This viable scope for the evolution of schools, post corona virus:

A change in the purpose of learning

Attention has been drawn on the content which was still intact. The pattern of learning and the way curriculum are taught may change. Parameters that had been as soon as taken into consideration essential to schooling can be revised to in large part accommodate the existing abilities of the future.

Not simply careers, however, denizens of the future as properly would require capabilities like resilience, adaptability, collaboration, communication, empathy, creativity, and emotional intelligence. Learning in organizations will have a brand-new purpose, and it will likely be having a primary deviation from the information-targeted schooling of today.

The utilization of innovative methods of education

This challenging situation offered various paths to opportunities like online platforms for imparting education and a better understanding through presentations. Apart from the impede faced due to the novel corona virus, learning in our growing global has skilled a few important changes. Yet, even with inside the face of speedy innovation, we have yet to shift the manner wherein we impart education.

Learning is the accession of knowledge; however, it doesn’t need to entirely arise thru age-vintage techniques that don’t make use of the very best ability of the brain. Instead of being taught, can students be delivered an experience that impacts their learning?

Approaches like integrated learning and experiential studying, with the extra implementation of technology, will strengthen the fate of education in schools.

A tighter relationship with technology

During the time of a incapacitate pandemic, technology has emerged as the main lifesaver. Now it’s totally clear to those people who always disbelieved in the essence of science and technology. Communication is a primary key to our interconnected life and technology is the driving force that continues our connections.

For education, this means growing content material and transport structures that harness and make use of era to its fullest. Perhaps, learning can also additionally come to be extra bendy and accessible, relinquishing its over-reliance on inflexible systems that we presently contemplate necessary. Additionally, these new generations of school students are of era Z and alpha.

They are generations that are described through their use of technology; it has to turn out to be an extension in their recognition and that they do now no longer understand life without it. The future of schooling will locate no room to disregard the usage of technology since it may very well be the foremost platform to empower studying in an age that is integrating technology as a manner of life.

These generations ought to have an effect on the advancement of education, as they themselves are those majorly impacted via way of means of the pandemic and are with inside the satisfactory place to examine and develop from it.

A focus on bigger issues

The main question of the hour is here how are we going to ignore the fact that during this pandemic our whole lifestyle has changed. How can we ask students to move again to a manner of lifestyle that compromises their physiological, emotional, and mental health? Will we nonetheless ask students to get up to catch school at a time when their brains aren’t definitely active?

Will we educate students approximately shielding the environment whilst asking them to sit in buses that mobile through traffic and give away a massive carbon footprint? The global ought to require a special recognition the next day than it does today.

Perhaps, education post-COVID- 19 will include learning’s from science & technology and emphasize an extra awareness on problems that endanger our health, society, existence, and earth.

Moreover, it will also introduce life learning skills which we learned during this time.

We have to count on the adaptability of the future as we seek into a glimpse of the light of hope

COVID-19 may have been the catalysis for a revamp that has been long pending. What we will witness in the aftermath of this global health crisis may very likely be the adoption of procedures that were sought in it.

Although, today what we see around us is totally changed and bringing back to its previous stable state might be a tedious task. But all that matters is how we are going to overcome this situation and strengthen our back. We have to count on the adaptability of the future as we seek into a glimpse of the light of hope.

Pankaj Kumar Singh is a social entrepreneur and angel investor. He is the Managing Director of Cambridge Montessori preschool and daycare private limited.

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How can Indian language assessment tests overcome existing issues to meet international standards 

Tests in India need to benchmark themselves against internationally accepted tests so that individuals can find better career opportunities



Language assessment tests in India suffer from ineffective infrastructure, high costs and many other issues. To judge test takers accurately, it is important to have accurate, unbiased tests. A comprehensive assessment of language skills makes the hiring process smoother. Assessment tests in India can overcome existing issues in the following ways:

Automated testing – ִּIntegrating technology in language testing offers convenience to test takers, and accurate results to the employers. Artificial intelligence offers less bias and quicker results. In addition, technology allows verified results even for remote users, and can provide high levels of test security. Without adequate technological advancements, the assessment process will continue to be tedious and inaccurate.

Holistic approach – Language proficiency includes multiple language modalities – speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Each of these four skills comprises several sub-skills which contribute to language proficiency. The tests must evaluate all these with some depth to accurately provide full picture of an individual’s language proficiency level. Many tests fail to meet the needs of employers because they focus on a limited subset of language skills. To combat this, tests in India must take a holistic approach towards language proficiency.  

Internationally recognized standards – Tests in India need to benchmark themselves against internationally accepted tests so that individuals can find better career opportunities across the globe and companies can identify workers who can communicate with speakers of other languages. The use of tests with different rating scales leads to confusion and lack of testing transparency. Use of an internationally accepted standard will make sure that the test-takers can take advantage of opportunities abroad with test results that are accepted internationally, and companies can understand more clearly whether their potential hires will be able to do the job. 

One of the major pitfalls of language assessment tests currently available in India is their inherent bias to accents

Widespread accessibility – During the pandemic, many workplace and academic institutions pivoted to an online or a hybrid model. While many sectors adapted to this change, the assessment sector in India is still operating in the old way. Test takers are required to travel to designated centres on specified dates. To tackle this issue, the existing tests must allow test-takers to take the tests online and at a time of their choosing. This increases job access to those in rural areas as well. Proper proctoring needs to be in place to ensure no one cheats during these online tests.  Technology based anti-cheating solutions enable remote testing while ensuring authentic results.

Accent agnostic – One of the major pitfalls of language assessment tests currently available in India is their inherent bias to accents. India is a nation with varied dialects and accents. To assess language proficiency comprehensively and objectively, tests need to be accent agnostic. This ensures that the test takers are assessed on their actual language skills and not their accents.  

All of these features will help the Indian language testing sector to meet international standards. The Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) lists assessments such as Speaknow, Learning Matters, and Progos along with others on their website as those meeting these standards.

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A Mother Goddess



Am a Blessed Soul, my Ammaa !
Am not lonely, Mother Dear
Never lonely from the beginning
Mummy ever with me always
From my first breath onwards
Ever since stepping In here
First cries to beaming smiles
Birth to birth and rebirths
Life to live and living Alive
Feeding strength always as own
Feeling lively from umbilical cord
Musical ways Of Mother Nature 
Chords Of contentment and pride
Notes Of love forever required
Am a blessed soul my Ammaa
Am not lonely Mother Dear ..!

Ammaa, you inculcated my character
That all women are God’s Own
Mothers be God’s own particles
Mums,the sufferers Of man’s identity
Every woman, a Mother-Goddess!
So God be present everywhere
A forever ally Oh Mom
Praying forever you are Omniscient –
So, none preys upon righteous me ..
No stronger bond there is ;
No emotion simply as divine;
No more natural a bondage ;
Source of sustenance in adversities ;
All pain swallowed in love;
Am a blessed soul my Ammaa;
Am not lonely Mother Dear …!

My silent protector par excellence
Shield of Nature forever motherly
Shelter from all woeful aches
All shocks cushioned ever happily
Heaven on Earth – your Noble Heart
God in person – It’s You  Ammaa..!
Godliness in action – your care
Religion in display – all motherliness
Beginning of growth – you Alone
Drinker of all my tears , Mother Dear
Epitome of nobility  – only motherhood
Joyous creation of almighty God
Sacred bond cast upon us
Bound In love of a Mother
Am a blessed soul, my Ammaa
Am Not Lonely Mother Dear..!

Mother dearest  : light of love
Mother sweetest : beacon of hopes
Mother mightiest : strength of lives
Mother noblest : source of confidence
Mother ablest : supreme God’s Presence
Mother, Goddess incarnate , Amma Dear
My Mother dearest – devoted , dedicated
committed, exalted, exemplary – constant, forever Love alone
Mother always endearing – nonstop,endlessly
Alpha to omega – infinitely adorable
Are you alike in all generarions?
Aren’t you awake in whole humanity?
Oh Mother Divine, bless all world
Aren’t all creatures blessed alike?
Oh Mother Supreme , Bless Mothers
Am a blessed soul, my  Ammaa Dear..!

[ From ‘Chasing a Shadow’ by Pamarty VenkataRamana ]

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Teachers and Parents as Role Models for Students – Why Actions must replace just theory

School wasn’t just a platform for learning (nor it is even today) but was a place that students looked forward to going every day, with cheer



The moment a question during a lecture or discussion on Role Models is asked, especially to school students, answers of different types crop up, possibly based on their thought process and the traits they hold close to their heart.

We have been promoting the idea of Role Models in life, to make sure, at least for practical purposes, that students think of or emulate someone for whom they have a high level of regard or respect in life and also those that align with their own frame of mind.

He or she could be anyone-from sportsperson to businessman, from scientist to movie star.

One of the striking aspects these days is that the number which quotes the names of teachers or parents is diminishing. This is in contrast to the earlier times when both teachers and parents were among the favourites to be considered as Role Models.

So, a Ronaldo, a Mohanlal, Dr.APJ or a Bill Gates are more common answers.

What then, has been the reason for a change?

Predominantly and predictably, technology has played a major role in this change and so have social media. EASY access to information and the glorification of many characters including celebrities from various fields through umpteen channels and other platforms has possibly been one of the reasons. Added to this are the marketing campaigns, brand endorsements, stage shows, writeups and so on and so forth, available just by sliding a finger on hand held devices.

An essay on, say, Prof. C.V Raman or Srinivasa Ramanujan was an arduous task then, that required flipping through books or pages of printed matter. We had to depend on teachers or parents to get more information about them. We looked up to them for inputs thus forming a different impression about their level of awareness. The same could be done with effortless ease today, thanks to anything and everything that is available online or in the Cloud.

While we had relatively fewer modes of entertainment then- the cinema, or a restaurant, park or an outing or social visits and of course much more of play- teachers and parents gave us frequent doses of knowledge by mixing them with classes or through bedtime stories and during the ‘family time’.

There was much for us to learn from them as the time spent together was qualitative in nature and openness was obvious.

We saw in many or most of our teachers, a value that could be hardly substituted by anything else and looked forward to their sessions as they taught from the heart and not from the books alone. They were assumed to be power houses of knowledge and looking back, I for sure, on a personal note, could say that without a second thought.

Value Education which is separated today, was an integral part of their lesson plan, be it Hindi or Mathematics. Their experience, passion, commitment and their roles as mentors played a significant part in this change among students, not to forget THE FREEDOM THAT PARENTS GAVE TEACHERS IN DECIDING AND EXECUTING WHATEVER WAS BEFITTING. Even the mention of parents being called to the school was enough to send chills down the spines of students.

School wasn’t just a platform for learning (nor it is even today) but was a place that students looked forward to going every day, with cheer. It was a like a get together to learn life skills along with lessons, most of which aren’t very different today either. Naturality was evident as technology or gadgets weren’t the topics of discussion, nor were Facebook or Instagram posts or likes. Friends laughed their heart out through the common things. There was much fun and play. Teachers had absolute control.

At home, both parents weren’t working. As children, we knew that money never came easily as it does today. Pocket money couldn’t be dreamt of, leave alone heard about. We saw the struggles of parents; we didn’t dare question them. We didn’t have the luxury of selection of many things, but were happy about what they chose or bought for us.  Somewhere, we had this feeling that there were pairs of eyes constantly watching and guiding us, wherever we went.

There was an invisible guideline on what we were supposed to do

Connection was real, not virtual. Lack of time was never discussed. There was better communication, more time for each other and together. An impact was created, gradually.

There was an invisible guideline on what we were supposed to do.

Times have changed, they have to. A new world driven by technology is already visible. Sadly, there is also cut throat competition that is mostly unhealthy and thus follows a mad rush to be on top, just academically, more than anything else. Money has lost value and spending for more than what is required has gone up. A majority of children has the impression that parents have enough with them. Parents too go beyond means to provide the perceptible best for their children.

On the contrary, what has to be more evident is the foundation that existed earlier, one that was strong morally and ethically, without more of monetary considerations. Learning the hard way was natural for most of the students themselves.

While a majority of the current generation of teachers and parents is definitely knowledgeable and is tech savvy, it would have this rather sensitive and difficult task of making an impact on a student community that is only just short of gadget addiction, in keeping with the times. Elders too seem to be as affected by this, as their children.

Also to be understood is that the pressure on parents and teachers today is more than what it used to be long back, in the wake of a massive shift- culturally, economically, technologically and emotionally.

Practicing what is preached, supporting and guiding children to explore themselves, nurturing their talents and leading by example could put parents back on track to be their ideal Role Models.

Teachers on the other hand need to empathize with children, lift the ordinary ones to the higher slots, create a level playing field and an equal opportunity environment for all of them to get exposed, without bias. Most importantly passion needs to be a key ingredient of their sessions than just the rush to cover the portions.

This, on paper, may not seem to be missing, though reality is in stark contrast to hearsay.

While I am not under rating the present-day teachers vis-à-vis those of yore, it would take more effort and commitment, to be followed as a Role Model because the impact has to be felt amidst challenges, most of which were absent then or were of a different manageable nature.

It is possible and would lead to a better society driven by values and positivity.

While at school and at home, we have all heard of the adage, “Where there is a will, there is a way”.

For those who put this across to children, making it a reality wouldn’t be a tough ask if backed by systematic action.

May we have more of them.

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