We are born curious. With an infinite source of observations and experience from the world around us, we are capable of learning a magnificent amount of information that we process and evaluate every second of our lives. We are sent to school to develop tools that allow us to analyze and communicate the variety of … More Does Education Subjugate Learning?
After the exclamation point, the question mark has been by far the most necessary punctuation in my years in the classroom. I’ve used it to gauge prior knowledge, engage students in inquiry and assess learning at the end of a lesson. I’ve written them on the board, in margins and on exams, and listened to … More Any Questions?
Few places are better situated for one to sit and ponder the concept of accountability more than Bhopal, India. Scene of the 1984 Union Carbide industrial disaster that instantly killed almost 4,000 sleeping residents (and continued to kill, disfigure and debilitate thousands more), this thriving town of over one million people has a collective … More Accountability: Whose job is it?
Thanks to a 1980’s tv show, Americans have a word for when you use ingenuity to put together incongruous items to solve a challenge, like defusing a bomb with chewing gum or opening a locked door with a potato. To Macgyver something is to make it work, despite lacking the proper tools and resources needed. … More Defusing the Time Bomb of Skill Development in India
Change is hard in India. No, not the profound and endemic change that so many individuals, organizations, and NGO’s here are working towards- you can see evidence of that almost everywhere you look. Instead, I’m talking about how challenging it is to break one large bill into smaller currency that can actually be circulated in … More Making Change in India
After over a week of settling into Mumbai, filling out paperwork and meeting with my guest institution, it’s finally time to get to work. That also happens to be the theme of my research here- how to best get students ready for the workforce. Workforce readiness comes through many different pathways, both here in India … More Ready to Work
Mumbai’s first residents were thought to be deep-sea fisherfolks, called the Kolis, who lived on what were originally seven islands along the shores of the Arabian Sea. Over the centuries, Hindu dynasties, Muslim conquerors, Portuguese and British trading companies, and eventually the British government filled in the spaces in between- both figuratively and quite literally, … More Islands Within Islands
Through the miracle of flight, one can arrive at ports of call in almost any country on Earth. Statistically, I’ve often found myself touching down on foreign soils very late at night with very little sleep. Never a good mix for first impressions. I’d hoped to wait a day or two before reflecting on my … More First Night in Maximum City
The photo on the left is from the worst lesson I ever taught. It may actually be the single most mortifying hour I’ve ever spent in front of a live audience and, as luck would have it, photographic evidence exists. It’s been almost four years since this picture was taken and today is the first … More Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
What is the ultimate rationale of an education? It depends a lot on who you ask. Many parents might say it’s about recognizing the whole child and helping them develop to their greatest potential. Most schools have vision statements around creating engaged, lifelong learners. Voters may feel it’s about developing an informed and literate democracy. … More Why Industry Should be in the Education Business