Rajaram’s Thoughts on Education

Welcome to My Blog on Education in Tamilnadu Schools

  • Why have I started to blog?

    October 4, 2019 by

    I am Rajaram. I am working in the field of education for the underprivileged in India for the last several years. I have been doing this as a part of Asha for Education. I used to work as a software engineer. But for the last 4+ years I have been volunteering full-time for this cause. Asha… Read more

  • Government Schools -Popular Misconceptions

    October 4, 2019 by

    I have mostly been working with government schools in Tamilnadu. I have worked with schools both in Chennai city and in rural areas of Thiruvallur, Thoothukudi, Viluppuram, Thiruvannamalai and Kanchipuram districts. I often find a lot of people misinformed about these schools including sometimes the teachers who teach there and parents who send their children… Read more

  • Purpose of Education

    January 28, 2020 by

    Asha’s mission statement reads “TO CATALYZE SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHANGE IN INDIA THROUGH THE EDUCATION OF UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN”. I fully subscribe to this faith in the ability of basic education to eventually create a social transformation. Any other direct engagement to try and create social transformation of whatever kind (eg. gender equality) will falter without basic education.… Read more

  • Rote Learning

    November 7, 2019 by

    Last week I visited several schools in rural Thiruvallur. Recent rains had filled the landscape with greens of all shades. In this beautiful rural setting was this school that we are supporting. I went and sat in the 4th std class that our Asha teacher was teaching. It was Tamil period and she had finished… Read more

  • Technology and Education

    October 23, 2019 by

    There are many ways to use technology to enhance learning. I find often that technology aided learning is equated with using videos and presentations in classrooms. There are several other ways in which technology can be used in enhancing learning and often much more effectively. I am going to briefly touch upon what I consider… Read more

  • What Ails Education in Tamilnadu?

    October 6, 2019 by

    For a number of years Tamilnadu was held up as a model state for socio-economic development. Basic governmental functions work well in Tamilnadu. eg. Medical care through a network of public health centres (PHCs) and hospitals. Urbanisation and economic development. Functioning of the Public Distribution System (PDS) or ration shops. Establishment of network of schools… Read more

  • Assessments

    October 4, 2019 by

    I wanted to talk a bit about my thoughts on Assessments here. Firstly assessment need not just be in the form of examinations. Exams are only a part of assessments. What are some of the purposes of assessments? For the teacher to learn what the students know. It is extremely important for the teacher to… Read more

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