Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Strengthening Parent Ward Relationship

Gone are those days of 9 to 5 jobs, when fathers would come home and after freshening up would start playing with their little ones. These days dad’s come home with a heavy load of work, tired looking face and a desire to be tucked into their beds until morning. In keeping up with their job requirements, parents often forget that they have young wide-eyed children, who are eagerly waiting their return every evening to show them their recent progress.
Parenting as all of us know is quite a tough job and involves a lot of patience, allegiance, hard work and effort. A good relationship is highly recommendable for parents, with their kids as it allows them to build a strong foundation of love, affection and trust between the two. In order to achieve these goals, one needs to be approachable enough for their kids, to be able to communicate freely to their kids.
This will permit the child to have confidence in themselves to talk before their parents, without any sort of inhibitions. The research survey studies have revealed that children normally develop a great bonding with their mother, as she is known to be a warm, caring and protective person. Fathers are the ones whom kids always like to imitate, especially boys.  These days spending time with children is restricted to providing them with all the cool gadgets, toys and PlayStation’s that parents can provide them with.
Psychologists who counsel young children, for their rude and inappropriate behavior in school have come across after interviewing these children that these children are mostly rich neglected kids. Such kids often demand for attention from everywhere, since they do not receive it at their home, therefore, the only option they find to gain attention from is by getting into verbal and physical fights with other students.
It is often felt that proper action at proper time should be meted out towards these kids to prevent them from becoming brats as they grow up. But without the parents help, support, care and love for the child this task becomes close to impossible to be achieved. Parents should be counseled separately, to make them aware of the importance of having such a beautiful gift in their life, and by being per-occupied with work only they are vehemently rejecting their precious gift. Thus, India is reporting a large number of broken family cases in the past few years, the statistics of which are on rise.

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CBSE Grade XII Result of Oakridge Newton Campus

CBSE Grade X Result of Oakridge Einstein

CBSE Grade X Result of Oakridge Visakhapatnam Campus

Monday, 27 May 2013

Oakridge students with flying colors again

Oakridge has fulfilled its promise again. Students of this India’s largest international school have excelled well and came out with flying colors in CBSE-2013 with remarkable results. 41 students from Oakridge International School Visakhapatnam appeared for the grade Xth exams and all of them succeeded making the school proud.
Oakridge International School is always regarded as a bench mark for world-class holistic education in India. While, the school is known for its revolutionary activity-based education, we always prove it a point that Oakridgers surprise everyone with their academic and non-academic excellence. This year results are just a reflection of the same. Among the students who appeared for the exams 46% scored an average CGPA of 9 and above while 44% scored CGPA of 8 and above.   

Oakridge Students with Flying Colors Again

Oakridge has fulfilled its promise again. Students of this India’s largest international school have excelled well and came out with flying colors in CBSE-2013 with remarkable results. Among the 100 students from Oakridge International School Newton campus who appeared for the grade XIIth exams, all of them succeeded making the school proud with a 100% pass percentage.
Oakridge International School is always regarded as a bench mark for world-class holistic education in India. While, the school is known for its revolutionary activity-based education, we always prove it a point that Oakridgers surprise everyone with their academic and non-academic excellence. This year results are just a reflection of the same.
Some champs who were outstanding... 

Thursday, 23 May 2013

How far Culture can Influence a Child’s Life

It is said that ‘people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.’ Culture is one thing that we always cling to from our ancestor’s time. Particularly in a country like India where culture plays the major role, the influence of it in all our surroundings are inevitable. India is known for its cultural diversity in the world. Within the existing 28 states we follow hundreds of different culture in each remote corners of the country. Even after all of these we still stay united and I believe that is the power of culture we are following. 
To instill the idea of particular culture in a child is very vital as they go out and meet people who belong to some other set of culture and beliefs. So it is always advisable to mold our own culture inculcating all the positives from other cultures. Culture is often misunderstood with religion in our country. Culture the life style, thinking and way of living of person. It gives us the flavor in life which is required to maintain the color, beauty, ambition and flow of life.

Attributes associated with culture has to be encouraged at a very young so that it can grow along with the kid by getting positively influences by their surroundings. When it comes to education, cultural tendencies impact the way children participate in the learning process. The basics of culture should always as we all know, come from home. The feelings of discipline, respect to elders, compassionate feeling for others and love and affection are all part of the culture and tradition we follow. So as elders it is our responsibility to teach our young generation the significance of culture and the best possible way is to be their role. This will inspire them to follow the good aspects in our culture. 

Schools are second home to children and here they learn the basic principles of life. While being with friends and others, a child can learn about various other traditions and slowly adopt them to their own culture. I believe teachers can play a vital role here to make them understand the value of our tradition and culture and the benefits of following it. Luckily there are many schools in Bangalore who propagate this message.

Schools like Oakridge biggest international school in Bangalore provide holistic education and inculcate the right messages of culture into the understanding of the students. As Gandhi said “A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people."

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Why women should be educated?

Women are an integral part of a family, a culture, a society and most importantly, a nation. In order for a woman to excel in all these spheres, she needs to be backed by quality education. This, sadly to say, in many countries, is not being carried out. Why is this so, when so much emphasis on education is being placed nowadays? An ancient Sanskrit saying says, woman is the home and the home is the basis of society. It is as we build our homes that we can build our country. If the home is inadequate, either inadequate in material goods and necessities or inadequate in the sort of friendly, loving atmosphere that every child needs to grow and develop then that country cannot have harmony and no country which does not have harmony can grow in any direction at all.
Key Players in Education Sector
That is why women's education is almost more important than the education of boys and men. Gender inequality in education is extreme. Girls are less likely to access school, to remain in school or to achieve in education. Education helps men and women claim their rights and realize their potential in the economic, political and social arenas. It is also the single most powerful way to lift people out of poverty. Education in schools plays a particularly important role as a foundation for girls’ development towards adult life. It should be an intrinsic part of any strategy to address the gender-based discrimination against women and girls that remains prevalent in many societies.

Everybody has the right to education, which has been recognized since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. Cultural and traditional values stand between girls and their prospects for education. One reason for denying girls and women their right to an education is rarely articulated by those in charge: that is their fear of the power that girls will have through education. Basic education provides girls and women with an understanding of basic health, nutrition and family planning, giving those choices and the power to decide over their own lives and bodies. Women's education leads directly to better reproductive health, improved family health, economic growth, for the family and for society, as well as lower rates of child mortality and malnutrition. Therefore, we must realize the value of women’s education and make efforts to bring about change so that the whole country benefits.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Technology's influence on education

Technology plays a large role in many aspects of day-to-day life, and education is no different. Technology is rapidly changing the way students learn and how instructors teach.

Computers have replaced chalkboards as the go-to tool in classrooms today. And it’s not just happening in higher education; technology is part of education for children of all ages. It’s also a part of their daily lives. According to a research study by Common Sense Media published in October 2011, “computer use is pervasive among very young children, with half (53%) of all 2 to 4 year olds having ever used a computer, and nine out of 10 (90%) 5 to 8 year olds having done so.”

As technology continues to evolve, it brings with it new opportunities and challenges for educators and students. Social networking is a great example of technology that can help — or hinder — education, depending on how it is used and integrated into teaching plans. Privacy and security are two concerns that can come with using social networking in the classroom. It can also become a distraction to students, or even a tool used for bullying.

However, using social networking as part of the learning process can also have benefits. Students who are more introverted may open up and connect more with faculty and other students when they are communicating through social networking. It also affords students the opportunity to collaborate and work together in a whole new way.

There is also social networking sites designed specifically for education. An article on technology in education by Education Week mentions ePals and eChalk as two sites “designed specifically for learning.”
College students can be notoriously connected to technology, including social networking, through their smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Social media in education presents college students with different benefits and detriments compared to their younger counterparts. According to Mashable, “Facebook is the most used social media tool in higher education.” Additionally, Mashable says that colleges can use social media to encourage school spirit, foster the growth of alumni groups, and offer virtual tours to potential students.
So whether it is a college student studying classic literature or a grade school student first learning to read, technology is now an integral part of the education process. Also, technology is driving the world today and it is here to stay, so helping children learn to use it for their benefit is the right approach to take.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Empowering today’s India for a Better Tomorrow

India is considered to be one of the largest democratic country in the world. The education system in India is having a huge demand because of its quality and systematic education procedures that are being followed.

The emergence of the liberalization policy of India in the year 1991 was the catalyst for a wave of investment that took place in the IT and infrastructure projects. The rapid economic growth which followed thereafter sparked a surge in the demand for skilled and educated workers. This in turn, combined with the failure of the public system to provide high quality education and the increasing willingness of the burgeoning middle class to spend money on schooling of their children, has transformed education system of India into an attractive and fast-emerging opportunity for foreign investment.

India has its educational system being governed and funded at three levels; Central, State and Local level. The prime educational systems include the Central and the State boards though, as local boards are not given much of priority. There was another vital point which was included in the educational system of India, which included the importance of developing critical thinking, societal values and experiential learning was recognized by RTE Act which came into effect on 1 April 2010. This act did not only make the schools education free and compulsory but emphasized on the importance of activity based learning. 

The higher education system in India has grown in a remarkable way, particularly in the post-independence period, to become one of the largest systems of its kind in the world. However, the system has many issues of concern at present, like financing and management including access, equity and relevance, reorientation of program by laying emphasis on health consciousness, values and ethics and quality of higher education together with the assessment of institutions and their accreditation. These issues are important for the country, as it is now engaged in the use of higher education as a powerful tool to build a knowledge-based information society of the 21st Century.

Activity based learning was an aspect that is based on the principles of constructivism and which focuses upon the need to give the children enough scope to manipulate and realize one’s own experiences in the class rooms. Thus the schools in India are to restructure themselves, according to a new era which would be child centered. In each of these processes the vital aspect is to remain child friendly and centered.

What we really need at present is a structural framework that would help the schools in India to focus emphatically on student centered teaching approach, which would be free of the over-powering authoritative environment, allowing independent personalities to grow simultaneously both academically and in personality.

Right to Education

Understanding children’s right to education
Education is an essential right, which permits each person to receive instruction and to blossom socially. The right to an education is vital for the economic, social and cultural development of all societies. Especially education sector in India need to work hard to bring out the difference.

Education permits one to acquire basic knowledge

Education entails that its subjects acquire a variety of knowledge. It begins with the acquisition of elementary knowledge—that is to say, literacy—on the part of the youngest members of society. At this stage, children learn to read and write thanks to primary instruction and parental oversight.

This is an essential stage which will permit the child to pursue his/her education by integrating secondary and post-secondary instruction.

Education also consists of a form of learning that is necessary for the development of one’s personality and identity, as well as his physical and intellectual capabilities. Education permits, notably, the transmission of common principles to new generations, and the conservation and perpetuation of social values. It also contributes to the flourishing of individuality through the enhancement of social and professional integration.
Education has as its ultimate objective the improvement of a person’s quality of life. It offers to underprivileged adults and children a chance to escape from poverty. It is thus an essential tool for the economic, social and cultural development of all populations around the world.

The Right to Education: a fundamental and universal right

Education must be accessible to all children

Education is a human right which ought to be accessible to everyone, without any discrimination. All children must be able to go to school, and thereby benefit from the same opportunities to build a future. Additionally, educational instruction must be equally gratuitous so that children from disadvantaged environments will be able to enjoy their right to an education.

Educational instruction must be of an excellent quality

Beyond the question of accessibility, the right to an education also supposes that the objectives of learning will be attained. This means that all children have the right to benefit from a quality education adapted to their needs. Moreover, professors must be trained in techniques of teaching which combine pedagogy and play for the purpose of arousing children’s interest.

It is the responsibility of countries to guarantee each child’s right to an education. They must focus their efforts on primary instruction so as to make schools accessible and free for all children and thus enable them to learn to read and write.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Burgeoning Educational Sector

The educational process has been the subject of much comment by academics and writers. Their observations range from praise to cynicism, mostly the latter. Education is an easy target for criticism because its stated aims are often so nobly ambitious that they have little chance of being realized. It should give us pause that so many people who have made their mark in the world of ideas, who have been acknowledged leaders and innovators, have held formal education and educational institutions in low regard. 
Despite immense planning and investment made in the education sector of India, we still face several challenges that keeps, close about 25% of Indian population still in the darkness of illiteracy. Where on one hand we are seeing a subsequent rise in the number of schools, there on the other hand, we are still facing issues of illiteracy.

Earlier, students wrote on leaf and maintained their manuscripts, then came the age of writing on paper, soon there will be an age where paper would be replaced by digital ipads, notebooks, etc. Technology is taking over everything; even the education sector in India is changing the traditional systems of learning and teaching.

These days, visual media, helps in creating a powerful impact on the brain, so schools are shifting from textbooks to teaching on big screens via projectors. Also, more emphasis is laid on teaching the child by encouraging the student to carry out the given task by themselves. This will give the child a first-hand experience to understand and store whatever I taught to him. 

The government aided schools are also trying to rise from the odds and challenges placed before themselves. The Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, passed in the year 2008 allows any child to enroll themselves into school. This attempt has had certain loop holes in it, but on an overall basis, there has been a slight upward trend noticed in India’s educational growth curve.

This sector is undergoing lots of changes, which are positive in nature and in the years to come, we would experience both government and private players investing heavily into this sector. A change not only implies to change of syllabus but also change in the teaching pattern of the mentors, change in the attitude of both the management and the faculty towards its pupils. This is a give and take relationship, which can function effectively if both sides agree to work systematically, or else the downfall is certain.