Education for Sustainable Development for Child Education and Schools

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a rather new field of education. We can see it as an innovative kind of future education for schools linking the child’s development with the future challenges of society.

I don’t think that education for sustainable development is just another buzzword forgotten in a few years. From a global perspective as well as a local perspective we have to direct education toward what will be truly useful for each child and for each society in the future.

To have a fulfilling life should be within reach for all children wherever they are born. In too many parts of society and of the world children grow up in hazardous environments with very poor conditions for basic requirements and bleak prospects for their future.

Education for Sustainable Development is derived from the Brundtland report’s focus on Sustainable Development (SD). The Brundtland report requires fundamental changes in the society and its institutions, in politics and in our individual family life styles. Economic development cannot be separated from social development and a concern for the environment.

ESD for child development Educational research can tell us a lot of how to make use of education for sustainable development for child development.

The most important fact might be that ESD is an excellent frame for the empowerment of children. When we respect each individual child for its ideas and opinion, and at the same time bring the child into challenging learning situations we facilitate empowerment of the child.

Developing self esteem and empowerment goes hand in hand in education for sustainable development. A proper self esteem is such an important part of successful child development.

Another important fact is that ESD is a productive frame for meaningful learning. Opposite to rote learning and the acquisition of facts without much understanding meaningful learning situations help the child to engage fully in the teaching. By working with real problems the child can develop much better understanding of concepts and skills from the schools core curriculum in a meaningful context. The key to that is the opportunity to use and reflect on these ‘traditional’ ingredients of classic schooling in the meaningful contexts derived from the focus on sustainable development.

Education for sustainable development and schools Some schools have focused on the beautification of their school environment. This might help the school’s prestige in the local society but it isn’t helpful for education for sustainable development unless it happens as the students’ project.

Similarly some schools have put a lot of emphasis in making the school buildings more ‘green’ with solar power panels, recycling systems, water conservation measures and tree planting around the school. Again, such initiatives are only valuable for the learning of the students if they are planned as student projects. You cannot evaluate the quality of a school’s work with education for sustainable development from a picture of the school.

Concerning a better approach to ESD, headmaster and teachers should ask questions like: – How can we challenge students’ thinking on the future and how to make use of parts of the core curriculum in a meaningful way in combination? – How can we teachers cooperate to create stimulating activities and plan the teaching in such a way that the self-esteem of the students will benefit from it? – How can we help students to investigate local people’s concern for the future and how to make sense of such results? – How can we help students to try to make a difference according to their wishes and visions?

Education for sustainable development will gain increasing publicity as the picture of environmental degradation, energy shortage, climate change, increasing poverty mixed with increasing wealth and the overall picture of globalization becomes more evident.

We cannot blame our children for these issues but it is our duty to educate them to be able to cope with such complex and controversial issues and to live a decent life with a belief that it is possible for everybody to make a difference to the better.

The Importance of Computer Education For Teachers

The world of today is run by computers and it is time that teachers understand this. The idea of going to a library and reading a book is not ideal to the students of today. Students would rather go online and read into a subject on a webpage rather than go and have to read an entire book or have to skim for the part they are looking for. So, if your a teacher what are you to do? Computer education for teachers is what every school needs to do.

Teachers, and for that matter all school districts, need to begin to integrate technology into all classrooms and this article will tell you how.

Computer education for teachers should not be that big of a deal because all teachers who have just began probably already know how to integrate technology into the classrooms, so you should only have to teach those who have been teaching for awhile.

How do you integrate technology into your classrooms though? That is the question all teachers are asking and here is the answer. Research is the number one thing students use the internet for. Many school libraries and even some public libraries do not provide students with the information they need on certain topics but the internet will almost always have the information they need. The only problem with this is the quality of the information but teachers are able to check on that by looking at the foot notes of the article to see where the information came from.

Many schools are now having students take tests on a sheet called a Scantron or other forms of it. A Scantron is a sheet where you have 50 questions on each side, a total of 100 questions, and are given multiple choice questions A-E. The teacher will hand you a Scantron which is where you answer the questions and a test sheet, the Scantron is only a sheet where you bubble in either A-E. The teacher then puts the answers in a computer and a special machine reads the Scantron and automatically grades the test off of the answers the teacher put into the computer.

Besides research and test taking there are many other ways to integrate computers into your teaching. There are now projection screens that allow you to write on them turning them basically into a white board. You are able to watch movies on the white board, stop the movie, and draw over the movie. This is very helpful for History teachers as it allows them to teach the battles and etc.

Open Source Education – The New Way of Learning

There is a new form of education these days. Open Source Education is surely going to change people’s outlook about education and help in spreading of knowledge and provide access to education to children across the globe.

Lisa Petrides,President and Founder of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education,elucidates the worth of open source education – “Open educational resources provide a learner-centered platform that authentically marries technology with education, provides access and equity to education resources for all, and last but not least, is in some cases enabling the re-professionalism of teaching.”

Earlier, learning was quite a herculean task for the students in absence of classrooms or teachers. Now, with access and distribution of Internet facilities across the world, students have gained access to education for free through websites personalized to this type of education! Promoting open source learning will help in reducing the cost for printing & publishing books, which in turn, will help the students to bring down their own incurring costs. It will also help in curbing the financial barrier to educational resources as students who will be buying books, will be capable of sharing the PDF versions of the books online with the other children for no charge at all.

The curriculum provides online educational resources free of charge, which can be used, distributed and tailored as well. This practice encourages participation from educationalists, developers, parents and students and also invites their feedback and ideas. Wikiversity, Curriki, and MIT Open Courseware are some of the open source curriculum repositories which provide a curriculum framework for a particular course. Curriki is a non-profit social private enterprise devoted to improving the quality of education with global access to free and open edification resources.

With numerous learning platforms available now, both corporate and academic organizations are progressively acquiring its whole host of benefits. For example, instead of having the trainers to travel numerous company sites, the employees can easily access the online company training resources. Moreover, recently the potential of the open source learning management system is being explored by the industry connoisseurs in the sphere of business environments. There are many tools of open source learning available including Xerte, Udutu, and Claroline for helping professionals in creating online courseware and provide knowledge at little or no cost! Moodle is one of the well-known and dynamic online learning tools that offer wide range of tools to enhance the virtual learning experience. It also provides its users the facility to create customized learning environments.

In addition to this, Open source education also helps for higher education initiatives. In accordance with the Online Education Database, in 2003 The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Courseware Program started providing its users open access to syllabus, notes, courseware, problem questions and solutions, exam samples as well as some selected video lectures. “Using open source allows the university flexibility to modify software and make it more applicable to the Oxford style”, feels Stuart Lee, Director of Computing Systems & Services at Oxford University.

Education and Education Institution’s Mafia

The most important and desirable thing human beings are gifted is the wisdom. At the outset, we are programmed in our reality of creation that we all should strive for education to acquire knowledge. In the past, many centuries ago, people acquired knowledge from those who were educated and from the experience of others. They learn how to evaluate through reasons and implement in their lives all the virtues.

Anil Sadgopal is an Indian educationist and activist, known for the Hoshangabad Science Teaching Program and for advocacy related to the Right to Education Act. The main feature of basic education is free and compulsory education for children of 7 to 14 years, education through craft, self-supporting education, mother tongue as medium of instruction, ideal citizenship and flexible curriculum.

In olden days educational institutions and teachers were very sincere and earnest in their profession. They ensured that the students were groomed into the system and they learn diligently with all sincerity. As the societies grew and spread across the globe, the education pattern has changed accordingly to suit to whom monetary benefits matters most. The respective governing bodies have issued guidelines to both government school and private schools to ensure students get the benefits. Alas! This has never been translated into factuality and the main purpose was relegated to the back and remained until to date. The government school failed in their aspect of duties whereas the private school has progressed to some extent of the huge cost of financial burden on the parents.

Bhanu Jain wrote in his Policy Institutions and Practice Term Paper and strongly recommended that the common school system is a must step that should be taken to insure the development of India as a superpower and as a developed country. Although it has been well-recognized decades ago that CSS is an essential step for attaining equality, social justice and social change until now no concrete and effective steps have been taken for its implementation.

The grave scenario is the behavior of developed and developing countries. The underdeveloped countries remain below the threshold of basic educational standard awaiting mercy from some philanthropist to elevate their academic level. It is a wishful thinking displaying their incompetence and ignorance to come to terms with reality. They get carried away by the false propaganda and modern infrastructure and doomed defeat at the end. They become victims of financial burden and remained in debt for many years.

These corporate educational institutions aim to haul maximum financial benefits from the parents and acquire properties from the government schools. The fa├žade they create in the form of infrastructure, publicity, pomp and show besides greasing the palms of government officials. They also promote their image on social media and in print media.

On the contrary, the story is different when it comes to government school and its performance. A principal of the Urdu medium school in the old city of Hyderabad (India), Mrs. Gupta has elevated the ranking of the said school from below 250 to an astounding top 5 in the twin cities. It is to be noted that the government school in question has never raised any fee nor the salaries of the teaching staff. It has unequivocally established a fact that who is at the helm of the institution. A sincere and dedicated person will achieve a remarkable feat within the existing system and environments.

If consider, the government schools and the number of students who not only excel in academic curriculum but also in sports and other extracurricular areas. All outstanding sportsmen, whether in Golf, Hockey, cricket or any other faculty of sports has come from average families and government or private schools which do not belong to corporate school category. In the field of politics, research or administrative services majority has come from humble background and poor financial status. They all studied in regular government school in simple and humble surroundings. All philosophers, scholars and geniuses are from a humble background and not from the corporate education system.

The outstanding features of all corporate schools are hypocrisy, corrupt practices and snobbish attitude. They practice class distinction and make them conscious of their background. It is not openly reflected nor advertise, but progressively the Zionist culture infiltrated in Indian education system to create a society of corrupt wealthy group as seen in western societies.

It evidently and unequivocally established that what matters is not the corporate school, but the leadership and will to change the scenario. The foreign degrees and overseas stay for many decades are no criteria to achieve remarkable feat. The sincerity and dedication of commitments to provide valuable and meaningful education to poor and below average income group children is of prime importance.

These corporate educational institutions are slow poison which will make our societies hollow from inside. They are the termites and cause irreparable damage to the societies and their very personalities. They make feel inferior among themselves ultimately, they will be relegated in delusion in the long run. They will drift in the wilderness of chaos and confusion. They live a short life thriving on financial gain, eventually failed in their vision of faith and religious practices.

Should University Education Be Free For All?

Education is the most critical and pressing issue for the development of any country and more and more reforms are brought in this sector with the passage of time. No one denies the sheer role and significance of education in making a better nation and a progressive world. Where many people manage to get primary and secondary education, provided free in most of the countries, it is difficult to most in getting themselves equipped with the higher or university education due to the high cost/fee. Hence, there has always been this debate of whether the university education should be free for all.

For most of the people say that it should be free as getting knowledge is a basic right and it should not come with a price tag. Most of the people cannot afford the huge cost of higher education and many of the future Einstein and Marx are wasting their abilities and talents due to the inaccessibility to the universities and university education which makes education a privilege of a particular class instead of everyone’s basic right. When more people get higher education, there will be more jobs available for them and the rate of unemployment will be reduced alleviating the poverty in the society and leading it towards advancement and prosperity. Another argument for the free university education goes with the principle of equality where everyone has a right to have equal opportunity and in making university education free, this principle of equality can be fulfilled in converting it into a reality on pragmatic grounds out of the antique box of theory. If higher education is free, thousands of young boys and girls would be able to get education instead of bearing the burden of part time jobs in fulfilling the university expanses.

There is other side of the coin too and which is not in favor of free university education that brings gargantuan burden on the shoulders of the government.

There is a lot of investment required and the cost of higher education is too high that it becomes indispensable for the people to share some of the burden of the state which does not have ample resources and money for free university education. Though there can be, as there are, more special students loans and scholarships in aid of the students who cannot afford the cost of higher education. Another argument is that if university education is free, there will be a descend in the value of higher education as there will be less money to pay for the professors and staff and many other university resources (related to technical education at higher level). Hence there is a danger of a low quality education once it has been made free for all like water in an ocean.

To conclude, where we can see many hurdles in the way of free university education we can also see the example of Germany in making its higher education free. Much can be learnt from the Germany’s experience or experimentation (hitherto to see) in making university education free for all.