Allow space for reflection, teachers told

DISCUSSION: Prof. Shyam Menon (left) Central Institute of Education, University of New Delhi, having a word with Jayashree Oza, Centre for Education Management and Department, New Delhi and Mini Krishnan (right) of Oxford University Press at the Educ ation vision 2015 held in Chennai on Wednesday.— Photo: M. Vedhan  

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: The Vidya Mandir school organised a two-day seminar called `Education Vision 2015' for teachers and principals of the city's schools on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of its golden jubilee celebrations.

A series of lectures were delivered by those involved in education at various levels.

Around 40 principals attended the first day of the seminar. G. Balasubramaniam, Director (Academics) in the CBSE, wanted professionalism in education maintained and knowledge kept current.

Shyam Menon of the Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi, said teachers, besides being mediators between texts and tests, should allow space for reflection.

Teachers from the 20 invited schools and the Vidya Mandir participated in the sessions on the second day. "Kids need to be equipped with a survival kit in school, and the kit includes humaneness and sensitivity," said Shyam Menon, talking of the need for a wholesome and complete education.

Sashi Kumar Menon from the Asian College of Journalism spoke on the role of technology and media in culture change. "A breathless speed of change distinguishes the information revolution from the industrial revolution," he said.

Jayashree Oza of the Centre for Education Management and Development, Mini Krishnan from the Oxford University Press and N.C. Sreedharan, a neuro linguistic programmer, were other speakers.

Teaching strategies demanded by the need to move beyond textbooks, handling mixed classes and the sustenance of emotional intelligence were discussed.