Comparison should be done with numbers and not kids!
Comparison is a common approach to ascertain the performance of your child. We as parents often compare our child’s achievements or marks with others and then determine whether our kid’s are “normal”, better or excellent. We do this irrespective of child’s age, interest and capability.
Whenever we compare two siblings or any two random children knowingly or unknowingly we leave a negative impact on the child’s mind. We don’t even foresee how harshly it can affect their brain and ultimately create a negative environment for the child.
Comparison of two children, weather it is about eating habits, studies, or any other activity is extremely dangerous. Some common examples of comparison that I have come across are
“See, how smart is your friend”
“Look at your friend, how fearlessly she speaks in fluent English”
” your friend is good dancer”
The list of comparisons is practically endless.
Most of the time these sentences are negatively framed and over a period of time the children start feeling inferior in front of their siblings, friends or classmates. We need to understand that each and every child is precious and unique in her own way. Their childhood should be nurtured very careful. These few sentence of comparison leave impact on their behavior and gradually they may lose their confidence.
The parents need to understand that not every child is born with all qualities in himself. All the elders of the family need to understand that if their one child is good in studies than it is not necessary that all the children of that home will score the same level of marks. May be other children are better at Performing Arts or Sports. Parents should always respect value of their children and try to encourage her participation in areas of her interest.
When I became an educator at Gyankriti I would sometimes compare two children and the school management would constantly ask me to not indulge in such behavior. Instead I was told to appreciate the positives in each and every child, I was encouraged to know the background of children and their interests. Then only I could talk to children based on their different level of understanding. Now I can say that Gyankriti was helped me get rid of this dangerous habit of comparison. Hopefully the parents will also start following this practice for betterment of their children.
Today, 15th November, is the birth anniversary of Gijubhai Badheka. Gijubhai is an inspiration behind Gyankriti’s education philosophy. It is compulsory for all the educator joining Gyankriti to read the book ‘Diwaswapna’ by Gijubhai. We have multiple copies available in our library. Many of our parents also read and appreciate it. Order the book no. A001 or A002 from our library if you haven’t read it yet. http://gyankriti.com/moodle/mod/page/view.php?id=238
Another of his book “prathamikshaalam shikshak” has also encouraged us to frame our policies in such a way that Gyankriti is most loving place for children. Many parents or adults can think that we are not a hi-fi school but that is not something we want to do. Real education does not depend on how much resources or infrastructure you have. A Gurukul like Gyankriti can provide best of education within the limited resources we have. We have made of collection of some things that will not do at gyankriti from the excerpts of the book.
चलेगा कि हमारे स्कूल में शिक्षा पर पुस्तकों का एक विशाल पुस्तकालय नहीं है। नहीं चलेगा कि कोई भी व्यक्ति शिक्षा से संबंधित विषयों पर कोई भी किताब पढ़ नहीं सके।
चलेगा कि हमारी स्कूल की इमारत फैंसी पत्थरों या टाइलों से सजी न हो। नहीं चलेगा कि मैदान में गड्ढे हैं या उसकी दीवारों पर कीचड़ और गोबर के दाग-धब्बे नहीं हो।
चलेगा कि दीवारों पर रंग ना पुता हो। नहीं चलेगा कि कोनों में धूलऔर मकड़ी के जाले हो।
चलेगा कि फर्श पर कालीन नहीं है। नहीं चलेगा कि फर्श पर कूड़े और गंदगी फैलाई जाती हो।
चलेगा कि फैंसी उपकरणों से भरी एक प्रयोगशाला नहीं है। नहीं चलेगा कि उपलब्ध छोटे उपकरणों का इस्तेमाल कभी नहीं किया जाता है।
चलेगा कि बड़ा पुस्तकालय नहीं है। नहीं चलेगा कि बच्चों को पसंद आने वाली कुछ किताबें न हों।
चलेगा कि हम महान विद्वान नहीं हैं। नहीं चलेगा कि हम अपने बच्चों को सम्मानऔर सम्मान देने वाला वातावरण नहीं दे सकते हैं।
चलेगा कि हम लगातार बच्चों के ‘अध्यापन’ में न लगे हों। नहीं चलेगा कि हम उनकी गतिविधियों में हस्तक्षेप करते हो , उन्हें धमकाते हो या अध्ययन हेतु बैठने के लिए मजबूर करते हैं।
चलेगा कि हमारे विद्यालय में बच्चे कुछ समय का अध्ययन करें और थोड़ी देर खेलें। नहीं चलेगा कि वे सख्त पर्यवेक्षण के तहत श्रमिकों जैसे दिन भर काम करते रहे।
चलेगा कि हमारे स्कूल के बच्चे हमसे मित्रों की तरह गले ना मिले। नहीं चलेगा कि वे हमे देखकर दूर भागे या हमसे डरते हैं।
चलेगा कि हमारे बच्चे एक जगह बैठे, पढ़े या चित्र बनाए, क्योंकि उन्हें ऐसा करना पसंद है। नहीं चलेगा कि वे किसी बाहरी व्यक्ति को प्रभावित करने के लिए कोई चित्रकारी करें या गाना गाए।
चलेगा कि हमारे बच्चे थोड़ा कम या थोड़ा धीमा सीखते हैं। नहीं चलेगा कि उन पर पढाई करने के लिए चिल्लाया जाता हो, ताकि वे तंग आकर आलसी बन जाये।
चलेगा कि बच्चे हमें बताएं कि उन्हें कुछ समझ नहीं आ रहा है, या फिर धीरे-धीरे बाद में समझ आये। नहीं चलेगा कि सज़ा के डर से जल्दबाजी में आधा-अधूरा सीखे।
It will do if our school does not have a vast library of books on education. It will not do if no one reads a single book on education related topics.
It will do if our school building isn’t clad with fancy stones or tiles. It will not do if there are potholes in the ground, or if its walls are not clad with mud and dung.
It will do if the walls are not covered with paint. It will not do if there is dust and cobwebs in corners.
It will do if the floors are not covered by carpets. It will not do if there is litter and dirt strewed on them.
It will do if there is not a laboratory full of fancy equipment. It will not do if the little equipment that is available is not everused.
It will do if there is not a great big library. It will not do if there are not at least a few books that children would enjoy reading.
It will do if we are not great scholars. It will not do if we cannot give our children due respect, and an environment that encourages their development.
It will do if we are not constantly engaged in ‘teaching’ children. It will not do if we interfere in their activities, or threaten or force them to sit down to study.
It will do if the children in our school study a while and play a while. It will not do if they toil through the day like labourers under our strict supervision.
It will do if the children of our school do not cling to us like friends. It will not do if they run at the sight of us, or are afraid of us.
It will do if our children sit, read or draw because they feel like doing so. It will not do if they paint a picture or sing a song to impress an outsider.
It will do if our children learn a little less, or a little slower. It will not do if they are screamed at to study, so that they get fed up and become lethargic.
It will do if children tell us that they did not understand something, or do it slowly, at a later stage. It will not do if they rush through it under duress of punishment.
Main Campus: In front of Crescent Water Park, Indore (Ahead Devguradiya Temple)
Gyankriti School has developed a fresh perspective on education to enhance the value and quality of education. Here present the education philosophy of the school to show how we are different from most of the schools in India.
Mixed Group Learning: A mixed group usually represents reality better and thus prepares children better.
Smaller Class Sizes: Individualized attention is probably one of the most important implications of a small class-size. The strengths and weaknesses of a child can be discovered by the educators here.
Educators, not Teachers: The Ideal Educator is a professional, who is like a gardener who tends plants. The educator’s job is to educate the child and make her a better human being.
Continuous Evaluation: This is a process to help evaluate the child’s development better by continuous day-to-day monitoring and feedback.
Enjoyable learning experiences: Diverse activities, puzzles, field visits, worksheets, projects etc makes learning a much more enjoyable and enriching process.
Learning beyond classrooms: learning becomes much more effective and relevant through hands-on experiences, dramatizing concepts learnt, applying the learning’s in real life experiences.
All-round development: The activities designed not only effect the intellectual formation of the student but also influence the student physically, spiritually and psychologically. This will help the student develop into a balanced personality capable of becoming a productive, effective and sensitive member of the community.
Parent-School partnership: Parents are an integral part of the school community. The school learns through their wisdom and experience by maintaining close ties with them, having regular ‘Home visits’, and by interactions where the parents spend time with students talking about any issue of interest to them and the students. The school also educates parents by conducting special workshops and programmes.
School-Part of larger community: The school itself is a part of the community. It draws upon the resources of the community and plays a contributory role. Children can go on projects to clean streets or a public place, read to blind, spend time at old-age homes, etc.
‘My Time’ (Proposed): The students after reaching a certain age need time to do reflective thinking in order to bring about an effective change. Students get enough time to reflect on their day to day activities through my time period.
Subject Rooms (Proposed): The rooms are created in such a way that an ambience for the subject is created. Students move from class to class, NOT the teachers!
ADMISSION PROCEDURE (Pre-Nursery to Grade 5th)
In line with its philosophy that each child is unique and has her own inborn gifts and talents, Gyankriti believe that it is neither fair nor possible to “test” very young children. Accordingly, admissions to the Pre-School and Junior School are done on first-come-first-serve basis.
A detailed note on admission procedure can be obtained from the school office. Kindly call/whatsapp 7225988273 to schedule a visit to the school.Please visit the school after taking appointing for your own convenience. The admission process with estimated time is detailed below. It can be completed in 2-3 visits to the school’s city office (Annapurna or Nipania).
Either mother or father of the child can visit the school after taking appointment to know about Gyankriti. (15-30 minutes)
General interaction with the parents (both mother and father) and the child. (15 minutes)
Start Registration Process and documentation (Complete at home in a week’s time)
Submit the form, documents e.t.c.
Complete the pre-requisite IT training to become a part of Gyankriti. (30 minutes)
School principal will issue the admission letter with joining date.
Referral Benefits: We want like minded people to join Gyankriti, that is why we prefer families connected to the Gyankriti Parivaar. If any one joins Gyankriti due to recommendation of an existing parent then in that case both the students, that is the new admission as well as the parent who referred the admission will get fee waiver of Rs. 2000/- each.
Today we had community cooking in Junior School. One of our parent Mrs. Kirti Agrawal (Mother of Dhriti Agrawal – Grade one) conducted this session. Students and educators helped her in preparing corn bhel. Students learned many new things like the peeling of boiled corn, boiled potatoes, coriander and chopping of vegetables followed by the mixing of spices in proper proportion to give it yummy taste. Later they enjoyed eating tasty corn bhel. They were extremely excited after eating corn bhel made by them. We want to thank Mrs. Agrawal for coming up with such a great idea and making it a delightful day for the children.
Hereby, we invite all the parents from our parent community to take part in community cooking at Gyankriti. If you are interested kindly drop us an email. We will discuss the process in detail with you.
Please note: Parents can also take variety of sessions for students ranging from Art workshop to sports, educational trips to showcasing their literary works, story writing session to puppet show. It can be anything which can give exposure to our students outside the regular classroom setup.
Philately is the study of stamps and postal history and other related
items. It also refers to the collection, appreciation and research
activities on stamps and other philatelic products. Junior School
students visited the Indore GPO
and met the in-charge of philatelic bureau, Ms. Kamla Khatwani. She
showed us various stamps in the collection of GPO and formally announced
the launch of Gyankriti’s Philatelic Club. We will dedicate an
entire wall at Gyankriti for showcasing the stamps issued by post
office, in the hope that it will be an excellent way for students to
learn about historical events.
We also gifted each student a specially printed stamp with Gyankriti
logo and an envelope. They will use it to complete a homework assignment
where they are supposed to send a letter to any of their friends or
It is also possible to develop philately as a hobby
for your children. It is a very easy and simple process. You just need
to open a ‘philatelic-deposit-account’ at the GPO and they will send you
a copy of all the latest stamps issued by the Dept. of posts.
You can also get customized My Stamps with photos of your child or a family photo.
Contact Ms. Khatwani at the GPO for availing these facilities.
We already do all these things at Gyankriti. Don’t we? Let us know in comments.
About Education in Singapore: The education system in Singapore is consistently ranked as one of the highest in the world by the OECD. It is believed that this comes from the style of teaching that is implemented in Singapore. Teachers focus on making sure that each of their students thoroughly move through the syllabus before moving on. By doing this teachers in Singapore teach a much more narrow but deeper type of instruction. Singapore’s education system has been described as “world-leading” and in 2010 was among those picked out for commendation by the Conservative former UK Education Secretary Michael Gove. According to PISA, an influential worldwide study on educational systems, Singapore has the highest performance in international education and tops in global rankings.
New Education Reforms in Singapore: Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Sept. 28 that it will be removing class rankings for primary and secondary students starting next year. Schools in Singapore will also cut mid-year exams for several levels; Primary 1 and 2 pupils will not be graded.
Aside from abolishing the class and level rankings, MOE will remove the class and level mean, as well as the minimum and maximum marks students may get in their report cards next year, as reported by The Straits Times on Sept. 28. Underlining and/or coloring failing marks will also be removed from the report cards of the students.
For MOE Minister Ong Ye Kung, removing class rankings was made in a bid to make children understand that “learning is not a competition.”
“I know that ‘coming in first or second’, in class or level, has traditionally been a proud recognition of a student’s achievement,” Ong said in the report. “But removing these indicators is for a good reason, so that the child understands from young that learning is not a competition, but a self-discipline they need to master for life.”
MOE also announced that examinations for Primary 1 and 2 students will be removed, the report said. Because grades and marks will no longer be available in the report cards, schools will use “qualitative descriptors” for students in the two levels instead to help students track their progress. Meanwhile, the grades of students from Primary 3 to Secondary 5 will be rounded off to a whole number.
Comparison of the new reforms done in Singapore with the assessment methods at Gyankriti: You will be proud to know that Gyankriti is already following the reforms done in Singapore from the very first day.
Status at Gyankriti
Removed Classroom Rankings
We never give any kind of rank to students. Only exceptions are some events and competitions for extra-curricular activities. Subject wise or Class wise ranks are never disclosed.
Examination for Grade 1 and Grade 2 abolished
At Gyankriti we never conduct formal exams or tests. Teacher check the learning outcomes throughout the year during classroom observations instead of a single day examination.
Schools will use “qualitative descriptors” instead of marks in report cards
Gyankriti report cards are already like that. We grade students on age appropriate learning outcomes. There are as many as 100-150 learning outcomes in every term depending on the age group of students.
Book no. A045: Wings of Fire
An autobiography by A P J Abdul Kalam. In this book Dr. Kalam has shared his lifetime experiences with rocketry and machines. How they plan and how they execute it, how they give wings to rocket and how they give wings to their dreams. He discussed about Agni, Prithvi, SLV-3 and so on. He has mentioned names of all the great people with whom he has been for long time and help him in showing right path. He discussed about the leadership qualities, also discussed about how people always engaged in their problems instead of finding solution. As he mentioned a very good poem
God has not promised
skies always blue……..
But God has promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labour
Light for the way.
He has shown a great interest in Youth of India and inspired them. He likely to see developed India. I think the meaning of Wings of fire is wings to our dreams.
Personally I want to thanks Akshay Sir and Yograj Sir because few years back when I was in college I heard a lot about this book, from that day I was very excited to read this book but because of heavy course I didn’t manage to read this book, after completion of college I got engaged in my personal life and my professional life…. again my dream of reading this book remained the dream. But a hearty thanks to you both… finally I got the chance to read this book and I fulfill one of my dream.
Book no. A032: Stories from here and there
Stories from here and there written by Sunil Handa Sir. The book comprises of many stories with a moral of every story. I enjoyed reading this book as everyone enjoys reading stories.It is well said that truth is bitter but stories are best way to show the mirror. Many stories are there which I like most such as:
1. Easiest way to have God’s darshan
2. The biggest lesson
3. Can’t hide bad intentions
4. Reality – one question and many answer
5. A land where there were no old man
6. Arjun or Eklavya
7. You always find something that reflect you
8. Harshvardhan and Siddhraj
9. What is education
10. Write on sand and stone
11. Better I learn to live with it
12. Necessity become a ritual
13. Two large pots- one cracked and other perfect
14. The clever jeweller
15. Grammatical error
16. Srinivas Ramanujan- division
17. Fill the place with something
18. Weight problem
19. Like what you get
20. Real prosperity
21. Transform your life
22. Beauty lies in the eyes of beholder
23. No body can insult you unless you want to be insulted
24. Keep learning till you die
25. Function of a leader
26. The greatest man
27. Bad to worse therapy
28. Triple filter test
31. Two wrongs don’t make one write
32. Never give advice to fools
33. The biggest victory is to win heart of the people
34. Don’t give up yours dream
35. It wasn’t your baby
36. The best medicine
37. Secret of happy marriage
38. Sleep when the wind blows
39. The picture in the wallet
40. I’ll never complain again
41. Slap in the face
These are some stories which I like most and forced me to think over it. I would like to read this book once more as many of the stories are inspirational and we require inspirations after every short intervals. I’ll try to inculcate some stories in my life too. It was nice reading this book.
जब मैंने २०१३ में ज्ञानकृति की स्थापना की थी उस समय यह कल्पना भी नहीं की थी कि पालकों के साथ मुझे साल में कई बार बच्चों के खाने (या नहीं खाने) के बारे में ईमेल या व्यक्तिगत मुलाकात करनी पड़ेगी। प्रायः वास्तविकता आपकी कल्पना को तितर-बितर कर देते है। अपने बचपन में दूसरों का टिफ़िन चोरी करके खाने की तो खूब किस्से-कहानियाँ सुनी थी पर अचानक इस पीढ़ी को क्या हो गया विधाता? क्या ब्रम्हा ने आजकल के बच्चे किसी “manufacturing defect” के साथ बनाना चालू कर दिए है? विषय तो बहुत चिंतनीय है, इसलिए ‘बच्चो को आसानी से खाना खिलाने’ की इस श्रंखला की यह पहली कड़ी है…
आपके बच्चे को क्या खाना सबसे अधिक पसंद है? आँख बंद करके सोचिये…
क्या आपके दिमाग में हॉट डॉग, मैक्रोनी, चीज़ पिज़्ज़ा, बर्गर, मैगी जैसी तस्वीरें आई? कुछ लोग इस तरह के खाने को “बच्चों का खाना” भी बोलते है। अब तो आपको यह ब्लॉग और भी ध्यान से पढ़ना चाहिए।
बच्चों को इस तरह का खाना अधिक मात्रा में खाने के लिए कोई पौष्टिक कारण है क्या? या कोई कारण है कि बच्चे लौकी जैसे “बड़ों का खाना” नहीं खाये? संभव है कि आपने कभी “बड़ों का खाना” जैसा कुछ होता है यह न सुना हो, पर आपके बच्चे मन ही मन ऐसा निश्चितरूप से सोचते है। मैंने कुछ बच्चों को यह बोलते हुए भी सुना है कि “जब में बड़ा हो जाऊँगा तब मैं xyz सब्जी खाऊँगा।”
मेरी समझ के अनुसार अधिकतर बच्चे निम्नलिखित खाद्य पदार्थों के लिए कभी मना नहीं करेंगे
किसी भी तरह का जंक फ़ूड, जो एक डब्बे में बंद होकर आता हो
चॉकलेट युक्त खाद्य जैसे chocos आदि
केक, आइस-क्रीम के नाम पर कुछ भी
हर जन्मदिन पार्टी के बाद बच्चे यह सब खाकर आते है और पूरे स्कूल में सबको बड़ी शान के साथ बता रहे होते है। आजकल बाहर खाने जाओ तो मेनू में “Kids Menu” अलग से दिए होते है, उनमे बच्चों के खाने के नाम पर यही सब कचरा (junk) परोसा जाता है।
यह सिद्धांत कि बच्चों का खाना अलग होता है और बड़ों का खाना अलग, यही हमारे बच्चों को बिगाड़ रहा है।
पालकों को क्या करना चाहिये?
पसंद-नापसंद तो सबकी होती ही है, किन्तु खाने को लेकर घर को अलग-अलग टीम में ना बाँट दे।
बच्चों को वही खाने के लिए प्रेरित करें जो आप खाते है (अगर आप भी ‘बच्चों वाला खाना’ ज्यादा पसंद करते है तो सुधार की शुरुआत स्वयं से करें)।
‘स्वाद’ के स्थान पर ‘पौष्टिक’ भोजन के बारे में बार-बार बच्चों को बताये।
“बच्चों को तो यही सब पसंद है” आदि कहना बंद करें।
“कभी-कभी चलता है” से काम नहीं चलेगा, हर दिन और हर परिस्थिति में पौष्टिक खाने की आदत डालनी होगी।
डॉक्टर, शिक्षक (सर, मैडम) के नाम पर डराकर भी आदत सुधारने की कोशिश व्यर्थ ही जाएगी, बच्चा आपका है और कायदे से उसे आपकी बात सुनकर मानने में कोई परेशानी नहीं होनी चाहिए। बच्चा अगर आपकी बात नहीं मानता तो पहले आप ‘बात मनवाने के तरीके’ सीखें। (Hint: Circle Time 5:00 onwards in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0L1mnW7EpY )
अंतिम और सबसे महत्त्वपूर्ण उपदेश – बच्चे आपने आसपास के लोगो का ही प्रतिबिम्ब होते है। स्कूल के शिक्षक, माता-पिता, दादा-दादी, नाना-नानी, भाई-बहन सबको आदर्श बनकर दिखाना होगा।
यदि आपको मेरे विचार उचित लगे हो तो इस ब्लॉग या फेसबुक पर कमेंट करके या मुझे firstname.lastname@example.org पर ईमेल करके अवश्य बताये। आप खाने (या अन्य किसी विषय) से जुड़ी समस्या के बारे में जानना चाहते है तो वह भी लिखें, मैं भविष्य के ब्लॉग / विडियो में आप सभी के प्रश्नों का उत्तर देने का प्रयत्न करूँगा। धन्यवाद।
श्रीमती दीपा श्रीवास्तव, श्रेयांश की माता, द्वारा रचित दो कविताएँ। उनका यह मानना है कि ज्ञानकृति के साथ हँसता, खेलता, बढता, समझता और हर कुछ जानने की कोशिश करता है बचपन।
गली-गली में चर्चा है ज्ञानकृति के ज्ञान की
अजब अनूठे और अनोखे ज्ञानकृति के ज्ञान की
अक्षय सर की सूझबूझ की
योगराज की गहराई की
बच्चों को जो हंसाती, रचना की उस मुस्कान की
गली-गली में चर्चा है ज्ञानकृति के ज्ञान की
खेल-खेल में पाते शिक्षा बच्चे यहाँ संस्कार की
व्यवहारों से सीख रहे शिक्षा गणित विज्ञान की
गली-गली में चर्चा है ज्ञानकृति के ज्ञान की
बच्चे पढ़ ही नहीं रहे, सीख रहे है
क्योंकि वे ज्ञानकृति में पढ़ रहे है
बच्चे स्वछंद आकाश में उड़ रहे है
सीमाओं से परे अपना जीवन जी रहे है
बच्चे रेत-मिटटी में खेल रहे है
प्रकृति में रहकर प्रकृति से कुछ सीख रहे है
बच्चे सब्जी बो रहे है, काट रहे है, बना रहे है
जीवन जीने की हर कला सीख रहे है
बच्चे दौड़ रहे है, सूर्य नमस्कार कर रहे है
वे बढ़ ही नहीं रहे, बड़ा बन रहे है
परीक्षा, पास-फेल, प्रथम-द्वितीय इस सब से परे
बच्चे अपने-अपने व्यक्तित्व और कौशल को निखार रहे है
क्योंकि वे ज्ञानकृति में पढ़ रहे है
बच्चे कुछ अच्छा-अलग कर रहे है
“श्रेयांश बढ़ रहा है, पढ़ रहा है
सीख रहा है, बड़ा बन रहा है”