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Want A Modern School System? Technology Is Not Enough

Technology in education offers the promise of individualized learning and improved outcomes for every student in America. It’s not a new idea. America’s first K-12 ed tech trials took place in 1966. Yet here we are — over 50 years later and still no consistency of success or failure when it comes to educational outcomes. When people first started talking about education technology in the ’70s, ... Read More »

Maharashtra not keen on bringing real estate under GST

The government of Maharashtra is not keen on bringing real estate under the Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime, and has asked the GST council to take a decision after conducting an in-depth study including impact on the state finances, reports DNA. State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar told the paper he had sent a letter to the Centre about two weeks ... Read More »

Education system focuses on boffins, not students

FUNDAMENTAL flaws in the school and university system are failing our children, with one in five unable to get a full-time job when they graduate, a landmark report has found. In a major report five years in the making, Productivity Commission chairman Peter Harris has recommended an overhaul of the health and education system, to improve our quality of life ... Read More »

9 big reasons not to invest in real estate

Photo: Amlan Mathur/ Shutterstock.com Buy land, they’re not making it anymore. – Mark Twain Human beings have felt the allure of land since time immemorial. Families, regions, nations and civilizations have gone to war in order to claim land or protect it. Alexander, Caesar, Ashoka, Hitler – to name just a few historical figures – held land to be synonymous with ... Read More »

We need to focus on the ‘why’ of technology in a ‘why not?’ world

Technology has become a part of every aspect of our lives, even in the places we least expect. The grocery store has a mobile app. The local bank has a chatbot. Strollers in the mall have touchscreens. The checkout counter is DIY. The parking lot has a security robot. Are any of these things bad? No. But how many of them are necessary? ... Read More »

Not obliged to elicit views of finance panel: CoA

CoA has revealed that a panel like the finance committee won’t exist post the adoption of new draft constitution. © AFP The Committee of Administrators (CoA), on Saturday (September 16), reminded BCCI that the innings of some board officials would be over when the newly-drafted constitution is approved by the Supreme Court. In a strongly worded letter to BCCI office-bearers, ... Read More »

Higher education needs autonomy for excellence, not more regulation

In this age of information and technology, complete information is available on social and digital media. Students and their parents spend a considerable time in comparing and contrasting institutions in terms of numerous parameters such as infrastructure, curriculum, learning outcomes and placements(Getty Images/iStockphoto) Regulation in education has been introduced since governments in developing countries presume higher education also to be ... Read More »

John Stossel: A cheap internet prescription is not much of a threat to public health

I just got new glasses — without going to an optometrist. It’s another innovation made possible by the internet. Going to an optometrist can be a pain. You have to leave work, get to an optometrist’s office, sit in a waiting room and then pay an average of $95 (in my town). But I got a prescription for just $50 ... Read More »

When it comes to kids and social media, it’s not all bad news

While we often hear about the negative impact social media has on children, the use of sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is not a one-size-fits-all activity. Children use it in a wide variety of ways – some of which are adding value to their lives. There are risks associated with social media use. But it’s also important to understand ... Read More »

IGNOU’s Move to Provide Free Education for Transpeople is Not All Good News

Photo by Daniel LofredoRota via Flickr CC 2.0   We were all cheers when Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in New Delhi introduced a third gender category in its enrollment structure. Mind you, this was in 2012, two years before the Supreme Court officially granted transgenders the third gender status. So yesterday, when IGNOU announced it’s decision to waiver all fees ... Read More »