Category Archives: education

Reflections on Liping Ma’s Work

Liping Ma’s book Knowing and teaching elementary mathematics has been very influential in Mathematics Education circles. This is a short summary of the book and my reflections on it. Introduction Liping Ma in her work  compares the teaching of mathematics … Continue reading

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Millions of Computers for Millions of Children

Yesterday ( it should be now read “a couple of years back”)while giving a talk, I was asked this rhetorical question (not verbatim, but close): “What did you say was the sample size of your study?” “Two. This was a … Continue reading

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Politics Science Education or Science Education Politics or Science Politics Education

I am rather not sure what should be the exact title of this post. Apart from the two options above it could have been any other combination of these three words. Because I would be talking about all three of … Continue reading

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Main purpose of the educational sector

The main purpose of the health sector is not to provide other sectors with workers in good health. By the same token, the main purpose of the educational sector is not to prepare students to take up an occupation in … Continue reading

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“How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?”

“People expected me to become a high-ranking official in the government or a big company, but I don’t think just because I chose not to become the expected it gives anyone a right to call anyone’s life a failure,” via  … Continue reading

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Research and public outreach

I like to think that the book writing, public outreach activities can be not oppositional to doing research. I have been inspired to do research projects by thinking about different ways of talking to the public, and I think that … Continue reading

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Gandhi on Textbooks

M. K. Gandhi Harijan Vol VII, No. 31 pg. 1, 9 September 1939 Text Books The craze for ever-changing text books is hardly a healthy sign from the educational standpoint. If text books are treated as a vehicle for education, … Continue reading

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Equity Over Excellence

There is an interesting piece in The Atlantic by Sergey Ivanov on the education system in Finland. Though the article is written from a viewpoint of an American, there are a lot of take home points for everyone and particularly for India. In … Continue reading

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Open Access Manifesto

Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a … Continue reading

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