Grading System in Indian Schools | A Brief Overview | Pathways World School

The Indian education system has taken a step forward towards reviving the education system with the introduction of grading system in session 2009-10. It will help in reducing the pressure on students during exams. In the last five years the meaning of education has changed for students from imbibing knowledge to merely scoring marks, resulting in myriad forms of education policies.

As per reports, every day more than 17 students aged between 15-25 years commit suicide in India due to non-performance in the examination or an entrance test. Watching young children of the country succumbing to the undue pressure of scoring high marks is horrifying. One of the points to note here is the thinking of the society, which puts lot of pressure on students to ‘to perform’.

This pressure from schools, parents, peer groups and society takes away the youthfulness of a child. Further, a health report also supports that this often causes health hazard such as fatigue, body aches, eye weakness, stress and in more severe cases, depression (neurotic/psychotic.) Looking at today’s education scenario, the Central Board of Senior Education has introduced educational counselors and child psychologists in schools to boost the confidence of young students and mentally prepare them for the board examination. This method has helped in reducing the stress and making them comfortable with the examination.

Understanding the board exam system in India and its relation with students is of great importance in present times. While coping with the expectations of school, parents and society and keeping pace with their talent, students face a lot of hardships. Thus, the implementation of a grading system and abolition of board exams is really a boon for students.

Adoption of grading system in India, the grading system was introduced in 2008-09 from class I-VIII, reducing the exam stress. Extending the concept to class IX and X has further reduced the pressure, giving students an opportunity to explore other avenues. Following the US model, the implementation of the grading system is to bring in more practical education than the current theoretical method. This model prescribes a varied range of opportunities, providing children of all levels a platform to showcase their talent and pursue their interests traditionally; class XI students were given subjects as per marks scored in Class X. This system often disappointed students if they scored low. Moreover, if a student didn’t get the required percentage due to poor scoring in one subject, then the entire percentage gets affected. The grading system will give students relief. It will provide ample opportunities to students to excel in their choice filed.

Its implementation will help an average student to cope with the stress though leaving a lot of toppers to question it. Students will be evaluated on a 9-point grading system, which will diminish the difference between a student scoring 99% and one scoring 91%. Both students will get the A+ grade. To make the grading system a success, parents and teachers need to acknowledge children’s special assets and encourage them pursue their interest.

The grading system by HRD minister – Kapil Sibal has brought in a new wave of transformation in the Indian education system. He put India up on the ladder of the global education system. The HRD minister commenting on the system said that it would provide a standardization of excellence at the school level.

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Published in: on October 29, 2010 at 11:55 am  Comments (2)  

Govt raises nursery admission age to 4 yrs | Pathways World School Noida Gurgaon & Aravali

On a recent news update, HRD Minister Mr. Kapil Sibal announced that the Nursery Admission age of students should be at a minimum of four years. So as a result the scene of nursery admission of the parents of 3 year olds, gearing up for the kid’s admission this year, has to make a year-long wait. Mr. Sibal came to this decision after meeting both the school administration and the parents from the capital.

The age of admission to nursery in Delhi had previously been reduced after the recommendations of a committee headed by former CBSE Chairman Ashok Ganguly. But aggrieved parents claimed that it was difficult for three year olds to adjust to school environment at such a young age. The move is seen as a step to reduce pressure on thousands of parents who join the nursery admission rush when their children are barely past two.  The minister also supported opening formal education in Class I only when a child is six years old.  Sibal said he would take up the matter with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. “The measures can only be implemented after the Delhi government accepts it, as Education is a state subject,” he said.

Pathways World School in Gurgaon, Noida and Aravali is open to year-long admissions for the session of 2011-2012. Pathways is a truly international school with all modern amenities like fully air-conditioned classrooms, an advanced international curriculum and a set of highly qualified and dedicated faculty. Pathways World School Gurgaon, Noida and Aravali invites applications for admission from nursery to graduation. The school imparts practical methods of Montessori to implant values of self discipline and cultural awareness.

Go to http://www.pathways.in/ for more info on the school.

For admission procedure visit http://pathways.in/gurgaon/admission-procedure.asp?over=Admission

Published in: on October 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm  Comments (2)  

Should School Uniforms be Mandatory? | Pathways World School

This is an everlasting debate that whether School Uniforms should be worn or casual clothing are as good. And like most of the popular debates in the world it has no concrete answer, it totally depends on a person’s belief actually.For some it is a benefit for others- a disadvantage.

The basic reason Indian schools do not allow normal attire in the school premises is the fact that it will avoid forming “gangs”. Schools in India believes that uniforms help in controlling violence and instigate a sense of pride among the students, barring the barriers of socioeconomic groups.

Here are some reasons as to why Pathways Worls School instill their faith in School Uniforms:

Professional:

Some say that a child in a school uniform is more likely to take school seriously. Putting on the school uniform signals he or she is going to school just like dad dresses up to go to work. Schools report that when students dress in “work clothes” rather than “play clothes” they take a more serious approach to their studies.

Promotes Good Discipline:

Many think that school uniforms help maintain school discipline, decreasing the amount of discipline problems. The argument is that children today are lacking in self-discipline because parents refuse to discipline them. This makes it more difficult on the teacher who has to deal with classes of 25-30 students at a time.

Reduces Fighting and Violence:

Schools report that school uniforms decrease fighting and violence that arrise out of arguments over fashionable clothes. Children invariably tease those who do not have trendy clothes. Those who can’t afford name brand clothes are often sensitive about their clothing. Schools struggling with gang problems report that school uniforms help ease tensions.

Distractions:

Many parents believe that students wearing school uniforms look nicer and that a school uniform policy ensures that children will come to school in appropriate clothing, avoiding distractions such as fads considered to be outlandish or overly revealing. Some students have turned school into an unending fashion show. This disctracts from learning, as some kids spend more time focused on thier clothes than on homework.

Values:

School uniforms stress that individuality and self-expression are not determined by designer clothing or the latest fashion fad.

Low Cost:

School uniforms are a bargain. They are becoming far less expensive than many other clothes. Schools argue that school uniforms are economical, especially compared to designer clothing, and parents agree given school uniform durability. They say school uniforms last longer because they are made for repeated wash and wear. Many schools capitalize on this by starting used school uniform stores or swap meets. Parents can get used school uniforms at discount prices, or just use them as hand-me-downs between siblings.

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Published in: on October 26, 2010 at 12:38 pm  Comments (10)  

Education Scenario in India | An Overview | Pathways World School

Post independence, and even before the importance for education is apparent in the sub continent. Many people who crack Harvard and Yale earn a great name for themselves, what people ignore is the solid root of primary and secondary education they go through in India.

In this article we will go through the basic structure of education India follows creating a sturdy base for the students.

There are basically four stages of schooling in India which are, primary, upper primary, secondary and higher secondary/high school. In an average, the schooling in India goes through a duration of 12 years, staring from Class 1 to Class 12th (10+2). The Indian Government is dedicated to provide the elementary education for everyone i.e Primary and Secondary for the ones aging between 6-14 years.

Then the upper primary and secondary school students ages between 11 to 15 years, which is planned between classes 6 to 10 and the higher secondary school ages ranges from 16-17 i.e for classes eleven and twelve. However in some parts of the country there is a concept of middle/upper primary schools for class six to eight. Higher Education in India sometimes offer focus in  particular field which includes technical schools like Indian Institute of Technology etc. also including related colleges and universities.

The main categories of schoolinf offered in India are:

• The state government controlled schools under which a large chunk of students are enrolled
• The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi
• The Council For Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE), New Delhi
• National Open School
• International Schools

Pathways World School falls under the category of International Schools and it is one of the best in the country in this genre. Pathways, an international school for approximately 2000 students from Pre Nursery to Grade 12, offers the flexibility of day, weekly and termly boarding options. Pathways graduates are prepared for entry to degree courses in first-class universities in India, the USA, and the UK and all over the world.

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Published in: on October 25, 2010 at 12:32 pm  Comments (4)  

Five Motivation Tips for Students for Enjoying Home Work | Pathways World School

Hey kids, need some perspective for doing your homework? We understand sometimes we need a little push when it comes to “Home Work”. We will give you some inspirational tips which will get you through the time when you feel home work is futile. The problems which we talk about here are discussed and submitted by real life students.

Motivation Tip 1: Get Perspective!

When you start feeling like homework is a drag, it might help to start thinking about the reason you’re doing homework in the first place. The work you do now really is important, even though it’s probably hard to see sometimes. In truth, your nightly homework is really work that will form the foundation for your future. Right now you are probably being forced to study topics that don’t interest you at all. It may seem cruel and unfair now, but it’s really an important and necessary “evil.”

Why? Because a strong foundation must include a good mix of ingredients. You see, you may not believe that you’ll need your algebra skills later in life, but algebra sets the stage for understanding principles of science, economics, and business.

It’s the same for English homework. You’ll need those skills desperately in college, and you’ll certainly need them to succeed in the world.

Motivation Tip 2: Get an Attitude!

Are you a math whiz? A great writer? Are you artistic—or maybe good at solving puzzles?

Most students have a special talent in one particular area, so they enjoy doing homework in that topic. The problem comes when they avoid doing the other stuff. Sound familiar?

The good news is that you don’t need to love everything. Just pick one area you love and become the self-appointed expert in your school. Get a serious attitude!

Think of yourself as the very best at that one topic, and then make it a reality. For inspiration, you can create a web site or perhaps a series of podcasts about your topic. Become a star!

Once you become the expert in your field, you will gain confidence in yourself and become more tolerant of the topics you don’t enjoy so much. You’ll start thinking of all your least favorite topics as “supporting” actors in your quest for a career in the area you love.

Motivation Tip 3: Get Competitive!

This problem could be real or imagined. Either way, this problem is the best kind! If you have a competitive spirit, you can have a lot of fun with this one.

If you think you’re at a disadvantage to other students, you can turn things around by getting a competitive attitude.

Think of every project as a challenge and set out to do your assignment better than anybody else. Try to surprise everyone—including the teacher—by doing outstanding work.

If you feel like you are part of a misfit crowd, then it might help to team up with a friend or two. Put your heads together and plot to outdo the popular crowd. You’ll find that this can be very inspiring!

Motivation Tip 4: Get Your Eye on the Prize!

If you get bored just thinking about homework, then you may need to focus on setting and reaching goals.

For instance, if you are having trouble getting started on a big science project, then divide your project into steps. Then, reward yourself each time you finish a step successfully. Your first step could be library research.

Set a time line for visiting the library and completing your research. Think of a good way to reward yourself, like a frothy iced coffee drink or another favorite treat. Then focus on the prize and make it happen!

Your parents will probably support you in this endeavor. Just ask!

There are many variations to the “eye on the prize” system. You may want to create a dream box or a bulletin board with pictures of big prizes, like the college of your dreams. Fill the box or board with the objects of your dreams and make a habit of looking at them often.

In other words, keep your eyes on those prizes!

Motivation Tip 5: Get Support!

It’s unfortunate but true that some students don’t receive much encouragement or support when it comes to school work. Some students don’t have any encouragement from family or don’t even have any family at all.But that doesn’t mean nobody cares.

There are lots of people who care very much that you succeed in school. Just think about it—this web site wouldn’t exist if somebody didn’t want you to succeed.

There are many people who care. People in your school have a big stake in your success. They are judged on your performance. If you don’t do well, they don’t do well.

Adults from all walks of life are concerned about education and the plight of students just like you. The state of education is a big topic of discussion and debate among adults. If you feel like you don’t get support at home, then find an education forum and talk about it.

You’ll find that there are lots of people who are interested and willing to cheer you on!

These great tips are compiled by Grace Fleming. Grace has worked with students for many years as a college adviser and admission counselor. She currently works at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, where she teaches courses such as Strategies for Success and University 101.

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Published in: on October 22, 2010 at 11:38 am  Comments (4)  

Admission in Pathways | Pathways World School Gurgaon, Noida and Aravali

One of the biggest challenges in today’s world is influencing a young and gullible mind. At Pathways World School our aim is to allow our students not just grow into any other concerned pupil but as an individual with sturdy judicious mind with an international perspective. They are immaculately prepared to make a mark in the new global arena with our distinctive academic programmes and innovative teaching methodologies. We encourage the students to inherit critical thinking process and learn through enquiry and reason. They learn to exchange thoughts and ideas with fellow students and teachers alike and develop social values that will help them to set goals, realizing their unique potential.

Set in lush sprawling internationally styled campus environs, Pathways World School is perched to be the centre of world-class education, creating value cognisant global citizens dedicated to personal and professional excellence – reflecting our mission to blend the strong cultural fundamentals of the Gurukul heritage and other traditional systems with advanced modern learning tools, thus providing a new direction in world education.

Pathways World School in Gurgaon, Noida and Aravali is open to year-long admissions for the session of 2011-2012. Pathways is a truly international school with all modern amenities like fully air-conditioned classrooms, an advanced international curriculum and a set of highly qualified and dedicated faculty. Pathways World School Gurgaon, Noida and Aravali invites applications for admission from nursery to graduation. The school imparts practical methods of Montessori to implant values of self discipline and cultural awareness.

Go to http://www.pathways.in/ for more info on the school.

For admission procedure visit http://pathways.in/gurgaon/admission-procedure.asp?over=Admission

Published in: on October 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm  Comments (1)  

Pictures of Pallavi Rathore | Gymnastic Teacher at Pathways World School also Judged for The Women Artistic Gymnastics Competition in the Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 | Pathways World School

 


Artistic Gymnastics Judges - Pallavi third from the right.

The Women Artistic Gymnastics Competition

The Women Artistic Gymnastics Competition

Judges from various Countries - Pallavi at the extreme right

All Judges Group Picture

Published in: on October 20, 2010 at 11:59 am  Comments (1)  

Nursery School Woes | What Parents Should Realize | Pathways World School

It is a proud moment for a parent as they eagerly wait for their toddlers to be big enough and join nursery school. There the child gets to meet other toddlers, intermingle with other adults and start their student life taking a small step. But with the proud feeling there is also a tinge of sadness attached. The kid whom the parent has so closely loved and protected has to manage a few hour routine in the school all by himself.

It is obvious that all parents wants to make this conversion as smooth as possible, but a little part of them does not want this to happen at all. But as long as they are prepared to take the necessary steps to make the life of the children easier in the home-nursery period, everything is going to be fine. It is a important step for a parent to talk to the child about the nursery school, what should they look forward to etc. It is also important to greet the child at the door after they are done for the day, the child really looks forward for it.

The first days usually goes uneventful, but then towards the time when the week ends and the child gets more exhausted with the new routine realizing that this is going to happen every day, outburst and tantrums could begin. But even if the child does a whole crying session first thing in the morning before going to school, after reaching he/she is going to forget it all and will be happily playing with other children. This has been confirmed to me by many nursery school teachers and assistants alike, ‘they’ll be fine when you’ve gone’, and usually they are. Still, it is not easy for the parent to leave a crying child in the hands of others.

A parent has to realize that they have to be wise and a little stern in these hard transition days. But at the same time the child should not be pressurized and always told to take it easy. Pathways understand s this particular woe of the parents and the child as well and thus provides a comfortable and safe environment for the child in the school.

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Published in: on October 19, 2010 at 11:50 am  Comments (3)  

Pathways Gurgaon Student Delson Armstrong launches Book Series in the US | Pathways World School

At a very young age, Delson was fascinated to read as many books as he could, which made him focused to become a full-time writer. He began to write short stories and took the class fiction writing assignments seriously, thus feeding fuel to his writing skills. The first time he decided to take writing as a career option he was in sixth grade, around eleven years old.

With worldwide release of his book, The Falsifier, 20 year-old Delson Armstrong enters the world of literary fantasy with a bang. Delson a student of Pathways World School in Gurgaon released his book on October 15.

With a target audience of sixteen and over, The Falsifier is an exhilarating tale that follows a young man’s journey as he deals with living in the shadow of a legendary father and follows his ordained destiny to unite the scattered remnants of humanity.

Delson also draws on his experiences adjusting to the cultural expectations of growing up in a family that embraced both its Indian heritage and the American way of life. Along with some poignant messages and influences, the book in itself is an entertaining story which has already drawn interest as a Television series.

The book, the first part of a 14 part series known as Red Serpent is loosely based on global discrimination issues which arose post September 11, and explores current intolerances in the guise of an entertaining novel reminiscent of the cult classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

The messages are blended in an enthralling story which effectively blends a time honoured favourite, Vampires, with Science Fiction. Readers will recognize the influence of political speeches by Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama, the furore over Obama’s support of a mosque near Ground Zero and the Republican’s bid to deny automatic citizenship to US born children of illegal immigrants.

He knew the story was not going to fit in one book and as he explored the history of the characters and the history of the Vampires in the novel, he realized it spanned a timeline of 150,000 years. And so he decided to write an epic fourteen book saga.

Follow Delson’s work here http://www.delsonarmstrong.com/,  http://peelingofonions.blogspot.com/

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Published in: on October 18, 2010 at 10:48 am  Comments (4)  

Nine Great Tips To Help Your Child Adjust In A New School | Pathways World School

Kids often face the problem of adjustment when moving into a new school. It can be a rough phase for a child if he/she was happy in the old school. Dr. Mary Beth Klotz, a certified school psychologist at the National Association of School Psychologists comments, “It is a big deal for your child, no matter what age they are.”

When this kind of relocation happens, parents should hold a positive attitude and encourage the kids to be open to the new opportunities the new place could bring. When talking to the kids, parents got to emphasize the good things like a new playground and the chance to be the first kids ever in a new school, says Dr. Karen Hoving, a psychotherapist in Aurora, Colorado.
Here are Nine very useful tips to help the kids adjust:
  1. First of let the Kids make new friends but at the same time keep the old ones. Set up a play date with some of her old friends and some new ones – or if she’s older, help her plan a sleepover or movie night. Make sure your help your child keep in touch with her friends that aren’t attending the new school.
  2. Make sure to keep yourself up to date with the child’s new school. This can be done in various ways. Does your child’s new teacher have a website? Checking in regularly to keep tabs on homework assignments and classroom activities is always a good idea. Staying abreast on homework and happenings at school will make the transition easier for everyone.
  3. Getting involved is the key! Getting involved at school will not only the child get to know others, but it’s also its a great way to show support for the child’s education and adjustment in the new environment.
  4. Schools could always use volunteers. Parents should donate some of their time if they can. This will also allow them to get to know teachers and staff at the new school on an informal basis.
  5. Parents got to find out if the new teachers prefers e-mails or phone calls from parents. They should ask what their child can expect to learn this year and how much homework to expect every night. Asking questions and communicating frequently will help the child to stay ahead of them game when adjusting to a new school.
  6. Talking to the child is a welcome option. Parents ought to ask their child what she thinks of the new school. What is her teacher like? Who does she eat lunch with? What are the names of her new friends etc. It’s important to make the child feel like their feelings matter and that they have a say in this new situation.
  7. It is important to remember that the teacher is an ally. Every day the child’s teacher sees how he/she is progressing academically and socially. If the child is having trouble making friends or is struggling with their homework, it is important to contact the teacher right away!
  8. There is no shame to ask for help. If the child has been in the new school for a few weeks and is having problems with the change, it is good to talk to a school counselor or school psychologist. Talking to someone other than a teacher or parent can make a hugely positive impact in how the child adjusts and deals with any problems.
  9. Finally it is vital to remember that going to a new school is a new start for the child. He/she has a chance to make new friends and get to know new teachers. With caring adults like the parents by their side and lots of support at home and at school, they’ll make it through the transition and come out a stronger person!
Pathways World School realizes the importance of the child’s adjustment and acts accordingly. The child is welcomed in the campus and made to feel at home. Parents can feel free to contact the teachers and the school administration so that they can keep a tab to their child’s progress.
Nursery Admissions are open on the Gurgaon, Noida and Aravali campuses.
Visit http://www.pathways.in/ for more info on the school.
Published in: on October 13, 2010 at 11:48 am  Comments (2)