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Parents: 5 things child misses learning when you outsource the project

Parents: 5 things child misses learning when you outsource the project

School Projects

The 2nd half of the academic year is busy season in most schools with extracurricular activities taking up substantial time - sports day, annual day, science day, model making and in some schools even the carnival.

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As part of these activities schools have projects to be done by group of students. Schools expect parents to assist the students. 

Professionals doing the student's work

Parents have a busy schedule. It is a humongous task for somebody to take along 8-10 children with their parents to work as a team. Moreover, there is a concern that we cannot do good work as we have not made models or charts like this.  There enters the professional agencies! 

There are individuals who work on model making for real estate or design firms. There are many private class owners teaching art & craft. They take on these projects. The charge can be anywhere between Rs. 3000 to Rs. 15000 depending on the complexity of the model. For a group of 8-10 students, parents end up spending Rs. 400 to Rs. 2000 per student. No meetings, no mess in the house, no tension of coordination with other parents & children, no concern about people not working, substantial saving in time  and moreover, the output is of professional quality.

 

5 things that the student misses learning

These projects are an important source of learnings and contribute significantly to the overall development of the child. But if they don’t get to work on the project, they lose out on learning the following:  

  • Interpersonal behaviour,
  • Team working,
  • Planning and time management,
  • Creativity, art/craft and
  • Overall leadership.

Schools do not officially support such practices. Therefore, when the students are asked - who has made the project? They are taught to speak the lies - we made it ourselves with the help of our parents. Instead of such activities building important practical skills & leadership qualities, it is sowing the seeds of lies. 

So, next time when there is a circular from the school about a project that your child has to do, encourage them to work by themselves.

Remember the line from movie Sarkar Raj where Amitabh explains to Abhishek – Door ke fayde ke liye najdik ke nooksan sehne padte hai!

Let the project be not as good as compared to that done by the professional. But parents as well as child will have the satisfaction of doing it by themselves.

Best of 2016 from Making Champs

Best of 2016 from Making Champs

We are in week 1 of the new year. It is always better to take stock of what happened in the year that went by so that we can channelize our thoughts for the time ahead. You can see examples like this for the best of Huffington Post and TED .

On our page on facebook,we decided to curate the content for our followers and their network on :

key developments in the education sector, India we well as global, highlight issues relating to employability and bring in insights for the parents for carrying on the parenting role in a smarter way.

We bring to you the best of the posts that we shared in 2016.

1. Impact of music on children and learning

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In this interesting article in Pacific Standard, Tom Jacobs explains the soothing impact music lessons have on children. Something for parents to take note of. It is ironical that here in India all extra and co curricular activities take a back seat as the child moves to higher grades. If your teenager is engaged in some musical lessons, it would be far easier to deal with the typical changes associated with this stage of life. Read full article

2. Issues in the Indian Education System

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There have been various reports from Confederation of Indian Industry to The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) talking about quality of Indian graduates and lack of employability. Our Hon President, Dr Pranab Mukherjee talked about this earlier this week and was reported by The Huffington Post. On one hand parents continue to pay through their noses in school fees and tuitions hoping that their child will do better than them. On the other hand we have these facts which talk about lack of skills. Indian education system needs a surgical strike. Or may be a complete surgery. Who is ready to do it? Read full article

3.The school of the future has opened in Finland

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Finland has been at the top of #PISA rankings for a long time. It has even given rise to educational tourism according to Pasi Sahlberg. Now, Finland is raising the bar further. They are already restructuring the school syllabus and the school structure.Check this out for yourself. #school #futureofeducation #finland

4. 80% of success is - Following Through

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Follow-up or following through is an important aspect of getting anything done. Parents, if you want your children to achieve something worthwhile in life, ensure that they learn this habit of - following through. Read this inspiring article from Peter Russell of Kindling. He says - Successful people are those who are willing to do the things that others are not. 80% of success is FOLLOWING THROUGH.

5. How to handle examinations - Tips

Exams are a major cause of anxiety among students. The anxiety peaks for the 10th and 12h std (SSC, HSC, ISC, CBSE and other board exams). But for the students, exams are a reality that has to be faced. And like any other project in life, it can be dealt systematically. Unfortunately, it is not taught in the schools and colleges. See this short video, where Prasanna Pahade shares his tips on what could be done to reduce the exam fear. Students and parents will find this useful.

 

6. Contradictions in life - say something, but do something else

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Sanjeev Kapoor said this to The Times of India. It is so true. There are many more #contradictions around us. lets bring them out. Example: we talk about Olympic medals but everybody wants to be a doctor or an engineer. 

7. Nine Skills That Will Help Make Our Children Future-Ready

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An interesting list of Nine Skills That Will Help Make Our Children Future-Ready by John B. Mahaffie for World Innovation Summit for Education - WISE. How many of them form part of school education ? Read full article

We will continue to bring out relevant and interesting insights like above for the parent community. If you wish to read about our regular updates, like our page on facebook and subscribe to our youtube channel

Happy Parenting!