Why Schools Matter

What, then, is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms – in short, a sum of human relations, which have been enhanced, transposed, and embellished poetically and rhetorically, and which after long use seem firm, canonical, and obligatory to a people: truths are illusions about which one has forgotten…

Announcing Noon: Northstar Online

The last few months have been hard professionally, as with many of us. Not being able to see the kids has been a major downer. Add to that the learning experience of live videos conferencing. Its been hard for teachers and students both. These are difficult times, particularly for small…

Porosity of Boundaries

One major objective for Raga Svara is to create, what I call, “Porosity of Boundaries”. I want to make the solid walls between apparently different ideas more porous, more accommodating. One such boundary is between western medicine and our traditional medicine. I have thought for quite sometime about Indian traditional…

Northstar Approach to Online Learning

Let me begin by mentioning that the last few months have been the most difficult of times for The Northstar School. I am not hesitant to accept it and share it. Are we alone in this? Certainly not. I prefer sharing about where we need to get better at than…

Note Taking

I have been obsessed with finding/developing a note taking method. I have put way more time than I can admit on reading about note taking approaches and finding the right tool for it. At one point I got so deep in to trying out different tools that I felt…

Coronavirus and Learning

Let's not confuse more with better and efficiency with effectiveness. We are living in unprecedented times. Everyone realises that now. As we enter the third week of total lockdown, the frustration is beginning to take its toll. Most industries, apart from the essential ones, have been in total or near…

Indian higher education

Let's acknowledge the problem, so we can get workingA couple of years ago I wrote in a dejected Facebook post that I spend more of my time in authority appeasement then on creative work. While I have learned to refrain from making caustic remarks, what remains true is that the…

Trainers of HEP (Switzerland) on The Northstar School

The Northstar School has partnered with HEP of Switzerland. Under the  exchange program, educators from HEP came at The Northstar School in  India and conducted various learning activities with our students. Ruth  Benvegnen, Teacher Trainer (Foreign Language) from HEP Vaud, Switzerland  shared her experience during the visit. Lucy Kottsieper, Teacher…