Dear friends -
I am just back from the NCRI Nai Taleem conference in New Delhi.
The Right to Education (RTE) Act was discussed to some extent. Lots of confusion surrounds it. It seems a good place to explore deeper and clarify.
At the meeting, I proposed that a 'nai taleem clause' be added to the RTE which will encourage educational innovation and diversity, and encompass nai taleem schools, alternative schools, homeschools, unschoolers, and other forms of self-designed learning.
I am proposing that we put together a little booklet from the Learning Societies network on RTE to share around the country to try to open up the conceptual debate a little more.
For example, a common question that we hear is, "What's wrong with the RTE Act? On the surface, it sounds like a great idea." I wrote a piece responding to this question in Teacher Plus magazine, and we've also received contributions from others (See below).
We invite your reflections, questions and experiences. Please send your contribution to me so we can put it on-line here: manish@swaraj.org
Best wishes,
Manish Jain

Manish Jain: "De-Institutionalizing Macauley and Reclaiming the Wider Meaning of Education" http://www.teacherplus.org/debate/de-institutionalizing-macaulay-reclaiming-the-wider-meaning-of-education

Dola Dasgupta: "Freedom of Expression Is the Sole Purpose of Education"

Gurveen Kaur: "The Devil's Intention?"

Chitta Behera: "A Dismal Report Card" (originally printed in Infochange News & Features, June 2011)

Anil Sadgopal: "Neoliberal Act" http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl2814/stories/20110715281400400.htm

RS Krishna: "Globalization, caste and its cognitive-social impact" http://www.historicalmind.com/2011/07/globalization-caste-and-its-cognitive.html

Alternative and Innovate Schools: "Notes on RTE" (PDF)

Shreya Sahai and Others vs. the Union of India on the Right to Education Act: background note and public interest litigation (PDF)

The Right to Education Act and Other Official Documents: http://www.prsindia.org/billtrack/the-right-to-education-bill-2008-199/

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