Kind of odd, or ironic, since my parents' first attempt to send me to school (I was around 4 years old) was quite unsuccesful; after about ten days of being denied permission to look out the window and watch squirrels darting about playfully, I refused to go back to school.
I guess I finally saw the writing on the wall, for after about a year of hanging around at home, I bit the bullet and started school. Maybe it was the fun (and stinky) ride to school and back in a horse buggy. Perhaps it was the other kids. Maybe it was kindly old Miss Webb, the Anglo-Indian lady who ran the school. Just possibly, but I'm not too sure of this, I was actually learning something interesting and useful at school. Iffy. I'll never know for sure, but I've been in or around school ever since, except for that short break in the 1980's.
So yes, education interests me as a subject. But education, as it is practised, leaves me with a strong sense of dissatisfaction, or worse. Anger. Frustration. Despair. Loathing. And I want to be able to do something about it. And I do that, in my own teaching. But I would like to influence the philosophy and practice of education in the larger society. And do that from my own idiosyncratic perspective, borne of my varied life experiences.
Which brings me to this blog, where I intend to record my thoughts on past, current and emerging events and methods relating to education, and my opinions on how we can transform education. So that's it: I would like to help TRANSFORM education, and I hope this blog called NAVASHIKSHA -- "new education" in Sanskrit, that oldest of formally encoded languages -- can play some small role in the process. I invite you to please read and engage in a discussion on the subject.