Ronnie Screwvala on why India needs non-linear thinking

Ronnie Screwvala, 64, serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author, has commissioned a telling new report titled ‘Non-linear Thinking’, which he puts forward as an alternative line of thought to propel India to its true potential. Non-linear thinking assumes a higher level of risk than normal, where past experiences do not define future ones. In an exclusive conversation with Fortune India, Screwvala, who co-founded upGrad, South Asia’s largest higher edtech company, explains the report’s thesis in detail. Edited excerpts. A CHANGE IN MINDSET Q. First things first, Ronnie. What prompted you to commission…

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Article on Importance of Education

Education entails acquiring knowledge to have a greater understanding of the various disciplines that will be used in our everyday lives. ‘Education’ refers to the information we gain and experience outside of books or classrooms, as well as the knowledge that we receive and experience in schools, our homes, and as members of society. Our ideas on life alter as a result of learning, education is crucial for personal development and growth in society. In this blog, we will see why we need education for growth and will also look at some…

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California School Districts Fear Major Budget Cuts as Enrollments Drop

Despite this year’s return to in-person learning, districts throughout the state are seeing major declines in both enrollment and average daily attendance, and fear the reductions could result in significant funding cuts next school year. Without state intervention, many districts face substantial cuts in state funding and could be forced to make significant budget cuts in the 2022-23 school year, due to a drop in enrollment and attendance. Districts’ baseline funding depends on the number of students enrolled, minus the daily average number of absent students. For the past two…

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SF School Board Recall Funded Mostly by Local Donors, With Venture Capitalists Topping the List

San Francisco’s school board has spent the past year in the national spotlight, garnering the attention of pundits from Fox News to the New York Times editorial pages for its controversial decisions on distance learning, school renamings and admissions policies. The campaign to recall board members Alison Collins, Gabriela López and Faauuga Moliga, however, has relied on a donor network close to home. A KQED analysis of campaign filings for the election, slated for Feb. 15, found that at least 76% of the pro-recall cash raised so far is coming from…

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A Different Kind of Math Tutor

Research on how people think results in cognitive tutor programs that help kids do better in math. Findings Algebra class may be less difficult and a bit more fun these days, thanks to research on how human cognition works. Developed over two decades by psychologist John Anderson, the Adaptive Character of Thought (ACT-R) theory is a framework for understanding how we think about and attack problems, including math equations. The theory reflects our understanding o human cognition based on numerous facts derived from psychological experiments. ACT-R suggests that complex cognition…

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How Professionals Can Advance Their Careers

As a professional, you will likely want to continue advancing your career long past your first years in the job of your choice. There are many ways that professionals can advance their careers, and many of these take a lot of hard work, effort, and commitment. To find out more about the best methods to put your energy into in 2021, read on. ·      Get a Good Qualification The first step you should take as a professional who wants to advance their career is getting a good qualification. Qualifications can…

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Features of Student Loan in the Philippines

It’s no secret that in the Philippines, high school is experiencing a shortage of government-funded places. There are many more people who want to get a specialty in higher education. As early as April 17, 2019, CHED began to implement the Universal Access to Quality Higher Education Act in partnership with the Philippines Development Bank. As a result of this partnership, a program has been created through which prospective students can take out an education loan of PHP 60,000. To receive this loan, the student needs to prove the fact…

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Haryana govt to bear three months interest on education loans by students: CM Khattar

The Haryana government will bear three months interest on education loans taken by thousands of students in the state, Chief Minister M L Khattar announced here on Wednesday. “Haryana government will pay the interest of three months of all those students who are completing their education this year or who have already completed their education in the previous year, but have not been able to start their jobs or business due to this coronavirus pandemic. As many as 36,000 students will be benefitted,” he said in a televised address to…

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How Remote Education is Evolving During the Crisis

Over the last decade, online education has grown significantly, especially for adult learners who want to earn a degree or certificate while working full-time. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported 6.6 million students enrolled in distance education courses at postsecondary institutions during the fall of 2017. Within the last few years, high schools have also started exploring ways to add remote learning options, including dual-enrollment courses in partnership with local community colleges. Although the majority of these courses were offered solely on the high school campus, recent NCES…

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Political Correctness Threatens American Higher Education

By some measures, American higher education is in the midst of a golden age. It enjoys a worldwide reputation as the best in the world. Global rankings of universities consistently put American institutions at the top. Students from virtually every country compete to gain entry to both their undergraduate and graduate programs. Faculty often enjoy both great prestige and impressive salaries. Yet higher education in the United States has serious problems. The tuition its institutions charge students encumber many of them with career-distorting debt. For other young people, the price…

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