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Shubhi Vijay, Hindustan Times
New Delgi, September 17, 2011
If a child's school life is a play — then the teacher assumes the roles of actors, directors and producers. In this competitive age, where schools are relied upon for much more than academics, the role of the teacher has a special significance. In today's classrooms, holistic education seems to be the way forward.

So what is it that teacher's want? We spoke to some, in various Gurgaon schools, to get a sense of it.

With a project-based learning system and no uniforms, teachers at the Heritage school are trying to prepare students for  the outside world. “Our core philosophy is that every child is unique. Growth needs to be organic as opposed to assembly line production,” says Manit Jain, Director. This school uses themes and projects instead of subjects to impart education. Compulsory subjects don't exist here, but compulsory expeditions do. The motive of these trips is to provide the students with a set of survival skills. The Heritage School has scored highest in ‘infrastructure and facilities’ as well as  the ‘teacher care and development’ parameters in the Hindustan Times C-fore school survey,
highlighting the innovative use of both to benefit the students.

Alternate systems of education like Shikshantar and Heritage where performance reviews and feedback sessions are replacing traditional report cards are innovations to build up on each individual child's strengths and passions.

It's not just the parents or students that are demanding a change in the education system. Teachers too want to shed the binds of a primitive process. They hope to see a shift in education from a simple five-subject formula to diverse creative options, building on a person's interests. It's no wonder then that the teachers seem to be with the students on this
one, crooning: We don't need no education. We need much more.