"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts......." The new millennium has brought in its wake an array of global changes which were unheard of before. Life today, is on the fast track with gigantic changes in the field of science, technology, management, information and communication. This situation demands readiness to face the changes. The concept of 'Emotional Intelligence' has gained considerable importance 'Humanism', the over-arching philosophy of our time, translates into the 'child-centred approach' in education. In this the child's needs, interests, play activities and self-confidence assumes tremendous Importance. The child's education, in terms of pedagogical strategies used, evaluation techniques, curriculum plans, teaching content etc is greatly influenced by the philosophy of significant educational thinkers and innovators.
Over just academic excellence and hence there is more focus on the ability The child of yesteryear was categorised as either male or female, which represented a definite set of qualities. This compartmentalization no longer remains valid as boys and girls are by and large seen as a generic category and are evaluated in terms of common traits and qualities. Today's child no longer realizes only on being told about various phenomena. He is a child with a multi- faceted persona, a child of the technological age. He has his own perspectives, ideas and understanding and often argues before he is convinced. Exposure to the world- wide web and the hard realities of today's world have made him more mature and mentally agile. The teacher has to relate each child's psyche and there is greater emphasis on the equation between the teacher and the student. This foundation is essential for facing the seemingly new problems that confront an individual in today's troubled times. Based on all the tenets, the maxim of the school is that the learning activities are all child- centric. The school therefore provides ample opportunities in all spheres of learning, helping the child to emerge as a wholesome personality, ready to face the challenges of life.
S. P. Singh