UnpackED - The black box of Indian school education reform
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    UnpackED - The black box of Indian school education reform (English, Paperback, Karthik Dinne)

    UnpackED - The black box of Indian school education reform  (English, Paperback, Karthik Dinne)

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    Highlights
    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Centre for Civil Society
    • Genre: History and Politics
    • ISBN: 9788187984252, 8187984252
    • Edition: 1, 2015
    • Pages: 240
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      About the book

      'UnpackED - The black box of Indian school education reform' is a one stop source to get a comprehensive perspective of issues in school education. It is highly recommended to those who are looking to understand nuances of such issues further.

      Learning assessments in mid 2000s brought visibility to the poor learning levels in India. The pursuing discourse points to a wide range of aspects as the core reason for the poor state of education - inappropriate curriculum, lack of teacher training etc.

      UnpackED synthesizes lessons from the reform initiatives till now and borrows from the literature on their effects, to probe such hypothesis and argues that weak state capacity is the 'critical constraint', the root cause. It further argues that all other cited reasons for poor state of education are symptoms of the deeper malaise of weak state capacity. The book highlights the implications of weak state capacity and argues that it is forcing us to settle for second-best solutions.

      UnpackED elucidates that approaching reform in form of new schemes or scaling up innovations generally tends to hit a dead-end because they necessarily don't address the underlying issue of weak state capacity. It hence argues that we need a fundamental shift in the framework of our approach to reform, an approach where enhancing state capacity acts as the anchor of reform, instead of ideas/schemes. It further discusses the meaning of state capacity and provides a theoretical framework to understand the same.

      UnpackED has separate sections on widely debated themes in education - assessments, decentralization, incentives, private schools, and vouchers, where literature on these aspects is summarized and commentary is provided on their applicability to Indian context.

      Finally, based on all these arguments, the book proposes a framework for public school education reform, with enhancing state capacity as the anchor. It also identifies constraints to achieve quality in private schools and proposes reform framework for the same.

      Testimonials

      "Karthik [has] made a systematic, evidence-based attempt to identify the causes of [India's] catastrophic educational failure, and outline approaches to reform." Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, Lok Satta Party.

      "Dinne provides an engrossing analysis of the factors behind the sorry state of school education in India. Drawing on insights from across several disciplines, this unified synthesis makes a highly original and timely contribution as India frames its New Education Policy." - Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Chair of Education Economics and International Development, UCL Institute of Education, University of London.

      "This deftly written, highly readable book has an important message: the quality of our schools matters. Failing government schools is a problem of state capacity. While trying to solve that problem, let us test creative alternatives, such as vouchers, which will also enhance choice and freedom for students." - Gurucharan Das, Author & Public Intellectual

      "A thoughtful and interesting exercise in synthesizing what is known about education in India today. A book worth reading, especially since it is by a promising young researcher."- Rukmini Banerji, Director, ASER Centre.

      "The author has done a great service by pin pointing weak state capacity as the prime cause of infrastructure deficiencies and poor learning outcomes in publicly provided K-12 education. It is a moot point whether weak state capacity is wilful or accidental. I believe it is wilful, driven by motivation of perpetuating a gullible and subjugated electorate."- Dilip Thakore, Editor, Education World.
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      Book Details
      • Publication Year
        • 2015
      • Book Type
        • Public Policy
      Contributors
      • Author
        • Karthik Dinne
      • Author Info
        • Karthik Dinne is a public policy enthusiast, specifically interested in education and governance. He has worked with several organizations focusing on public policy and advocacy. Karthik is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He blogs at www.iterativeadaptation.blogspot.com.
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      5

      A revelation in the policy space of Indian school education

      I came across the book as it was launched recently at a prominent school education policy conference in Delhi. Being a school education policy enthusiast, I was eager to browse it. And once I started, I couldn't put it down and read it all the way to the end in one sitting!
      Karthik has really thought about this tremendously important issue from multiple perspectives and provided an unbiased, objective, and informed view of the question that all Indian citizens ask "What is wrong with the Ind...
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      Vikas Jhunjhunwala

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      30 Jan, 2016

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      Educative, insightful and a compelling read.

      Karthik Dinne puts the spotlight on reforms indispensable to our school education system . The book provides a comprehensive , rational, and a sensitive approach to the serious challenges our education system is faced with and suggests solutions worth implementing .

      He has done us a huge service by taking up the herculean task of presenting all the information required to understand the complex issue in crystal clear concepts. He has very effectively put the tedious statistical data into pe...
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      MANALI REDDY

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      11 Mar, 2016

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      Simply awesome

      Received it today and am writing this review as i read chapter 3. Captivating read. Cant wait to complete it and get back to action.
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      Niha

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      3 Oct, 2016

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      Insightful

      Karthik provides, in extraordinary depth and with clarity, the problems that plague the Indian educational scene. A must read for all those who even remotely work in or are connected to the filed of education.
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      karn jain

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      16 Sep, 2016

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      Comprehensive and Insightful!

      UnpackED has thoroughly succeeded in unpacking the black box of Indian education system. Karthik has brought in different perspectives to understand the root causes for the failures of the education system.Capturing the view points of various stakeholders through the chapters the book brilliantly narrows it down to the one and only cause for all the failures.Interestingly, the author has not stopped at only finding the issues but also set a reform agenda for bettering education in India.

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      surya banda

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      6 May, 2016

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      a must read book for all who cares for education system

      UnpackED, A must read book by Karthik Dinne for all of those who are working for the improvement of education system and those who are interested to know our education system. A comprehensive and intensive research done by karthik, ..awesome book.
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      24 Mar, 2016

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      Excellent primer

      The book is a succinct synthesis of the issues facing the Indian primary and secondary education system. It clearly lays out possible solutions as well without getting stuck in any ideological muddle. Drawing lessons from around the world, the book is a call to action for policymakers. But more importantly, this book should be read by people unfamiliar with the landscape of Indian education - it is informative, easy to read and sensible.
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      Chinmaya Holla

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      10 Mar, 2016

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      UnpackED

      Outstanding, Marvelous and extraordinary book.
      Highlights of the book
      1) Unbiased.
      2)Reveals the reality about the pathetic situation of India's school educational system.
      3)Thought from everyone’s aspect (students, teachers and overall the system).
      4)Touched me emotionally most of the times.
      5)Covers every topic in a detailed manner giving pros and cons and also the solutions.
      6)Out of Box thinking and Every statement is supported by data.

      It's an altogether enlightening book for t...
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      P Vishnu Vardhan Reddy

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      1 Mar, 2016

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      Great Introduction to the Education Landscape

      The book is a great collection of facts and figures on the education sector in India. The book suggests some great ideas on how some systemic problems can be tackled.
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      Siddharth Ajith

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      29 Feb, 2016

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      UnpackEd

      Thought provoking and Data Driven Analysis. Must read for everyone passionate about education and India's future
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      Pradip Bhandari

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      29 Feb, 2016

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