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Saturday, January 9, 2021
William N Bissell: Sandeep is a lifelong student of My Good School!
Foreword for the book
My Good School Where Passion Meets Education
Sandeep is a passionate educator. He is one of those individuals who have dedicated his life to making the greatest impact on the greatest number of people. The way he has chosen to do that is by helping schools and teachers implement programs that will help students to become lifelong learners.
He believes in the idea that if you can change a child’s life, you can change the life of their family, their community and indeed their nation. He has live up to his motto for the last 35 years of his life in helping teachers improve their skills, helping school administrators understand how to deliver the best learning outcomes, helping school heads foster communities of curiosity, openness, learning and creativity in their schools.
Sandeep has taken his lifelong experiences and summarized them in this thoughtful, provocative and very readable book.
I have had the pleasure of watching Sandeep’s work in the school I founded 30 years ago and the proof of his work lies in watching the graduates of the school who came from a small rural community do extraordinary things with their life.
He has shown that regardless of where one is born, ones social or economic status, a good school can transform a child’s life by helping them learn and develop into ethical responsible global citizens.
This book explains how schools can achieve significantly better teaching standards, foster a sense of community and help each student reach their fullest potential.
Sandeep does a great job of framing the issues that educators / school owners and administrators faced, also where they must focus their energy. As he said at the beginning of Chapter 2 - “A country is as developed as its Education sector. We in India should make ‘affordable quality education’ our development mantra and this alone will help us thrive as a great nation. No matter what path we take on the road to economic development, the quality of education will always be a speed breaker”.
Sandeep’s book is an invaluable read for policy makers, school owners / administrators and teachers as it takes a 360 degree view of all aspects of what it takes to build great schools. The emphasis he places on the development of a strong culture of teacher’s training is reminiscent of Henry Adam, who said – “ A teacher affects eternity and one can never tell where their influence stops”.
Applying the ideas in this book will transform how schools can deliver outstanding learning outcomes. I can say this as I have watched Sandeep apply this idea at The Fabindia School over the last 10 years as Chairman of the board.
Sandeep is able to do this successfully as he is a lifelong student. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.”