The Pathways Group of Schools pioneer approaches to teaching and learning which are well-tried elsewhere but new to India. While preserving the best in traditional Indian and International education and culture, we have opted for a student-centred system with ample opportunities for project work and discovery learning, guided by a well-qualified international teaching faculty with generous access to quality in service training both in India and abroad. In order to ensure that every student’s talents are developed to the full, the school applies the Multiple Intelligences approach, developed by Dr. Howard Gardner from Harvard University.
National and international experts developed the concept and plans for the school. They decided to name the school “Pathways” to represent Howard Gardner’s multiple pathways to learning.
The Pathways Vision
To make Pathways a learning community of motivated students and staff engaged in active learning through the best use of modern technology. To develop young individuals who think, question and are curious through enquiry based learning and project work.
To create responsible global citizens utilising an international curriculum and principles of student-centred learning.
To impart world class education that shall foster academic excellence, physical fitness, psychological and spiritual health, social consciousness and concern for environment in each Pathways student through our own systems and practices.
It is our mission to blend the strong cultural fundamentals of the Gurukul heritage and other traditional systems with advanced modern learning tools, thus providing a new direction in world education.
It is our mission to ensure that in a safe, tranquil, stimulating and intellectually challenging environment, all students shall have ample opportunity to:
- Acquire habits of curiosity, reflection, mental flexibility, independence and self-discipline.
- Attain skills and attitudes which will fit them for life in the rapidly changing world of a new millennium
- Fulfill their academic, cultural, sporting and social potential, including the achievement of optimum academic results
- Maintain openness and respect in the face of racial, cultural, religious and linguistic diversity
- Develop a confident understanding of what they and other individuals can and should achieve for themselves, for the environment and for international society.
Facts about Pathways
Pathways provides an education that enables our students to fulfill their potential – be it social, intellectual, academic, sporting or cultural. We do so not because these potentials, fully developed, are useful, economically marketable or aesthetically rewarding but because we want every single one of our students to find something that they are good at.
The extensive range of activities on offer in the school enables all our students to find something that they can excel at. In this way they come to an appreciation of their worth as individuals and gain the self-esteem and self-confidence to which we aspire as the hallmark of our graduates.
We recognise that, in a rapidly changing world, few of our students will follow a single career for the whole of their adult lives. To cope with these career changes they will need flexibility of mind and the intellectual curiosity to continue learning well into adulthood.
We espouse a variety of teaching models in order to produce students who can think critically, synthesise and transform, experiment and create. In short, we aim to equip our students for the 21st Century. Our teaching methods are thus far removed from the didactic approaches traditional in many countries.
Pathways is much more than an orderly environment. Our disciplinary systems, from the day that students enter the school, aim to make them realise that we must all take responsibility for our own actions. This realisation is fundamental to bringing our students to a preference for self-discipline over imposed discipline.
In an increasingly dysfunctional world, we regard values such as responsibility, honesty, courage, loyalty, tolerance and respect for others as the building blocks of a stable society. We do not seek to teach these values, but to organise the school and so conduct ourselves that our children will see the example we are giving and come, bit by bit, to prize and apply these values themselves.
While Pathways draws much of its inspiration from international models, it also embraces the Indian perspective. We try to give our students not only an understanding of their own, or host country, but also a valuing of its peoples and its cultural diversity and a willingness to do something for it. We also seek to encourage amongst our students an appreciation of India’s immense richness and variety of natural resources, as well as a commitment to their protection and preservation for future generations. Expeditions to more remote areas and our community service programmes are intended to break down the isolation created by privilege, exposing our students to a reality outside their own experience so that they may learn to cope with unexpected difficulties and mature in the process.
Respect for the environment grows out of respect for one’s own person. A comprehensive programme of talks and seminars on personal hygiene, sexuality, drugs and family relationships is held each year at appropriate levels in the school.
Technology at Pathways
In the world of the 21st Century we are constantly bombarded with a million times more information than our ancestors ever conceived of and the Internet is both a blessing and a curse. Relevant technology with appropriate teacher guidance can help us to separate the gold from the grass.
The flexibility of the Pathways building design is complemented by Information Age technology which is a learning tool for the student, a teaching tool to the teacher and the curriculum. Secondary School students have laptops. This flexibility is particularly valuable within the classroom or laboratory where seating plans and furniture distribution change constantly to reflect the multiple needs of the curriculum. The school server maintains a broadband connection throughout the 365 days of the year, giving each student continuous (monitored) access via the school’s intranet to the resources of the Internet. The essence of Anywhere-Anytime learning is that it is exactly what it says it is. Information can be accessed out of class hours and questions arising can be referred to the teacher when appropriate. Our reporting system is computerised and parents will be able to track their children’s progress on the Internet.
Technology has its place in every curricular subject. Our Science laboratories, for instance, are specially equipped for computer simulation of dangerous experiments. Less predictably, perhaps, there is a wealth of relevant software available for such subjects as Languages and Music. All students have access to a Design Technology Studio, equipped to industrial standards, in which they can pursue individual projects with the support and advice of visiting experts. The best of these experiments could well lead to commercially viable products even while the student is at school. The superbly equipped Library-Media Centre includes a Distance-Learning Studio for access to a wealth of curriculum and teaching from some of the best universities in the world. Pathways is developing an extensive CD Rom library and there are Reprographics Centres in each academic building. As at a university, facilities such as the Media Centre are open well into the evening.