In the ever-evolving landscape of education, the focus on holistic development has become paramount. It is no longer just about rote memorization of facts and figures, but about nurturing young minds to think critically and solve complex problems. The Khaitan School in Noida, under the guidance of Teacher In Charge Ms. Preeti Gambhir, took a remarkable step in this direction by participating in an Online Critical Thinking Test conducted by EducationWorld in association with LogIQids on August 11, 2023.
The event saw the active participation of thirty students from grades 6 to 8. These students were not just participants; they were young minds ready to be challenged, to put their critical thinking abilities to the test. The test was designed to evaluate schools for the India School Rankings 2023-24 under the parameter of Academic Reputation, reflecting the school’s commitment to providing a well-rounded education.
The selection of students was strategic. Ten students each from classes VI to VIII were nominated by their class teacher in consultation with subject teachers. The chosen students were those who displayed exceptional analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. This careful selection process ensured that the participating students were best suited to showcase their cognitive abilities on the platform.
The test itself was a departure from the usual academic assessments. It was carefully crafted by IIT and IIM alumni at LogIQids, who understand the importance of nurturing skills beyond the curriculum. The test focused on evaluating students’ problem-solving and critical thinking abilities. These are skills that are increasingly important in a world that demands innovative solutions and adaptability.
The online test was held in the school’s IT lab and was supervised by the dedicated Teacher In Charge, Ms. Preeti Gambhir. The format was non-academic, comprising multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The students were presented with a series of twenty questions that assessed a range of cognitive skills including spatial, verbal, and numerical abilities, memory, concentration, and analytical thinking. The 30-minute test aimed to delve deep into the students’ cognitive processes and provide a comprehensive picture of their abilities.
The results of the test are eagerly awaited, set to be revealed in the last week of August. Regardless of the outcome, the participation of the Khaitan School students in this unique assessment is a testament to the school’s dedication to holistic education. The emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving sets the stage for producing well-rounded individuals equipped to face the challenges of the modern world.