Inquire plans to run online worksops, courses and webinars to help students think like mathematicians, scientists, philosophers, historians, and so on. We develop in students the ability to construct (inquiry) and evaluate (critical thinking) knowledge.
In these uncertain times, it is hard to figure out what to believe and what not to. Even before COVID 19, the spread of fake news and opinions masquerading as authoritative conclusions had reached unprecedented levels. With the spread of COVID 19, these phenomena have become far more dangerous than they have ever been.
Our education system has failed to prepare us for this. Notice that some of the stupidest acts, such as escaping quarantine, have been done by those with degrees.
We currently offer workshop series for students aged 12-18 involving live interaction with our team. You can read more about them here. In the next few months, we will be expanding these workshops to learners of any age. We will also be holding occaisional webinars, which will be one-offs - unlike the workshops, you will be able to pick and choose which webinars to attend since there will not be prerequisites. We will also be creating online courses, where you can learn at your own pace. Unlike the workshops and webinars, these will not involve live interaction with our team.
All of our team, and most of our advisors, are members of ThinQ (www.thinq.education), a non-profit which aims at the same goals as Inquire. ThinQ has worked with various schools, educators, students, and other organizations to work towards achieving its vision. This includes developing courses for MGIEP, a branch of UNESCO.
The materials Inquire uses have been developed by various members of the ThinQ team. One of the reasons for creating Inquire is to contribute to the ThinQ cause - a part of our revenue goes to supporting ThinQ's activities and its members' work.
Madhav is a PhD candidate in Mathematics, with a focus on Mathematics Education, at The University of Arizona and a co-founder of ThinQ (www.thinq.education). His focus for his PhD is on students constructing mathematical theories. He received his Masters in Mathematics in 2019 from The University of Arizona. His Master's thesis was titled 'Assumption Digging in Euclidean Geometry.' It can be found here. Before starting on his PhD, Madhav consulted for UNESCO-MGIEP on developing a course on Global Citizenship. Before that, he worked with Learn Today, the educational arm of India Today, developing curriculum and managing their online product development team. His first job after graduating from Oberlin College in 2011 was founding a startup, SmarterGrades, an online, adaptive numeracy learning portal.
Rashmi works as a curriculum and program developer at Agastya International Foundation, an NGO working in the space of hands-on science education for underprivileged children in rural India. After many years of research in Neuroscience at NCBS, Bangalore, Rashmi got very interested in school education and the neuroscience of how we learn. Rashmi believes that ThinQ was a transformative experience for her as it helped her overcome fear and insecurity associated with open exploration and begin to see it as an exciting journey. She is committed to developing an inquiry-oriented high school curriculum for Biology as well as pursuing research on how knowledge is created in the brain.
Aditi discovered her interest in thinking about education during a sociology lecture in her undergraduate degree. Since then, she has been volunteering and interning with various organisations that work in education and began working with ThinQ in July, 2018. Here, she learnt ways to tap into her intellectual interests and pursue them wholeheartedly. She is also trained in Bharatnatyam and enjoys reading about philosophy.
K. P. Mohanan, a co-founder of ThinQ, did his PhD in Linguistics from MIT, and has taught at the University of Texas at Austin; MIT; Stanford University; and at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He has made significant contributions to linguistic theory; he co-designed with Tara Mohanan an Inquiry-Oriented undergraduate program in Linguistics at NUS; and has worked extensively with the nature of academic knowledge and inquiry, against the backdrop of human beliefs. He joined the IISER-Pune Faculty in 2011, where he continued his work till he retired at the end of 2016.
Tara Mohanan, a co-founder of ThinQ, is well respected internationally for her work on theoretical issues in semantics, syntax, morphology, and phonology, based largely but not exclusively on phenomena in Hindi and Malayalam. She did her PhD in Linguistics at Stanford University. At NUS, where she taught for 16 years, she co-designed with K P Mohanan an Inquiry-Oriented undergraduate program in Linguistics. She has a rare range in educational experience that spans experimenting with Inquiry-Oriented activities in 2nd Grade to advising PhD scholars writing a doctoral dissertation.
Deesh consults in the field of environment, climate change, and sustainable solutions. He has established his consulting practice, both in the development and business sector, and works both within India and in other developing countries. He has been a core consultant with the World Bank for more than 15 years. Further to that, he has a keen interest in facilitating innovative approaches in school education. He has been a guest resource person for more than 10 years in The School KFI, Chennai and has been continually engaged in sharing his expertise with high schoolers.