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With the summer holidays coming to an end in India, children will be going back to school. Many students would have received their marks sheets, report cards and exam results. Is all this education preparing human beings for a truly humanitarian, just, egalitarian and sustainable future? Are some students being manipulated by wicked conditioning forces? Students need to meditate on all this. After the freedom struggle in India, many students continued to be stifled by manipulative education by neo-imperialistic forces. However, some members of the CBSE board were slowly bringing about educational reforms to ensure that education is more joyful, thoughtful and also encourages discussion, collaboration and originality. Principle-mindedness and practical application of learning is important to help solve the many difficulties that confront human beings in India. The NCERT-based textbooks for the CBSE board were attempting to do just … Continue reading
Spirituality * Children and Grown-Ups: Spirituality and trusting the (w)holy spirit helped many freedom fighters, humanitarian activists, saints and martyrs to be brave. Jesus Christ, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Dr. Ambedkar and other humanitarian activists of the world searched for spiritual solace to fight for justice. Many humanitarian activists studied and discussed philosophical, mystical, spiritual and religious content in a brave and discerning manner. One such mystical poet was Khalil Gibran. The following is a discussion of inspirational quotations by Khalil Gibran, a mystical poet who grew up in Lebanon. Spirituality * Inspiring Quotations and Discussion: Studying and discussing inspiring quotations by mystical poets can make us more wiser, discerning and brave. The following is an awesome quotation from the poet Khalil Gibran. Read and ponder upon it.
Most children come into the world brimming with joy and innocence. However, somewhere down the line, due to perverted values prevailing, their minds can become disturbed or will develop a superficial and arrogant attitude. In India, the largely perverted cinema industry seems bent on brainwashing people including objectifying people with superficial values. This includes portraying ladies as frivolous objects who should have a fair skin complexion. Sometimes, it is shocking to find some shallow group of people talking mostly about skin complexion instead of genuinely trying to empathize and celebrate the uniqueness of each child. Instead of valuing and celebrating friendship and love, they make such insidious comments on whoever is passing by. When such things do occur, it was nice to see an ad for a skin cream product which celebrates all skin complexions. The basketball player throws the … Continue reading
With the summer holidays in full swing, are there enough children playing cricket, badminton, all the running and catching games and much more? Where are they, you sometimes wonder, in some of the neighborhoods? Parents may nostalgically remember their days of joy and innocence when they played many games outdoors and time seemed to have stopped. However, nowadays, you find many children glued to the TV watching not only children’s shows but also adulterated films which only push superficial and crass values down children’s throats. There is always a raging debate about whether such watching of TV affects children’s minds. Of course, it does, and there are studies that also prove this. Children are good imitators and their thoughts and mindsets are shaped by what constantly bombards them. Of course, some of them learn to be more discerning and rather … Continue reading
Summer holidays can be a wonderful time for students to improve their soft skills. Nowadays, some schools even conduct soft skills training as a separate and vital session as part of the school week. Soft skills are skill sets that help students have good and healthy interpersonal skills including being empathetic. Soft skill training includes a wide host of skills which help students to communicate and collaborate effectively in groups. Developing good public speaking skills which most students are at first usually intimidated by is an essential part of soft skill training. This can include extempore speeches as well as preparing thoughtful or humorous speeches which can reach out to fellow human beings. When students learn to articulate themselves well with good public speaking skills, they develop more confidence in themselves and also important social skills. Soft skills … Continue reading
Summer holidays are a wonderful time to hone and enhance artistic talents. A mesmerizing summer holiday activity is to be involved in the magic of art and craft and upcycling. In fact, many items from newspapers, packaging cartons to plastic bottles or jars which would otherwise probably end up in a landfill or recycling unit can be used to create wonderful art and craft pieces. Thus, students will be involved in their own bit of upcycling magic. In fact, upcycling is an awesome fad which is catching on and resulting in all sorts of innovative art and craft items. Instead of rushing to the shop to buy a penstand or toothbrush holder or scouting for such an item online, if you have any plastic bottle, it can be cut and then neat ribbons can be stuck on it to make … Continue reading