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Category Archives: Teacher’s Corner
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
Summer holidays is not only a time for students to take a break, but also a time, when teachers unwind and relax. Sometimes, even during the summer holidays, dedicated teachers working for aided or government schools are called to go on election duty in the hot sun. Teaching is said to be a noble profession, but in India, it is pushed to the backseat. Many parents try to push their children to convent schools which provide relatively good quality education at an affordable price. However, the teachers are taken for granted and are pushed to teach sometimes up to 60 students and are also always on their toes. The compensation which they are provided for their dedicated service is a pittance. The management usually usurps most of the finances leaving the teachers to struggle on a day to day basis. … Continue reading
The first of May is known as May Day or International Workers Day. The International Workers’ Day commemorates the brave struggles of people all over the world for better working conditions and human rights. Even 100 years ago, oppressive power-mongers exploited people. At the height of the industrial revolution, many people were forced to work for long hours in sweat factories along with abysmal compensation. A small minority of people cheated and lived on the blood, sweat and tears of the working class. This was one of the reasons for the anger and fury that gradually led to the end of monarchism and people’s revolutions like the French Revolution, Russian Revolution and freedom struggles. These revolutions and struggles are still going on as the world is still under the clutches of neo-imperialism and its avatars. May Day or International Workers’ … Continue reading
William Shakespeare is still remembered 400 years after he passed away on April 23, 1616. In fact, William Shakespeare is still regarded as one of the most world-renowned and brilliant playwrights and poets. Shakespeare was born in Statford-Upon-Avon in Warwickshire in England in 1564. His father was an aldernman (a member of a municipal assembly) and a glovemaker. His mother came from a wealthy landlord’s family. William went to one of the government-run neighborhood schools during the so-called Elizabethan era. William Shakespeare was very observant of the human beings he came across and met. William also studied literature in school and afterwards and had a very good knowledge of previous literature. Famous plays that he wrote include Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He wrote a total of about 38 plays and 154 sonnets. His plays include … Continue reading