Excerpt- Speech of Mahatma Gandhi-“Quit India” | Gandhi’s Talisman

Mahatma Gandhi’s Quit India speeches are very famous and thought-provoking.  The Quit India speeches and the Quit India Movement was the final thrust in the Indian Independence Movement.  The Quit India speeches led to a strong resolution being passed on August 8, 1942, by the freedom fighters to “do or die” to free India from British imperialism through non-violent approaches. Reflect on the following excerpt from the “Quit India” speeches: “Ours is not a drive for power, but purely, a non-violent fight for India’s independence.  In a violent struggle, a successful general has been often known to effect a military coup and to set up a dictatorship, but under the Congress scheme of things, essentially non-violent as it is, there can be no room for dictatorship.  A non-violent soldier of freedom will covet nothing for himself, he fights only for … Continue reading

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Inspirational Thoughts and Quotes of Mahatma Gandhi on Education

Mahatma Gandhi has been admired all over the world.  In fact, sometimes, it looks like there are more people abroad who admire Mahatma Gandhi than in India.  Perhaps, they are better informed and have thoroughly learned about the life of Mahatma Gandhi.  How many Indians have read the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi-“My Experiments with Truth”?  How many Indians have read the book by a passionate American journalist, “Gandhi a Memoir: William L. Shirer” who did a journalistic stint in India?  How many have watched the movie Gandhi by Richard Attenborough?  Well, all these books, movie, quotations and thoughts and his life shows that he was very human and had strengths, weaknesses, ups and downs in life just like any other human being.  What was amazing about Mahatma Gandhi was that when he was pushed out of a train in apartheid … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons of Space Exploration – Debate Topic

As human beings, we are all very curious about the world around us.  How did we all originate?  What are stars, planets and moons all about?  This spirit of inquiry and discovery has led us to land the first human being on the moon, and now, we find growing evidence of water on Mars.  Of course, with this sense of inquiry, innovation and discovery, we also need to look into our own conscience.  Can we be sending missions to Mars when there are people still caught up in poverty traps?  What about the environment which is still being overexploited?  Pros and cons of space exploration is a very interesting debate topic for high school and college students.  The US has a wonderful practice of presidential debates as a part of its vibrant democracy.  Legislators, politicians, NGOs, corporations, funding agencies and … Continue reading

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Is there Water on Mars? | Learning and Discovering more about Mars

What do you already know about Mars? What do you already know about Mars, one of our neighboring planets?   Perhaps, you know that is it known as the red planet.  Yes, red, but how come?   Mars appears red because of the presence of iron oxide on its surface.  On earth, you may be familiar with iron oxide being associated with rust, but in Mars, it forms a significant part of its surface, wow!   You will in all probability know and remember that Mars is the fourth planet from the sun.  A Mars year lasts for about 687 days, so it takes almost double the time for Mars to revolve around the sun.   A Mars day is similar to an earth day and lasts for 24 hours (24 hours and around 40 minutes) too!   There are two moons orbiting Mars.  Imagine … Continue reading

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How to Ask Questions for Encouraging Critical Thinking Skills and HOTS

Encouraging critical thinking skills and higher-order thinking skills (HOTS) have become one of the main cruxes of educational reforms.  It is indeed a very positive trend from the earlier ways which was dry and tedious and even sometimes resulted in rote learning.  So, how can we encourage critical thinking and higher-order thinking among students?  It also depends on the types of questions asked to them and the kind of questions asked in tests and exams.  Do the questions promote critical thinking, problem solving and innovation?  On the other hand, do the questions merely result in studying for the test and exam or even result in some students resorting to rote learning without understanding anything clearly?  How to Ask Questions for Encouraging Critical Thinking Skills and HOTS Questions that encourage critical thinking skills can be enhanced by taking into account Bloom’s … Continue reading

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Studying Textbooks – Encourage Children in Critical Thinking

The textbook occupies a very central place in the educational field.  Textbook writers have to be very thoughtful and do meticulous research before any new textbook is released.  Reputed boards need to cross-check the content to ensure that the textbooks follow constitutional guidelines.  Teachers, parents and students refer to prescribed textbooks and use it as the main resource in the learning of various topics.  Earlier and even now, there are students who even memorize and use rote memory to ingrain certain textbook content into their minds.  When textbooks are used by young and impressionable minds, they can sometimes blindly believe the content without even questioning it.  This detrimental and dangerous habit of rote learning needs to end and children need to be taught in a critical manner.  It becomes very important to encourage students to critically think, analyze and discuss … Continue reading

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