Humour and Fanaticism

Some people, especially in the political and ideological spheres, really do deserve laughing it. Otherwise, if they were ever to have power or even influence, it would be no laughing matter for the rest of us. Humour is the necessary antidote to fanaticism, ideological intolerance, single issue orthodoxies, conspiracy theories, and collective delusions, which have

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Free Education for Poor People

Education’s issue in Indonesia has been debated countless time. Education is a crucial matter as it plays major roles to form moral quality of society and as a primary basis for people to develop a nation in diverse aspects: economy, political, social, science and technology. However, the fees of high-quality schools in my country are

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Imagination over Knowledge

Imagine setting foot, in older times, on the flocculent ground of an alternate dimension; it is a macrocosm, which is utterly different from the one we have always known, despite having been just at our fingertips since the beginning of time. I truly believe that Einstein was justified when he stated that, ‘Imagination is more

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Changing the Mode of Conducting Examinations in Nigeria

Introduction If there is ever anything l would change to improve education in my country, it is THE MODE OF CONDUCT OF EXAMINATIONS. Currently, examinations are a disaster to both parents, students, the government and teachers. It is generally not a true reflection of students’ knowledge and capabilities -to a great extent- and is in

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The Magic of Myth

Myths have existed as long as history goes back. They seem inextricable from other facets of human life and often become more extraordinary when written and read during hard times. Human beings cling to them nowadays as exciting tales with many a relevant message and in the past, they were seen as established fact. Myths

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“Those who can’t laugh at themselves leave the job to others.”

I always find it interesting when one is asked to ponder or debate something that will continue to exist despite whatever is said about it. When all is said and done, there will be people who exhibit the ability to laugh at themselves and there will be others who do not exhibit that ability. With

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If there was one thing you could change to improve education in your country…

Britain’s education system can be neatly summarised in this humorous anecdote from the 1950s: news was brought to Evelyn Waugh that his friend Randolph Churchill (son of Winston) was in hospital. After enquiring why, Waugh was told that doctors had found a non-malignant tumour and he was having an operation to take it out. Waugh

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Developing Development, Making the World a Happier Place

I have been educated in two countries: Switzerland and the UK. If I could change one thing about the education in these places it would have to be the amount of knowledge taught about the developing countries of today and their on-going, as well as decreasing, poverty. In my last years of high school I

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If there was one thing I could change to improve education in my country…

Reading culture is dying in Nigeria. A tiny number out of about 160 million people have healthy reading habits institutionalised. Majority just enlist into various schools. Many have graduated. They are all for the obtainment of certificates. This habit is causing our country harm. Half-baked educated people dot the streets. Reading of books isn’t taken

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Education is not the filling of a pail

I can vividly say emphatically that I strongly agree with the quote that education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. The quote is almost certainly apocryphal and it must have generated a lot of controversies among the global populace. But I belief this is one of a harmful

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In the Future, Children will still use pencils

Without mincing words I can vividly say that children will still use pencils in the future. This is as a result of it continuous usefulness and it properties. People might said, we are in the age of globalization in which all the world is a stage as put by William Shakespeare, but that does not

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PENCILS TO PIXELS

Most people will tell you we have five senses, sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, but we have six. Feeling, it’s completely different from touching because to feel something it doesn’t even have to be there and I think the age range that are the best at feeling are children. To feel you have to

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Education in the developing world

The challenges of being an educator in the developing world were many. I could speak of the trials and tribulations of working without text books, electricity or running water, or having the local goats intermittently disrupt my lecture, or the issue of anemia and its effects on my students, but that would be easy and

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