Words Mean More

As the proverb goes, “Fine words butter no parsnips”, that is, spoken words carry deeper meaning than recorded information. And in this I strongly agree with Maya Angelou’s assertion that words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning. As examples

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Defining Freedom

Freedom is a term which is very loosely associated with things. Although this is the case, one thing has always been very clear; we, as humans, desire freedom. We crave it. We yearn for it. But what exactly is freedom? Freedom is very often personified in birds. ‘I want to be as free as a

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Education, Education, Courage…

If Nelson Mandela learned this, who taught him? ‘Courage may be taught as a child is taught to speak’ according to Euripides, so perhaps Mandela learned this definition of courage from observing those around him and imitating their actions. There is a problem here, however, as it is difficult to observe people conquering fear, the

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Hackschooling, Why Not?

Logan LaPlante is completely correct. Adults focus too much on what they want for their children, not what the children want for themselves. I mean, if you’re looking for an answer like neurosurgeon or businessman, go ask a genius baby or something. I feel that parents set their children’s goals for them, rather than asking

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Set in Stone

He was sweating, his hands moving in a blur, ever so eager to let the image in his mind that was screaming out at him out of the marble. Moving, moving, moving, tool after tool, noises that made his ears ring, months of exhilarating work, still moving, still moving, still… Finally still. After many months,

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Teaching Tolerance

I was fourteen when I was first labeled as too dangerous to attend school. My act of rebellion? I had tried to kill myself. The sad thing is, it wasn’t the first time this had happened, nor was it the last time I would try to end my life. Even today, as I suffer from

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Words Mean More Than What Is Set On Paper…

A child is engaged with words than reading and this comes even with the child’s first days in school. Processing the child’s thoughts and actions in communication analysis are at most times difficult. Parents and teachers will require the voice skill to properly convey some inbuilt message so that the child can understand instructions, respond

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Fear vs Courage

Courage is a very prominent and credulous word. Yet very complicated to actually define and understand if some people consider that boldness, braveness, roaming around broadening your chest and yelling that they are not scared of anything is actually being courageous whereas the actual definition lies here, right on the quote, stated by Nelson Mandela.

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Good Mistakes

When you do a mistake, do you think you learn faster? Doing mistakes is, I think, very important to learn, and learning also means to grow up and evolve. A lot of people are afraid of making errors and think of them as something that should be avoided at all costs or assimilate them with

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The Chicken or The Egg

It is often said that exams test your ability to remember rather than your intelligence. They rigorously check whether we recall the correct formula or the exact structure of words that will get us one more mark and let us pass. For a school, or any institute of learning, that is judged on the results

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Contributions of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the Education Field

Massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access through the web. MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors and teaching assistants. MOOCs are the biggest upcoming trend in the current education scenario. It has offered opportunity to all individuals irrespective of

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Dare you make it?

“Study just to find a job and get a livelihood, raise a family and die” Is that the real life we wanted? Does it make it worth to breath every second? Mark Twain says “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

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Spoken Words

Man naturally was born with the inherent ability to commune; transfer information and share ideas with his fellow man through the employment of speech as propagation medium right from primeval times. In the complexity of his evolutionary chemistry, the arch necessity of conversing with species of his like was of utmost importance even in the

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The True Value of Marble

Born in 1475, in the small Italian town of Caprese, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (artist, sculptor, architect and poet) sparked a great revolution in art in the high renaissance era. Michelangelo was the artist who recreated what wasn’t there. He sculpted and painted the world that existed solely in his mind. He treated the

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Reflections on the Salvaging Hands of Education

Introduction Living on planet earth is no fun! Many obstacles confront mankind in our quest to actualize our life ambitions. There is prevalence of unemployment, poverty, epidemics, and civil unrest in many nations of the world and the existence of these heartrending conditions instil fear into the psyche of many. The fundamental question which occupies

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What has education meant to me?

Learning is the eye of mind. But how can we study or work during a conflict … during a war? I could not imagine that I would study in the war-time in Ukraine. I read books about World War II, watched documentary movies. I attended Basics of Life Safety classes at school as well as

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MOOCs, A Piece Of The Higher Education Jigsaw

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been touted as the next big thing in higher education by everyone from newspapers to universities and politicians. Free access to the world’s collected knowledge, genuine equality of education, no borders to learning. But are they a vision of the future or is all this too good to be

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Creativity & Happiness

Introduction In our education we are supposed to be challenged. I agree with Logan because we are taught in our schools being happy and healthy is important, but only within their guidelines. We have had these guidelines set out for us, although what applies to one person may not apply to another The Pursuit of

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The Sounds Of Silence

As a writer, I would like to, let my work, do the talking, and therefore, I do not fully, agree with the statement of Mary Angelou that- “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.” I agree more with what

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I learned that…

Nelson Mandela couldn’t have said it any better: I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. But to associate courage to the role of education was one thing; defining education was

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