Month: October 2017

A New and Improved Mindset for Education

Unleashing students’ inherent creative potential ought to feature at the very forefront of what the education system stands for. What is proving particularly disconcerting in the 21st century, however, is how increasingly time-consuming and addictive technology has infiltrated and corrupted our schools and universities, detracting from academic vibrancy and crippling social cohesion. Rather than using

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Burning Platforms: The Celebration of Those Who Are Pushed Over Those Who Choose to Jump

Adversity – a condition of misfortune, hardship, difficulty, distress, the suffering of an individual from the conditions that surround them. Man’s ability to weather a storm is well-documented and well enshrined in popular culture; the subject of many a Pulitzer-prize winning novel, or academy award winning movie. Heck, our love for the underdog goes all

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The Bull

Present day. Immortalised she stands, glistening in the sun, which beats down onto her brow. She stands defiant. She stands tall. Stance low and grounded, her opponent is battle ready, snorting and grunting thick pillars of ashy, white smoke. He sways, shifting his weight around, ready to annihilate her without a flicker of guilt.  

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We and our daemons

When presumed to apologize, before being sentenced to death for “corrupting the youth of Athens and being impious” (euphemisms for caring about his fellow souls), Socrates told the Athenians that he deserved free meals for the rest of his life for working to save them, an exhaustive job he would keep on doing. The philosopher

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Power colours the nature of Man

Introduction Power is the ability to control things and people. Power is what makes the United States the greatest nation on earth. Power is what makes South Sudan the poorest country in the world. Power is what makes education practical and applied in the UK, and it is the same power that makes education theoretical

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The icon in the woods, by the cabin

To be common and familiar is to be expected. Men enjoy their patterns and comfort, they stray from the anomalies and punish or dignify them, if they refuse to conform. To be different is to be estranged or made into a deity with superhuman qualities. The thought of any of these two consequences makes Camus’

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Victory of Innocence

The statue of the charging bull has long been symbol of the confidence of investors in the stock market. In fact, we have seen it more as a symbol than as a work of art. With the recent addition of the “Fearless Girl”, who seems to be staring the bull down, however, there has been

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Lost In Pindorama

It was night time. The sound of the rustling of leaves made Jason shoot up from his deep sleep. His vision blurred when he stretched and made a noise. His blurry vision could only perceive tall trees around him and instincts told him that he wasn’t at home or even near a remote settlement, forget

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Work isn’t everything

The word “education” comes from Latin, educationem, which means a “rearing or training”. In the past, this used to refer to nurturing children physically and expanding their minds. That should attest to the basic rationale behind education. As for the origin of the word “school”, it comes from Greek, σχολή, pronounced “scholē”. Its earliest meaning

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Ain’t no pigeonhole big enough

“Should the role of education be to prepare students for working life, or to broaden their mind?“ The question at hand seems to reinforce, in my view, the idea that our society is hell-bent on commercialising even abstract things such as education. I think that treating education as a product isn’t necessarily the best approach.

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The Abyss

I leap into the cold winter air and feel every bit of its freshness. It is blue all the way to the horizon where the ocean meets the sky. No matter how many times I view it, the gorgeous open canvas mesmerizes me every single time. This is the only time of the day I

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The Apology of Algebra

Why should we learn things like algebra? It is not uncommon to hear people say things about the putative uselessness of subjects such as math. If one is to apply the principle of charity and refrain oneself from asking what people think the house they live in was built with (or, for that matter, how

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Let education uplift society and instill thinking in young minds

The effectiveness  of the education system has been debated by scholars and academics for a long time. Critics have lambasted educational institutions for their sole focus on preparing students for the future job market. They blame the education system for curtailing innovation, biases towards select subjects, and confine learning to some pre- set boundaries. There

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The power of education

Education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world. This is a statement uttered by the former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. From my point of view the purpose of education should be to broaden the mind of students. But most people in today’s world have the mentality that

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The role of education

In my view, nowadays the role of education is useful only for getting marks and jobs but not for knowledge. Some students only want to get knowledge instead of marks. That is why they are not developed. Remaining all is leaving their technical knowledge after getting a job. This is due to today’s competition, students’

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Men do not follow titles, they follow courage

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln Surely, a good beginning makes a good end. Nelson Mandela will be remembered as one of the great statespersons of Africa. Nelson Mandela was named Rolihlahla Dalibhunga, the son of the Thembu tribal chieftain, on 18th July 1918, in a small

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Educating Boy To Be A Powerful Leader

“Nearly all men can stand adversity. But if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln I do agree with this quote. When a man can stand adversity, it means that he has a power. A power to control his emotion and to manage his heart when facing problems so that

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FORWARDS & BACKWARDS

Looking out the window of her car, she pulled the keys out of the ignition, reaching for the handle of the door with her other hand. With her fingers wrapped around the door handle, she closed her eyes, breathed in deeply, and counted softly under her breath from 1 to 10. She shook her head

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The Virus of Power

It is practically impossible to find a person who has managed to escape the blows of circumstance. The very idea of overcoming has historically gained social appreciation.  Action opposed to fate-surrendering is the bedrock of our longing. Having survived adversity, we develop considerable strength and reach a power over ourselves – which, in effect, turns

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