Year: 2018

The Sunshine

The First Fleet, 16 May 1787 My dear mother, I will never forget the day Lilly and I left your body on the bed and set sail for Australia. I felt as if I was betraying you, trading you for a better life, fleeing from the home we had before the Russians invaded – even

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Oblivion Is The Safest Place Of All

The world is a decidedly unsafe place. The decision to procreate, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, is a game of Russian roulette. The extract from Warsan Shire’s poem is nuanced and undoubtedly has merit, particularly when the context is considered. But I also believe that these poetic lines, and the message conveyed

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Learning French

“Most people don’t listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen R. Covey In teaching us a foreign language, my high school French teacher didn’t want us just to listen and understand – he wanted us to reply! The class was a revelation – Bernie F., our teacher,

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The Power of Institutional Racism

Education is considered the great equalizer. Armed with a good education, a person can achieve anything. In practical terms, an educated person is 3.5 times less likely to be incarcerated than their uneducated peers, making education a significant determining factor in the likelihood to offend and be imprisoned. Opening schools then should, as Victor Hugo

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On the Perils of Listening Like a Debater

As a recent graduate, when I reflect on the time I spent at university, it is striking how the pieces of knowledge and experiences that I consider the most impactful are rarely those that occurred in the classroom. Certainly, I did gain several technical skills and background understandings that should, one hopes, serve me well

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

Injustice is defined as the absence of fairness in human interactions. Injustice, wherever it is perpetrated leads to unmerited outcomes and untold suffering to the victims of unfair treatment. There are several causes of injustice today. First, sheer malice is probably the most predominant cause of unfairness and prejudice all over the world. Most of

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He Who Opens A Door, Closes A Prison – Victor Hugo

In this paper I will be discussing Victor Hugo’s “He Who Opens A School Door, Closes A Prison”. I will be discussing what I think the meaning of this saying is, as well as whether or not I agree or disagree with this meaning. To me, Victor’s quote “He Opens A School Door, Closes A

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The lost art of listening

There was a story I heard about a decision of a soldier caused by misunderstanding the order. The general told the soldier “Kill him NOT, leave him” – the stress was on “NOT”. The soldier was ordered to set the prisoner free. But to the misfortune of the prisoner, the ears of the soldier were

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The Human Network of Mutuality

In today’s society, where social media platforms are the order of the day, human beings live in a network of mutuality that is quite inescapable. The bond of socialization runs so deep, to the extent that whatever affects one individual will slowly but surely affect all individuals in the long run. This is all thanks

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With the right plan in place, we can’t go wrong

Victor Hugo- “He who opens a school door, closes a prison”. The man that wrote this excerpt was true in so many ways. If seen through the eyes of a healer, a person that wants the world to heal and fuse itself back together with the strength of Zeus. Yes, it starts at the school.

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A Walk in the Woods

Usually, a walk in the woods takes about half an hour at most. But today, the thirty minutes turn into an hour. Then two hours. Then two and a half. And then, you’re walking among an unfamiliar batch of trees. But you’re not worried, even though most people would be. You’ve made friends with the

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Liberty in America

What is the social climate of the United States? Some debate that it is patriotism, while others propose that it is characterized by a lack of justice for lives that are thought not to matter. This truth that was hidden to some, yet visible to specific eyes can arguably be debated as the millennials’ current

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Present Day Requirements of School

The first and foremost interpretation of this quote by Victor Hugo, understanding it in simple way, is that a child who enters in the world of education learns from his own surrounding and nourishes his mind properly, either to lead an excellent practical life or for the development of his strong character in social life

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The paradox of our time

Remember that one time you were talking to someone and all along this person was either just scrolling through their phone or constantly interrupting you because something you said ‘just reminded’ them of something else? Or when something upsets you and you are telling your friend about it, but even before you are done, they

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Educate The World

All around the world the education system is letting kids down. It is no secret that many developing countries are far behind when it comes to educating their youth. Though not many people realize that the United States, supposedly one of the greatest countries, where education is considered a human right, is severely lacking when

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Impart education – Uplift societies, rejuvenate nations

Imagine this, about 775M1people in this world are uneducated. Another 152M1 children are following the dreadful footsteps towards becoming illiterate. Considering today’s world population of 7.4B, a staggering 12% people are either illiterate or are deprived of education. This is disturbing data, for education is the single most force which can bring a meaningful and

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Past and Future

It’s often easy to forget that the past and future exist at the same time as the present. After all, the actions we have chosen to perform in the past all give rise to the actions we perform in the present, and we act in the present with the intent of changing our future. The

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Schools Vs Prison = An Inversely Proportional Relationship?

“He who opens a school door closes a prison”                                                                               – Victor Hugo That’s the whole point! The world tends to interpret ‘open new schools’ as ‘build new schools’. Currently in the world, there is on average one school for every one thousand children, with possibly more micro schools.  So, that’s 7,000,000 schools for 7

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Please, pay attention!

Please, pay attention! At six, I kept a sharp-outlook. I was always trim and smart, and I often answered most of the questions in my class, but I was not learning; I was only listening to reply, and not paying attention to understanding. “What is the square root of forty-nine?” “Seven…?” I answered Mrs. Johnson

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School develops and nurtures character

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” – Victor Hugo For any society to record progress, the need to harness the human resources within its fold becomes inevitable. To achieve the end of prosperity, society must uphold the means of education and empowerment of its members. In this wise, Victor Hugo’s maxim is

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