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Can we unlearn things that we learn at home?

One doesn’t always learn from books; some people don’t even like reading! Our primary way to learn is from our experiences. One such priceless experience happened with me recently.

A few weeks ago, my fate took such a turn, that I landed up in a kindergarten as a temporary teacher with no prior experience. My only relevant credentials were that many people, including my family members, close friends and younger people have told me in the past that I am a good teacher and I should seriously consider pursuing it.

Considering my zero experience in the field, I wasn’t assigned direct responsibility of any class of students. I was to merely assist the teachers with the daily work, like checking notebooks and giving exams. Sometimes, I would be assigned some of the lesser interested students a.k.a “weaker” students, where I would personally help them learn and cope up with the class work better.

Within a month my experiences with the children changed my outlook towards them forever. In order to share the same, I would like to share with you two noteworthy anecdotes.

So one morning, a three year old girl, lets call her, Tia, stated to cry unstoppably. It was most shocking for me because she is the quietest girl in the class who always aces her exams and all class work and assignments. And I, on the other hand, cannot bear to see someone cry, especially a tiny beautiful girl like her. I immediately started trying to calm her. I made her drink some water and rubber her back and said some comforting words, she calmed down a bit but she continued to cry silently. Trust me, by now my heart was literally aching. But before I could do anything else, another three year old girl, her classmate, lets call her Pia, came to Tia, held her hand, wiped her tears, and said, “please don’t cry” and to my utter surprise, she immediately stopped crying. And they left smiling hand in hand. Even till this date I don’t know why Tia was crying, but every morning I see Tia and Pia holding hands and playing, which by the way, they never did before that incident. They are inseparable. This incident taught me how simple and unadulterated love and friendship is, and how we complicate it as adults.

Contrastingly, a few days later another rather terrorizing incident occurred. So here is what happened- it was a bright sunny day and the children where practicing writing English alphabets. As usual in every class, there are a few students who are intelligent but moody; and that particular day, for whatever reason one girl, lets call her Rita, wasn’t writing properly and as soon as her class teacher discovered that, she slapped her about ten times for being lazy. And although I was right there, I couldn’t do a thing but stand and watch that heinous incident petrified. My childhood ordeal came back to me. I wanted to undo everything, but I couldn’t! But thence on, I made sure that she reports to me to get her classwork and homework checked. A few days later, a boy from the same class, let’s call him Dave, was punished at the assembly for pushing and hitting his classmate. It was not very difficult for me to discern from where he was learning these things.

Aren’t we adults paradoxical? We as adults practice questionable things and once these impressionable children pick that us from us, we in turn punish them for it.

I have often heard movie lines saying “I don’t teach kids, I go to learn from them.” And I always thought that to be a phoney line. But these two incidents taught me that it’s true; children are born with love in their heart and they are very intelligent, it is us adults who in the pretext of education, in so called educational institutes, instil immorality in them.

My only question is, what if Dave grows up to accept violence as normalcy? Can he unlearn things that he learnt at school and at home?

Rather than us being ablate teach them anything, they could teach us

I would also like to share an excerpt from one of my favourite books, ‘The Idiot’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky- “I was always astonished at how wrong adults were about children, mothers and fathers included. Nothing must be concealed from children under the pretext that they are too small to be told. What an unfortunate and wretched idea! … The grown-ups don’t realize that even when faced with the most difficult problems, a child  may make a very important contribution. … rather than being able to teach them anything, they could teach us.”

PS: Dear Teachers, Please don’t be just another brick in the wall!

The views expressed above are of the author’s only, and are the simplified (not oversimplified) versions of the numerous incidents that occurred.  So different opinions, your thoughts and experiences are welcome 🙂 

I urge you to share share this thought provoking post with your family and friends.

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Noteworthy Trivialities #4

Swearing has irrefutably become one of the most essential parts of our daily lives. Whether it is done consciously or otherwise, it sometimes helps in venting out anger and frustration. Because of lack of creativity, it is sometimes just too foul or rather boring to listen to or even speak out.swearing tips

Contemporology says, if you are doing it, do it in style. Don’t just insult people, referring them genitals of the either sexes or incest relationships or degradingly use the gender of a particular animal. Such words are now mundane and overused, so much so that it has lost its charm and effect.

Here are some ideas which effectively aid your everyday leisurely activity of swearing-

  1. Instead of calling someone dumb or stupid, use the word Nitwit. When you do that, the person you are referring to will most probably not understand the meaning of the word and feel inferior immediately or get confused. Consequently, he/she will become quiet and confused. Congratulations! You just insulted a person without making the situation worse. he he he…
  2. Crackpot– it’s such a nice word. The pot in English is (or used to be) sometimes referred to a person’s skull, so it basically means cracked skull. It can be used lightly or even aggressively.
  3. Reprehensible– someone (or something) deserving censure and condemnation.
  4. Devious– showing a skillful use of underhand tactics to achieve goals. This adjective is generally used for people like politicians, for how manipulative they are.
  5. Scoundrel– a dishonest or unscrupulous person
  6. Imbecile– it literally means a stupid person. But don’t use the word Imbecile, stupid, idiot or moron synonymously, as they don’t mean the same thing. In psychology, an idiot has the least intelligence on the IQ scale (this now is equivalent to someoneimbecile who is mentally retarded or the more politically correct “mentally challenged”); an imbecile is not quite as dumb as an idiot and is now considered equivalent to moderate retardation; a moron is then the highest level of intelligence for someone who is mentally retarded, thus considered as being mildly mentally retarded.  Specifically, those who have an IQ between 0 and 25 are idiots; IQs between 26 and 50 are considered imbeciles, and those who have an IQ between 51 and 70 are considered morons. These terms were popular in psychology as associated with intelligence on an IQ test until around the 1960s.  They were then replaced with the terms mild retardation, moderate retardation, severe retardation, and profound retardation.

In case you prefer phrases over one-word-insults, here are a few more examples.

  1. An incorrigible fool– be creative, replace fool with any other word. But please keep it classy.
  2. You worthless obnoxious person
  3. You greedy swine– Avoid referring to animals while swearing, because they are such innocent creature. In fact, if someone called me a dog or a bitch, I would take that as a compliment.
  4. You snake in the grass– someone who pretends to be your friend, while secretly doing things to harm you.
  5. You despicable/ abhorable/ abominable 
  6. You vile
  7. You blood sucking parasite 

Since you are now better equipped with a good variety of words and phrases, it is time to put it to test. Think of the most annoying person in the world, be it your colleague, your neighbor, your sibling, your landlord/landlady, your ex or a complete stranger. Visualise that person in your mind and say something classy! Lol! Now don’t just say it, write what you said in the comment section below.

Be creative, Ciao 🙂

Noteworthy Trivialities #2

CONTEMPOROLOGY'WHY SAVE ONLY TIGERS?

Why save only Tigers?! What about Frogs, Fishes, Monkeys and other animals?

Tigers are not only majestic animals but also on the top of the food chain in an ecosystem. They determine the population of all the other species below them in the food chain. Suppose, Tigers are removed from the ecosystem, the next big predator would be Alligator or Leopard or Vulture and they won’t be able to do all those things that Tigers do. They won’t eat what tigers eat and hence some species might overpopulate the region at the cost of other species. For instance, if Tigers become extinct, the deer shall have one less predator species to eat them and too many deer might overgraze and cause soil erosion and destroy the local vegetation, local climate and also consequently ant’s and termite’s habitat.

Ants and Termites are very important part of the ecosystem as they feed on all the dead material and turn it into manure. They consume and decompose. Their disappearance will mean starvation of anteaters and cause their extinction (except if they can adapt to the sudden dietary change imposed upon them) and thus shall follow the domino effect of extinction, which we are experiencing at this very moment.

Hence, save Tiger!

Species such as Tigers are called Keystone species. (What’s Keystone?) Keystones are such stones in an arc which feels the least pressure; however the arc still collapses without it. Other such Keystone species are Sharks, Sea stars, Brown Bears, African Elephants, Humming birds, Tiger, etc. Keystone species are not permanent, they change with time. keystone_01

I learnt about this concept from one of the most comprehensive and principle based book called Ecology&Environment by K.Siddhartha. One of my favorite Environmental Studies book (you can take my word because I read a lot about this subject). If you are passionate about Environment or what to educate yourself about it, it’s a must read. (of course for concept building, not for advanced studies)

Also, if you want to read a little extra about it right now, here is the link http://nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/keystone-species/

CONTEST ALERT! If you describe in the comment section about the effects of the extinction of any of the Keystone Species in your area in 200- 250 words. You can win an exciting gift (maybe of your choice), irrespective of where you live! And of course Plagiarism is strictly discouraged. Only original thoughts shall be considered. The contest lasts till the end of this month 🙂

If you are interested in knowing more about Keystone Species, don’t hesitate to post your requests, questions, etc on the comment section below. Ciao