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A Few Thoughts on Rote Learning

I have finally realized that ranting against the Indian education system’s heavy focus on rote learning is of no use. I have also overcome the shock of realizing that the education system has hardly changed from what it was when I was a school kid. 529 more words

Experiences

Talking 'Bout A Revolution

I’m fast coming to the conclusion that i’m part of a generation in which the majority of people, on hearing the word ‘future’ have the first reaction of, “don’t let it come during my working life, because I’m not ready for it.” Now, my generation, a little portlier than in the past, grayer at the temples and longer in the tooth can maybe be forgiven for this reluctance to face the full implications of the future. 350 more words

School

During the summer of 2011, I spent 2 months observing a 10th grade Chinese class. A sensory approach is necessary to acquiring new knowledge of Chinese characters, whose pronunciation and meaning has changed over centuries. 57 more words

Education Posts

The Donald's Announcement

I hope the mainstream media are emphasizing that Donald Trump’s VP Running Mate Announcement was scheduled as a news conference, not a campaign speech.  Journalists arrived with lists of questions they planned to ask, but those questions went to waste. 400 more words

I think my spaceship knows which way to go

I am re-committing to memory my old piano repertoire which, 25 years ago, comprised somewhat over an hour of music.

Playing complex piano pieces from memory amazes me. 1,201 more words

Culture

"Appa"

The recently released Tamil flick “Appa”, directed by Samuthirakani has received immense praise for its immaculate portrayal of the hardships faced by almost every high school student in Tamil Nadu, and also across the country. 542 more words

Life