philosophy

Generally when thinking or speaking about any theme sometimes it is possible to arrive at a consensus of various viewpoints while sometimes it is not. To look at the world with open eyes everybody has their own perspective. It is according to one’s thinking that one looks at the world. Our thinking impacts the extent to which we will be successful in life. We should always look at ourselves, our family and friends with a positive perspective and give them positivity too.

Steven Pinker and the Grammar of Mind

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature by Steven Pinker,

Penguin Books (2008), xii+499 pages

A Review by Indu Prasad

Almost everyone is convinced that our education system does not inculcate values, it is accused of being all cognitive, as if the issue of values involves no cognition. And that is one of the problems in value education: if values are not a cognitive matter then a mystification begins in their definition, lists and ways of teaching. If we do want our education to help children become morally responsible, then we need a lot of thinking on what values are, how they can be chosen for ‘teaching’ and what methods might work.
 
They were all working in pairs filling up the classroom with the usual hustle – bustle we can expect from 4th graders. The teacher rings a small metal bell and with its tingling sound, the chatter slowly gets lost into a soft silence. The children pick up their sitting mats, form a circle, close their eyes and begin their daily practice. All this while, I did not even notice the presence of the adult (teacher) in their classroom. As if she never existed.

With NCERT and CBSE making efforts to re-introduce Value Education into the curriculum and schools allotting time for "personality development" and "life skills", this article looks at the role of teachers and schools in bringing "value education" into the classroom.

According to Krishnamurti , the real problem in education is the educator. This is not to question the competence of the teacher in particular fields of knowledge, but to point out that the teacher’s own sensitivity to any situation is equally important, especially to the growing child’s inner needs and to the forces and influences which are shaping the minds and feelings of both the child and the adult.

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