Eduaction, Leadership, Motivation, Symbolism, Vision, Wisdom

The Spark


4With the changing times, the ways to teach and learn have changed drastically, thanks to the internet and ubiquitous sites offering free courses. Since anything available for free does not have an appeal to entice, so to inculcate among students, an urge to learn (since they are not paying for the course and also when it is available to them at fingertips, so they seldom care to get deep inside into understanding the concept, and they are more into playing with their high-tech gadgets, which are available to them easily due to low costs) is way too difficult for the teacher to teach and the student to learn and comprehend.

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In primitive times, we had candles to light in the dark. When someone wanted to light a candle, they had to bring that candle close to the one that was already lit. Teachers do the same thing, they burn themselves to light (literally) the ways for their students, trying to understand the concept as they have perceived it to be.

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But those were primitive times, bulbs have replaced candles now. Unfortunately, a lit bulb cannot light another bulb just by bringing the unlit bulb in close proximity to the lit one. It (the unlit bulb) needs to have the current passing through it to get light.

Being a teacher, I am from the past, my students are born after me, we are meeting together in the present, and I have to lead them into future, for which, I have two options, either to push them or pull them.

tunnel-visionPeople usually don’t like to be pushed, they like to be pulled. But how can I pull them into the future, which is physically not existing at the moment? So I need to develop my mental faculty to a level where I can pull (inspire) them to lead into the future.

This pulling is the inspiration for students to get ignited from within. To light the bulb within (the mind), they need current, which is flowing through them but it needs a spark which is very much ingrained in them (by nature) to ignite the bulb (mind) kept on top of the head.

In order for students to learn, the classroom strategies have to be changed drastically. The smart kids are now way ahead of their teachers (who have a primitive mindset) using high-tech gadgets and are way too smart to outwit their teachers. The teaching philosophy now should be to ignite the spark inside the kids and rote learning is sooner than later going to be obsolete.

Now if a student fails to get hold of the knowledge available to him at his finger tips, it is he, who is to be blamed for the failure and not the teacher. As he (the student) has failed to capitalize on the spark within.

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PS:
Look at the beauty of the concept, in order to light the room, the bulb is placed on the roof usually in the center. Similarly, the mind in our body is placed on top of our heads in the center.

Sajjad Hussain

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Eduaction, Humanity, Leadership, Symbolism, Wisdom

Villain Heroes


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Kids are a wonderful gift of God, but are we taking enough care to look after the ‘gift’ the way we are expected to? The featured pic, if taken on the face value, would make you laugh, I also laughed in the first place, but then I asked myself, is it something to laugh at or ponder as to why the naked kid is hanging with the hand pump, who made him do this in the first place? Who is to be held responsible for the plight of this poor kid?

Over my life time, I have never seen a movie, wherein a villain is portrayed as hero, except for few exceptions, where hero is a villain (but in those movies also he is actually doing good things (utilitarian ethics), so a hero is one who does the right thing always) as he is shown doing good things or rising against the rulers for the rights of the poor people around him.

The chequered history of Pakistan is either marred by the autocratic dictatorial regime or semi dictatorial civilian governments over the last 60 plus years during which time, both the dictators and civilians have proclaimed that they are fighting for the rights of the down trodden, but unfortunately the reality is contrary to their claim.

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A primary school in Sadiqabad, Punjab, Pakistan

(Temperature in summers soars up to 50 degrees, and the place is usually without electricity during these times and basic facilities are not existing since ages)

This is what they (Villain Heroes) have done so far, and continue to do, to the future generation of Pakistan over the years, yet they continue to be labelled as leaders in their own right.

The economic situation of the country has gone from bad to worse, security of the state, as well as, its citizens is at its lowest ebb, and Pakistan is internationally declared a failed state as its economy is in dire straits, and high security state due to terrorist activities being the norm, and the Western countries have to issue travel advisory to their citizens, travelling to Pakistan .

The rampant corruption in the corridors of power has shattered the confidence of foreign investors, which has ultimately led the ruling elite to stretch the begging bowl to the World Bank and IMF to avoid default on balance of payment position and to be called banana republic.

The very fabric of the society at large has been deteriorated to such an extent that the divide between haves and havenots is increasing at an alarming rate, thus creating chaos and unrest in the society.

Even the basic health and education is not extended to the lower and lower middle class and civic amenities are slowly being reduced to rubble, masses are kept ignorant of their legitimate rights through illiteracy, which is making the so called ruling elite a messiah for all their (peoples) shortcomings and that is one of the reasons why, we see a huge crowd gathering at the reception of some ‘mega project’ inauguration and the ‘Villains’ of the society (the ruling elite) rise to the podium as ‘Heroes’.

Keeping in view the dismal political situation of Pakistan, especially in the wake of 9/11, I came up with this quote of mine:

“In sham democracies, Villains are Heroes”  

Sajjad Hussain

Eduaction, Ethics, Humanity, Leadership, Motivation, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Self development, Symbolism, Wisdom

Coercion


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As a teacher, I tell my students that I am here to tell you the ‘Why, What, When, Where, and for Who/Whom (5 Ws) about the subject(s), I am teaching. As far as How (1 H) is concerned, I leave it unto you to decide, how to do, what you have been taught.

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Then I came across the following quote by Peter Hitchens.

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I live in a society, where free thinking is considered a taboo, and pupil and the masses, are forced to think the way, their ‘masters’ ask them to think. (For more on it, read my blog: Think Before You Are Thought).

creativeBy telling the students how to do, are we not killing their creative pursuits?

It is said that all the living beings are born free, but that’s not true, as we all are born out of our own will. Does that mean, that we have the right to live our lives, the way we want to live?

On a broader canvas, yes, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Whether, we like it or not, we are some how or the other, forced to live, as our ‘elders’ want us to live. We develop certain biases, for or against, people around us.

These biases compel us all, to be coercive in our approach, towards the ‘born free’. Even the strong proponents of free will and free thinking people, at times, are coercive to the core, to impose their will on those, who are under their influence, by virtue of their age, gender, culture, social norms, class, race, color, creed, and status etc.

The fight for survival, in this coercive society, ripe with the forces unleashed on the free thinking people, will continue till the D-day. Chances are, that the people on both sides of the divide will keep fighting among themselves and within their own selves, as at times, they also have a tendency of being coercive as described above.

I on my part, keep thinking, if I am approaching my students with that same liberty of free thinking or coercion. This approach has developed in me (to some extent), a sense of tolerance towards my wards.

But to induce this same approach (a daunting task) in my students to inculcate tolerance among them, would it not be considered ‘coercion’?

Sajjad Hussain

 

 

 

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THIN-KING for THINKING


Human Brain is a physical entity capable of seeing things through eyes and Human Mind is an abstract reality capable of visualizing the invisible through thought process. I like to name this gift of God, a THIN KING residing in our heads.

Keeping in view  the potential of this KING, I have come up with a quote, which I am sharing here for your reflecting pleasure.

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Train your Brain

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to convert it into MIND

~ Sajjad Hussain

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Odd Man Out


The search into the anticlockwise movement of things around continues to explore the hidden meanings of life being portrayed through symbols. During a journey, if your car tire gets flattened, you have to replace it in order to continue your journey. But did you ever pay any attention on how the nut tying the tire is moved to remove the flat tire. It is always in anticlockwise direction.

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Similarly, various gadgets in our homes are tied together with screws nuts and bolts and if you observe them all closely, you will come to realize the fact that they all need to be moved counterclockwise either to replace or remove completely.

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Am I rightly justified in presuming that, in order to get things going we have to remove or replace the ‘Odd Man Out’, and once we are done with it, it’s business as usual.

In our day to day life, we do come across hurdles of various kinds and if we want to get rid of them, we have no choice but to opt counter measures to get things in order.

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I use Google Chrome as my search engine to surf the net. While writing this blog, I paid a little more attention to the search wheel (I don’t know the exact word for this, so I have made my own dictum for it) on the left of search toolbar. To my amazement, you will second me, when we write the search term in the toolbar, this wheel moves in anticlockwise direction first and when the secure site is found it starts moving in the clockwise direction.

Can I make an analogy with the real world, that if you want to carry out research, you have to make a counterclockwise move first and then when you are done with your search, you can do your work as usual.

My point here is to emphasize upon the significance and importance of observing things, as no one has observed before to see for yourself, if it enthralls your own imagination.

Look for the sights and sounds around and try to find clues to surprise yourself with unimaginable possibilities surrounding us in the form of symbols by going against the odds to find the hidden meanings of life.

To be concluded in the forth coming blog ‘Listening the Silence’.

Sajjad Hussain

Eduaction, Goals, Leadership, Motivation, Philosophy, Self development, Symbolism, Wisdom

Scroll the Wheel


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I am wondering how to start this blog, as I am kind of shocked, as I keep surmising more and more into the counterclockwise movement of various things around.

We are so much engrossed in our day to today living, that we seldom get enough time to observe and think about various things around. The more I observe them closely, the more I am getting new insights into the world we are in, opening up a whole new world of amazing ideas.

As I have been writing in my previous three blogs (Ticking ClockReverse Thinking and Discus Throw) that our life is moving in clockwise direction, whereas it is the anticlockwise movement that lifts us UP.

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To navigate the computer screen, we use the scroll wheel. In order to move up the screen, we scroll the wheel in anticlockwise direction and getting back to the main screen, we have to scroll it in clockwise direction.

Isn’t it amazing to note that our life ends after following the clockwise movement of time, is similar to going to back to the top of the screen on our computer, where we started, for which we move the scroll wheel in clockwise direction.

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The same analogy depicted above, shows that it’s the anticlockwise movement of the pulley, which lifts the elevator up. Similarly, if you opt to capitalize on your unique identity by following your passion, no matter how much opposition (counterweight shown in the pic below) you face in materializing your passion, you are bound to get to the top, by negating the odds through moving in the opposite direction.

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If you think yourself as a pulley, you are helping rise the elevator UP and if you consider yourself the elevator you are a source of lifting the people UP, boarding the elevator. Whatever you are, you have the potential to rise on your own and when you reach to a point, where you are in a position to lift the people (around you) UP, feel yourself duty bound to help them rise also. This is how you will be serving the purpose of you being human and alive.

Continues in the next blog …. ‘Odd Man Out‘.

Sajjad Hussain