Kunal Mukhopadhyay

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Trying to break free of the “mould”.

In Blogging, different, India on October 30, 2007 at 8:38 pm

Came across this through here. I can relate to her in some ways. I left a comment not long ago on BD’s blog . Though not exactly identical, the issue of breaking free of the “mould” remains central. The rot that has sunk into the ambient society and forced us to be cast into some preconceived mold.

I am who I am first. Everything follows behind.

Human Factor in teaching.

In Pedagogy on October 28, 2007 at 11:14 pm

This evening I caught a part of this documentary where Nigel Bispham of Cornwall visited Finland on a mission to find out what makes Finland score the highest in the world when their lower secondary school pupils were tested in mathematics. Interesting as it was, there was one point that I felt summed the quintessential core of any pedagogical profession – the finnish teacher mentioned that he felt (paraphrased) he was entrusted with the future of Finland in his hands. He did not wish for a classroom of more than 15-16 students, so that he could indeed invest in their education and not be part of a mass production of secondary school passers. In his own words, were the size to be larger and therefore, the basic objective (of educating the future citizens) be compromised, he would resign from his job. Now that’s principle! And commitment to a cause in a profession that was once noble – now..?? I only had more appreciation and respect for the finnish teacher after seeing his dedication and patience with students. It takes a really dedicated teacher to manifest such character. Hat-tip. If only all teachers at all levels, were as motivated and gifted as him. Or at least tried to have the same standards!

Not my business – my foot!

In Sweden on October 27, 2007 at 12:41 pm

Den är helt otroligt och OACCEPTABELT.
Jag kan själv förstå hur det känns att VILJA arbeta, men inte få något jobb i Sverige. Men att utnyttja sig av människas vedermödor är absolut synd och helt omänsklig. OCH hur kan man leva med sig, och ha nånting som kallas för “samvete”, när man ser människa som slavar på arbetsplats…att sega, nej värre då…TÄNKA…att det är “inte min business”! Skäms!

Blah blah blah @ 30000 feet above sea-level

In IT, Social trend on October 18, 2007 at 1:23 pm

I am not sure I want to be hearing some teenager go “ohmygosh” 300 times in one heart beat, while cruising at 30000 ft. if this indeed becomes a reality! I sincerely hope they have thought out the pros and cons of having such a system in place. But then again, being as cramped as they are these days, I wonder if having the option of a “mobile-zone” in the aircraft would be thinkable. There goes my “enjoying a nice book on the flight” spot!