Kunal Mukhopadhyay

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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!

Educating our education.

In Pedagogy, Philosophy, Thoughts on February 1, 2007 at 8:02 pm

The definition of education :
to develop mentally, morally, or aesthetically especially by instruction
Middle English, to rear, from Latin educatus, past participle of educare to rear, educate, from educere to lead forth. (source: http://www.m-w.com)

I don’t believe it ever ends…till the last breath. And does it afford a man more worthiness if one is more educated than the other? Rather not….for if each one of is indeed unique, then by definition of uniqueness, so is our education.

The day one stops learning, one stops living.