15 April 2017

Saturday Softrock

As I write this post in a sunny afternoon viewing a musically magnetic performance by a Softrock band called "Boy", my memory takes me back to the softrock era. I think that Softrock fans like me would be glad that Softrock hasn't gone away from the performing arts scenario.

14 April 2017

New year's day

Today is celebrated as new year's day in many regions of India as well as in countries such as Cambodia.

11 April 2017

Hanumaan ji's birthday

Today is celebrated as Hanumad Jayanti  (meaning birth anniversary of Hanumaanjee). Hanumaanjee is the greatest devotee of Lord Shree Raam.

05 April 2017

Shree Raama Navami

Today is a very auspicious day for Hindus.  It is celebrated as Shree Raama Navami.  This is the day on which Shree Mahaa Vishnu took avataar as Lord Shree Raam and descended on the Earth during Trethaa Yugaa. On this auspicious day, marriage of Lord Shree Raam with Seetha Devi  (an Avataar of Shree Mahaa Lakshmi) is also performed in many temples.

01 April 2017

Mark Knopfler to Milow

As I write this post, I have the pleasure of viewing a nice performance by a popmusic group known as 'Milow' on DW TV. Their music resembles that of Mark Knopfler in its simplicity and magnetism.

31 March 2017

Madhu and meaningful media

My cousin Madhu (about whom I have mentioned in an earlier post) shares very meaningful pieces of information with me once in a while. One such (probably a quote) is shown below:

Knowledge and Experience

This morning in his spiritual discourse Poojyashree Sudhanshuji Maharaaj mentioned two examples to explain the difference between knowledge and experience.

It takes just a minute to let someone know how to drive a car. But unless this knowledge is put into practice, the former has no value.

Once there was a very famous heart surgeon in Mumbai. He used to perform at least 2 to 3 surgeries per day. One day he himself died of heart failure. He had the habit of drinking and smoking. Thus the knowledge that drinking and smoking are bad for health was useless because he didn't put it in practice. (This guy reminds me of a former neighbour with whom my cordiality was always at a certain 'minimum distance' due to his drinking and smoking habits).

In Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, knowledge and comprehension used to be listed as two different levels of cognitive ability hen he developed his taxonomy 60 years back. Whenever I used it in my classrooms or education management workshops I always stressed that unless knowledge and comprehension they are of zero value. In many circumstances comprehension is highly correlated with experience.

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I am a K-12 Education Management Professional turned freelance Education writer. I have worked at different levels in K-12 school systems, textbook publishing, elearning and Education NGOs. I have held memberships in The Association for Science Education (UK), American Association of Physics Teachers and The Malaysian Institute of Physics. I hold a 1st class B Sc Degree in Physics followed by B Ed [English and Physical Science] and M A [Childcare and Education] degrees. My published works include 59 articles in teacher development magazines in India and the US and a book entitled `Creative Classrooms and Child Friendly Schools' (listed in Amazon). This book is almost an anecdotal account of my professional experience in six countries (including Cambodia where I worked as Technical Adviser to the Ministry of Education, Youth And Sports). I served as mentor in the Certificate of Teaching Mastery Program offered by Teachers Without Borders.