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Make teaching methods relevant to 21st century

The article, “Beyond traditional learning”(Mar 22), by R S Grewal was interesting in context with developments in information and communication technology as applied to classroom teaching and learning. From oral communication in Gurukuls to Smart Classrooms of the 21st century, we have come a long way. Today’s scientist, engineer, doctor and administrator indeed work in a paperless society; where job profile demands quick, pinpointed and latest information.

Such expectations at the work place warrant that in classrooms too chalk and blackboard should be replaced with LCD projector and ‘power point’ presentations. Similarly, notebooks and pens should be taken over by laptops where a student can not only store information but also retrieve information from various sources. In the present day scenario, the role of teacher and methods of teaching ought to be compatible with the job profiles of students.

Now, students expect only guidance from the teachers, rest they can manage from the vast ocean of latest databases and the Internet.

It is heartening to note that today’s student is capable of distinguishing relevant and irrelevant information available on the Internet. Today when the boundaries between pure sciences, applied sciences and humanities have virtually diminished it is desirable that our classroom teaching should be in conformity with the latest concepts of educational technology and also the future job profiles of students.

Dr V K ANAND, Chandigarh


R S Grewal brought to the fore emerging learning needs of modern students. Students of today prefer autonomous learning through interactive technological gadgets. LCD projectors, power-point presentations: Internet etc. are their favourite mode of learning. Teachers need to prepare themselves for these changes. Their teaching styles must be in sync with the learning styles of students. They must understand the learning habits of the new generation. Forward-looking attitude of teachers and self-analytical methodology of teaching is the need of hour.

RAJNISH KUMAR, via e-mail

Emphatic victory

The editorial “India’s knockout punch: Ah, the thud of Australian fall!”  (Mar 26) rightly described the India-Australia quarterfinal match that  India won as the “final for most of the cricket-crazy spectators.” It was indeed a “final’ match as it was a knockout stage for both the Aussies and Team India. Indians batted, bowled and fielded well as compared to the Australians. They out-smarted in all the fields of the game and proved to the world that they are surely the ones who deserve to win the 2011 World Cup.

Hats off to Yuvraj Singh who, almost single-handed, took India  into the semi-finals of the World Cup. After a good start given by Virender  Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar and superbly supported by Gautam Gambhir, the men-in-blue were on a solid platform. It was definitely Yuvraj who stole the show with his powerful batting and equally splendid bowling spell against the Australians.

The editorial rightly opines: “This is proving to be Yuvraj’s World Cup, who picked up his fourth man of the match title and is in line for the man of the tournament crown as well, but it was a team effort all the way.” Suresh Raina too is becoming a trustworthy batsman with each passing innings.

Now Team India need to keep their tempo and morale high as they take on  traditional rivals Pakistan in the semi-finals in Mohali. This will certainly be “The Match of the tournament” as the editorial defines. Both teams will fight tooth and nail to earn a berth in the final. If India performs the way it did against the Aussies, they are sure to win the World Cup 2011.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh

De-stress the distressed

Society in general, teachers and parents in particular are cautioned to keep an eye on the activities of adolescents as reports about youngsters committing suicides are reported from all parts of the country. With advancement in communication technology, we may have come closer to the other parts of the world, but in fact we have gone far away from our own family members under the same roof. All members of the family are busy with their own lives, and have no time to sit together and share feelings, apprehensions, happiness or achievements. Children have become so short tempered that even friendly advice evokes sharp reactions. They are only happy if parents keep fulfilling their ever-increasing demands. Families must at least have dinner together sans mobile and television. Only then can a whole family spend quality time and communicate with each other. The mind of young children is being impacted with TV serials, so-called reality shows, movies and the Internet.

We must not take these things lightly and mass awareness is required at the national level to check causes of stress among adolescents that prompts them to take extreme steps.


Motivated teachers

It is not the curriculum which is at fault (article, “Make teaching child- friendly”, Mar 22). The fault lies partially with the teacher who handles it and to some extent, with poor infrastructure, especially in the government schools.

Even in the present curriculum, there is ample scope for active participation of students. At the end of every chapter of all subjects some activity for the students is suggested. The teacher must be motivated and well-equipped.

Audio visual aids are tools to make lessons interesting. If the teacher is capable, he or she can motivate students.


Hollywood icon 

With the passing away of the legendary Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor, a vacuum has been created in the lives of her millions of fans throughout the world, She was known for her acting talent, glamour and beauty as well as a much-publicised private life, which included eight marriages. Her great beauty and grand lifestyle peppered with scandals was more interesting than any Hollywood blockbuster.

She lived passionately and remained true to her larger-than-life persona till the very end, mirroring the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, whom she brought to life onscreen with Richard Burton in 1963. Although she acted in more than 50 films but she will be remembered for her impressive roles in “Butterfield 8”: and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” She had won the Oscars for these films also. It can be said that few actresses have combined art and allure with such effortlessness.

In Cleopatra you could see Liz and in Liz not only Egypt and Rome but also the whole world could see the most beautiful and an ambitious Queen Cleopatra of the ancient Egypt who shaped a great empire. She was a beautiful person to the core. To quote from her movie “Cleopatra” — “Age cannot wither her.” Elizabeth Taylor, the Golden Girl of Hollywood, will be remembered forever in world cinema.

DILBAG RAI, Chandigarh



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