The iPhone Killed My Creativity

Why Your iPhone Addiction Is Snuffing Your Creativity

Having a stimulation fix in your pocket isn’t always the best for you. In praise of the power of boredom. By: Drake Baer

You know the feeling–you’re walking to the coffee machine, and you feel a tingle of knowledge-needing excitement. You pull out your phone to check […]

MUDDLED POLICIES OVER MIGRANT STUDENTS

Migration to urban centres is an on-going and unrelenting phenomenon. The consequences of youth delinquency and related problems manifest themselves without fail because most migrant parents do not understand the challenges of parenting in the urban centres. Often only the children migrate and live with relatives who have little time to supervise their wards beyond […]

IDENTIFYING DISASTER HAZARDS IN SCHOOLS

According to the MoE’s circular (March 2012), all schools are required to identify potential hazards on campus that could cause injury during disasters such as earthquakes or fires. The hazards are divided between ‘structural’ and ‘non-structural’ types, the former being related to the building structure. The latter would refer to objects like cupboards that have […]

ADMISSION AGE IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS

There seems to be an absent-minded practice of applying any rule made for government schools to private schools as well. This is one example.

By international norms, the appropriate age for entering Class I is 6 years. In Bhutan, the minimum age for joining class PP is 6, which means the child is 7 in […]

EIGHT CLUES TO HAPPINESS by KHUSHWANT SINGH

The simple approach. No pillars and no domains and no indices. Point #6 has particular relevance in Bhutan!

EIGHT CLUES TO HAPPINESS by KHUSHWANT SINGH

Having lived a reasonably contented life, I was musing over what a person should strive for to achieve happiness. I drew up a list of a few essentials which […]

WHAT WE TEACH OUR CHILDREN

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” James Baldwin

Our school’s slogan of Veritas (Truth), Integritas (Integrity) and Humilitas (Humility) now seem like relics of some forgotten past. Or perhaps like the unborn children of a distant future.

These guiding […]

Physics Education: Open Letter to US President

 

“MANDATING” SHOULD BE AVOIDED – KHAN ACADEMY

Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, is a quiet revolutionary whose first teaching videos, designed to help his little cousin with her school algebra have grown into something of a revolution. World leaders from education, politics and every other field, have approached him for ideas to improve their respective systems of education. Today millions […]

REDUCING ROLE OF TEACHERS (Bhutan Observer)

By Samir Patel (Ph.D) Lecturer, Royal Thimphu College

October 13, 2012 Numerous factors impact student performance, including socio-economic background, upbringing, quality of the educational system, individual students’ calculations about their future prospects, and of course, teacher performance. Teachers may not be able to control what kind of students they get or even the syllabus they […]

THE “ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY”

18 July 2012 In response to the falling standards of behavior among the Bhutanese youth, the Ministry of Education has joined with the schools in allowing them to take a harder stance. What this ‘stance’ is seems to be somewhat unclear, with some schools announcing their new policies, others not taking any action yet, and […]