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The menace of student suicide finally grips Pakistan too – thenews.com.pk


LAHORE: As yet another Pakistani student succumbs to exam stress, taking the suicide toll to three in as many days, factors like exam stress, verbal and physical abuse from teachers and admonishment from parents are surely pushing young people to perform or perish – a phenomenon that is quite common in neighbouring India, US, England, […]

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Self-governing as doubling?


The assumption of ‘self governing’ requires a doubling of sorts.  Must it be built on a splitting of the self into its governing and the governed elements, into subject and object, into soul as separate from the body.  To become an ethical subject capable of governing me as an ethical object, I should be able to step away from myself. Rhetorical consistency requires […]

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Another child suicide in two days


ARY just reporting another child from grade-6, Karachi (Paposhnagar) committed suicide. Read the previous post on this subject here.  

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Why are children committing suicide?


Two children have committed suicide in two different cities of Pakistan within the last two months. They were very young, not even in their teens yet.  All reports suggest that these children were led to such despair as to take their own life due to pressures within the schools. This is not just sad. It […]

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The Hindu : Life & Style / Kids : Celebrating Pi day


I know one more person that is also a Pi (born on 3.14).  I happen to be a couple decimal points ahead on the number line. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 since the day is denoted as 3/14 in the month-day format. Most of you know that the ratio of the circumference to the […]

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One Million Signatures Campaign…دس لاکھ دستخط کیلئے مہم


I am posting this message as a friend of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), which has recently started a campaign to collect one Million Signatures on a message to the government of Pakistan and Pakistani politicians urging them to take practical steps to ensure provision of educational services as a ‘basic right’ for all children aged 5-16.  Follow […]

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The notion of citizenship in Islam


Bernard Lewis claims that the idea of citizenship is alien to Islamic political culture. There isn’t even a word for it.  I do not know of a possible transliteration of the word ‘citizen’ in Arabic.  In urdu, however, ‘shehri’ seems to be a very close transliteration.  But was the word shehri not also used for […]

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Education Week: Startups Seek to Master the Education Market


It has begun to happen big time–this flow of venture capital into education market. The private sector’s stake in public schools have always been there.  The textbook sector and school meals sectors, for example, which are also mentioned in this article. But flow of venture capital into education markets has only recently exploded. Less than […]

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‘Techno’ and ‘political’ spaces…


Words stick together differently in different contexts by means of an unseen glue, with same words often producing different meanings and different effects.  One teacher of rhetoric, Kenneth Burke, said this about about a word we hear most frequently, ‘yes’.  He wrote: “Let us suppose that I ask you: “What did the man say?” And […]

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Devlin’s Angle: The First Arithmetic Textbook in the Western World


Liber abbaci, completed in 1202, was the first comprehensive description of modern arithmetic (using the Hindu-Arabic numerals, decimal place-value representations of numbers, and the basic arithmetic algorithms we all learn in school) in the western world. via Devlin’s Angle: The First Arithmetic Textbook in the Western World.

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