Education Plan for my kids – Part 1

“How I will bring up my kid in current education system?” It is an interesting question. I have been complaining on current education system since I finished my diploma. I had lot of arguments with others on this within and outside the family on this topic.

Most of those arguments ended up with “lets see what you will do when you time comes”. More people wants to know what I will do. Actually even I want to know what I will do. It is a very complex issue. Till now, I did not thought fully on what I will do, because of the fallowing reasons.

  • I don’t have kids now, and it is some future issue.
  • We don’t know if we will have kids or not.
  • Every kid will have some biological constraints beyond our control. What we plan to do may never work.
  • I am not 100% sure what I usually think is right or wrong(on this topic). It takes lot of research(money) to check their validity.

So if I make a plan now I have to consider the following.

  • My plans are for my kid that may be evaluated after 15 to 20 years.
  • By 2030 our society will be completely different than what we are now.
  • By then we will have computers that can think faster than human brain.
  • We will be talking to computers like we talk to other person.
  • They will be reacting to our thoughts without giving commands manually.

What I think my kid should learn are the following..

  1. High moral standards. (Must)
  2. Understanding of Human behavior. (Must)
  3. Aggressive optimistic attitude. (Required)
  4. Highly rational thinking. (Required)
  5. Do not remember information. (Highly suggested)
  6. Ask right questions to understand and solve the problem. (Preferable)
  7. Ability to go really deep into some problem in such a way to go through all available info on one topic. (Good to have)
  8. Ability to think really high level and abstract concepts. (Good to have)

In a way the most important 6 out of 8 points are nothing to do with what they learn in normal schools. So all those have to be taught differently in a school that is built for those things. Point 7 and 8 is also very unlikely to be taught in current schools. These last two are not very essential and I think they are needed only to excel financially.

I believe that I can train my kid personally on the first 6 points. If there is a school for these, then I will surely send my kid over there. I hope some one starts such school, or I have to start it myself. If I can not start I will teach myself. May be I will be forced to start the school when my kid needs it, and it will grow along with him/her.

I will be posting more detailed plans on those 6 points in future, so that I can refer to them when I really need. šŸ™‚

Lessons from Movies: Castaway on the Moon

Mr. Kim is jobless, lost in debt and has been dumped by his girlfriend. He decides to end it all by jumping into the Han River – only to find himself washed up on a small, mid-river island. He soon abandons thoughts of suicide or rescue and begins a new life as a castaway. His antics catch the attention of a young woman whose apartment overlooks the river. Her discovery changes both theirĀ lives.

For me this movie is about hope. Having hope is a wonderful feeling. Hope can change a lot. I need to find a way to induce hope into other people’s lives.
The lesson for me is to make sure that I keep looking things from other peoples point of view. Those things that I am throwing away, may be there are people who are craving for them.

Fate of Telugu

Now I am sure, Telugu will die much ahead in time. It does not have to, but that is what the state government is planning to do. By forcing news papers and others to use only Telugu words for all modern English words. They have some crazy words invented for “Computer, Audio, Video etc”.

If you see the history of any language, one thing is sure, It keeps changing. Anyone trying to prevent change will die first. See how the great languages changed over period of history, they adapt. They add more words form other languages and call them their own.

Now what will happen? More people will stop using Telugu as a medium of communication, as they don’t know all these new words and they are irrelevant to any online life. So every one will use English and only for Govt works they will take some translator with them. šŸ™‚

I used to read some Telugu news papers, but these days in every article I find some words that are very irritating to me. So I keep reducing my reading time on that site. If some one covers local news in English, I might actually forget Telugu site completely.

BTW I love the language. It is really good. I prefer Telugu over English in any place. But if the language is not growing and not adapting, then I would rather switch to English completely.

I see some officers who actually check the implementation of Telugu language in the state. I am sure most of their kids are in IT business and talk English all the time and I can even bet that > 30% have some one in family who is staying in US or UK and never does talk Telugu.

I would actually say that those people who advocate in fixing the rules for language use, are actually same people who fight over religions, cast, state etc.

Change..or else … die….

History of India

Here is the history retold in a blog that I follow… (Totally copy pasted).

“History is something which has beenĀ interpreted, misinterpreted and reinterpreted several times according to the need. Here is my version of history. I don’t qualify to interpret history but here we live in the world where one only needs power to “propagate” their own versions, not necessarily true.
Disclaimer: The entire post is based on commonly available sources likeĀ GoogleĀ andĀ Wikipedia. Intentionally so, to break the hegemony of scholarly text which are often subjected to the comments “I have not read anything of that sort. It must be some skewed version”.
Unfortunately I have met quite a few people who believe there was one glorious golden period in Indian history what one misses is the point that before 1947 there was no “India”. The credit for the conceptualization of India has to go to the Britishers who united several warring states. Then the immediate argument would talk about the Islamic rule in India prior to which India had this hypothetical Golden Period, which was essentially Hindu.
This narrative also talks about how a new religion (Islam) invaded India. But consider this Islam first came to India in 7 Century AD through trade (Even according to the not so scholarly Wikipedia). This was probably before many of today’sĀ IslamicĀ countries knew Islam. Breaking another myth that Islam came through forcible conversions, it actually spread through trade. Coming to the eulogized Vedic Heritage, Vedas and Upanishads were actually written by the Aryans, who migrated to Indo-Gangetic region from the Eurasian regions. Now how do we call one migrant tradition as own and one as foreign?
Talking about this “Only Hindu” period, the Jews arrived in India 2500 years before and they are the said to be among the first converts to Christianity. Quoting Wikipedia “World’s oldest existing church believed to have been built by Thomas the Apostle in 57AD called Thiruvithamcode Arapally is in Tamil Nadu.”
From 600-300BC the region had Kasi, Kosala, Kamboja, Anga, Magadha, Chedi, Vatsa, Kuru, Panchala, Matsya, Surasena, Assaka, Vajji, Gandhara etc. All of them warring with each other. Now I again fail to understand how we were “one”. Another point to be noted is that each kingdom was trying to invade the other and in the process destroying the city, its temples, its public spaces etc. Again I fail to understand why only the Islamic rulers figure in the list of invaders, when we were always invading and destroying each other. Then there were the Greek and Persian invasions followed by the Maurya Empire. One point to be noted that the Mauryan Empire which we take pride in claiming Hindu was essentially Buddhist, i.e., Ashoka and his progeny spent major part of their life to spread Buddhism. And no, Buddhism is not “Hindu” it’s main point was to oppose the divisions in Hinduism, which were so prime to existence. So, unfortunately Buddhism cannot be claimed as Hindu. 230-700BC is considered to be the golden age when Andhra region was ruled by Satavahanas, Kharavela worked for spreading Jainism, Kushanas ruled till Tajikistan ( Now we Ā can either claim Tajikistan as Indian or accept it was just the matter of kingdoms and nothing Indian about it). Ā Then there were Cholas, Pandyas, Cheras, Kadambas, Pallavas, Chalukyas at different times in the south. There were north western hybrid kingdoms which were a mixture of Indo-Greeks, Indo- Parthians, Indo-Sassinids. Particular mention of Sassinid empire which extended to current day Baluchistan and due to the intermingling of Cultures arose the Indo-Iranian culture. This was aĀ contemporaneous kingdom of the eulogized Golden Gupta Empire. So the Pakistan and Baluchistan which we want to run and grab as Indian were not under one kingdom even during the “Golden Age”. Unfortunately even the Wiki map of Gupta Period says that it didn’t include the southern states, so for all practical purposes if one wants to establish the “Golden Period” one has to be ready to for go the southern states and the coveted Kashmir. This was followed by Harsha’s kingdom, Vijayanagara empire, Ganga dynasty, Gurjara Pratiharas, Rashtrakutas, Rajput kingdoms.
This was followed by the by what is pictured as the “Foreign Invasion” and Islamic Rule. I wouldn’t spend too much as already much has been done to soil this time. But I think all the Indian trumpet blowers have to be thankful to Islamic rule without which one would never have India in Current Shape.
To end, history has been interpreted as per the need but whether we like it or not we have all been a group of warring kingdoms and India was not even a concept.