Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My personal bugbear in politics is the lies, distortions and half truths they teach in Pakistani history.

That's a quote from an entry that I used as a placeholder for a long time on this blog, before I cam up with a new entry. I could say I'm making amends for not entering anything in a long time, but oh well.

A Library's Stock Being "Partitioned" in 1947

Coming back to it the quote in the enitrety is:

My personal bugbear in politics is the lies, distortions and half truths they teach in Pakistani history. The electronic med-yeah has helped push them away.

It's fairly self explanatory, but to be further clear, the point I am making applies in great deal with the history taught in Pakistan's government schools. IF we remember those questions about. "Where are the Taliban coming from?", a lot of that confusion can be traced to the weird history that Pakistani kids are taught in government schools, which by FAR continue to be the dominant schools in Pakistan. Pak Studies has to be updated and bought to reality.


Amna K said...

I'm pretty sure that many teachers/professors/lecturers would agree with this. Also, since it's Pak Studies being discussed, I would wish that 'Environmental Science: Issues' be taught as a whole, separate subject, and not just a 'second-last chapter in the Geography of Pakistan'.

TLW said...

Hey Amna. Yeah, you're right about Pak Studies teachers and prof's agreeing with this, because this is their job, and they recognise the distortions kids are supposed to learn in their classes.

And about the Environmental Issues part in the goegraphy, they should beef up the chapter, rather than just teach it simply as an inert geography. Padding the chapter with ways pollution affects kid's health would probably be the right way to go.

TLW said...

Oh, and if you are interested in environment, maybe you'ld be interested in the video of this scientist who pioneered the spread of green energy in Germany. It is 50 minutes, but since you're interested in environmentalism, this video might be up your alley.

I guess green energy would be the most important way to go in Pakistan.

Shahid said...

Where did you get that picture from?

Amna K said...

Beefing up the chapter is alright, but with the growing environmental crises globally, I'm more for making it as a separate subject, for children to become environmentally conscious from the start. It really is the need of today.

Thanks for the video :-) Mr. Hermann was a great man.

Yes, Pakistan does need to go green. Just yesterday, it got listed as the 16th country to be hit by climate change and its disastrous effects.

TLW said...

Shahid, I remembered seeing it like three years back somewhere on the interent. I was looking for some picture that would relate to studying the history of Pakistan and got this copy from a google image search that led me to this site.

I think the original picture is from the 1947 Time Life series on India's independence.

Amna, your points are completely valid, and actually kids in the O Level system have the option of studying Environmental Studies as a separate subject. But I would be careful about making it a separate mandatory subject cause I get the feeling that kids in our secondary system are overburdened as it is.

Maybe a few special classes in a year to get the idea across. And iff you've studied Pakistan studies, you remember the geography section had like a ton on agriculture, maybe they could make the part on environmental impact heavier.

Amna K said...

TLW, I do know that it's offered in the O-Level system, but not in every and most of the Pakistani schools. Plus, it's the option that you get for studying it, and students don't usually take it up. I could now have second thoughts about it since I agree that kids these days are pretty much over-burdened, but I just don't like the idea of compromising with its importance (environmental awareness and all).

Yup, I've studied Pakistan Studies :-) But I've also graduated with a major in Environmental Science, therefore I can say that a ton on agriculture does not just constitute Environmental Studies!

TLW said...

Amna, you're definitely right the environmental impact part. But you do see the point about how overburdened kids are in the Metric and the Cambridge system. You shouldn't worry about people not getting the message about environmental impact. My major in university is currently the furthest from Environmental Studies, but I know about Global Warming and the effects it will have, as well as having some idea about environmental degradation. The message can be got to not just kids, but society at large as well. Getting society to pay attention would be the real acheivement. Plus, I get the feeling that our mainstream education is failing at it's prime directives of reading writing and mathematics. If they can't handle the basics, they won't be able to handle the more difficult subjects.

Amna K said...

I can't agree with you more. The basics have become a burden. But people are not environmentally aware (at all). Seriously. I'm glad that with a major furthest from Environmental Studies, you have much knowledge and awareness. And that's because you are one of those who keep themselves well-informed.


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