what is education?
Every once in a while, I do conduct some random workshops (or training sessions if you will), pontificating on what fancies me at that moment.
And so, it was the turn of a few hapless fellow teaching-colleagues who were unfortunate enough to be part of the conscripted audience of a 2.5 hour talk (spread over two days – conducted a few weeks back) delivered by yours truly (of the I-Me-Myself fame).
I wanted to do the talk in Tamil – but that was not to be, because 1) Most of the audience was made up of fellow Tamils – so they wanted it in English 2) There were a few non-Tamils who of course wanted it in English.
Normally my talks (*gasp*) are just plain ol’ stand-up comedy types – but this time, it was done with a few handouts and all that paraphernalia. I even made a powerpoint
presentation, O tempora, O mores! :-(
… But this dear ol’ dragon called Education is — a very wild, immensely powerful, wizened and a very very ancient beastess – so she had to be handled with scare, which I managed to do rather timidly – by focusing on just two points :
1. The power of symbols / story-telling
Now, for a sampling of the 34 slides in the set…
So, if you really, really want to download and view the ppt presentation, it is available here: what-is-education-FINAL-21Nov2013. (It is a whopping 2.85 MB in size and this is because, it has the cover page scans of a few useful books)
Please note that you have really been warned. Yes, you do not have to go through this, unless you can spend one minute at least on every slide – and that would be circa half-an-hour at least – of your dear life!