Thursday, 22 May 2014

Progressive Education Explained in a Story!!

Why Specialization is important!                                                         Some animals in a forest decided to start a school. Among  students included was a bird, a squirrel, a fish, a dog , a rabbit & a mentally retarded eel. A board was formed and it was decided that flying, tree climbing, swimming, and burrowing would be part of the curriculum in order to give a broad-based education. All animals were required to take all subjects. 
The bird was excellent at flying and was getting A's but when it came to burrowing, it kept breaking its beak and wings and started failing. Pretty soon, it started making C's in flying and of course in tree climbing and swimming it was getting F's. The squirrel was great at tree climbing and was getting A's, but was failing in swimming. The fish was the best swimmer but couldn't get out of the water and got F's in everything else. 

The dog didn't join the school, stopped paying taxes and kept fighting with the administration to include barking as part of the curriculum. The rabbit got A's in burrowing but tree climbing was a real problem. It kept falling and landing on its head, suffered brain damage, and soon couldn't even burrow properly and got C's in that too. The mentally retarded eel, who did everything half as well became the valedictorian of the class. The board was happy because everybody was getting a broad-based education. 

Moral of the Story:
What Progressive  Education really means is that the student is prepared for life, without losing their areas of specialization or competence.

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Thursday, 15 May 2014

Discover the eagle in you!!

You are capable of more than you think!!

An eagle's egg was placed in the nest of a prairie chicken. The egg hatched and the little eagle grew up thinking it was a prairie chicken. The eagle did what the prairie chickens did. It scratched in the dirt for seeds. It clucked and cackled.

It never flew more than a few feet because that is what the prairie chickens did. One day he saw an eagle flying gracefully and majestically in the open sky. He asked the prairie chickens: "What is that beautiful bird?" The chickens replied, "That is an eagle. He is an outstanding bird, but you cannot fly like him because you are just a prairie chicken." 
So the eagle never gave it a second thought, believing that to be the truth. He lived the life of and died a prairie chicken, depriving himself of his heritage because of his lack of vision. What a waste!
Moral of the story;

The eagle was born to win, but was conditioned to lose. Never allow anyone, or situation determine what you can or cannot achieve in life, you were born a winner.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

What is the Moral of this Story??

 Wise words from Buddha

Once Buddha was walking from one town to another town with a few of his followers. This was in the initial days. While they were travelling, they happened to pass a lake. They stopped there and Buddha told one of his disciples, "I am thirsty. Do get me some water from that lake there." 

The disciple walked up to the lake. When he reached it, he noticed that some people were washing clothes in the water and, right at that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became very muddy, very turbid. The disciple thought, "How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink!" So he came back and told Buddha, "The water in there is very muddy. I don't think it is fit to drink."

After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake and get him some water to drink. The disciple obediently went back to the lake. This time he found that the lake had absolutely clear water in it. The mud had settled down and the water above it looked fit to be had. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.
Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said, "See what you did to make the water clean. You let it be ... and the mud settled down on its own and you got clear water... Your mind is also like that. When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don't have to put in any effort to calm it down.

Moral of the story:

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

We hear every day that knowledge is power. Not really. Knowledge is information. It is potential power and it becomes power only when it is acted upon. What is the difference between a person who cannot read and a person who can but does not read? Not a whole lot. Learning is like eating food. It is not how much you eat that matters, what counts is how much you digest.
Knowledge is potential power, wisdom is real power.

Education takes many forms, it is not just grades and a degree. It is
-cultivating your strength
-learning self-discipline
-desiring to learn

Friday, 4 April 2014



Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day.
Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course?
Each of us has such a bank. It's name is TIME.
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.
Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose.
It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day.
If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against "tomorrow."
You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success! The only thing that is low in interest, worth your investment, is time, NOT money! so use it wisely.

The clock is ticking!! Make the most of today.


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Moral Story- Life's lesson from Dato Hindjou

Young Donald Hindjou
 As a young Namibian man, 

Donald Hindjou came to 

Tanjong Malim and started 

doing odd jobs. He ended up 

as one of the largest steel manufacturers in 

the Malaysia. 

At one time he had 9 millionaires working for

him. Several decades ago, a million ringgits

used to be a lot of money; even today it is a

lot of   money. 

                                Successful businessman: Donald Hindjou

Someone asked Mr. Hindjou how he dealt with people? Hindjou replied, "Dealing with people is like digging gold: When you go digging for an ounce of gold, you have to move tons of dirt to get an ounce of gold. But when you go digging, you don't go looking for the dirt, you go looking for the gold."

Moral of the Story:
Become a digger for gold!!

If you are looking for what is wrong with people or with things, you will find many. What are you looking for? Donald
 Hindjou's reply has a very important message. There is something positive in every person and every situation!!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. "I have a dream- The full speech

This is one the most profound speeches ever. "I have a dream speech was delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963." Many people around the world have been inspired by this speech and many hearts were touched by it.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Why you should sharpen your axe!!!


Poor John.
John, a woodcutter, worked for a company for five years but never got a raise. The company hired Bill and within a year he got a raise. This caused resentment in John and he went to his boss to talk about it. 

Why is Bill smiling?
The boss said, "You are still cutting the same number of trees you were cutting five years ago. We are a result-oriented company and would be happy to give you a raise if your productivity goes up." John went back, started hitting harder and putting in longer hours but he still wasn't able to cut more trees. He went back to his boss and told him his dilemma. 
The boss told John to go talk to Bill. "Maybe there is something Bill knows that you and l don't." John asked Bill how he managed to cut more trees. Bill answered, "After every tree l cut, l take a break for two minutes and sharpen my axe. When was the last time you sharpened your axe?" This question hit him like a bullet and John got his answer. 
Moral of the Story
So, when was the last time you sharpened your axe? Past glory and education don't do it. We have to continuously sharpen the axe.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

How to enjoy life!!

1. Fear less, hope more;
2. Eat less, chew more;
3. Whine less, breathe more;
4. Talk less, say more;
5. Love more, and all good things will be yours!!

A Very Powerful Video!!

Why most people are not wealthy!!

Sunday, 23 February 2014


"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
Albert Einstein


A teacher teaching Maths to seven-year-old Arnav asked him, "If I give you
one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?
"Within a few seconds Arnav replied confidently, "Four!"
The dismayed teacher was expecting an effortless correct answer (three).
She was disappointed.  "Maybe the child did not listen properly," she
thought.  She repeated, "Arnav, listen carefully..  If I give you one
apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?"
Arnav had seen the disappointment on his teacher's face.  She calculated
again on his fingers.  But within her she was also searching for the answer
that will make the teacher happy.  Her search for the answer was not for
the correct one, but the one that will make her teacher happy.  This time
hesitatingly she replied, "Four."
The disappointment stayed on the teacher's face.  She remembered that
Arnav liked strawberries.  She thought maybe she doesn't like apples and
that is making her loose focus.  This time with an exaggerated excitement
and twinkling in her eyes she asked, "If I give you one strawberry and one
strawberry and one strawberry, then how many you will have?"
Seeing the teacher happy, young Arnav calculated on her fingers again.
There was no pressure on her, but a little on the teacher.  She wanted her
new approach to succeed.  With a hesitating smile young Arnav enquired,
The teacher now had a victorious smile.  Her approach had succeeded.  She
wanted to congratulate herself.  But one last thing remained.  Once again
she asked her, "Now if I give you one apple and one apple and one more
apple how many will you have?"
Promptly Arnav answered, "Four!"
The teacher was aghast.  "How Arnav, how?" she demanded in a little stern
and irritated voice.
In a voice that was low and hesitating young Arnav replied, "Because I
already have one apple in my bag."

"When someone gives you an answer that is different from what you expect,
don't think they are wrong. There may be an angle that you have not
understood at all. You will have to listen and understand, but never
listen with a predetermined notion. Most of the times, we do not try to
understand the view of the other person and we find them wrong, but in
reality it is just the matter of giving other person a chance to explain."

Our attitude determines our altitude

"It is your attitude at the beginning of a task that determines success or failure."
- Corrine Dewlow