Inspiring read
The write up under the head “Just Books” in the recent issue (December 2007) is really interesting. In fact I am preparing a list of books with “teaching” and “teacher” as theme. I would like to add two wonderful books I read and also a movie to the list for the time being: “Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window” by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi and also “Teacher” by Sylvia Ashton-Warner, and the movie “Finding Forrester”, which deals with a different aspect of teaching.

I am really glad to be a reader of Teacher Plus, which inspired me to write this letter.

Thanks for an informative magazine.

G Aruna Kumar, Chirec Public School, Hyderabad.

Participation matters
I liked your editorial ‘In the spirit of things’ in the November issue. I agree that children should be exposed to inter-school competitions. This will encourage the competitive attitude in them; yet at the same time, it is important that children should be taught that everyone can’t win – it’s the participation that counts.

As for festivals – it is imperative that children are exposed to them. In our times schools just gave us holidays on festival days, but schools today ensure that children are exposed to all the different festivals celebrated in India.

I also think it is very important that children are exposed to extra-curricular activities like sport, dance and music. These encourage all-round development of the child. However, there still are many teachers and parents who feel that academics alone is important. Reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic are fine and extremely necessary, but does the meaning of school just end there?

Manju Roy Choudary, Threshold School, Hyderabad.

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