Yours, mine and ours
The Editorial and Last Word of the January 2008 issue of Teacher Plus brought back 25-year-old memories, when I was a wet-behind-the-ears sub-editor at a national newspaper. We received a beautifully written piece by a young schoolgirl, Mukta Jha, for a debate we were running on Ayn Rand’s philosophy. We printed it excitedly, only to have another very indignant girl, Chhaya, stride into our offices, insisting she was the real author. Quick to seize the moment, the Resident Editor invited Chhaya to vent her spleen in printed prose. Her response, written right in front of us, more than proved her contention. Then it was Mukta’s turn to protest, though less vociferously. With journalistic glee, we printed that too! The entire episode did spice up our discussions on Ayn Rand.
Those days, we did not have Google to help strip plagiarists of their pretensions. Today, wannabe writers need to be far more skilful in their borrowings.
Sarika J Antony, Hyderabad.
More of pupils’ views
The December issue of Teacher Plus was a bit of a pleasant surprise in that one did not expect a short story special in a magazine dedicated to education. It certainly had a soothing effect though. The short story titled ‘Choices’ was by far the best, in language, style and for the shock element. The article on ‘Solving word problems’ reminded me of my school days and how I struggled to learn Arithmetic. It was an eye-opener and I hope teachers who read it will make note of it in their classroom teaching.
All in all, a readable issue, but I do wish we could have some articles on what children think of modern-day teaching, their own understanding of the enormous learning material at their disposal. It will at least start a debate among teachers and perhaps force them to think more about their wards and what they are learning.
Ashima Trikha, New Delhi.