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Blogger: prasanna raghavan
National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa  from 2013 NAF programme website [Grahamstown is an academic city in the Eastern Cape region, South Africa. National Arts Festival is an annual event happening here. This is an introduction to the event]The city of Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa is not unfamiliar to festivals; The Science Festival, The School’s [...]... Read more
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Blogger: prasanna raghavan
This is a story I wrote for the story-2 IBL writeupcafe.com. contest for coup d’East. However, I could not finish this on time for inclusion in the contest. So I am publishing it here.The topic for story-2 . You walk into a dimly lit room at a party where you’ve arrived with a friend. The walls [...]... Read more
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Blogger: prasanna raghavan
What is knowledge and how do you know?  Rationalists and empiricists theorize on subject knowledge on the basis of their own philosophical arguments.  On the rationalists argument, I wrote in my previous post.  In this one I write about the  empiricists’ views.What is knowledge-arguments of the empiricists?Empiricists reject the rationalists’ ‘induction/deduction’ and ‘innate knowledge’ (see previous [...]... Read more
clicks 217 View   Vote 0 Like   1:13pm 8 Jun 2013
Blogger: prasanna raghavan
That time of the year is once again around the corner- the wintertime in South Africa. Though South African winter is not that severe as that of Canada or parts of the US, it has its own havocs and calamities. About the winter in Canada, once a relative of my friend told me while at a [...]... Read more
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This is my first entry to Indian Bloggers League (IBL) contest in the category ‘fiction’Topic : After World War III, the female survivors decide that, as men caused the war and did most of the fighting, it is simply too dangerous to allow them to be in control of the governments any longer. Men are banned [...]... Read more
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Blogger: prasanna raghavan
[How much do mathematics teachers know about the link between pedagogical problems they face in classrooms  and epistemology a branch of philosophy that deals with knowledge construction, sources and justification.  This post follows from my post  What was wrong with the 60s ‘New Mathematics Syllabus’ in America?  . This post is on the philosophers arguments on [...]... Read more
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Blogger: prasanna raghavan
[This is my thought on the link between story telling and value creation in young minds. At a time when our society is decrying about the issues of  value and moral degradation, it is good for us to look into our changing life style and what can we do about it.] Suddenly I remembered my grandmother and [...]... Read more
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[I believe, there is a need for everybody associated with mathematics education to know what went wrong with the 60s New Mathematics Curriculum innovation, abbreviated as ‘new maths’ in America.  The failure emanated from pedagogic faults rooted in the philosophy of mathematics. One good outcome of the failure was agreement among American mathematicians to look into [...]... Read more
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Blogger: prasanna raghavan
In my previous post I mentioned how we felt our initial research ideas inadequate towards the end of our M.Ed orientation, though no new idea forth came to replace it.On every day, during orientation, our routine was to attend talks and lectures in succession, from 8 to 8. They were at different venues separated by long [...]... Read more
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In my last post I explained the motivation  to  research in mathematics education which made me to send an application to join the M. Ed course at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.My application was processed and I was admitted to the course.After informing the good news,  the university invited me to attend an orientation course. I [...]... Read more
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Blogger: prasanna raghavan
My Research in Mathematics Education I will be making a series of posts on ‘My Research in Mathematics Education’ from now on.  This is an introduction. Rhodes University Drosdy Arch(main entrance)Teachers ask all sorts of retrospective questions when they find, their learners, performance does not match up to their teaching effort; if you are facing such a [...]... Read more
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Blogger: prasanna raghavan
frustration, hopelessnessAre children their parent’s possession, or rightful property?  Or are they imbeciles or idiots who have no sense of their own?  I am loading Indian parents with these questions because of the increasing child abuse cases by them reported or otherwise.  I am not saying Indian parents are bad; in spending even the meager [...]... Read more
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clicks 251 View   Vote 0 Like   5:52am 18 Oct 2012
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clicks 234 View   Vote 0 Like   5:39am 18 Oct 2012
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Can you think of ‘time’ remaining constant. Means, there are no events happening and the past, present and future coagulate into one inert state. That does not happen, or that should not happen because our universe does not work in that fashion. Also, it undermines the ideas of change, progress, movement, etc. That is why the [...]... Read more
clicks 267 View   Vote 0 Like   7:23pm 7 Oct 2012
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var googleSearchIframeName = "cse-search-results"; var googleSearchFormName = "cse-search-box"; var googleSearchFrameWidth = 800; var googleSearchDomain = "www.google.com"; var googleSearchPath = "/cse"; http://week.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/theWeekContent.do?BV_ID=@@@&contentId=12081616&programId=1073754897Yes, it is Suresh Kalmadi I am taking about, the fallen hero of the 2010 Common Wealth Games in Delhi, India.  But what  has he to do with 2012 British [...]... Read more
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var googleSearchIframeName = "cse-search-results"; var googleSearchFormName = "cse-search-box"; var googleSearchFrameWidth = 800; var googleSearchDomain = "www.google.com"; var googleSearchPath = "/cse"; http://www.timeslive.co.za/Feeds/2012/04/29/roadblockOn April 28, two days after the South African government decided to postpone the e-toll collection on the Gauteng highway by one month, Judge Bill Prinsloo of the Pretoria High [...]... Read more
clicks 248 View   Vote 0 Like   4:50pm 27 May 2012
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protestors at Palliakkara, kerala (http://notollonroads.blogspot.com/)Two bench judges in the Supreme Court of India, D.K.Jain and A.R. Dave took exception, on May 1o  2012, to the government’s decision to allow the BOT (Toll) contractors to collect  toll  on under-construted  national highways.“The under-construction highways are not money making machines.  The government says infrastructure is for common man [...]... Read more
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Protest march by the public  When I was in India two months ago, I witnessed on the TV screen, the Kerala Police on order from the government brutally removing the protesters against an impending BOT toll collection at Palliakkara, a place on the  Mannuthy -Idappally national highway.The protest in the context of India’s neo-liberal market projects, [...]... Read more
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Seemingly, it is difficult for Indians in power to think straight.  And if they are pinpointed for wrong-doing they do not hesitate to take law and order on to their own hands as though they are some toys to play with.Otherwise the ruling congress government would not have arrested Anna Hazara from his Delhi residence when [...]... Read more
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Blogger: prasanna raghavan
My previous post, I concluded that by the time we were done with the orientation we were confused about our initial proposals.  We felt those ideas inadequate, but no new idea forth came.On each day, during orientation, our routine was to attend talks and lectures in succession, from 8 to 8. They were conducted at different [...]... Read more
clicks 251 View   Vote 0 Like   6:40pm 13 Aug 2011
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Shri padmanabha temple trivandrum, KeralaShripadmnabha Swami temple in Trivandrum, Kerala has become the richest temple in the world by a single stroke of news that queer treasures are uncovered from its underground vaults as ordered by the supreme court of India.  The deity in the temple is shri Padmanabhan lying flat on the mythical snake [...]... Read more
clicks 250 View   Vote 0 Like   9:07am 24 Jul 2011
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In my last post I explained the motivation to join the M.Ed course at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.I told there that my plan was to research on the learning difficulties that my learners, Black learners, experienced in the field of geometry.  Initially I was very upbeat about my topic. Let me tell you I had [...]... Read more
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