Category Archives: Miscellany

Student segregation

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Segregating disruptive and non-disruptive students into separate groups is not just about protecting good students from falling prey to the others.  It has many other perspectives to it, as discussed below and should be given due thoughts before coming to any conclusion.

Usually, students are not mature enough to understand the intricacies of what is good and what is not and more often than not, they are seen attracted towards malefic behaviour.  Considering this, it is arguable, to assess and separate students into disruptive and non-disruptive groups.  This helps teachers too as they would be able to concentrate better and divise separate teaching strategies that would suit each group.  Moreover, grouping studious pupil together increases competition among contemporaries and sheilds from complacency.

On the other hand, like discriminating people based on caste, creed, color is unethical, discriminating students is alos unwelcoming and has a danger that disruptive students could feel inferior.  Also, if similar students are grouped together, there is possibility that the class could become monotonous and unyeilding.  Even the teachers could lose interest teaching them.  There would not be sharing of knowledge or helping each other and the good students could also develop elitism and turn arrogant.

I would disagree with the topic and argue that students should not be divided.  Instead, devise strategies to guide disruptive students onto the right path.

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Hurricane Sandy – Live

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Hurricane-Sandy

Snapshot from NY Times link posted below

A very huge storm is about to hit East Cost of the U.S.A.  It looks to have been forming since a week and this Hurricane Sandy may hit New York badly.  Most parts of the city has been shutdown & evacuated.  Even the trading, NYSE is halted may be for the first time after 9/11 attack.

Want to witness Sandy Live?  Well, talk to a travel agent & fly to New York.  But seriously, following these links you can track it almost live from your couch.

Google as part of its google.org has made available a criss map tracking Hurricane Sandy.  Here’s the link to it http://google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy.  You can also see New York city specific map here.  http://google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy-nyc

You can also get a glimpse of Times Square, New York city live from earthcam.  Here’s the link to it http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare/

Even the New York times looks to have turned a camera of it’s building towards the sky and is taking pictures of the sky every one minute.  When I saw a pic about 6 hours back the sky was a little clear & slowly the sky is filled with dark clouds now. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/28/nyregion/nyt-webcam.html?smid=fb-nytimes

Another link to track hurricane live is here…

http://gizmodo.com/5955575/hurricane-sandy-satellite-photos-and-videos-updating-live

Experience Hurricane Sandy live & comment how you feel.

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