arshia malik

Jammu, India

About arshia

Languages

English, Hindi, Kashmiri

Areas of Expertise

Writing - Blogs, articles, arshia-classroomchronicles.blogspot.in

An idea worth spreading

as education keeps getting expensive in my country, it would be a great idea to start one room universities with the help of on-line classrooms, digital libraries and satellite links. this is more for people who cannot continue their studies due to poverty, discrimination and unavailability.

I'm passionate about

i am passionate about teaching children through alternative ways, which really nurture their creativity.

Universities

coursera.org

Comments & conversations

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arshia malik
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is it possible for an individual to be without ethnocentrism?
I have lived with ethnocentric people all my life and i could easily see the reason for it. I had lived in metropolitan cities and the people I had to put up with had not been beyond a certain Valley. Ethnocentrism becomes dangerous too when it gets justification from religious beliefs. I have seen it happen in 1989-90 in the Valley of Kashmir. Because of the topography, demography and geography, the people have a stupendous firm belief that the way they live is the best. It is what has time locked the region and produced conflict too. But as to your question is it inevitable. I think not. The Internet seems to have broken that belief to a large extent. I see a lot of promise in the young generation there who are traveling outside, studying abroad, gaining an understanding of their conditioning. Since I am in constant touch with their sensibilities I have a window into their changing worldview. I think the diminishing of ethnocentrism is inevitable as the world starts shrinking virtually. But there is a long way to go. It has to be understood Ethnocentrism stops the human community from benefiting from the diversity of different cultures, which in turn hampers the evolution of societies.
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arshia malik
Posted almost 4 years ago
How do we reform education?
I definitely agree to that! But it seems too revolutionary with me, a bit structureless and i know that kids thrive in structure. But as I say - anything and everything should be done in order to get the students motivated.
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arshia malik
Posted almost 4 years ago
How do we reform education?
Oh, you described my crazy batch at my school perfectly. Those are exactly the type of questions we ought to ask. How do we get such students to get interested in life? Is the present education system doing that? Anything, everything ought to be tested. Because these are lives we are talking about, people who are going to be future fathers and mothers, which means entire generations.
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arshia malik
Posted almost 4 years ago
How do we reform education?
I definitely agree with you Don, the Socratic method is actually being advocated in alternative schools and it should not be long before mainstream schools pick it up.
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arshia malik
Posted almost 4 years ago
Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together
Well this talk totally supports my view. In South-east Asia it can be really frustrating to make people understand the similarities or for that matter the same source of these fields. Thank you for making me feel there are people out there you think in much the same terms.