Friday, May 31, 2013

Pride? No, shame actually.

This samacheer system is a complete failure and waste of good intellect. I've felt it when I teach the kids, how much good, interesting and important portions are left out in the syllabus. These ten of thousands of centum marks are not an indicator of success. They are indicative of failure. One does not achieve success by lowering the standards. It is like pros playing amateur sports. This is spoiling the next generation.

While it is agreeable that the syllabus that previously existed wasn't the best either, it was surely better than what exists today. The samacheer science book which I have read through, is a complete joke. Those who are proud of your kids scoring centum marks, please reconsider. It is not something great. A kid studying 8th standard can be coached to get the same, in 2 months time. I can vouch for it.

Building such a shaky base is the main reason people slack off in their college. Don't blame the college system and the bad teachers in college. That's not the entire story.

Frankly, much disappointed in the 10th board results that were released today. If 29000 people scored centum in math, what the fuck is special about it? What is there to be announced in news with such pride?

Think twice. Don't throw the education system to the dogs. If not already. These kids deserve better. They are bright. They can learn much more. 75 odd state ranks is not something to be proud of. The kid who scored 498/500 will still probably not be happy because his achievement is split with 9 people in a system that is designed for everybody to pass, not the bright to excel.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Who I Am

Its been quite a while since I've blogged. Writer's block? அதுக்கு மொதல்ல writer ah இருக்கணும் ல? Anyway, this is an attempt at resuming the blog, keeping it going, for this is by far the thing(read hobby ) that has lasted more than one year and I would like to keep it that way. This is going to be more like a rant (Oh dear, already started hasn't it?) but I'll try to keep it as short as possible.

The source of this post came from a face-walling epiphany that I had just a few days back when I was clearing up space on my computer by deleting movies that I had at more than 1 location. I ended up having 2 copies of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban and was watching both to decide which was the better quality, to keep and delete the other.

In came, Sirius Black. I have always loved JK Rowling's characters and their corresponding casting in the movies ( though I hate the movies a lot for their plot deviations, inconsistencies with the books ). I hadn't paid much detail into who played Sirius Black because I was in 9th if I recall correctly when I saw Prisoner of Askaban for the first time and I hadn't seen Nolan's Batman until when I was in 12th.

The epiphany came, when I realized that Commissioner Gordon in Nolan's Batman franchise was Sirius Black here in the HP universe. Quite trivial for someone who'd watched both BB and HP-PoA at around the same time, but I face-walled at my ignorance till now. Then I realized how much difference one pair of spectacles make. Gary Oldman __/\__

Spectacles, have occupied a very important part in fiction, largely due to Superman.

Man + Spectacles = Clark Kent.
Clark Kent - Spectacles (+ hidden costume make overs) = Superman.

Then another epiphany (Double, yeah, tough to handle). The technical probability of my being Superman, was much better than me being Batman.

I'm Superman B-) (because being Batman and Ironman are too mainstream.)

P.S.: The author is a fan of Batman and worships Nolan. Those who are in a trolling mood are strictly advised to study for their semester exams. Thank you.