YOUNG WORLD

For teachers and students

Two books to for teachers and students.

JOHN L PAUL

For teachers and students

KOCHI Two books with the titles, `Dear Students' and `Dear Teacher', respectively, by B O Sebastian are now available. While the first book is for students, teachers and parents, the second is aimed at teachers and parents. B O Sebastian has worked in well-established schools in India and abroad. He is now the Principal of Excel Public School, Kunnamkulam, Thrissur. His wife, Teresa, is a teacher as well. Mr Sebastian exhorts students to have an open mind to listen, observe and make decisions for themselves. Swami Tattwamayananda, head of the Sree Ramakrishna Ashram, Thrissur, has written the introduction to `Dear Students'. `Over emphasis on specialisation and technology has resulted in the death of the finer spirit of the individual.

Educational institutes are becoming factories producing mechanical stereotypes. "The book is an eye opener to students," he says. The book covers topics like the Gurukula system, listening skills, tips on better concentration skills and memory, preparing for an examination and other similar topics.

The text has been interspersed with illustrations and cartoons, which make interesting reading. In `Dear Teacher', a question has been posed to readers, "Is education a capsule, injection, like filling a pail or lighting a candle?".

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