Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Need for Disagreement and Alternative Perspectives

As human beings, we all feel happy and fulfilled when we find others who agree with our point of view on issues and topics. If we write an article or give a speech and someone praises us for it, it is a wonderful feeling. We all love to hear for others to tell us how good we are, how great our speech was, or how awesome an article that we wrote was. Perhaps, one can argue that we are wired to want “yes men” around us.

 

Yet, the path to growth and development does not exist without disagreeing points of view to ours. Nobody grows if his present perspective or point of view isn’t challenged – either by himself or by others. Yes; we learn, grow and develop when others are able to disagree with us, question our point of view, and/or present alternative perspectives to those that we hold and live by.

 

Many of the discoveries, inventions and innovations that have brought huge benefits to us were possible because of alternative perspectives. Sometimes those perspectives came by accident (Isaac Newton and the apple). Sometimes we got them after intense debates that took years (the shape of the earth).

 

It isn’t always comfortable when we have our long-held beliefs questioned. It sometimes grates to have our authority questioned. Yet, without constant questioning, we would make no progress. We would stand on one spot, year in, year out. This is why disagreements and alternative perspectives are vital to learning and to education. Students should be allowed the freedom to question and to disagree. In order to develop the brightest of minds, students need the freedom to propose and push alternative perspectives to issues and problems. It is how we got this far. It is how we will make all the progress that humanity has in store for it in the future.

Civility is Part and Parcel of Great Learning

Civility can be defined as formal politeness and courtesy in behaviour or speech. Synonyms would include courtesy, politeness and good manners. Spending time on social media, as well as interacting with people in various scenarios, one is tempted to wonder if civility isn’t dying out and on its way to extinction.

 

It can be argued that civility is a pillar for sound education and learning. This is because it takes a great deal of civility to hear others out even when they push ideas and concepts that are foreign or antagonistic to those held by one. Have a look around. All the great institutions of learning have at least one defining characteristic – they inculcate and impart an attitude of civility into their pupils and students. Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Oxford, Columbia, etc. Great learning and great education do not exist apart from an attitude of civility.

 

This is why it is sad to observe the Nigerian landscape. All sorts of debates quickly degenerate into exchanges of insults and snide remarks. It appears that as a people – even the most and best educated among us – we are largely incapable of debating and arguing ideas, issues and concepts without stooping low to insults.

 

Once upon a time, literary and debating societies and activities were prominent in our educational institutions. The idea was to build minds that understood how to stick to arguing pointed issues while remaining polite and non-offensive towards opponents. Back then, it was important to be proper in speech and attitude towards others, regardless of what positions they held.

 

Today, those who believe and argue differently from what we believe in are regularly called fools, idiots, morons and all sorts of names. It is interesting to note that the name-calling has not resulted in helping anyone improve their thinking or upgrade their knowledge. It merely fuels the drama.

What happened to those ideals of civility that we once held important? Can we get back to them urgently?

How to Raise Smart Kids

……. by making the kids use First Veritas Smart Kids Series, of course! What were you expecting to read? πŸ˜€

Smart kids are built. A common thread that runs through all child prodigies is the amount of time that they spent immersed in their studies or skills.

There are few things as exciting as listening to a parent brag about how smart their child is. The excitement. The feeling of pride. Every parent wants their kids to grow up smart. To this end,Β  we atΒ  First Veritas have a few books to help your Nursery age child grow smart and make you proud.

They are:

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Smart Kids Mathematics for Nursery Book 1 and Book 2

  • Mathematical concept are explained in an activity based manner
  • Designed to make learning enjoyable for children
  • Illustrations are colourful and stimulating

 

Smart Kids English for Nursery Book 1 and Book 2

  • Specially and professionally written to satisfy the requirement of the curriculum for kindergarten
  • Designed with plenty of activities and colourful illustrations to sustain children interest in language learning.
  • Help to develop the foundational skills required by children

 

Smart Kids Alphabet Colouring and Activity book

  • An activity based book with colourful illustrations
  • Easy to use and understand
  • Developmentally appropriate for the language acquisition of the child

 

Smart Kids Environmental Studies for Nursery (Books 1 & 2)

  • Activity based and designed to make learning easy and enjoyable for children
  • Illustrations are colourful and stimulating

 

Smart Kids Handwriting for Nursery (Books 1 &2)

  • Contain basic developmental writing skills
  • Teach the different stages in the learning of writing, words formation & simple sentences.
  • The child develops motor skills and co-ordination of hand and eye movement when using the books.
  • The content of the books are centred around various activities for young minds
  • Illustrations in the books are very attractive and colourful Revision chapters are evident in the books

 

Get in touch with us today for any of the above books for your children or your school. Call 08104039756