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THOUGHT for the Day

All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.
-Philip Johnson


Making education a happy experience

In recent times, education in Sri Lanka has been severely criticised. Criticism has been directed by the print and electronic media, as well as by speakers at seminars and workshops. Such criticism encompassed the full gamut of education, from teaching of students, to teaching of teachers; what subjects must be taught, how learning can be made meaningful to the future development of the individual, for securing employment, and also the relevance to the development of the country. The standards needed for primary, secondary, and tertiary education are being discussed and analyzed. In other words, the education policy is being scrutinized and questioned.

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“Children’s films” disturb me

Years ago I took my daughter to see her first film. She was about three then. ‘Suriya Arana’, was advertised on television as a children’s film. The visuals were pretty and the song, ‘iren handen’, was melodious and lyrical. She liked the song and the images. She didn’t know what ‘film’ was so I told her ‘it is like a beeeeeg tv’. Half an hour into the film she said, ‘appachchi, meka sera chitrapatiyak’ and started crying.

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Tracing footprints of a great historian

The 117th Birth Anniversary of Dr. R.L. Brohier was yesterday. His deep and abiding love for Sri Lanka is reflected in the incomparable legacy he has bequeathed to future generations. His valuable and unrivalled works on historical sites, ancient irrigation systems, Dutch influences to name a few, reveal to aspects of our country and heritage which if not for him we would never have known.

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