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.
“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.
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.