Archive for November, 2011
The definition of nature is made in a different manner by scientists, philosophers, anthropologists, etc. Nature is a set of inherent qualities being possessed by the entity in question. Each and every entity in this world is marked or defined by certain qualities. These qualities carry out their functioning or working. The conventional meaning of nature is something pristine or untouched and which exists in the wilderness. The forests, wildlife and other natural phenomena are generally grouped under what we call as nature. However, in the process of understanding what is nature, we tend to overlook that not just trees, not just animals, but also the rocks, pebbles, minerals, water, fire, etc. have their respective and unique nature. This definition although, correct in its own way, provides a limited view of what can be referred to as nature.
The difference between what is natural and artificial is explained on the basis of whether the object or entity in question is made by man or just exists naturally. Of course, the entity which hasn’t been altered to any degree can be said as natural. However, the very nature of entities used in the construction of artificial/man-made machines (creations) also doesn’t change. It is the basic nature or qualities of a natural entity that are used in making or creating this artificial artwork. So, nature governs even the artificial world. Read the rest of this entry »
While living in an era of globalization, we should all realize the importance of communication as a source for sharing information and knowledge. Language being the most important element of the communication process, we need to realize that while interacting with people across the globe, we need to master at least a few foreign languages which will bridge the gap of cultural and social differences. In addition to this, there are plenty of reasons to learn a foreign language.
Learning a foreign language is synonymous with exploring a foreign culture, it is opening doors to the study of the origins and roots of a foreign civilization. Learning a language can enrich you as a human being, since it also brings along knowledge of new traditions and customs and hence, a fresh perspective to life itself. While learning second language, a person goes through various phases of mastering the language which can be explained by the second language acquisition theory. Being bilingual has its own benefits!
Different Languages of the World
Here is a list of all the different languages spoken around the world. In case you are still contemplating the thought of learning a foreign language, then this information might help you to make up your mind. Read about these different languages and decide which language or culture intrigues you the most. Well, if you thought English was the most widely spoken native language in this world, then here is a reality check – Chinese Mandarin is the most widely spoken native language in the world. Well, let aside the debate about which language is the most popular, the important thing to know is that every language is intricate and unique. So here is a little information about some languages of the world. Read the rest of this entry »
Homeschooling means educating children at home instead of sending them to public or private schools. The concept of home school is not a new one. Earlier, most children were educated at home because only some families could afford to send their children to school. Nowadays, homeschooling has become popular in many countries for a variety of reasons. One of them is poor quality of education in public schools and also because private schools are quite expensive. Some parents believe that because they know their child’s strengths and weaknesses, they can teach him or her better. Some prefer homeschooling so as to prevent their children from getting into a bad company. There is another group of people who opt to educate their children at home because they want them to learn morals and values of the family and also their religious beliefs. They also think that homeschooling their children would help in development of strong family bonds.
Homeschooling may promise all these good things, however let’s look at some of the negative reasons of homeschooling on both students as well as parents.
Homeschooling children is a full-time job and not fit for parents who have their own careers to concentrate on. If you want to teach your kids at home, your ambitions and aspirations will have to take a back seat. It takes a lot of time and dedication from the parents’ side to make homeschooling a success. Other family members and household responsibilities may also be affected, as one has to give their full attention to the needs of their children. Read the rest of this entry »