The problem of language in education

By Zubeida Mustafa 

PAKISTAN has failed to educate its children. This is shameful and now we have the proverbial insult added to injury.

It is in the form of the numerous myths and misconceptions about language circulating on the Internet and in conferences on education that have caught the public imagination. This creates pressure for . . . → Read More: The problem of language in education

The all new revolutionized tech-savvy Taliban

They hated modernity, secular education and modern scientific inventions – they banned music and smashed television sets during their rule in Afghanistan until 2001. But 10 years on, things appear to have changed – radically.

. . . → Read More: The all new revolutionized tech-savvy Taliban

Pakistani Education: Factual errors, strong biases and lack of a system

What are we teaching our children?

While curriculum and quality of education issues have especially been highlighted since 9/11, albeit from a rather narrow perspective, concerns about what we are teaching our children have been around for much longer. And even now the post-9/11 emphasis, triggered by concerns about terrorism, is more focused on issues . . . → Read More: Pakistani Education: Factual errors, strong biases and lack of a system

Want to make money? think Pakistan

I recently returned from a reporting trip to Pakistan, one of the most fascinating countries I’ve ever visited. My first story, “Into the Fray,” ran in the July 20 issue of Forbes. It’s a profile of Monis Rahman, an entrepreneur who was born in Lahore and educated in the U.S., where he started a tech . . . → Read More: Want to make money? think Pakistan

Laal – Jhoot Ka Uncha Sar

Jhoot Ka Uncha Sar Daikha Hai by Habib Jalib. Laal has combined the Brechtian idea of defamiliarization with the wonderfully satirical poem by Habib Jalib called “Jhoot Ka Uncha Sar Daikha Hai” to comment on the level of lying, deceit and sheer hypocrisy that passes without notice in our society.

. . . → Read More: Laal – Jhoot Ka Uncha Sar

کب جاگو گے ؟

پاکستان اس وقت یہویوں کی عالمی سازش کا شکار ہو چکا ہے جو زمینی حقائق، جذباتی نعروں اور دعووں کا منہ چرا رہے ہیں لکین پھر بھی ہمیں کامل یقین اور بھروسہ ہے کہ یہ ملک جو ک لاکھوں مسلمانوں کی جانی و مالی قربانی سے حاصل کیا گیا تھا قیامت تک قائم و دائم رہے گا. . . . → Read More: کب جاگو گے ؟

English teaching degree not thought fit for teachers

Students and recent graduates with MA English language teaching and linguistics (ELTL) degrees have voiced concern about their job prospects after the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) confirmed that it could not hire them as college lecturers.

. . . → Read More: English teaching degree not thought fit for teachers

Identity crisis

A few days ago, I came across some videos of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking at Columbia University. I looked up some more videos of Ahmadinejad and realised there was one thing all of them had in common: whether he was speaking to Larry King on TV or giving a talk at an American university . . . → Read More: Identity crisis