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My worldview as it relates to my work as an educator

I am of Asian origin and hence Asian philosophy is ingrained into my psychology. I particularly embrace the Buddhist worldview and it manifests in my professional life as well. My approach to educating my pupils is taken after some of the principles of human nature that I had learnt from my parents and Buddhist texts. In terms of categorizing my world view under the four systems proposed by Ibrahim et. al., I would say mine contains shades of all four except the Pessimistic/Deterministic worldview. I would elaborate on this in the following paragraphs.
There are elements of the Eastern/Buddhist worldview that converge with the Optimistic worldview of Ibrahim et. al. For example, the ideas of living in harmony with nature and focusing on inner spiritual development are basic to Buddhism as well as the Optimistic model. A corollary to this understanding is that sustainability of the environment is to be kept as a cherished goal. But in contemporary society short-term goals have . . . Read More

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Psychological aspects of Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher

The book Reviving Ophelia, which is written by Mary Pipher, deals with the topic of adolescence in girls.  The author peruses widely accepted concepts in the fields of psychology, sociology and gender studies to illuminate her thesis.  At the outset, Pipher talks about the numerous challenges imposed on adolescent girls by the society of today.  For example, she sees contemporary society as a ‘girl-poisoning’ one, which essentially forces young girls to turn into “female impersonators who fit their whole selves into small, crowded spaces”.  Instead of letting the girl find her true calling through a process of exploration and experiment, the strictures of American society narrows down the scope of their individual expression.  The author cites numerous anecdotal examples in the book, by way of which she throws light on key psychological insights on female adolescence.  Reviving Ophelia does not stop with illustrations of the state of young women in the United . . . Read More

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Is contemporary industrial society a ‘secular’ society?

Introduction

“Secularism implies plurality of cultural choices. Secularism is not about the absence of   faith: indeed it is about assertion of faith – faith in freedom and people, not dogmas. A space where one can pause and acknowledge the other, the one who is different, the alien, the non-believer; where one can negotiate the public sphere without the need to foreground or privilege one’s own mode of worship” (Menon 2004).

This is how secularism is defined, but how does it manifest in the contemporary industrial society?

The Socio-Political Framework

It is the governments of nations that wield the greatest influence on how secularism, as accommodated in the constitution, is supported, suppressed or misinterpreted. Let’s . . . Read More

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