Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Philosophy on Rumours

It is great to keep this philosophy in mind the next time one hears or is about to repeat a rumour --

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In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.

One day, the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students...?"

"Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me, I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Test of Three."

"Test of Three?"

"That's correct," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my student let's take a moment to test what you're going to say.

The first test is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

"No," the man replied, "actually I just heard about it."

"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second test, the test of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?"

"No, on the contrary..."

"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him even though you're not certain it's true?"

The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.

Socrates continued, "You may still pass though because there is a third test - the filter of Usefulness.

Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?"

"No, not really..."

"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all?"

The man was defeated and ashamed and said no more.

This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.

So next time you hear a rumour about someone, think about what Socrates said.

There is an interesting website about the subject.

http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/friends/rumors/article4.html

Rumours can change slightly each time they're told, so they get more exaggerated over time.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Pertandingan Laman Web + Courseware - WCCD 2007

Pertandingan Merekacipta Laman Web + Courseware 2007 (WCCD 2007) is back after a long hiatus!

So teachers and students from primary schools right up to the teacher training institutes, come in and join the fun! Get more info at WCCD 2007 (http://www.sabah.edu.my/wcdd2007/)

Sunday, May 06, 2007

7 Reasons Not To Mess With Children

As a teacher, I have learned a long time ago not to mess with kids. But I cannot share in an open arena most of the stuff the kids do because I have a healthy respect for my well-being. Either that or I wait till the kids have left school and enough years have elapsed. However I CAN share forwards which contain the exact same spirit of my daily experiences at work.

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A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was
physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was
a very large mammal its throat was very small.
The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.   Irritated, the
teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically
impossible.
The little girl said, "When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah."  
The teacher asked, "What if Jonah went to hell?"
The little girl replied, "Then you ask him". 
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A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they
were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work.
As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what
the drawing was.
The girl replied, "I'm drawing God." 
The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like."
Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied,
"They will in a minute."
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A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five
and six year olds.
After explaining the commandment to "honour" thy Father and thy Mother,
she asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers
and sisters?"
Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered,
"Thou shall not kill."
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One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at
the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands
of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs
white, Mom?"
Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me
cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."
The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said,
"Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"
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The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade
them each to buy a copy of the group picture.
"Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and
say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.'
A small voice at the back of the room rang out,
"And there's the teacher, she's dead."
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A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make
the matter clearer, she said, "Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood,
as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face."
"Yes," the class said.
"Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position,
the blood doesn't run into my feet?"
A little fellow shouted, "'Cause your feet ain't empty."
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The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school
for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples.
The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:
 "Take only ONE. God is watching."
Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a
large pile of chocolate chip cookies.
A child had written a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples."