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Literate vs Well-Educated

Literate vs Well-Educated is a phrase I commonly use when insulting my friends, but despite the low-hanging insult fruit, this phrase does carry a lot of weight.

Now, yes there is a basic difference between being Literate and being Well-Educated. For the sake of this article, I am going to break down the Literate vs Well-Educated debate right here and use the rest of this article as an explanation for it.

What does being Literate and Educated mean?

A Literate is someone who possesses the ability to read and write, while an Educated is a person who has acquired knowledge and skill. People often use the two words interchangeably and with reason since they do have a few similarities.

Literate vs Well-Educated:The Link

Both literacy and education require hard work and persistence, and you need both to become a functioning part of society.

Literacy gives you the tools that you will need to gain more information from the world by being able to communicate with teachers who will teach you more. Education is what these teachers will provide.

Literacy gives access to Education—a person who is not literate will have a hard time become educated.

However, it is worthy to note that you can acquire Education without Literacy; considering the fact that education is more than meets the eye.

What is Education?

Let’s get this out of the way; education is not just about your books. Learning a sport or how to use some equipment is also education. Literacy is important since you need to be able to understand the person who is teaching you.

However, it is very much possible to become well-educated without becoming literate.

Education, in a greater sense, is the development of the being whereas Literacy is a part of Education itself.

Here is an example article of unconventional but important education.

Literate vs Well-Educated: An Easy Example

A very simple example is the best way to illustrate the Literate vs Well-Educated debate. A literate can read news articles on corruption, extortion, lynching, etc., but only an educated person understands why it is wrong.

We often refer to teachers as Educators, yes even your English teachers. This is so because they educated you to become literate, enforcing my point that literacy is a step towards Education.

Why Education?

A lot of crimes happen simply due to a lack of Education. People who do not know any better, try to do what they think is best for them.

People who do not know any better often make bad/uninformed choices which only lead to negative circumstances that hurt everyone involved.

This is why education is important because it teaches us about morality and altruism; it informs us on how we can be happy. Education is a person’s journey towards differentiating right from wrong.

Education is, therefore, about becoming a Human.

The Different Kinds of Education

You can divide Education is into, several different classes. Becoming a scientist means you are educated, but becoming a public speaker is also, in a sense, the same.

The way I see it, Education is when you acquire knowledge along with the ability to apply this knowledge for the benefit of everyone [No, cheating in Exams is still not cool].

For example: If you learn a mathematical equation and are able to apply that equation beyond just the questions in the book, that make you educated.

A different side of Education is the previously-discussed human element. Think of it this way. What is the point of being educated if you do not use your education to improve yourself and others around you?

I like to believe that this mindset is the reason that we think of Education so highly. We all want improvement but not everyone is capable of improving on their own. That is why the educated person gets so much importance.

I just feel that, at some point, we confused the words educated and literate.

The Different Kinds of Literacy

Literacy also has different kinds; again, not easy to differentiate, unfortunately.

Looking at it from far away, literacy seems to be associated with having exclusively bookish knowledge of facts without having any associated knowledge towards it.

Use that as an insult for that one friend who is extremely good at trivia; we all have one.

Literacy is a tool; you need to be literate to read a novel but educated to understand what the author is trying to convey. Let us come back to the Math problem example.

 If you know a formula but do not know how to use it beyond just what the book teaches, it is pointless in the grand scheme of things to know a formula like that. Schools generally have an imbalance where they teach you to be literate more than educated.

You might have a degree but if you do not put it to use beyond wearing it like a badge of honor, then there is no point. Remember that most jobs require an educated person rather than a literate person; since you need the ability to dynamically apply the knowledge you have.

Literacy is also often associated with cramming information. Here is a great article that takes a deep dive into the world of cramming.

Conclusion

The conclusion is clear folks, I am pretty sure you can derive a few good insults at least from this article but yeah.

We should Strive to be Educated, to paraphrase a great movie.

Do not run after success; run after Excellence.

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Of course, my article on its own might not convince you, so here is another article of the same to help you for an opinion.

In a world like ours, we/you need to be educated, simply because education teaches us to be human. What do you think? Safe Travels Friend.

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5 Web Series that Show the Current State of Education

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Web series has risen to become one of the most popular means of entertainment in recent times, more so with the millions of people locked in their homes due to our resident pandemic.

In the past, we have talked about Netflix shows (here is the article).

Web series, whether present on Netflix or YouTube, has proven to be an efficient way of storytelling for people who do not have that Indian soap opera budget. Due to this, web series very often deviate from regular programming to offer something more.

A lot of them comment on our Education System and the state of our students; today we will be looking at 5 such shows.

Grab your pens and scales, and let’s go!

Kota Factory

Platform: YouTube

Upon its release, The Kota Factory generated so much hype and rivaled the hype that your dad had for Sacred Games s2. The series pulls no punches in criticizing the Indian education system through the eyes of an IIT aspirant in Kota.

The color scheme is inspired by the movie “Schindler’s List,” a movie based on the lives of Jews under the gruesome rule of Nazis (you see what I meant by brutal?).

The series is a very grounded representation of the aspirations of many students as well as many broken dreams. It does have a few wholesome moments but most of it is hard-hitting. The series also explores bittersweet moments such as saying goodbye to your friends.

In a nutshell, it is a series that best represents a student. A season 2 is planned to be released on Netflix, and we can’t wait for it!

Lakhon Mein Ek

Platform: Amazon Prime Video

The First season of Lakhon Mein Ek tackles the same challenges that Kota Factory does but adds comedy to it.

It is the story of a misfit in a coaching class for IIT and once again shows the state of students in these coaching classes and how overbearing the goal of IIT can be for people.

The story excellently balances comedy and drama. The second season takes to criticizing the Medical Industry and the Government and is a recommended one if you are interested in that.

Girls Hostel

Platform: Sony Liv

Heading into full comedy territory here, folks; put on your hard hats.

Girls Hostel raises some serious issues but will not disappoint if you are looking for humor and comedy. The series shows different characters dealing differently with the reality of college life as well as trying to achieve different goals.

The performances are amazing from the entire cast, and the show does a good job depicting college life. The second season is generally seen as a little bit of a let-down, but enjoy the first season, will ya?

A little side note: there is a show with the same name on Zee Yuva, but it’s a horror show (genre; not quality; it’s actually pretty good looking from the trailer and reviews) and it’s in Marathi.

Hostel Daze

Platform: Amazon Prime Video

This web series is from TVF—the same people behind Kota Factory and man, do they hate the Indian Education System.

However, this time it’s a comedy about Life inside Indian Colleges. The mini-series is a really great satire of college life and combined with the performances; it might make some of you nostalgic.

There is not much to the series, but it does give the viewer a good time watching it, so do give this one a chance and you may very well be surprised.

Yes, Indians are capable of funny comedy series.

Engineering Girls

Platform: YouTube

The show is again a mix of comedy and drama. However, it has a sweet vibe to it. Along with the great performance and the length, it makes for an easy watching experience.

It, of course, focuses on hopes, dreams, and friendships with relatively harmless situations escalating into big problems that must be dealt with by the main cast. We have a main overarching narrative with smaller stories of daily school life struggles, a lot of which are very relatable.

The series is a fun watch and absolutely free on YouTube.

Conclusion

Not much to say for the conclusion here (I write it for my editor, mostly) other than a piece of good advice: do give these series in this list a look, especially the free ones. The Education System is heavily flawed and series like these help more people realize that. I feel the more people realize the problem, the closer we get to solving it.

Drop a comment if you enjoyed it, and be good, people. Safe Travels Friend!

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5 Childhood Shows With Hard-Hitting Lessons

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We have all grown up with cartoons. At some point, we all fell in love with at least one cartoon and wanted nothing more than to be a part of its world. Many of us still go back and rewatch some of our favorite cartoons from back in the day, and I am one of them.

That is why I wanted to write this article. Watching some of our favorite childhood shows and cartoons as an adult is different; it’s easier to not only laugh at some adult humor that the animators put in but also notice some very hard-hitting lessons that come to light.

Childhood Shows With Lessons

It happens quite often that showrunners put themes, metaphors, and lessons in their cartoons that children do not understand consciously, but adults do. However, children subconsciously pick up these lessons without any knowledge.

For instance, an episode that shows what an abusive relationship looks like (I will discuss that) subconsciously plants the idea of this is evil in a child’s mind. A child might notice something similar happening in his own house or at the neighbors, and he will understand it as being a “bad” thing.

Many childhood shows that tackle these adult themes (No, I am not going to be talking about BoJack Horseman; it’s not a childhood cartoon), and I am going to list some of them here.

Pokémon

S1 Ep11: Charmander. The Stray Pokémon

Pokémon in its first season was something else; there are episodes that criticize school systems, episodes that talk about animal abuse, sexism, failures due to laziness, etc. To call it one of the best childhood shows out there would not be an overstatement.

However, this episode is a standout, as it tackles abusive relationships, while also commenting on how difficult it is for someone in such a relationship to leave the abuser behind. The episode does all this through the perspective of a Charmander.

The Charmander is abandoned on a rock and waits patiently for its trainer. Its trainer, however, does not want Charmander since he believes that it is weak. Consequently, the Charmander shows its true strength and the abusive trainer suddenly wants it back.

The episode also does a great job of showing how hard it becomes to help someone who is in such a situation through the perspective of Ash and the gang.

Overall, the episode serves as one of the best of not only the Original Series but the entire franchise.

Here is a video that analyses the episode in great detail.

Courage the Cowardly Dog

S4 Ep7: The Mask

RIP Thea White, The voice of Muriel.

One of the childhood shows that gave us all nightmares might also have been responsible for introducing many to the concept of how Love is not bound by Gender.

Again, in a great episode that thrives more on psychological terror than the many monsters, it is famous for, the show tackles multiple sensitive topics. Love, Abusive Relationships, Prejudices, and how Anger and Hate spreads; all in one a very entertaining episode to watch.

The mask that the episode is named after in a sense represents the mask that all of us have that hides the real us from the world. The show explores the concept of people hiding behind the mask and how it just causes hurt and nothing more.

The episode also features some very dark and twisted metaphors and images, which I am not going to discuss. It also shows in its ending how Love triumphs all and how prejudices are often unfounded and are a result of one’s upbringing and/or surroundings.

It is a great watch; don’t worry it also delivers on plenty of scares and comedy.

Here is a great article that does a deep dive on this episode.

Gravity Falls

S2 Ep 17: Dipper and Mabel vs The Future:

Gravity Falls presented a very refreshing take on a kid’s show that even adults can enjoy. It had a lot of adult-centered content, and this episode features themes that every adult can relate to.

The episode is split into two halves, Dipper and Mabel. Dipper’s half serves as the adventure and action part whereas Mabel’s is the emotional core of the episode.

Mabel spends the entire episode wrestling with the reality that they are growing up. Soon everything will change; she fears that Dipper (her brother) will become distant to her, and she will lose her friends.

The episode really goes hard on this message with Mabel’s fears of her brother becoming realized; which kicks off the final three episodes of Gravity Falls.

In these three episodes, the siblings accept that they will grow up and that things will change; but the truth is that they will always have each other. Some people will go but some who care will always stick around because the more the things change; the more they stay the same.

Gravity Falls is very highly recommended; it is an example of something that is so well made that it deserves at least one viewing.

Transformers Prime

S1 Ep12: Predatory:

One really wouldn’t think of deep themes and messages when it comes to Transformers, but this is where we were wrong.

Transformers Prime had an excellent version of Arcee, one who deviated from her previous incarnations and one which the show really fleshed out and developed.

The entire first half of season-1 and bits of season 2 deals with Arcee’s trauma from losing her partner, and the problems she faces when trying to deal with her new partner Jack.

This episode in particular dives into her character, as old wounds are opened and histories are revealed. The entire show was excellent in displaying how people/transformers are affected by their past and how one should try their best to live in the present.

What happened in the past cannot be changed; it can only be accepted, and it is hard to do so. It is very hard to come to terms with reality sometimes, but what is most important are the people who are there for you in the present.

Please don’t confuse Transformers Prime with the Transformers Movies. Please!!

Avatar The Last Air Bender

A little heads up! Talking about the entire series here.

Avatar is definitely Nickelodeon’s best work; one of the most well-told stories with stylish animation, amazing visuals, and a beautiful soundtrack; rounded by one of the best cast of characters that also hides some incredibly dark themes.

One of these being Child Abuse.

The show displays this by drawing a contrast between two characters; siblings Zuko and Azula. In the show, both are victims but we see Zuko recover over time due to his loving uncle Iroh, whereas Azula’s past and her pain turns her into a monster.

The show does an excellent job showing how people can recover with love and patience, while displaying the horrors of Child Abuse and how it affects children.

 The final battle between Zuko and Azula is not considered a triumph of good over evil but rather a tragedy of a family torn apart with nothing left to salvage.

Here is a video that does an excellent job explaining this, a much better job than I can do.

Conclusion

These are just some of the examples of childhood shows with dark/adult themes. A lot of these shows had multiple episodes that dealt with these dark topics, which I haven’t mentioned. I guess it is justifiable to say that cartoons are not just for children.

I personally like animators who go out of their way to put messages like these in their shows because it is hard to write scripts and get past the censors.

And yes, this was not a conventional topic but, in my opinion, a very important one. Safe Travels, Friend.

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Mixed Ability Classes: How Helpful Are They?

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A mixed-ability class, also called a heterogeneous class, means that you have students in the same class who have various levels of language proficiency.

Mixed-ability and heterogeneous are, to some extent, misleading terms, as no two learners have identical proficiencies, especially in a language learning class. This implies that every class is a mixed ability class in a sense.

These kinds of classes are mostly there for teaching Languages. However, it can go beyond language skills and also filter down to general skill sets. Variation can also be found in the age group and background of the students in a class.

After coming across this concept, the self-proclaimed detective that I am, I decided to dig deeper into Mixed Ability Classes and the challenges faced by students and teachers, while also looking at its benefits. So, let’s look at the results of my investigation.

Problems Faced in Mixed Ability Classes

Students:

It is crystal clear to see that a class like this will be a little problematic; both for the teacher and the students.

Students could find it hard to connect with their peers due to an age gap or a language barrier. They may feel alone and isolated and that the teacher is not paying attention to them.

On the contrary, some may feel that the teacher is giving them too much attention. It will also be hard to learn in a diverse environment like this.

Another major concern is bullying; which can get amplified in these situations, especially if diversity is not taught to be appreciated from a young age.

Teacher:

For teachers, these classes prove to be a bigger challenge.

How do you teach a class where everyone is so different from one another? Some students will feel left out while others may not feel challenged enough.

More importantly, how do you maintain discipline in a class like this?

Teachers can also have problems explaining things to students who are not good at language. The major part of teaching in such a class lies in the teacher’s determination and ability to adapt; since almost every student will require a unique approach to a concept.

Teachers will often find it hard to interact with students of different ages and backgrounds along with facing the challenge of getting students to participate.

 Advantages of Mixed Ability Classes

Studies showed that pupils in mixed-ability classes had an average gain in test scores of up to 7% over those taught in set classes, and suggests that “policies of setting were adopted primarily to make the teachers’ tasks more manageable”.’

Refer to this for more information in this report.

Apart from seeing an increase in grades; these kinds of classes also help students learn differently. Since everyone is of different age, mixed-ability classes allow everyone to share their experiences.

Stronger students can help weaker ones; older students can teach younger ones, and so on. It also helps teachers gain special experience which helps in their long-term careers.

Both teachers and students have opportunities to teach one another and learn from one another. Teachers also become stronger; since the task at hand is so great that it molds them into better educators.

In a way, we can say that despite all of its flaws Mixed Ability Classes are effective in helping both teachers and students.

It should be understood though that these classes need a teacher who can undertake the task. A less experienced or inadequate teacher would hurt himself and the students.

 Here is another study about the benefits of Mixed Ability Classes.

Conclusion

Well, nothing much to say here folks, the verdict from your friendly neighborhood investigator states that:

These classes are helpful, given that the teachers are ready for such a task. research has shown that mixed-ability classes help students grow. So yeah, I personally feel that these kinds of classes should exist more.

Currently, this is a popular method of teaching language but I would surely love to see it grow beyond that field and include subjects such as Math and Science.

Drop a comment if you agree and tell me how you feel. I’ll see you guys next time.

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Understanding the Relationship Between Education and Well-Being

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Education is a gateway to a Better Future and Well-Being. In this world, we need Education in order to make something of ourselves.

Education has a very close relationship to one’s well-being and serves as a very important link; think of it in this way.

With higher education, people not only become capable of solving bigger problems but at the same time, they start to learn from their mistakes. We have previously discussed how mental health and well-being lessons help students.

Today, we are going to take a look at this relationship between education and well-being.

Now, this is a heavy topic folk, the relationship does not exist in one form but don’t worry I will explain everything as we go. Let’s look at some points I have, representing some qualities that people have, which help their well-being.

1. Emotional

Emotions are what make us human. The reason I am bringing this up is to show how our emotions affect us and how education affects them in a way.

First of all, we all need positivity in our lives; here is a great article about positivity and its impact on us. Keeping a positive attitude helps increase our productive nature and also helps us to be active.

Through Education, we learn how to develop emotions; we learn how to react to situations. Later on, it is these emotions that guide us and help us make decisions in Life.

While emotions remain with us since our birth, it is through formal and informal education that we learn how to live with these emotions.

2. Physical

Education just does not come from reading books; you will never learn how to swim by reading a book. Education has a very important physical factor.

Swimming, playing an instrument, dancing, using some machine, and playing video games are skills that require a practical application to master. While most of these are necessary for survival, they contribute to the well-being of an individual by offering the much-needed social connection.

3. Textual

Who doesn’t find textbooks boring? I do like many students out there. However, you’ll be surprised to know just how important they are to your well-being.

Textual Education such as learning to read or do math is a survival skill in the 21st century. They open up avenues and allow you to find many fields to pursue as per your own desire.

They represent the foundation of knowledge and are important for any learner so that he/she can become a productive part of society. Moreover, they open a window for learners and readers into a concept that may have been unknown to them before. This constant exposure to new information through textbooks and book, in general, keep your mind fresh and healthy.

4. Experiences

Let’s look at something that can’t be taught. Experiences play an important role in shaping an individual; whether it’s the passing of a family member or getting rejected by your crush or a job.

Life Experiences teach you valuable lessons. In a sense, they are the most important, since you can’t get them from any other source and can’t get them through your own desire.

Things you have learned through experience are something you are less likely to forget, as your body creates a memory associated with the task or skill. This is why experiential learning is preferred by the current generation of learners. Moreover, learning through experience leads to an increase in self-worth and confidence in learners, which directly affects their well-being.

5. Upbringing

Someone’s upbringing plays an important role; life experiences often influence educational choices (ex: Son of a doctor becomes a doctor). In a way, upbringing is part of the informal education that individuals get before they enter schooling years. Having a strong base in these years can contribute to the future well-being of a learner and the kind of student they become.