Does Freedom of Choice really Exist?

Does Freedom of Choice really Exist?
By Ahmad Amirali

Since I was a child, I always wondered why there is no straight answer to every question. Why we always have choices in our lives? Why do we need to make decisions for what we want? Sometimes, in our lives, we ask such questions because we expect that there should be someone who makes our decisions for us. However, one may ask, is freedom of choice make us more dependent rather than independent. Does freedom of choice really exist?

Psychologist Barry Schwartz aims a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz’s estimation, the choice has made us not freer but more paralysed, not happier but more dissatisfied. He believes that this ‘paradox of choice’ produces paralysis rather than liberation. Most of the time students ask me ‘sir, what do you think, what career should I choose after graduating school? Is science good for me because I am good at maths and stuff or I rather chose fine arts because I love drama?’ With so many options to choose from, students find it very difficult to choose at all.

Let review the Ted talk of Barry about the paradox of choice and find out is freedom of choice really exist? Read More …

Why Kids Need a Champion in Their Lives?

Why Kids Need an Inspiration in Their Lives?
Ahmad Amirali

There were and are several instances during my teaching where students express their feelings, good or bad, about my personality, the way I talk, the clothes I wear, even the bracelets which I habitually wear in school, the way I smile, crack jokes etc. Expressive student behaviour shows how much students aware of you, inspire you or hate you. In my case, not always students inspire me, some compete with me, struggle to like me or just don’t even bother whatever I said to them. Overall, students first human encounter they ever have outside their family are you guys – Teachers. We, teachers, have we ever wondered what the value of human connection in our profession is? Read More …

Sleep and Teenagers: Why Teens Need More Sleep Than Adults

Sleep and Teenagers: Why Teens Need More Sleep Than Adults

As children grow and move to teenage level, they become at the significant stage of their growth and development. Therefore, at this stage, they need more sleep than adults. The average teen needs about eight to nine hours of sleep each night to feel attentive and refreshed. Many factors keep teens from getting enough sleep and one of the reasons is – early schooling. Read More …

Why Do Students Cheat in Exams? | The Concept of Predictable Irrationality

Why We Cheat? | The Concept of Predictable Irrationality
By Ahmad Amirali

Yesterday one of my students, who is in now in high school, came to me, sharing the good news about his achievement in a school exam. As conversation proceeds, he asked me ‘sir why do we cheat? What difference does it make if a person succeeded by cheating others and a person who did not cheat at all? Well, this question is not new to me as the pupils usually ask when they caught up doing cheating in exams or observe any cheating in the classroom. However, this question reminds me of a year old TEDx video of Dan Ariely, who shared his hospital experience when he severely burnt and talked about the concept of ‘Predictable Irrationality’. Read More …

Why Kids Lie, and Why It’s Difficult to Detect their Lies

Why Kids Lie, and why it’s difficult to detect their lies
By Ahmad Amirali

‘Sir, I will not come to school because I am not feeling’, ‘Sir, my monthly evaluations are going to start so I will come in today’s class’, ‘Sir, my aunt, passed away, I will not come today’. These are the messages which I normally received by an absentee. Although, I eventually find out that these all were excuses (lies) when the absent students’ aunt called to inform me about her nephew (my student) cello classes. The cello lessons were the reason, why that student does want to come in class. But why he lied about it? Instead, he can share the real reason and may we could sort out the middle way. But what makes him think that I would rather lie to my sir instead of being truthful. Read More …

The Longest Study on Human Development that Might Change the Way We Live or Think

The Longest Study on Human Development that Might Change the Way We Live or Think

For the past 70 years, scientists in the United Kingdom have been studying thousands of children through their lives to find out why some end up happy and healthy while others struggle. It’s the longest-running study of human development in the world, and it’s produced some of the best-studied people on the planet while changing the way we live, learn and parent. Read More …