Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Wednesday Class and others

This is to NOTIFY that our tomorrow's class shall be constituted of the following:

  1. Maths Review based on Official SAT & Princeton 11 Tests
2 REAL tests will be held
  1. Thursday (27th Sept) and Monday (1 Oct). Test begins at 9 Sharp. MUST report by 8.45 am.
  2. Cost of 2 TEST-Papers will be (50+50 = 100) Taka
Please note that REGISTRATION for November Exam ends on 4 October, 2002

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Urgent Notice for the Week

As we have already decided - our schedule will will as following:

  1. Monday: 2 Tests from 11 Princeton Tests [Total 8+ hours]  
  2. Tuesday: Review of the Princeton Tests [Bring Calculators], Essay Writing [Class Discussion Based]
  3. Wednesday: Writing Lecture [All Problem Solution],   Essay Writing [Class Discussion Based]
  4. Thursday: To be Decided
  5. Friday: [28th September]: Theatre at Shilpakala Academy 6.45 pm [Ticket 50 Taka] GUESTS welcome.
All students are requested to Practice Maths from SAT-II books and Princeton 11 Test Book.

All Students are requested NOT to engage in any School Transcript Hunting. We shall resume this right after the 6th October Sitting. 

All students are requested to review the Reading items they have already done and Reported.

This week I INTEND to use 2 genuine TEST papers [OVAL fill ups] this time. 2 MOCKs Fee 100/= 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Our Next 3 Classes

Our classes this week will following schedule:
Sunday: Closed
 Monday: SAT II Tests [Maths and Physics/Chemistry]
Tuesday: SAT I [Princeton 11 Tests]
Wednesday: SAT I [Princeton 11 Tests] 
Thursday: Closed
Students are requested to attend Schools on Sunday and Thursday.

Nayeemul - Cell and E-mail

Everyone is required to contact him in person to ask about his progress. He MUST be persuaded to attend classes regularly.

Cell : 01676368473
E-mail: nayeemul_hassan@hotmail.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Russell - Skinner - Articulation - Education

Re-reading How to become a man of genius has reminded me how I lacked the “art of denunciation” in my feminism mail. I went straight into the theory and headed on directly into the issue too bluntly. My target was evidently attacked. I should have been more pontifical to add a cynical rhetoric.
                I have also been going through vaguely on behaviorism that involved Bertrand Russell and B. F. Skinner. But before googling anything more I selected B. F. Skinner’s Science and Human Behavior from Anthology. Initially it was quite difficult to grasp the topic but slowly as I kept reading the topics were being discussed more elaborately though the complexity of the text was always present. The essay started off with Darwinism and his study of genetics, how we have all formed from one single cell and the behaviorism of human being is different from that of a rat’s is because of the affair a human involve into and other the verbal behaviorism between them is the only difference. After following the next paragraphs I could conclude that the reflexes and the strive for survival are genetically present in both a human and a rat and as the world becomes a harsher place to survive the behavior and reflexes evolves along it in order to exist. The discussion then focuses on Biology which we can conclude as a study of the history of living beings. By coincidence, yesterday in my mock from Princeton 11, I came across similar essays on genetic biology and Darwinism. Therefore, this essay became slightly more understandable.             
                The essay continued from Biological to Psychology behaviorism, where the dealings with social shocks were discussed. Just before starting off with B.F. Skinner I was reading Russell’s essay from where I also got to know that B. F. Skinner was heavily influenced by Russell when it comes to psychology but at one point unlike Russell, Skinner started supporting pragmatism. The similarities between their ideologies were actually due to their familiar cultures.
As I continued to read about verbal behaviorism I got to know more about how complex can our reactions could be to another person’s verbal expression. My understanding of this topic came from reading another article On The Possible Influence of Bertrand Russell on B. F. Skinner's Approach to Education. Here it is explained in a more simple language about how to deal with children in schools and their studies. How praising and blaming someone in a wrong way could harm a person. I had enough personal experience to know the how important it is to verbally deal a person in order to take in control the person’s reaction to it, the words and the rhetoric must be tactfully handled.
As the article ends after short discussion on Skinner’s analysis on government and religion I am amazed to find how much I have understood about this essay, when I started reading it, I was disturb by its articulation and I doubted if I would understand the scientific and philosophic discuss in the content, but as I kept reading, it all started making sense. This is everything we are being taught in our SAT class every day, we constantly given reminder to articulate our arguments and take serious attention to our rhetoric of our content, our writings should not be only critically analyzed but also verbally competence because “Verbal competence is said to separate a man from beast”.
So if I believe in Darwinism and the testimony that all living beings are formed from one singular breathing cell, I would want to be the more eruditely evolved version by educating myself to be verbally competent.

This POST has been contributed by Umama.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

MOCK on Wed and Thursday

We will have 2 more MOCKS on the following days:

Wednesday - 8.30 am
Thursday -    8.30 am

Please make sure that you read at least 1 Anthology item per Day. Those who participated in ALL Mocks - Congratulations.

Next week we shall review all Errors from the Princeton Mocks.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Contribution from Lamisa


Usually when I look at a very long poem, I get frightened. I then read the first two or three lines, and if I don't find it interesting, I don't read it. The other day, when I was reading 'In Praise of a Limestone', the same thing happened; I got scared just by looking at it, and I did read it, but forcefully, without any interest. 

Today, I attempted to read 'The Love Story of J. Alfred Prufrock' by T.S. Eliot. When I first looked at it, my initial reaction was, "Urgh, another very long poem!" I did feel terrified. My reaction after reading the first three lines, "Hmm, this may not seem so bad." I actually did feel like reading on. My reaction after finishing the poem, "Beautiful!" I absolutely loved the poem! The language was very easy to understand, and while I was reading the poem, I could actually visualize what the poet was saying, which doesn't often happen to me in the case of poems, so I decided it must be a very well-written poem. The style of the poem had an effect too; a part of it was rhythmic, and I found that the repeated lines had a great effect on the reader (me, in this case) too. I then went on to read four more short poems: 'I Carry Your Heart With Me' by E.E. Cummings, 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost, 'A Dream Within a Dream' by Edgar Allan Poe and 'There is Another Sky' by Emily Dickson. It felt a bit ironic to me while I was reading 'A Dream Within a Dream' since just last night, I literally had a dream, within a dream...!

I never liked reading poems before. I found them very boring. When I was in 5th grade, they would make us memorize poems in school, and make us give tests on them, which is why I guess I disliked them even more. Plus, I didn't even understand half the stuff. But now I do. And now, I absolutely love reading poetry. Well, most, with a few exceptions, of course. I find them the most beautiful pieces of literature. I remember you read to us 'Porphyria's Lover' in class, and I really liked it. I then came home and read it again and I liked it so much I even told my mom about it (I usually don't tell my mom about stuff which I read unless I really loved it, or unless I'm trying to prove my point).
I really wanted to read something by Tariq Ali himself, but I couldn't find anything online! It was either stuff about him or reviews on his books and essays, rather than the actual works by him, which is what I was really looking for. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

White Teeth - Post by Washek

I have read the article white teeth and post colonial literature. The article mentions many examples that I could relate to as it mainly discusses racism, discrimination, and immigrants issues and I have already developed some ideas about them in the last few months, from books such as the Metamorphosis, The Heart of Darkness and the recently read problems of the Somalian immigrant, in the Granta magazine article Fragments of a Nation. The article "white teeth and post colonial literature" takes example of many literary works some of which I recognize include The Heart of Darkness and Bend it like Beckham- the movie. The article talks about how literary works can help us express the influences that, mainly the western culture have on the immigrants. The article divides post colonial literature into two types-

1.        the first wave post colonial writing and 
2.       the second wave post colonial writing

The first wave post colonial writing is the writing of those writers of a country who have recently become independent from colonization and are attempting to articulate an identity for the newly independent nation.
The second wave post colonial writings TALK about the problematic attitudes immigrants face while living in a different country. The article then mentions how different cultures their linguistics and literary works have become intertwined. 
The article the starts taking references from the novel “White Teeth" by Zadie Smith.(it took me quite some time to figure this out). As a result i had to do some research on the novel "white teeth". The novel is about a two wartime friends, one of them a Bangladeshi, Samad Iqbal, who live in London. Samad can't fit in with the English people, and although he wants it, he is unable to become a "proper" Muslim. So he sends his son Magid to Bangladesh to fulfill his dreams and become the type of muslim that Samad always wanted to be. Meanwhile his other son Millat who previously was a womanizer and a drunk, becomes a member of a Muslim brotherhood. Magid on the other hand returns to London as an atheist and becomes devoted to science. He becomes the assistant of Marcus a Jewish man. The wife of Marcus takes up the responsibility of "healing" Millat. The novel also features Irie, the daughter of Archie Jones, the wartime friend of Samad. Irie falls in love with Millat.
            The main theme of the novel is how the culture of Samad is lost – illustrating the dilemma of Immigrants. The confused state of Samad and Archie also rubs off on their children and even they don't feel like they belong. The summary also mentions racism in the novel. The name of the novel white teeth is also very significant, as it explains how this one thing is the only thing similar in characters despite their diverse skin color and ethnicity. 
The article- "white teeth and post colonial literature" takes many references to describe the hybridization of cultures. At the end of the article, it is also mentioned how women face problems from double colonizations – firstly, the oppression from colonial rule and then oppression from sexist organizations of a society. Zadie smith is hailed a formidable figure in post colonial literature.
I really enjoyed doing this report and I agree that reading such articles really does require critical thinking. I have tried to interlink this report with my previous studies

Saturday, September 1, 2012

My Surprise / Monday Timing

I am really surprised that some of you are YET to report me on a daily basis. I can promise you that you will learn the meaning of VENGEANCE.

Our class timing on MONDAY:

I will arrive at the class at 1.00 pm
Some students will meet me at 2.00 pm
Class starts at 3.00 pm.

Rafiul Azam, Tahsin Azad and Siam Ashraful took a full day that started with Byron and his poems. We read Byron, a little of Lorca as well....