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Newsmotion - Education http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/16/all en Crossing language barriers http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/crossing-language-barriers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crossing language barriers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 07/23/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More than 200 ethnic representatives are convening in Rangoon to brainstorm an ethnic language curriculum, based on a modern communicative approach rather than traditional teaching methods.</p> <p>The move comes after the Thein Sein government gave the green light last year to minority languages being introduced in ethnic state schools, which until now taught exclusively in Burmese. Some 40 percent of the nation’s population are ethnic minorities.</p> <p>On Monday, representatives from 18 different ethnicities – including Kachin, Karenni, Karen, Chin, Mon, Naga, Pa-O, Palaung, Danu and Ka-Yun educators – came together for a 21- 24 July workshop at Rangoon’s Summit Parkview Hotel, co-hosted by the Ministry of Education’s Basic Education Curriculum, Syllabus and Textbook Committee and UNICEF.</p> <div class="related-box"><h3 class="widget-title fix"><span>Related Stories</span></h3><ul class="widget_wpb_tabs"><li><img width="326" height="231" src="http://www.dvb.no/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/River-Gallery-II-space-326x231.jpg" class="attachment-226x160 wp-post-image" alt="River Gallery II (PHOTO: Jessica Mudditt)" /><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/burmas-fledgling-contemporary-art-market-burma-myanmar/42237"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Burma’s Fledgling Contemporary Art Market</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/bullet-points-news-burma-myanmar-3/42142"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Bullet Points</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/dvb-video/teashop-kids-get-second-chance-in-class-burma-myanmar/42140"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Teashop kids get second chance in class</a></li></ul></div> <!-- .related-box --> <p>Sai Naw Hkay, chairman of the Shan Literature and Culture Association, said representatives are discussing the introduction of curricula and syllabi that incorporate interactive lessons, as opposed to the much-maligned traditional system of textbook repetition.</p> <p>He said the new plan would be aimed at ethnic children aged five to eight, and that such an approach would strengthen pupils’ physical, intellectual and character development.</p> <p>“The conference aims to discuss the drafting of an ethnic language-based curriculum, beginning next year under a new education policy,” said Sai Naw Hkay.</p> <p>“Rather than sticking to conventional teaching methods, we are debating the benefits of using pictures, reciting ethnic poetry and songs, and other tasks that will open children’s minds.”</p> <p>He said it had yet to be decided which ethnic areas will carry the new curriculum.</p> <p>Naga representative Annu Sai Nyi, from the Naga Self-Administered Zone in Sagaing Division, said local schools in the region have long employed an unofficial Naga language curriculum, but being able to share experiences with other ethnic educators would prepare them better for the future.</p> <p>Naw Shee La, a Karen representative at the event, said she believed an ethnic curriculum, jointly-drafted by the various nationalities, will help restore pride and identity to their respective cultures and traditions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/crossing-language-barriers-burma-myanmar/42675" target="_blank">http://www.dvb.no/news/crossing-language-barriers-burma-myanmar/42675</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen curriculum Education Ethnic issues Lead Story naga NANG MYA NADI news Rangoon schools teaching Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:05:38 +0000 feed 310262 at http://newsmotion.org President Obama at My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall: “America Will Succeed If We Are Investing in Our Young People.” http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-my-brother%E2%80%99s-keeper-town-hall-%E2%80%9Camerica-will-succeed-if-we-are-investin <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama at My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall: “America Will Succeed If We Are Investing in Our Young People.” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 07/21/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">This afternoon, President Obama visited the Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington, D.C. to participate in a town hall with youth, and to announce&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/21/fact-sheet-president-obama-applauds-new-commitments-support-my-brother-s">new commitments</a>&nbsp;in support of the My Brother&rsquo;s Keeper Initiative.</p> <p class="p1">As the President said today, &quot;We want fewer young men in jail; we want more of them in college. We want fewer young men on the streets; we want more in the boardrooms. We want everybody to have a chance to succeed in America. And it&rsquo;s possible if we&rsquo;ve got the kind of team that we set up today.&quot;</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sV_jCMqCfo&amp;list=UUYxRlFDqcWM4y7FfpiAN3KQ">Watch President Obama</a>&nbsp;answer questions during today&rsquo;s town hall:</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/21/president-obama-my-brother-s-keeper-town-hall-america-will-succeed-if-we-are-investi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/21/president-obama-my-brother-s-keeper-town-hall-america-will-succeed-if-we-are-investi" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/21/president-obama-my-brother-s-keeper-to...</a> </div> </div> </div> Cameron Brenchley Cameron Brenchley Education Jobs Keeper Initiative Laurene Powell Jobs Official The President Urban Policy Washington Washington D.C. White House Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:26:28 +0000 feed 309349 at http://newsmotion.org How to Become a Good Father http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/how-become-good-father <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How to Become a Good Father </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 07/21/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_246599" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 640px"><img class="size-full wp-image-246599" alt="padreehijo" src="http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/padreehijo.jpg" width="640" height="424" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lonqueta/3531695279/" target="_blank">Image</a> by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lonqueta/" target="_blank">Lon&amp;Queta</a> on flickr <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/" target="_blank">(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)</a>.</p></div> <p>Panamanian Joel Silva Díaz elaborates what many people wonder, especially men: how to be a good father. On his <a href="http://joelsilvadiaz.blogspot.mx/2014/07/mi-mas-grande-reto.html">personal blog</a> he describes his challenges with his own father and his goals as a father:</p> <blockquote><p>&#8230;Recuerdo que veía como un juego el buscar un tema de conversación, debido a mi falta de interés en el deporte, nunca tuvimos una conversación de más de 5 líneas (legítimamente contadas por más de 10 años), pero conociendo otros casos e historias, por lo menos tuve un padre.<br /> [...]<br /> Y es eso lo que quiero mejorar, quiero ser un padre que no haga las cosas sin enterarse, quiero abrazar, quiero besar a mis hijos, presentarle siempre la opción de tomar las mejores decisiones y apoyarlos cuando no tomen las mejores, nunca dudar en mostrarles mi amor y cariño, mucho menos dudar cuando se ganen un coscorrón.<br /> [...]<br /> Pero mi parte no quiero que se quede en un apellido, o un cheque en la quincena, mi parte ha de ser presente, determinante y quiero que mi hijo o hija tenga por lo menos un solo recuerdo lindo impregnado en su corazón, como los domingos de Salsa y el olor a grama recién cortada de los domingos en mi casa.</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>I remember I considered a game to look for something to talk about, due to my lack of interest in sports we never had a conversation longer than five lines (rightfully registered for over ten years), but knowing other cases and stories, I at least had a father.<br /> [...]<br /> And that&#39;s what I want to improve,I want to be a father that does things without noticing it, I want to hug, kiss my children, present them the best option to make the best decisions and support them when they don&#39;t make the good ones, never hesitate in demonstrating my love and care, let alone when they earn a smack on the head.<br /> [...]<br /> As for me, I don&#39;t want a last name to last, nor a check every two weeks, my part has to be present, decisive and I want my child to have at least on only nice memory in their heart, as Salsa and the scent of recently trimmed off grass on Sundays at home.</p></blockquote> <p>Are you, or plan to be a good father?</p> <p>You can read Silva Diaz following his accounts on <a href="https://plus.google.com/115276692371256524052/posts" target="_blank">G+</a> or <a href="https://twitter.com/joelsilvadiaz" target="_blank">Twitter</a></p> <div class="notes">This post was part of the eleventh <a href="http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/30/comparte-tus-posts-con-global-voices-lunesdeblogsgv/">#LunesDeBlogsGV</a>, (Monday of blogs on GV) on July 14, 2014.</div> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/author/milton-ramirez/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Milton Ramirez'>Milton Ramirez</a></span> &middot; <span class="contributor">Translated by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/gabriela-garcia-calderon/' class='url user-link' title='View 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07/21/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The news will fuel fears among some Conservatives that Mrs Morgan wants to slow the pace of Mr Gove's educational reforms.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://telegraph.feedsportal.com/c/32726/f/564430/s/3cb8574a/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/199120864314/u/60/f/564430/c/32726/s/3cb8574a/sc/7/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/199120864314/u/60/f/564430/c/32726/s/3cb8574a/sc/7/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/199120864314/u/60/f/564430/c/32726/s/3cb8574a/sc/7/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/199120864314/u/60/f/564430/c/32726/s/3cb8574a/sc/7/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/199120864314/u/60/f/564430/c/32726/s/3cb8574a/sc/7/rc/3/rc.htm" 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</div> </div> Beth Armstrong Christopher Hope Education Henry Cook Jamie Marti Nick Morgan reform schools Unofficial Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:37:04 +0000 feed 309333 at http://newsmotion.org This Video Parodies What a Government-Approved Sex Education Class in India Would Look Like http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/video-parodies-what-government-approved-sex-education-class-india-would-look <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This Video Parodies What a Government-Approved Sex Education Class in India Would Look Like </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 07/18/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe width="500" height="281" 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context</a>) as well as parodies how&nbsp;<a href="http://www.firstpost.com/living/sex-ed-video-1619889.html">teachers shy away from discussing the issue</a> in the class.</p> <p>&#8220;Sex Education in India&#8221; created a buzz on social media. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/EastIndiaComedy/posts/496253173811107?comment_id=496801953756229&amp;offset=0&amp;total_comments=59">Santosh Kumar</a> wrote on the East Indian Comedy&#39;s Facebook page: &#8220;The same thing happened with me when i was in school!&#8221;</p> <p>Some like <a href="https://www.facebook.com/EastIndiaComedy/posts/496253173811107?comment_id=497100250393066&amp;offset=0&amp;total_comments=59">Sravan Kumar</a> did not like the video: &#8220;Dont forget India is the country which gave Kaama sutra to the world.&#8221;</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/rezwan/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by 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Via China File. Currently, there are more than 3,000 companies in China offering English classes. Fees range from several hundred to several thousand dollars." width="600" height="445" class="size-full wp-image-480537" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Soho Business&#8217; info-graphic on learning English in China. Via China File.<br /> <blockquote>Currently, there are more than 3,000 companies in China offering English classes. Fees range from several hundred to several thousand dollars.</p></blockquote> <p></p></div> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/oiwan/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Oiwan Lam'>Oiwan Lam</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/17/chinese-english-learning-business/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F17%2Fchinese-english-learning-business%2F&#038;text=English+Learning+Business+in+China&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F17%2Fchinese-english-learning-business%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F17%2Fchinese-english-learning-business%2F&#038;title=English+Learning+Business+in+China' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F17%2Fchinese-english-learning-business%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/17/chinese-english-learning-business/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/17/chinese-english-learning-business/</a> </div> </div> </div> China China Citizen East Asia Education English Language Oiwan Lam Quick Reads Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:16:48 +0000 feed 307491 at http://newsmotion.org English Learning Business in China http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/english-learning-business-china-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> English Learning Business in China </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 07/16/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_480537" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 600px"><a href="http://www.chinafile.com/learn-english-chinese-style"><img src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/english-learning.png" alt="Soho Business&#039; info-graphic on learning English in China. Via China File. Currently, there are more than 3,000 companies in China offering English classes. Fees range from several hundred to several thousand dollars." width="600" height="445" class="size-full wp-image-480537" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Soho Business&#8217; info-graphic on learning English in China. Via China File.<br /> <blockquote>Currently, there are more than 3,000 companies in China offering English classes. Fees range from several hundred to several thousand dollars.</p></blockquote> <p></p></div> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/oiwan/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Oiwan Lam'>Oiwan Lam</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/17/chinese-english-learning-business/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F17%2Fchinese-english-learning-business%2F&#038;text=English+Learning+Business+in+China&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F17%2Fchinese-english-learning-business%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F17%2Fchinese-english-learning-business%2F&#038;title=English+Learning+Business+in+China' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F17%2Fchinese-english-learning-business%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/17/chinese-english-learning-business/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/17/chinese-english-learning-business/</a> </div> </div> </div> China China Citizen East Asia Education English Language Oiwan Lam Quick Reads Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:16:48 +0000 feed 307586 at http://newsmotion.org Singapore's Libraries Don't Want Kids Reading About Tango the Penguin and His Two Loving Fathers http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/singapores-libraries-dont-want-kids-reading-about-tango-penguin-and-his-two-loving-fat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Singapore&#039;s Libraries Don&#039;t Want Kids Reading About Tango the Penguin and His Two Loving Fathers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 07/16/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_480484" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152149896446372&amp;set=gm.468775996558663&amp;type=1&amp;theater"><img class="size-large wp-image-480484" alt="Many Singaporeans reacted strongly to the banning of the three children's books. As a protest, they gathered in front of the National Library Board where they read the banned books, including the 'gay penguin book'. Photo by Olivia Tan from the Facebook page of 'Lets read Together'" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/lets-read-penguins-800x600.jpg" width="800" height="600" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Many Singaporeans reacted strongly to the banning of the three children&#39;s books. As a protest, they gathered in front of the National Library Board where they read the banned books, including the &#8216;gay penguin book&#39;. Photo by Olivia Tan from the Facebook page of &#8216;Lets Read Together&#8217;</p></div> <p>Singapore’s National Library Board (NLB) has <a href="http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/250-gather-outside-national-library-reading-event-respon">banned</a> and destroyed copies of three children’s books that deal with same-sex couples and adoption after it received a complaint that the books are not ‘pro-family’.</p> <p>NLB removed the books ‘And Tango Makes Three’, ‘Who&#39;s In Your Family’, and ‘The White Swan Express’ ‘And Tango Makes Three’ is based on a true story of two male penguins who raised a baby penguin as their own at the New York Central Park Zoo.</p> <p>Teo Kai Loon, a member of a Facebook group called ‘We Are Against Pink Dot Singapore’, <a href="http://mothership.sg/2014/07/national-library-board-apparently-banned-two-childrens-books-as-they-are-deemed-not-pro-family/">wrote</a> to NLB about the inappropriateness of including the three books in the children’s section. <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/04/anti-gay-rights-groups-wear-white-pink-dot-singapore/">Pink Dot</a> is an annual celebration in Singapore promoting diversity, tolerance, and acceptance of the LGBT.</p> <p>Tay Ai Cheng, the assistant chief executive and chief librarian at the NLB, quickly responded by ordering the removal of the books from the library. She also assured the complainant that “NLB takes a strong pro-family stand in selecting books.”</p> <p>The decision was met with fierce reactions from the reading public, especially mothers and academics. Educator Rachel Zeng <a href="http://rachelzeng.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/my-letter-to-the-assistant-chief-executive-and-chief-librarian-of-the-national-library-board/">urged</a> the NLB to resist the threat of the conservative minority:</p> <blockquote><p>[...] as a resource centre of knowledge, the National Library Board (NLB) should maintain a diverse collection of reading materials in your libraries that will cater to the educational needs of everyone from as young as 18 months old to those who are 60 and beyond. It should not limit the availability of knowledge by pandering to the standards of a conservative minority.</p></blockquote> <p>Some netizens wondered how a Facebook group could <a href="http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2014/07/banning-of-childrens-books-recommended-by-anti-gay-facebook-group/">compel</a> the NLB to order the removal of the books.&nbsp;Helen Scida asked:</p> <blockquote><p>[...] if these books passed the initial selection tests of the library organization in the first place why is it a Facebook group, of all things, has enough clout to demand their removal?</p></blockquote> <p>Dr. Justin Richardson, one of the authors of ‘And Tango Makes Three’, told The Online Citizen in an interview that NLB’s action has&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2014/07/author-justin-richardson-responds-to-nlb-removing-his-book/">sent</a>&nbsp;a “chilling message about the government’s attitude toward the freedom of expression in general and toward gay and lesbian people in particular.”</p> <p>Many Singaporean authors have echoed a similar message and some of them have already boycotted the events sponsored by the NLB. Last Sunday, more than 400 people&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2014/07/singapore-literature-prize-judges-resign-over-nlbs-book-removal/">gathered</a>&nbsp;in front of the NLB to participate in a public reading event to protest. They also distributed copies of the banned books.</p> <p>Jashuat, a mother, believes that the NLB <a href="http://jashuat.com/a-mamas-take-on-nlbs-ban/">acted</a> against its avowed mission of promoting learning:</p> <blockquote><p>NLB’s ban and subsequent defence of its action displays a very narrow definition of family. Again, this is against promoting learning, one of NLB’s mission. Are gays not part of a family, not someone’s child, brother, friend? By banning the book, NLB was being silly and bowing to pressure from a small group of Singaporeans’ personal belief and value system. By stubbornly defending their action, NLB is stamping approval and endorsing that narrowly defined view of what family is.</p></blockquote> <p>An open letter drafted by Ng Yi-Sheng, Lim Jialiang, and Liyan Chen <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19WUUkQtiUK_yA5Z8CkkhroBjjD-tmmRkdFNmki28Uj8/viewform?fbzx=6441831025219306762">accused</a> the NLB of being irresponsible and unfair. Parents who don&#39;t want their children reading these books have the option of not borrowing them, they said.</p> <div id="attachment_480482" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=793993645392&amp;set=gm.467617270007869&amp;type=1&amp;theater"><img class="size-large wp-image-480482" alt="The 'Let's read Together' event gathered 400 people in front of the National Library Board. Image from Facebook event page" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/lets-read-800x296.jpg" width="800" height="296" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">The &#8216;Let&#39;s read Together&#8217; event gathered 400 people in front of the National Library Board. Image from Facebook event page</p></div> <p>Meanwhile, The Wacky Duo, another parent blogger, understood the library&#39;s reasoning but <a href="http://www.thewackyduo.com/2014/07/to-ban-or-not-to-ban.html">disagreed</a> with its decision to destroy the books:</p> <blockquote><p>To ban it to protect the younger ones is one thing, to pulp the books is akin to a witch hunt, where innocents perish with the guilty. &#8230;A simple alternative would be to move it to young adults section, which at the recommended age group, one would be able to make their own judgment on the books content.</p></blockquote> <p>Yaacob Ibrahim, Singapore’s minister for communications and information, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/nlbsg/posts/10152229907025924">defended</a> the NLB. &#8220;Public libraries serve the community and it is right that they give consideration to community norms,&#8221; he said. &#8220;The prevailing norms, which the overwhelming majority of Singaporeans accept, support teaching children about conventional families, but not about alternative, non-traditional families, which is what the books in question are about.</p> <p>The issue has highlighted the continuing confrontation between conservative forces and an emergent community that accepts the gay community and advocates for LGBT rights.&nbsp;</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/mong/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Mong Palatino'>Mong Palatino</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/16/singapore-library-bans-books-with-gay-couples/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F16%2Fsingapore-library-bans-books-with-gay-couples%2F&#038;text=Singapore%27s+Libraries+Don%27t+Want+Kids+Reading+About+Tango+the+Penguin+and+His+Two+Loving+Fathers&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F16%2Fsingapore-library-bans-books-with-gay-couples%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F16%2Fsingapore-library-bans-books-with-gay-couples%2F&#038;title=Singapore%27s+Libraries+Don%27t+Want+Kids+Reading+About+Tango+the+Penguin+and+His+Two+Loving+Fathers' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F16%2Fsingapore-library-bans-books-with-gay-couples%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/16/singapore-library-bans-books-with-gay-couples/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/16/singapore-library-bans-books-with-gay-c...</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen East Asia Education English Freedom of Speech Gay Rights (LGBT) Literature Mong Palatino New York Politics Protest Singapore Singapore Weblog youth Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:30:03 +0000 feed 307497 at http://newsmotion.org America's staggering student debt numbers http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/americas-staggering-student-debt-numbers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> America&#039;s staggering student debt numbers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 07/14/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="cnn_first"><em><strong>Watch&#034;Fareed Zakaria GPS,&#034; Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN</strong></em></p> <p>When it comes to student debt in the United States, the numbers are truly staggering – in 2012, 71 percent of new bachelor’s degree graduates had debt, averaging over $29,000. 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However, developing a thriving contemporary art scene in Burma will take time because market prices remain undervalued, training in contemporary art is non-existent and the number of fakes being produced is on the rise.</p> <p>The National Museum in Rangoon was established in 1952 and has twice been relocated to bigger sites. It currently occupies a five-storey building and has two large art galleries.</p> <p>The owner of Pansodan Gallery, Aung Soe Min, described the museum’s fine arts collection as “very good” – albeit somewhat dated. During the 1950s and early 1960s, its gallery director purchased the works of famous artists such as U Ngwe Gaing from the family estate after the artist passed away.</p> <p>“The director made some really good decisions, but after General Ne Win came to power [in 1962], the gallery wasn’t in a position to make decisions, so the collecting stopped. It hasn’t really resumed and there’s not much understanding of contemporary art,” Aung Soe Min said.</p> <p>Bizarrely, up until a decade or so ago, Burmese people themselves were unwelcome in private galleries. The sought-after clientele were foreigners, who were assumed to possess both an appreciation for art and deeper pockets.</p> <p>“Gallery owners just couldn’t believe that a Burmese person would actually want to buy a painting. I remember going to a gallery about 13 years ago and when I asked the price of a painting, I was simply told, ‘Never mind.’ I couldn’t understand it,” he said.</p> <p><strong>Undervalued art and weak infrastructure</strong></p> <p>“Even if we exclude China and India, where prices are stratospheric, I don’t think there’s any other country in Asia where it’s possible to buy a large canvas by a top artist for under US$15,000 or $20,000,” said Gill Pattison, the owner and curator of The Strand’s River Gallery and River Gallery II.</p> <div id="attachment_42244" style="width: 227px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://www.dvb.no/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Pansodan-Gallery.jpg"><img class="wp-image-42244 size-medium" src="http://www.dvb.no/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Pansodan-Gallery-217x300.jpg" alt="Pansodan Gallery (PHOTO: Jessica Mudditt)" width="217" height="300" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Pansodan Gallery (PHOTO: Jessica Mudditt)</p></div> <p>According to Aung Soe Min, fine art prices have trebled over the past five years, which he attributes to the rise in the number of foreigners visiting the once-isolated country and a growing interest among local collectors. However, with an average inflation rate of 5 percent since 1999 and the cost of living spiraling ever upwards, the vast majority of Burma’s artists have yet to find any breathing space.</p> <p>Phyoe Kyi, 38, has struggled to make a living as an artist for almost 20 years, despite having cultivated a strong reputation in mixed media. He is among the only artists in Burma who works with silkscreen: one such collection on Shan paper and canvas was featured at ts1’s opening exhibition in April (the gallery is owned by Ivan Pun and has quickly established itself as one of the city’s edgiest spaces). However Phyoe Kyi, who lives in Taunggyi, Shan State, told <em>DVB</em> that it’s almost impossible to compare prices in Burma with other countries in the region because local art dealers are such a mixed bunch: Some are kind and fair while others are brazenly profit-driven.</p> <p>“In 2001, a dealer in Yangon [Rangoon] bought one of my paintings for just $15 and then sold it to a collector abroad for $600,&#8221; Phyoe Kyi said. &#8220;During that whole year, I sold more than a hundred paintings but I ended up with just $2,000 – which was a whole lot less than the dealer.&#8221;</p> <p>Pattinson added that such buying practices makes it difficult for artists to learn how to properly market and sell themselves.</p> <blockquote><p><em>“Like every education system in Myanmar, our art courses aren’t so good.&#8221;</em></p></blockquote> <p>“Artists have no opportunity to learn about the business side of things, such as how to package themselves as artists or the type of galleries they target. That means that artists either pick it up by osmosis or they don’t. It’s very difficult for them because most aren’t business orientated and don’t want to be,” said Pattison.</p> <p>The country’s only two art schools – the University of Culture in Mandalay and the State Fine Arts School in Rangoon – are under-resourced and offer no instruction in art career management. Admissions to the State Fine Arts School are few: Only around 15 graduate each year. Most of the teachers are self-taught and classes are limited to watercolour, acrylic and oil painting.</p> <p>“Students get a very thorough grounding in depicting Myanmar’s [Burma's] heritage items and religious icons – they all come out knowing very well how to depict Budddhas, temples and traditional motifs,” Ms Pattison said.</p> <p>“Like every education system in Myanmar, our art courses aren’t so good,” Aung Soe Min said with a shrug.</p> <p>Another factor that has traditionally worked against artists’ ability to make a living is the fact that private art collections were rarely considered a status symbol among the Burmese elite. And during the decades Burma spent under military rule, it wasn’t unknown for a high-up official to acquire a piece of artwork gratis.</p> <p>“There was nothing that could be done to prevent it because these kinds of people were all powerful,” Aung Soe Min said.</p> <p>For the most part, preferences remain strongly in favour of more traditional themes, such as serene landscapes or the well known combination of monks, parasols and pagodas. Paintings which contain a nationalistic element are also popular, Aung Soe Min said. Fortunately, he’s noticed a significant increase in the number of local collectors in recent years, although most remain unfamiliar with contemporary art.</p> <p>“The art market was absolutely tiny in the days before reforms – things have certainly improved. But while we’re now seeing a lot of people turning up to exhibitions, I don’t think there’s been a significant rise in sales,” said Ms Pattison.</p> <p><strong>Predicting market trends</strong></p> <p>Pundits in the art world predict that Burma’s art market is poised to follow in the footsteps of China, whose contemporary art market took off in the 1990s following a wave of economic reforms that began in the late seventies. Today, China’s top contemporary artists can earn tens of millions of dollars for a single painting.</p> <div id="attachment_42247" style="width: 632px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="http://www.dvb.no/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/River-Gallery-II.jpg"><img class="size-large wp-image-42247" src="http://www.dvb.no/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/River-Gallery-II-1024x768.jpg" alt="River Gallery II (PHOTO: Jessica Mudditt)" width="622" height="466" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">River Gallery II (PHOTO: Jessica Mudditt)</p></div> <p>“Finally, curators from major museums all over the world are coming and meeting with Burmese artists – this is the first step in increasing market value,” said Nathalie Johnston, gallery director of ts1.</p> <p>Ms Johnston, who wrote a thesis on performance art in Burma at the Sothebys Institute of Art in Singapore, described art valuation as a “strange and nebulous market”. Factors often taken into consideration include an artist’s reputation in terms of who has bought their work, where it has been exhibited, and who has written about it.</p> <p>“I’m sure that there will soon be a rise in sale and market value in Burmese contemporary art. In fact I think there already is – it’s night and day if we look back five years,” she said.</p> <p>Another means of gauging market value is simple supply and demand. In Burma, supply is limited because “the number of accomplished artists who have that magic combination of creativity and technical skills is small,” Ms Pattison explained.</p> <p>She said that investing in Burmese contemporary art could become a good portfolio in years to come.</p> <p>“There are maybe 10 or 12 Burmese artists who are really special and in a league of their own, and their work is definitely undervalued. Look at this big canvas by Zaw Win Pe, for example [which costs $11,000]. He is one the most original and accomplished artists in Burma and I’m quite sure he’ll be featured in art history books a hundred years from now,” she said.</p> <p><strong>The end of censorship?</strong></p> <p>The lifting of harsh censorship laws following the transition to quasi-civilian rule in 2011 has given artists greater scope to exhibit their work, which is the natural precursor to making a sale. During military rule, exhibitions were screened by censorship boards prior to public openings. Artwork that was deemed unacceptable to authorities – such as nudes – were simply confiscated.</p> <div id="attachment_42246" style="width: 632px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://www.dvb.no/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Phyoe-Kyis-silkscreen-on-Shan-paper-and-canvas-at-Transit-Shed-1.jpg"><img class="wp-image-42246 size-large" src="http://www.dvb.no/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Phyoe-Kyis-silkscreen-on-Shan-paper-and-canvas-at-Transit-Shed-1-768x1024.jpg" alt="Phyoe Kyi's silkscreen on Shan paper and canvas at ts1 (PHOTO: Jessica Muddit)" width="622" height="829" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Phyoe Kyi&#8217;s silkscreen on Shan paper and canvas at ts1 (PHOTO: Jessica Muddit)</p></div> <p>“Even during the socialist era, there was a lot of good art being created – many artists kept on doing what they wanted to do. But the end product would hang on someone’s wall at home – it would never be shown in public,” said Aung Soe Min.</p> <p>Ms Pattison used to keep certain paintings in the gallery’s back room: They were reserved for trusted customers rather than public display. “The types of paintings I’d keep in the back room included nudes, those which were overtly critical of the regime or showed great poverty and desperation,” she said.</p> <p>When Ms Pattison launched River Gallery II in late 2013, she selected a fiberglass installation (the first of its kind in Burma) that would without a doubt have fallen afoul of censorship laws. Aung Ko’s “Ko Swe” or “Golden Men” featured half a dozen naked men in a loose circle of various poses, with some pointing golden pistols. In the centre lay a man whose full frontal genitalia was impossible to ignore.</p> <p>“It certainly tested the boundaries of nudity – but no one fainted,” Pattison said with a laugh.</p> <p>However, there are worrying signs of backsliding in newfound artistic freedoms. Johnston said that members of the Special Branch Police visited ts1 prior to a performance art exhibition last month.</p> <p>“I told them there would be ten women performing for 15 minutes each – but I didn’t know what they would be doing – the point of performance art is that you’re not supposed to know,” she said.</p> <p>“I’m really shocked and depressed about what’s happening; that Burma could be returning to the old ways,” Johnston added.</p> <p><strong>Fakes on the rise</strong></p> <p>Unfortunately, as Burmese artists start to gain the financial recognition they deserve, others keen to cash in their success are producing fakes. According to Ms Pattison, it’s a phenomenon that’s becoming increasingly common.</p> <p>“A lot of the big names are fakes. It happens all the time and there are no efforts to stop it,” Aung Soe Min said.</p> <p>One source told <em>DVB</em> that there are small stables of artists in Rangoon employed to copy artwork by well known names.</p> <p>For the meantime at least, the practice is far less rampant than in China and Vietnam – Johnston told <em>DVB</em> that there is a city in southern China with several factories producing copy-cat works.</p> <p>Tun Win Aung, 39, is one of Burma’s most celebrated contemporary artists. His solo and collaborative work with his wife Wah Nu have been exhibited everywhere from Tel Aviv to Brisbane, as well as New York’s Guggenheim Museum.</p> <p>“Wah Nu and I have seen other works that are very similar to ours. There have been times that we were absolutely sure that they were copied from our originals. While some people are simply doing it for inspiration, others are attempting to copy the works of late artists and that’s a big problem,” he said.</p> <p>Tun Win Aung said that fakes are sold at Bogyoke Market as well as a handful of galleries in Rangoon.</p> <p>“Be aware of the artists that are being shown in reputable galleries and then if you see something that’s a bit of a bargain, you should probably assume that you are getting what you paid for,” cautioned Ms Pattison.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/burmas-fledgling-contemporary-art-market-burma-myanmar/42237" target="_blank">http://www.dvb.no/news/burmas-fledgling-contemporary-art-market-burma-myanmar/42...</a> </div> </div> </div> Art artist arts Brisbane Burma China Citizen contemporary art counterfeits Culture Education fakes Feature Features galleries India JESSICA MUDDITT Lead Story Lifestyle Mandalay news Rangoon Singapore Special Report Tel Aviv Vietnam Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:07:15 +0000 feed 306202 at http://newsmotion.org