children

Raising an Intelligent Child

Last year, a friend asked if I could share some tips on how to raise an intelligent child. His wife was impressed when they visited–the “big man” was almost three then. They sought ideas as they raised their own son. Well, I told him I could share a few tips based on my role as …

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Cheer like children

The two teachers struggled to quiet the four-, five-year-olds cheering and chanting the names of every child who marched into the classroom — “Desola-Desola-Desola! Henry-Henry-Henry! Emeka!-Emeka!-Emeka! Amina!-Amina!-Amina!“ All of them seemed to be the stars in the class, not one child was singled out. Each child who was cheered joined the throng to welcome others …

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Creating Innovators

I have always been a rebel – against the course of content-cramming, and soulless educating in Nigeria. And I know what Mark Twain meant when he cautioned not to “allow [your] schooling to interfere with your education” – although I have suffered for it. Our academic systems gasp for relevance but they at least subsist, …

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