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Our Language Tragedy

Our language tragedy

There are 69 languages spoken in Pakistan. In addition to Urdu only one language is recognised in each province as the ‘provincial’ language. The non-recognition of the minority languages causes…

Just For One Day

Just for one day

No conversation about American literature is complete without at least a mention of Mark Twain: the man who penned two of American literature's most famed works: The Adventures of Huckleberry…

Language And Thinking

Language and thinking

Education is a much talked about issue in today’s Pakistan. Unfortunately it provokes little serious thinking and even less action. I keep hoping that this talk will turn into action…

On The Brink Of Extinction

On the brink of extinction

I was sitting in one of the classrooms of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) this weekend. The yellow and green room, with white lights and furniture, reminded me…

The Lure Of Linguicism

The lure of linguicism

The term ‘linguicism’ was coined in the 1980s by Finnish linguist and educator Tove Skutnabb-Kangas. She defined linguicism as the “ideologies and structures that are used to legitimate, effectuate and…

Why English Again?

Why English again?

Since 1999, when Unesco first declared Feb 21 International Mother Language Day, this issue has received much attention throughout the world. In Pakistan, where the language issue has always had…

New data, old insights

There was a time when systematically collected data about schoolchildren’s learning levels was scarce, spottily collected, and hard to obtain. ‘Reforms’ were the brainchildren of politicians or senior bureaucrats in…

Parachuted manifestos

The election manifestos of all major parties have now been released. I went through them with an eye on education priorities. If education is an election issue for you that…