Meditation & Yoga: a restorative step forward

A primary school in West Baltimore, Maryland has gotten it right. Robert W. Coleman Elementary School has introduced meditation and yoga as an alternative form of discipline to practice mindfulness, teach good habits to children, and create healthy relationships, not only between students, but with teachers as well, creating a harmonious school environment with blissful students in them.

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Students practicing meditation and yoga.

image source: Holistic Life Foundation

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African Litreature & Representation

As an English major, it is compulsory that you take a couple of courses to graduate. For example, in my second year, I have the choice between two courses in each semester: an African Litreature course and an American/European Litreature course. The only rule is that we have to take at least one African Litreature course in the year. So me? I took both African Litreature courses. No, I didn’t have to. I wanted to.

Some peers roll their eyes at this idea and think I’m absolutely bonkers to be putting myself through the “torture” of South African and African litreature. I, however, am so desperate to find out more of what I never knew was actually available.

And here, my friends, is where we find the two reactions to African litreature that are a direct result from the lack of African litreature taught within high school English curriculums. Students never get taught litreature from their own damn continent. 

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The South African novels prescribed for my African Litreature course.

 

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The patriarchy is killing our schoolboys

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From the time boys start primary school, they start feeling the need to shape their masculinity, make their stand, and set their place amongst the many other little boys surrounding them. In many cases, a desire for some authority over the rest of the group is instilled, and if not so extreme, a desire to be popular or be liked is established. Hegemonic Masculinity and Toxic Masculinity begin to form a relationship in the upbringing of many boys in same-sex schools. However, this has proven to have a destructive and deadly effect on the boys growing up in these environments.

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