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UP Elections overview
An analysis of the elections in
Uttar Pradesh.
The dark origins of valentines
A sinister history of the Day of
Love.
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Service to society
A report on a social service
initiative.
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February 19, 2022|Issue No. 2631
“I sketch your world exactly as it goes.” -Arthur Foot
Established in 1936
The Doon School
WEEKLY
WEEKLY
(Continued on Page 2)
The Weekly interviewed Mr. Rajesh Majumdar, the newly appointed Dean of Academics.
A Learning Curve
The Doon School Weekly
(DSW): How has your
perspective shifted from being
a master to being the DEA?
Mr Rajesh Majumdar (RMR):
There is no shift in my perspective.
I have always believed in excellence
and now as Dean Academics, I
expect more professionalism from
each individual, including myself.
DSW: Hybrid models of
education are touted to be the
future of education. What are
your thoughts and ideas about
teaching-learning skills in the
post-COVID era?
RMR: We need to have a clear
understanding of what a ‘hybrid’
model means, as we have been
using it quite commonly. The
virtual part of the model is not a
replication of the physical teaching
learning process. It is actually
an evolution to a higher state of
independency from a system of
dependent modalities of teaching-
learning. Such platforms existed all
along, in different avatars, but
only a handful of learners were
motivated enough to venture into
it. Those who transcended into
such realms, excelled. The virtual
space forcefully opened up this
arena for all, providing equity. In
this way, Covid has helped in
the actualization of the dream to
democratize education like never
before. In future, hybrid in other
forms and the Metaverse with AI
enabled adaptive strategies will
demand an even higher degree of
independency in learning. We have
to be ready for it.
DSW: What is your vision
regarding the teaching-learning
and academic environment at
the school? How do you plan to
change, evolve, and sustain the
same?
RMR: My vision is in sync with
that of the school. It aspires to
take the school to its rightful
position among the world’s pre-
eminent educational institutions.
Though we have that capacity and
expertise but unfortunately, strive
less. The learning environment
is created and sustained by deep
engagements. Believe me, the
faculty here is exceptional, and the
infrastructure is being upgraded
to world standards. The academic
standards are affected by teacher
competencies, and in just one year
we provided financial assistance to
train 90% of our teachers in skill-
based programmes. Now, we have
chalked out a comprehensive plan
to rigorously monitor the teaching-
learning processes and the learner
experiences. Change is inevitable
and so we have to evolve and
move with the time. Presently, we
need to focus on the blended form
of curriculum transaction, giving
easy accessibility to resources and
formative assessments. Over the
years, we have not captured the
transformative journey of a
DOSCO in an organized manner.
So marks became the only beacon
to showcase achievements. I
want to change this myopic view
and design a system to capture
and document each DOSCO’s
personal growth story based on
agreeable set of metrics. It
sounds like tall talk, but I will come
out with a plan soon.
DSW: We are approaching
a skill-based economy, and
many might point out that
the conventional educational
system doesn’t really prioritize
skill as much as knowledge. Do
you think that Doon’s academic
practices need to be updated
too, and if so in what way?
RMR: I am a little surprised to
hear this question. Have we ever
honestly, deep-dived into the
curriculum framework of Doon?
What Doon proposed and has run
for the last 87 years got its imprint
now in the National Educational
Policy 2020 (NEP 2020). What
are STAs, SUPWs, Societies and
Service? What are the fundamental
objectives and outcomes of
these? Why has the school been
offering this wide spectrum of
engagements? Is it not for skill-
development? The Doon School
never had the conventional
2 the doon school weekly
Saturday, February 19 | Issue No. 2631
(Continued from Page 1)
Describing Valentine’s day simply as a celebration
would be a major understatement. Every year millions
of cards, chocolates, teddies come pouring in on this
day in February. A celebration of love, Valentine’s
day is bound by no religion, nationality or any sort
of divide. However, it is a celebration which has a
long history and has evolved over the centuries. It all
started with the actions of one or two men.
The early origins of Valentine’s day can be traced
all the way to the Roman Empire. The day came
into conception after the Feast of St Valentines was
established by the Pope in AD 496. It was a day to
honour martyred Christian priests all by the name
St Valentines, who had been executed by the Roman
emperor Claudius II in the third century. The most
famous of these martyrs was St Valentine of Rome.
There are multiple stories regarding his imprisonment
and execution, the most famous of which has led to
the beginning of the Valentine’s Day we know today.
As the story goes, it was believed that St Valentine
used to secretly marry young couples at a time when
it was a crime to do so. The emperor, Claudius II,
believed that unmarried men made better soldiers
for the army, thus banning men from marrying .
Once St. Valentine was caught, he was imprisoned
and subsequently executed on the 14th of February.
There are also records of a second St Valentine who
was also executed on the same day by the emperor
Claudius II but in a different year. The day could be
in honour of both or either of these priests, however,
it is possible that both these men were one and the
same.
While Valentine’s Day originated as a way to honour
these priests, it still was not celebrated as a day of
romance until many centuries later. Many are still
uncertain how it came to be so connected with
romance and love. Some believe that the English
poet Geoffery Chaucer, now regarded as the father
of English literature, linked the day to romance in
his poem The Parlement of Foules in the 14th century
Krish Agrawal
The Dark Origins of Valentines
educational system, and it was
always ahead of time. We follow
conventional methods of age based
segregated groups for examining
boards, but it doesn’t exist in our
activities. The entire gamut of
co-curricular activities provide
extraordinary opportunity for skill
development. Have we explored
its full capacity and recorded our
journey of growth? The futuristic
Finnish model of education is
about personalized curriculum
woven around individual child. I see
components of that model already
existing in our system. We have to
take activities seriously as part of
academics, try to engage in them to
identify our interest and map it to
our careers. Neglecting activities and
sports reflects our unwillingness to
explore the rich offering. You name a
skill which is required in the modern
world, and I will map it to an activity
offered in the school. Having said
so, I will not deny that academic
practices need to be updated. I
mentioned teacher training, but
we also need student willingness
to change. After regular lessons we
need to use the bandwidth to its
full potential only for ‘educational’
purposes.
DSW: What transformational
changes do you hope to see
in a Dosco following the
implementation of the Doon
School Curriculum?
RMR: The Doon School
Curriculum always existed. Over
the last two years a massive exercise
was undertaken to identify the
major attributes that we all desire
in a DOSCO. The comprehensive
implementation plan is in the
offing, ever since I was designated
as DEA. The plan will be slowly
introduced at the D-Form, as a
pilot project, run and analysed,
reshaped, and then grow. My
formula is ‘hurry, slowly and
steadily’. I can’t divulge more
at this moment, but we intend
to move from knowledge
dissemination to skill
development by mapping the
attributes and objectives. There
will be merging of topics from
different subjects giving a more
holistic approach to learning. In
the coming year you will start
getting the flavours of this new
direction.
DSW: What are some of the
challenges that you foresee in
your new role and how do you
plan to address them?
RMR: As Rabindranath Tagore
said, “Do not limit a child to your own
learning, for he was born in another
time”. My biggest challenge will
be to establish a system where
learning takes centre stage and
not forceful teaching. You will
observe the changes as the plan
gets implemented gradually.
(Continued on Page 5)
3
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Saturday, February 19 | Issue No. 2631
Around the World in 80 Words
India’s civil aviation minister removed curbs on the
number of India-Ukraine flights. The first phase
of UP Assembly polls commenced this week. The
Reserve Bank of India lowered India’s GDP forecast.
Russia announced its withdrawal from Crimea. The
World Health Organization confirmed a nineteen-
percent drop in COVID-19 cases. The government
of Belgium announced a four-day work week with
a right to disconnect after office hours. PSG beat
Real Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions
League knockout stage.
Sai Arjun
(Head) Masters of Time
270 CE: Beheading of Saint Valentine, a priest in
Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II.
1779 CE: Death of Captain James Cook, who found
and charted all of New Zealand, apart from sailing
along the entire western coastline of Australia.
1801 CE: Election of Thomas Jefferson as the third
U.S. President.
1959 CE: Swearing in of Fidel Castro as the Prime
Minister of Cuba.
1979 CE: Chinese invasion of Vietnam in response
to Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia.
1989 CE: USSR withdraws its last troops from
Afghanistan, ending the occuption that began in
1979.
Arnav Kathuria: A singer
Saksham Makin: A painter
Aditya Shashank Agarwal: An author
Neel Sahai: A pianist
Who is Elzie Crisler Segar?
Elzie Crisler Segar, known by his pen name E.C.
Segar was a prominent American cartoonist. He
was most famous for being the creator of Popeye, a
pop culture character known and loved by everyone
today along with most of the other characters present
there including Wimpy, Bruto, Swee’Pea Popeye
first appeared in 1929 in Segar’s comic strip,
Thimble Theatre.
The brave man is he who overcomes not only
his enemies but his pleasures.
Democritus
“
Unquotable quotes
Then there are letters, then there are letters.
RDG, wondering what’s next.
Then you start creating, but then it stops.
Advay Gupta, playing god.
Scientists have this problem. Don’t know. What is
solution. To know.
ADN, unanswered questions.
Readers Checklist
Sriyash Tantia: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.
SPB: Status Anxiety by Alain De Botton.
Aviman Pratap Singh: Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a
Long and Happy Life by Francesc Miralles and Hector
Garcia.
What members of the school community have been
reading this week.
4 the doon school weekly
Saturday, February 19 | Issue No. 2631
who have withdrawn from the
race, but implore the public to vote
for the party of the former Chief
Minister, accusing the present
regime of being liars. Another
hopeful party promises to bring
“Delhi like” transformation
to UP, alongside many other
benefits. All this, while the major
opponent keeps surprisingly quiet
on the matter apart from the usual
criticisms and promises.
All in all, with promises raining
from all sides, I invite readers to
bet on which party will emerge
victorious, reflecting on whose
campaigning has been the most
effective and expansive in the
state. This despite the fact that
contestants really might be on
thin ice here since it appears
as if their mouths are issuing
checks that their party cannot
cash. Unless the citizens of Uttar
Pradesh start observing some real
changes in the state from the get
go, the Uttar Pradesh Legislative
Assembly elections might start
gaining a bit more competitiveness
in the coming years. Personally, I
would not mind if these elections
happened a bit more frequently,
as the work and effort put into
the city of Kanpur these past few
months has really stood out, and
if it is the lure of the throne that
brings about development, then
so be it.
Katyayan Kanodia comments on his experiences in the course of the ongoing elections in Uttar Pradesh.
UPside down
With the Uttar Pradesh Legislative
Assembly elections taking place
from the 10th of February, 2022
to the 7th of March, 2022, it
does not come as much of a
surprise when I look around my
neighbourhood to find every
nook and cranny as spotless as
they had been roughly five years
ago. The supply of electricity
seems to have a newfound wish to
not go for even a second, and the
regions once suffering from water
shortage suddenly possess enough
water to bathe the clothes of their
cattle. The only pollution which
did manage to rise, however,
is aided by the herd of auto
rickshaws and tempos which are
armoured with loudspeakers and
tasked to roam around Kanpur
“influencing” people to press the
button next to either the lotus,
broom, hand, elephant, or any of
the various other symbols. Cheap
but catchy jingles have been
employed by almost all parties
to further sweeten the highly-
improbable promises made by
them. Nonetheless, I must admit,
my favourite outcome of wooing
of the electorate is the banter
between the contestants that one
gets to see, read and hear about
in our lively media. Be it the
satirical comments which attempt
to highlight the ineffectiveness of
the incumbent government or the
vain praises which negate such
accusations; these slogans never
fail to get a chuckle out of me.
Numerous rallies can be seen
nowadays where the party leaders
themselves address the crowd.
Defending champions have not
been holding back at any of
their poll rallies, claiming that
there have been no riots since
they took over, while accusing
their opponents of trying to set
up a mafia-dom across the state
or being a ‘volatile party whose
downfall is inevitable’ because of
the leaders.
With the pressure at an all-time
high, one thing is abundantly clear,
every party wants the limelight,
and what better way to achieve
that than by publicly making
exaggerated and altogether absurd
claimstoekeoutanyattentionthey
can get, or by switching parties
suddenly and effortlessly to make
headlines. An excellent example
of such absurd comments is seen
when there were accusations
against other parties which
claimed that a certain party in the
state “would have settled in every
town of UP”. While highlighting
the ‘job well done’ by the present
government, there were further
accusations that every other party
that has held power in the state
in the past has “handed over the
state’s citizens to the mafias”.
The opposition party members,
however, show no intentions of
playing fair either. For instance,
one opponent accused the present
government of wishing to ‘see
him dead’, going on to add how he
was attacked during the filing of
the nomination of another party
colleague from a constituency in
Varanasi.
Meanwhile, former Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister
strengthened his campaign by
partnering with an unlikely ally,
With the pressure at
an all-time high, one
thing is abundantly
clear: every party
wants the limelight...
The opposition
party members,
however, show no
intention in playing
fair either...
5
the doon school weekly
Saturday, February 19 | Issue No. 2631
COVID-19 hit everyone hard, and the virus was deadly
to such an extent, that nobody saw such a pandemic
coming, and therefore preparation to tackle the same
was lacking. Economy in South Asian countries is
built on frail foundations and is heavily decentralised,
with a sizable portion of the underprivileged living on
daily income, rather than a stable source to keep them
financially safe. The pandemic brought chaos with
it, as these sources of income completely derailed,
leaving many hopeless, slowly burning their savings
and forcing them to live on a knife’s edge. Back home
in Nepal, this was a very prominent problem and it
came to my attention during the second lockdown,
when demand for unemployment aid from the
government grew, and tensions in the public were
rising. This had a particularly devastating effect on
children. The lack of money in the system meant that
as a result of schools closing physically, the majority
of the children were unable to get access to any form
of education due to the lack of electronic devices. In
some cases, parents were not even able to support
their child and provide the appropriate facilities
required. This was a significant problem as a result of
the economic crisis. To positively contribute, I decided
to assist an organisation that facilitated closed camps
throughout the country for children to live in and
study till the time their parents were able to overcome
their economic hardships. While providing aid seems
easy, in such times collecting funds was difficult and
providing significant contributions which could help
the cause was extremely challenging. Therefore, rather
than focusing on monetary donations, I directed my
efforts towards collecting all items which could be
of use, including food rations, clothing, and books,
along with eatables that could support these children
and provide them with the best of resources. As a
result, I was able to collect a significant amount that
could support about 45 kids for a month or two.
Furthermore, I also decided to volunteer as a tutor to
help many with their studies.
Such social work is often documented to be an
enlightening experience, but for me a humbling
experience, which made me aware of the numerous
disparities that exist in our society. On my own, I can
never anticipate a situation wherein my parents are
unable to provide for my basic necessities. However, I
realised that there are many families which go through
such devastating trouble. Hearing testimonials of
children as young as nine, explaining how they had to
leave their parents during this hard time, and realising
that joining the camp would be a better opportunity,
was truly heartwarming and emotional. Sometimes
examining the ground reality itself can reflect the
perils of human society, and living in privileged
conditions creates a facade wherein these sections of
society are invisible to us. This pandemic has broken
families apart and made people experience economic
hardship nobody deserves to face. While I tried my
best to contribute on my own, it was and will never
be enough, yet it has motivated me to contribute as
much as I can to foster the development of young
people who by no fault of their own find themselves
in situations one can never imagine, and you should
too!
Svanik Garg reports on his social service initiative.
A Service to Society
(Continued from Page 2)
and that the subsequent literature inspired by it led to
our modern perception of Valentine’s Day. Another
reason could be that Valentine’s Day replaced the
pagan festival of Lupercalia which promoted health
andfertility,andwithallthe ritualsof Lupercaliagone,
Valentine’s day became a day of love and intimacy
and saw a re-emergence in England centuries later.
After an increase in popularity in the 18th century,
Valentine’s Day celebrations spread across England
and Europe. Traditions such as sending cards and
giving flowers were invented and soon afterwards,
withtheadventof theindustrialrevolution,thousands
of cards were mass produced every year and the
number has only grown since. Today, Valentine’s Day
has grown to become a universal day to celebrate love
despite its dark origins.
On my own, I can never
anticipate a situation wherein
my parents are unable
to provide for my basic
necessities
While providing aid seems
easy, in such times collecting
funds was diffficult and
challenging
6 the doon school weekly
Saturday, February 19 | Issue No. 2631
Problem of the Week
What Have You Been Reading At Home?
Rich Dad Poor Dad
Author: Robert Kiyosaki
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki is a very interesting first-person narrative where the author compares
his two dads — one his real father (poor dad) and one who is his best friend’s father (rich dad) in the ways
in which both men feel about money and investing. The book is written from Kiyosaki’s perspective of
how ‘Rich Dad’ went about making money and the mistakes that the ‘Poor Dad’ made over the course of
his career. In my opinion, the lessons from the ‘Poor Dad’ throws light on mistakes that one should avoid,
whereas lessons from the rich dad suggest the right moves to financial freedom. Lastly, the book talks
about taking action other than just thinking about it and encourages making thoughtful investments. The
book is a great read for not only someone well versed with finance, but those beginning to think about it
too from an early age!
- Aditya Shashank Agrawal
©IPSS: All rights reserved. Printed by: The English Book Depot, 15 Rajpur Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand–
248001, India. Published by: Kamal Ahuja, The Doon School, Dehradun.
Online Edition: www.doonschool.com/co-curricular/clubs-societies/publications/past-weeklies/
Editor-in-Chief: Armaan Rathi Editor: Ahan Jayakumar Senior Editors: Saatvik Anand Shreyan Mittal,
Vihan Ranka Hindi Editor: Sudhanshu Chowdhary Associate Editors: Aryan Baruah, Tarun Doss, Vinesh
Uniyal, Yashovat Nandan, Yuvan Kamdar Special Correspondents: Arav Khanal, Arjun Prakash, Neel
Madhav Sahai, Vivaan Sood Correspondents: Harshil Makin, Krish Agrawal, Pragyan Goel Cartoonists:
Rohan Taneja, Sai Arjun, Vivaan Malik Webmaster: Kritika Jugran Assistant Managers: Dheeraj Kumar
Upadhyay, Moulee Goswami, Purnima Dutta.
weekly@doonschool.com
The views expressed in articles printed are their authors’own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Weekly or its editorial policy.
Source: https://www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca/
The organiser for a sports league with four teams has entered some of the end-of-season data into the table
shown. Each team played 27 games and each game resulted in a win for one team and a loss for the other
team, or in a tie for both teams. Each team earned two points for a win, 0 points for a loss, and 1 point for a tie.
Team Name Games Played Number of
Wins
Number of
Losses
Number of
Ties
Total Points
P 27 10 14 23
Q 27
R 27 25
S 27
a) How many ties did Team P have at the end of the season?
b) Team Q had two more wins than Team P and 4 fewer losses than Team P. How many total points did Team
Q have at the end of the season?
c) Explain why Team R could not have finished this season with exactly 6 ties.
d) At the end of the season, Team S had 4 more wins than losses. Show that Team S must have finished the
season with a total of 31 points.

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The Doon School Weekly

  • 1. UP Elections overview An analysis of the elections in Uttar Pradesh. The dark origins of valentines A sinister history of the Day of Love. Page 2 Service to society A report on a social service initiative. Page 5 Page 4 February 19, 2022|Issue No. 2631 “I sketch your world exactly as it goes.” -Arthur Foot Established in 1936 The Doon School WEEKLY WEEKLY (Continued on Page 2) The Weekly interviewed Mr. Rajesh Majumdar, the newly appointed Dean of Academics. A Learning Curve The Doon School Weekly (DSW): How has your perspective shifted from being a master to being the DEA? Mr Rajesh Majumdar (RMR): There is no shift in my perspective. I have always believed in excellence and now as Dean Academics, I expect more professionalism from each individual, including myself. DSW: Hybrid models of education are touted to be the future of education. What are your thoughts and ideas about teaching-learning skills in the post-COVID era? RMR: We need to have a clear understanding of what a ‘hybrid’ model means, as we have been using it quite commonly. The virtual part of the model is not a replication of the physical teaching learning process. It is actually an evolution to a higher state of independency from a system of dependent modalities of teaching- learning. Such platforms existed all along, in different avatars, but only a handful of learners were motivated enough to venture into it. Those who transcended into such realms, excelled. The virtual space forcefully opened up this arena for all, providing equity. In this way, Covid has helped in the actualization of the dream to democratize education like never before. In future, hybrid in other forms and the Metaverse with AI enabled adaptive strategies will demand an even higher degree of independency in learning. We have to be ready for it. DSW: What is your vision regarding the teaching-learning and academic environment at the school? How do you plan to change, evolve, and sustain the same? RMR: My vision is in sync with that of the school. It aspires to take the school to its rightful position among the world’s pre- eminent educational institutions. Though we have that capacity and expertise but unfortunately, strive less. The learning environment is created and sustained by deep engagements. Believe me, the faculty here is exceptional, and the infrastructure is being upgraded to world standards. The academic standards are affected by teacher competencies, and in just one year we provided financial assistance to train 90% of our teachers in skill- based programmes. Now, we have chalked out a comprehensive plan to rigorously monitor the teaching- learning processes and the learner experiences. Change is inevitable and so we have to evolve and move with the time. Presently, we need to focus on the blended form of curriculum transaction, giving easy accessibility to resources and formative assessments. Over the years, we have not captured the transformative journey of a DOSCO in an organized manner. So marks became the only beacon to showcase achievements. I want to change this myopic view and design a system to capture and document each DOSCO’s personal growth story based on agreeable set of metrics. It sounds like tall talk, but I will come out with a plan soon. DSW: We are approaching a skill-based economy, and many might point out that the conventional educational system doesn’t really prioritize skill as much as knowledge. Do you think that Doon’s academic practices need to be updated too, and if so in what way? RMR: I am a little surprised to hear this question. Have we ever honestly, deep-dived into the curriculum framework of Doon? What Doon proposed and has run for the last 87 years got its imprint now in the National Educational Policy 2020 (NEP 2020). What are STAs, SUPWs, Societies and Service? What are the fundamental objectives and outcomes of these? Why has the school been offering this wide spectrum of engagements? Is it not for skill- development? The Doon School never had the conventional
  • 2. 2 the doon school weekly Saturday, February 19 | Issue No. 2631 (Continued from Page 1) Describing Valentine’s day simply as a celebration would be a major understatement. Every year millions of cards, chocolates, teddies come pouring in on this day in February. A celebration of love, Valentine’s day is bound by no religion, nationality or any sort of divide. However, it is a celebration which has a long history and has evolved over the centuries. It all started with the actions of one or two men. The early origins of Valentine’s day can be traced all the way to the Roman Empire. The day came into conception after the Feast of St Valentines was established by the Pope in AD 496. It was a day to honour martyred Christian priests all by the name St Valentines, who had been executed by the Roman emperor Claudius II in the third century. The most famous of these martyrs was St Valentine of Rome. There are multiple stories regarding his imprisonment and execution, the most famous of which has led to the beginning of the Valentine’s Day we know today. As the story goes, it was believed that St Valentine used to secretly marry young couples at a time when it was a crime to do so. The emperor, Claudius II, believed that unmarried men made better soldiers for the army, thus banning men from marrying . Once St. Valentine was caught, he was imprisoned and subsequently executed on the 14th of February. There are also records of a second St Valentine who was also executed on the same day by the emperor Claudius II but in a different year. The day could be in honour of both or either of these priests, however, it is possible that both these men were one and the same. While Valentine’s Day originated as a way to honour these priests, it still was not celebrated as a day of romance until many centuries later. Many are still uncertain how it came to be so connected with romance and love. Some believe that the English poet Geoffery Chaucer, now regarded as the father of English literature, linked the day to romance in his poem The Parlement of Foules in the 14th century Krish Agrawal The Dark Origins of Valentines educational system, and it was always ahead of time. We follow conventional methods of age based segregated groups for examining boards, but it doesn’t exist in our activities. The entire gamut of co-curricular activities provide extraordinary opportunity for skill development. Have we explored its full capacity and recorded our journey of growth? The futuristic Finnish model of education is about personalized curriculum woven around individual child. I see components of that model already existing in our system. We have to take activities seriously as part of academics, try to engage in them to identify our interest and map it to our careers. Neglecting activities and sports reflects our unwillingness to explore the rich offering. You name a skill which is required in the modern world, and I will map it to an activity offered in the school. Having said so, I will not deny that academic practices need to be updated. I mentioned teacher training, but we also need student willingness to change. After regular lessons we need to use the bandwidth to its full potential only for ‘educational’ purposes. DSW: What transformational changes do you hope to see in a Dosco following the implementation of the Doon School Curriculum? RMR: The Doon School Curriculum always existed. Over the last two years a massive exercise was undertaken to identify the major attributes that we all desire in a DOSCO. The comprehensive implementation plan is in the offing, ever since I was designated as DEA. The plan will be slowly introduced at the D-Form, as a pilot project, run and analysed, reshaped, and then grow. My formula is ‘hurry, slowly and steadily’. I can’t divulge more at this moment, but we intend to move from knowledge dissemination to skill development by mapping the attributes and objectives. There will be merging of topics from different subjects giving a more holistic approach to learning. In the coming year you will start getting the flavours of this new direction. DSW: What are some of the challenges that you foresee in your new role and how do you plan to address them? RMR: As Rabindranath Tagore said, “Do not limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time”. My biggest challenge will be to establish a system where learning takes centre stage and not forceful teaching. You will observe the changes as the plan gets implemented gradually. (Continued on Page 5)
  • 3. 3 the doon school weekly Saturday, February 19 | Issue No. 2631 Around the World in 80 Words India’s civil aviation minister removed curbs on the number of India-Ukraine flights. The first phase of UP Assembly polls commenced this week. The Reserve Bank of India lowered India’s GDP forecast. Russia announced its withdrawal from Crimea. The World Health Organization confirmed a nineteen- percent drop in COVID-19 cases. The government of Belgium announced a four-day work week with a right to disconnect after office hours. PSG beat Real Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League knockout stage. Sai Arjun (Head) Masters of Time 270 CE: Beheading of Saint Valentine, a priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II. 1779 CE: Death of Captain James Cook, who found and charted all of New Zealand, apart from sailing along the entire western coastline of Australia. 1801 CE: Election of Thomas Jefferson as the third U.S. President. 1959 CE: Swearing in of Fidel Castro as the Prime Minister of Cuba. 1979 CE: Chinese invasion of Vietnam in response to Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia. 1989 CE: USSR withdraws its last troops from Afghanistan, ending the occuption that began in 1979. Arnav Kathuria: A singer Saksham Makin: A painter Aditya Shashank Agarwal: An author Neel Sahai: A pianist Who is Elzie Crisler Segar? Elzie Crisler Segar, known by his pen name E.C. Segar was a prominent American cartoonist. He was most famous for being the creator of Popeye, a pop culture character known and loved by everyone today along with most of the other characters present there including Wimpy, Bruto, Swee’Pea Popeye first appeared in 1929 in Segar’s comic strip, Thimble Theatre. The brave man is he who overcomes not only his enemies but his pleasures. Democritus “ Unquotable quotes Then there are letters, then there are letters. RDG, wondering what’s next. Then you start creating, but then it stops. Advay Gupta, playing god. Scientists have this problem. Don’t know. What is solution. To know. ADN, unanswered questions. Readers Checklist Sriyash Tantia: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. SPB: Status Anxiety by Alain De Botton. Aviman Pratap Singh: Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Francesc Miralles and Hector Garcia. What members of the school community have been reading this week.
  • 4. 4 the doon school weekly Saturday, February 19 | Issue No. 2631 who have withdrawn from the race, but implore the public to vote for the party of the former Chief Minister, accusing the present regime of being liars. Another hopeful party promises to bring “Delhi like” transformation to UP, alongside many other benefits. All this, while the major opponent keeps surprisingly quiet on the matter apart from the usual criticisms and promises. All in all, with promises raining from all sides, I invite readers to bet on which party will emerge victorious, reflecting on whose campaigning has been the most effective and expansive in the state. This despite the fact that contestants really might be on thin ice here since it appears as if their mouths are issuing checks that their party cannot cash. Unless the citizens of Uttar Pradesh start observing some real changes in the state from the get go, the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections might start gaining a bit more competitiveness in the coming years. Personally, I would not mind if these elections happened a bit more frequently, as the work and effort put into the city of Kanpur these past few months has really stood out, and if it is the lure of the throne that brings about development, then so be it. Katyayan Kanodia comments on his experiences in the course of the ongoing elections in Uttar Pradesh. UPside down With the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections taking place from the 10th of February, 2022 to the 7th of March, 2022, it does not come as much of a surprise when I look around my neighbourhood to find every nook and cranny as spotless as they had been roughly five years ago. The supply of electricity seems to have a newfound wish to not go for even a second, and the regions once suffering from water shortage suddenly possess enough water to bathe the clothes of their cattle. The only pollution which did manage to rise, however, is aided by the herd of auto rickshaws and tempos which are armoured with loudspeakers and tasked to roam around Kanpur “influencing” people to press the button next to either the lotus, broom, hand, elephant, or any of the various other symbols. Cheap but catchy jingles have been employed by almost all parties to further sweeten the highly- improbable promises made by them. Nonetheless, I must admit, my favourite outcome of wooing of the electorate is the banter between the contestants that one gets to see, read and hear about in our lively media. Be it the satirical comments which attempt to highlight the ineffectiveness of the incumbent government or the vain praises which negate such accusations; these slogans never fail to get a chuckle out of me. Numerous rallies can be seen nowadays where the party leaders themselves address the crowd. Defending champions have not been holding back at any of their poll rallies, claiming that there have been no riots since they took over, while accusing their opponents of trying to set up a mafia-dom across the state or being a ‘volatile party whose downfall is inevitable’ because of the leaders. With the pressure at an all-time high, one thing is abundantly clear, every party wants the limelight, and what better way to achieve that than by publicly making exaggerated and altogether absurd claimstoekeoutanyattentionthey can get, or by switching parties suddenly and effortlessly to make headlines. An excellent example of such absurd comments is seen when there were accusations against other parties which claimed that a certain party in the state “would have settled in every town of UP”. While highlighting the ‘job well done’ by the present government, there were further accusations that every other party that has held power in the state in the past has “handed over the state’s citizens to the mafias”. The opposition party members, however, show no intentions of playing fair either. For instance, one opponent accused the present government of wishing to ‘see him dead’, going on to add how he was attacked during the filing of the nomination of another party colleague from a constituency in Varanasi. Meanwhile, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister strengthened his campaign by partnering with an unlikely ally, With the pressure at an all-time high, one thing is abundantly clear: every party wants the limelight... The opposition party members, however, show no intention in playing fair either...
  • 5. 5 the doon school weekly Saturday, February 19 | Issue No. 2631 COVID-19 hit everyone hard, and the virus was deadly to such an extent, that nobody saw such a pandemic coming, and therefore preparation to tackle the same was lacking. Economy in South Asian countries is built on frail foundations and is heavily decentralised, with a sizable portion of the underprivileged living on daily income, rather than a stable source to keep them financially safe. The pandemic brought chaos with it, as these sources of income completely derailed, leaving many hopeless, slowly burning their savings and forcing them to live on a knife’s edge. Back home in Nepal, this was a very prominent problem and it came to my attention during the second lockdown, when demand for unemployment aid from the government grew, and tensions in the public were rising. This had a particularly devastating effect on children. The lack of money in the system meant that as a result of schools closing physically, the majority of the children were unable to get access to any form of education due to the lack of electronic devices. In some cases, parents were not even able to support their child and provide the appropriate facilities required. This was a significant problem as a result of the economic crisis. To positively contribute, I decided to assist an organisation that facilitated closed camps throughout the country for children to live in and study till the time their parents were able to overcome their economic hardships. While providing aid seems easy, in such times collecting funds was difficult and providing significant contributions which could help the cause was extremely challenging. Therefore, rather than focusing on monetary donations, I directed my efforts towards collecting all items which could be of use, including food rations, clothing, and books, along with eatables that could support these children and provide them with the best of resources. As a result, I was able to collect a significant amount that could support about 45 kids for a month or two. Furthermore, I also decided to volunteer as a tutor to help many with their studies. Such social work is often documented to be an enlightening experience, but for me a humbling experience, which made me aware of the numerous disparities that exist in our society. On my own, I can never anticipate a situation wherein my parents are unable to provide for my basic necessities. However, I realised that there are many families which go through such devastating trouble. Hearing testimonials of children as young as nine, explaining how they had to leave their parents during this hard time, and realising that joining the camp would be a better opportunity, was truly heartwarming and emotional. Sometimes examining the ground reality itself can reflect the perils of human society, and living in privileged conditions creates a facade wherein these sections of society are invisible to us. This pandemic has broken families apart and made people experience economic hardship nobody deserves to face. While I tried my best to contribute on my own, it was and will never be enough, yet it has motivated me to contribute as much as I can to foster the development of young people who by no fault of their own find themselves in situations one can never imagine, and you should too! Svanik Garg reports on his social service initiative. A Service to Society (Continued from Page 2) and that the subsequent literature inspired by it led to our modern perception of Valentine’s Day. Another reason could be that Valentine’s Day replaced the pagan festival of Lupercalia which promoted health andfertility,andwithallthe ritualsof Lupercaliagone, Valentine’s day became a day of love and intimacy and saw a re-emergence in England centuries later. After an increase in popularity in the 18th century, Valentine’s Day celebrations spread across England and Europe. Traditions such as sending cards and giving flowers were invented and soon afterwards, withtheadventof theindustrialrevolution,thousands of cards were mass produced every year and the number has only grown since. Today, Valentine’s Day has grown to become a universal day to celebrate love despite its dark origins. On my own, I can never anticipate a situation wherein my parents are unable to provide for my basic necessities While providing aid seems easy, in such times collecting funds was diffficult and challenging
  • 6. 6 the doon school weekly Saturday, February 19 | Issue No. 2631 Problem of the Week What Have You Been Reading At Home? Rich Dad Poor Dad Author: Robert Kiyosaki Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki is a very interesting first-person narrative where the author compares his two dads — one his real father (poor dad) and one who is his best friend’s father (rich dad) in the ways in which both men feel about money and investing. The book is written from Kiyosaki’s perspective of how ‘Rich Dad’ went about making money and the mistakes that the ‘Poor Dad’ made over the course of his career. In my opinion, the lessons from the ‘Poor Dad’ throws light on mistakes that one should avoid, whereas lessons from the rich dad suggest the right moves to financial freedom. Lastly, the book talks about taking action other than just thinking about it and encourages making thoughtful investments. The book is a great read for not only someone well versed with finance, but those beginning to think about it too from an early age! - Aditya Shashank Agrawal ©IPSS: All rights reserved. Printed by: The English Book Depot, 15 Rajpur Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand– 248001, India. Published by: Kamal Ahuja, The Doon School, Dehradun. Online Edition: www.doonschool.com/co-curricular/clubs-societies/publications/past-weeklies/ Editor-in-Chief: Armaan Rathi Editor: Ahan Jayakumar Senior Editors: Saatvik Anand Shreyan Mittal, Vihan Ranka Hindi Editor: Sudhanshu Chowdhary Associate Editors: Aryan Baruah, Tarun Doss, Vinesh Uniyal, Yashovat Nandan, Yuvan Kamdar Special Correspondents: Arav Khanal, Arjun Prakash, Neel Madhav Sahai, Vivaan Sood Correspondents: Harshil Makin, Krish Agrawal, Pragyan Goel Cartoonists: Rohan Taneja, Sai Arjun, Vivaan Malik Webmaster: Kritika Jugran Assistant Managers: Dheeraj Kumar Upadhyay, Moulee Goswami, Purnima Dutta. weekly@doonschool.com The views expressed in articles printed are their authors’own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Weekly or its editorial policy. Source: https://www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca/ The organiser for a sports league with four teams has entered some of the end-of-season data into the table shown. Each team played 27 games and each game resulted in a win for one team and a loss for the other team, or in a tie for both teams. Each team earned two points for a win, 0 points for a loss, and 1 point for a tie. Team Name Games Played Number of Wins Number of Losses Number of Ties Total Points P 27 10 14 23 Q 27 R 27 25 S 27 a) How many ties did Team P have at the end of the season? b) Team Q had two more wins than Team P and 4 fewer losses than Team P. How many total points did Team Q have at the end of the season? c) Explain why Team R could not have finished this season with exactly 6 ties. d) At the end of the season, Team S had 4 more wins than losses. Show that Team S must have finished the season with a total of 31 points.