Almost every student is curious to know about our origins, and most of us have been faced with difficult-to-answer questions like, “Where did we come from? How was the earth formed? Can you tell me more about that mysterious time known as the prehistoric age?”
Those of us who are engaged in the responsibility of educating children and young people are usually more concerned than most about providing answers to these fundamental questions. After all, our purpose as teachers is to educate the new generation, and that should include providing instruction about our origins.
However, the glaring problem faced by educators nowadays is the confusion that surrounds this whole subject. Did we evolve, or were we created? Did the earth experience cataclysmic change in the past, or has everything just continued along on a gradual course for millions of years? This uncertainty about our origins, of course, makes it a difficult subject to teach, and so it is not emphasized much in school curricula these days.
But our young people deserve answers to these questions, and our educational institutions are the ideal places for them to learn these answers. At this age, questions about our origins – of human history, of the earth, of the natural world – can loom quite large in the minds of young people. Questions about what were our ancestors like? Why was the prehistoric world so different from our present one? What happened to the dinosaurs? How did the fossils get there? Did man and dinosaurs co-exist? Did the giants of legend actually exist? How was the Grand Canyon formed? The seminar on “Our Origins” aims to address these and other questions with scientifically-based answers.
The presentation will touch on different subjects – history, physics, geography, geology, biology, even mathematics and literature. This rounded approach helps to bring some variety and also helps students to see how all of what they have learned can be used to understand more complex matters like this one about our origins. The presentation includes a great variety of pictures, always a useful aid to learning. But because of the complexity of some of the material, the presentation is probably best suited for those 12 years and over. The presentation normally lasts one hour. However, 2-hour sessions, or 3 separate 1-hour sessions, can be arranged. A CD of the seminar material is offered to those students who wish to study the subject more thoroughly.
An effort is made to include the role of the Creator in the formation of the natural environment, without which it is impossible to properly understand the origin of the earth’s geological structures and biological life forms. However, the presentation points to the evidence of history and science rather than relying on any particular religious persuasion. It should be noted, of course, that acknowledging the role of the Supreme Being has the added advantage of encouraging students in their moral and ethical growth.
This presentation/seminar on “Our Origins” should leave a positive impression in the students’ minds that will stay with them for years to come. I believe that it will answer the questions that many of them struggle with; this in itself can relieve much insecurity, at least for those students for whom these questions are important. Overall, it will provide positive enhancement to any student’s educational and character development.
The “Our Origins” presentation is organized by Edu-Origins, a non-profit educational service for high schools, colleges, and other institutes of learning.
(Director:) John Lyall
(Phone:) 08025729460 / +919980102171
The Power-Point presentations, explanations, study versions, and related material that are used in the “Our Origins” seminar may be accessed via the Dropbox file-sharing facility. If you have downloaded this file-sharing program from the Net, then you should be able to access the material by using the following URL address:
Besides presentations done for smaller groups in private settings, the seminar on “Our Origins” has been presented at the following institutions in Bangalore:
- Lawrence H.S., HSR Layout – December, 2010
- Sacred Heart Boys’ H.S. and Composite P-U College, Richmond Rd – July, 2011; September, 2013
- Corporation Boys’ H.S., Austin Town – July, 2011
- Cathedral Composite P-U College and H.S., Richmond Rd – August, 2011
- St. Joseph’s P-U College and H.S., Museum Road – September, 2011; October, 2013
- Infant Jesus H.S., Vivek Nagar – November, 2011
- St. Thomas H.S., Whitefield – December, 2011
- St. Aloysius H.S., Frazer Town – January, 2012
- Kendriya Vidyalaya ASC Centre, Victoria Rd – April, 2012
- St. Patrick’s P-U College, Museum Rd – July, 2012
- Sacred Heart Girls’ H.S., Museum Rd – September, 2012
- Kendriya Vidyalaya MEG and Centre, St. John’s Rd – October, 2012
- Jyoti Nivas P-U College, Koramangala – November, 2012
- St. Aloysius P-U College, Frazer Town – December, 2012
- St. Joseph’s Girls College, Promenade Road – January, 2013
- Acts of Hope H.S., Hosa Road – June, August, October, 2013
- Shanti Children’s H.S., Cooke Town – July, 2013
- Canaan Christ H.S., BTM Layout – July; 2013; August, 2015
- St. Mary’s H.S., Sagayapuram – July, 2013
- Maria Niketan H.S., Cooke Town – August, 2013
- Goodwill Degree College for Women, Frazer Town – August, 2013
- St. John’s H.S., Cleveland Town – August, 2013
- New Francis English H.S., Bommanahalli – August, 2013
- Harvest International School, off Sarjapur Rd. – September, 2013
- St. Joseph’s H.S., Whitefield – October, 2013
- Bethany H.S., Koramangala – October, 2013; November, 2014
- St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Brigade Rd. – October and November, 2013
- Christ H.S., Sadduguntepalya – December, 2013
- St. Patrick’s H.S., Brigade Road – January, 2014
- St. Francis de Sales Degree College, Electronic City – January and March, 2014
- Tunbridge H.S., Commercial Street – January, 2014
- St. Mary’s H.S., Gharebhavipalya, Hosur Road – June, 2014
- Loyola P-U College, Bannerghatta Road – July, 2014
- Sacred Heart Girls’ Degree College, Suranjandas Rd off Airport Rd – July, 2014 and 2015
- Mitralaya Girls’ High School, Mission Road – August, 2014
- Paradise Residential School, Basapura – October, 2014; August, 2016
- People’s Education Society (PES), Banashankri – January, 2015
- Department of State Educational Research and Training, Banashankri – January, 2015
- Divya Shanti, Lingarajpuram – July, 2015
- Clarence High School, Richard’s Town – August, 2015
- Jain College (VV Puram), Jaya Nagar – September, 2015
- RV Teachers College, Jaya Nagar – September, 2015
- Bharat Education Society Teachers Training College, Jaya Nagar – September, 2015
- Christ University, Sadduguntepalya – November, 2015
- Jain College (JC Road), Kalasipalyam – November, 2015
- St. Joseph’s Evening College, Museum Road – December, 2015