There is a website that I discovered recently and return to consistently now: Reggio Inspired. I return to it because it is one of the most thoughtful, intellectual, and pragmatic early childhood places I have heretofore found. This is a place where teachers of young children are free to brainstorm with other early childhood professionals regarding "out of the box" concepts...which is basically the whole premise of Reggio. (Parents will enjoy a peek into the Reggio Emilia world from the teaching professional's point of view as well, I'm sure.)On my latest trip to Reggio Inspired, I came upon this video gem, posted by one of the members. As I watched the soul warming essence of Mr. Fred Rogers I was simultaneously bombarded with grief and with joy. Grief that our world no longer contains this individuated soul, and joy that in such a short lifetime...so many were touched so deeply, and profoundly changed at a root level.
It was part of Mr. Roger's genetic makeup to be an advocate for the very young child. I do not believe that anyone has ever been able to see through the eyes of a child as throughly as he. In 1969, Fred Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts by President Nixon. I trust you will share in my appreciation of his intelligence, thoughtfulness,empathy and strength, as he attempts to retain funding for PBS which was in jeopardy. Click on this link to view the video.
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12 Dec 2013 | 11:26 pm
Chancher Redhar (Pakistan) (AFP) - In a decrepit white-walled classroom in southern Pakistan, Bushra valiantly struggles to keep discipline as a dozen girls run and scream around her. Authorities have not appointed a new one, making Bushra's situation typical for a student at one of Pakistan's 7,000 so-called "ghost schools", where no formal classes can be taught. "The last teacher told us she would stop coming if we did not pay for her transportation to the village," said Salim Samoon, who has seven granddaughters at the school catering for the roughly 600 residents of Chancher Redhar, a village two hours drive from Karachi in the south of Pakistan. The southern village is far from the notoriously conservative parts of northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, where Taliban attacks against public schools are commonplace.
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12 Dec 2013 | 10:34 am
Higher education in America has long been considered prestigious and valuable across the globe, and getting an American college degree can definitely help students stand out during job interviews. 1. Take TOEFL and U.S. college entry exams ASAP: Almost all American universities require students to report their score on the TOEFL, the test of English as a foreign language, when applying. As an international student, I was once obsessed with U.S. News' National University rankings, and I know that many of my friends from other countries feel the same way. Although college rankings can help you narrow down an initial school search, you probably want to focus more on sorting schools according to the major you want to study.
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12 Dec 2013 | 8:25 am
Louisiana lawmakers should give up their authority to control college tuition costs and put limits on the state's free college tuition program called TOPS, a group studying higher education funding recommended ...
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11 Dec 2013 | 4:59 pm
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Students attending public universities in Florida can keep weapons in their cars while on campus, a state appeals court has ruled. The ruling by the 1st District Court of Appeals came in a case brought by a University of North Florida (UNF) student who challenged the school's policy barring firearms because she wanted to store a gun in her car for self-defense. In a 12-3 ruling on Tuesday, the appeals court said the Florida Legislature ultimately holds the power to regulate guns, trumping local governments and universities. For decades, the Legislature has spurned tighter gun control.
California Democrats urge more education spending
11 Dec 2013 | 4:51 pm
Democrats who control California's Assembly said on Wednesday their priorities for the next state budget include more spending on early childhood and higher education and leaving $2 billion in reserve at the end of the next fiscal year. The plan suggests they would like to tap much of the state's expected surpluses and comes as Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, prepares his initial budget plan for the 2014-2015 fiscal year beginning next July. He will present his plan to the legislature next month, followed by a revised plan in May. After the state's budget watchdog agency last month projected a $5.6 billion reserve for California's next fiscal year if the state's finances improve and its current fiscal policies do not change, Brown urged lawmakers to be cautious in calling for spending increases. California is seeing a budget surplus after years of deficits following austerity measures and tax increases approved by voters last year.
Higher education funding proposal announced in Va.
11 Dec 2013 | 3:05 pm
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing more than $183 million in increased state funding over the next two-year budget cycle for higher education. The governor announced the proposals on Wednesday. Most ...
Half of Online College Students Are Playing Hooky
11 Dec 2013 | 1:46 pm
The free education available in massive open online courses (MOOCs) was supposed to revolutionize education. But it seems online students are pretty much the same as regular college kids. They don't bother to go to class, even in cyberspace.
Bachelet seen easily defeating childhood playmate in Chile election
11 Dec 2013 | 10:34 am
By Alexandra Ulmer SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Red-hot favorite Michelle Bachelet is almost certain to cruise to victory in Chile's presidential runoff election on Sunday, propelled by her warm style and vows to redress steep income inequality. Bachelet's right-wing opponent Evelyn Matthei is likely to take a beating, hurt by her ties with the unpopular government of outgoing president Sebastian Pinera and with the 1973-1990 dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. In a twist that has captivated Chile, Bachelet and Matthei were neighbors and playmates as children on an air force base, though the brutal 1973 coup later divided the two military families. Bachelet, a center-leftist who was president from 2006 to 2010, has promised to hike corporate taxes to reform Chile's higher education system, shred the dictatorship-era constitution and legalize abortion under certain circumstances.
Millennial women have seriously narrowed the wage gap with men
11 Dec 2013 | 6:59 am
Millennial women are off to a record breaking start in the work force. Not only do they earn more advanced degrees than their male counterparts, but they appear to have taken a significant bite out of the gender wage gap, says a new Pew Research Center study. It looks like millennial women have a lot to feel optimistic about. In fact, more than half of the young women Pew surveyed said society still favors men over women, while just six percent say society favors women over men — a nearly identical split to their older female counterparts.
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10 Dec 2013 | 9:28 am
The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. More college students are graduating with student loan debt, and the amount of debt is increasing, according to new research from The Institute for College Access and Success. While many students are graduating with a hefty bill, some are graduating with relatively small debt. Princeton University students who borrow money graduate with the least average amount of debt, according to data submitted to U.S. News by 1,006 ranked schools.
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