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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26 Aug 2014 | 3:42 pm
Nigeria said Tuesday that resumption of classes in all public and private schools will be delayed by a month to put in place "preventive measures" against the Ebola virus, which has claimed five lives in Lagos. "All primary and secondary schools in private and public sectors are to remain closed until Monday, October 13," Education Minister Ibrahim Shekarau said while addressing a meeting of senior teachers in the country. The ministry said Nigeria has recorded 13 confirmed cases of Ebola, including the Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who brought the virus to the economic capital Lagos on July 20 and died five days later. Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu announced that the total number discharged is now seven.
Four college students killed in fiery Ohio plane crash
26 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Four Ohio college students were killed late Monday in a fiery plane crash near a Cleveland-area airport, investigators and college officials said on Tuesday. The 1999 Cessna went down on Monday about 10 p.m. local time (2300 ET Tuesday) near a runway at Cuyahoga County Airport, about 16 miles (25 kilometers) from downtown Cleveland, according to Case Western Reserve University officials and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The victims, all students at Case Western in Cleveland, were on a sightseeing flight and attempting to return to the airport when the accident occurred, according to National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson.
Former Yale professor takes on elite colleges: They’re 'exacerbating income inequality'
26 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
William Deresiewicz, a former Yale professor and author of the new book 'Excellent Sheep,' argues that admissions standards, especially at the most elite colleges in the country, exacerbate income inequality.
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26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
Growing up in a family full of entrepreneurs meant entrepreneurship is not a new concept for me, but becoming one is a challenge. Students do not have to study entrepreneurship as an academic major or minor in order to be an entrepreneur, but as competition grows, it has become an important major in higher education. Various countries have different rules and regulations on how students can be an entrepreneur, but as an international student in the U.S., an entrepreneurship major at your college could possibly help in starting a business. Here are some other reasons why it's a good path of study for international students.
New Evidence That Sleep-Deprived Teenagers Need to Start School Later
25 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
Now the American Academy of Pediatrics is putting pressure on schools to adjust the time the morning bell rings. The medical organization wrote that insufficient sleep in adolescents is a “public health issue that significantly affects the health and safety, as well as the academic success, of our nation’s middle and high school students.” It recommends that middle and high school students get 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep every night. Department of Education, roughly 43 percent of public high schools start before 8 a.m., but if a student is in the high school band or on the swim team, he or she may stagger into school as early as 6:30 a.m. for practice.
The Genius Inventions That Could Prevent Date Rape
25 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
What if you could tell whether someone had slipped a date rape drug into your drink just by the color of your nail polish? In the spring, the idea for Undercover Colors, a nail polish that changes color when the wearer dips a finger into a drink that contains drugs such as Rohypnol or GHB, won a student competition at North Carolina State University. "All of us have been close to someone who has been through this terrible experience, and we began to focus on finding a way to help prevent the crime," Ankesh Madan, a member of the team that came up with the concept, told Higher Education Works. One in five women report having been raped at some point in her life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's not only women who might want to wear the nail polish;
Youths who try e-cigarettes triple since 2011
25 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
The number of US youths who have tried e-cigarettes tripled from 2011 to 2013, raising concerns about the potential for a new generation of nicotine addicts, US health authorities said Monday. More than a quarter of a million young people who had never smoked a cigarette used e-cigarettes in 2013, said the findings from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to data from the National Youth Tobacco surveys of middle and high school students, 79,000 tried e-cigarettes in 2011, compared to more than 263,000 in 2013. "The increasing number of young people who use e-cigarettes should be a concern for parents and the public health community," said lead author Rebecca Bunnell, associate director for science in CDC's Office on Smoking and Health.
5 Keys to Success in Advanced Placement Courses
25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
As college admissions competition increases, demonstrated success in Advanced Placement courses has become an important component of many high school students' college application portfolios. The material covered in AP classes is more challenging than the content in standard high school courses. As such, AP courses can intimidate even the most confident students. Understand the expectations: AP courses more closely resemble college classes than they do high school offerings.
Jordan students stay home as teachers strike
24 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
Hundreds of thousands of Jordanian students stayed home Sunday on the first day of the new academic year as public school teachers observed a nationwide strike to press for improved salaries. Most of Jordan's 1.4 million public school pupils did not go to school, as the majority of the around 140,000 teachers kept away for a seventh consecutive day.
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