Reforming American Education: RESPECT

Chief executive Obama’s remedy for education and learning change in America came in the form of a activity called RESPECT. RESPECT is an acronym for Acknowledging Academic Success, Expert Quality and Collaborative Educating. Education Assistant, Arne Duncan, reviews, “Our objective is to work with instructors and administrators in restoring their career and to increase the instructor voice… Our larger objective is to make teaching not only The United State’s most important career, but also The United State’s highly regarded career,” showing The United States that education and learning change is a concern with significant objectives. RESPECT suggests a wide area of changes including: o More particular instructor colleges o New career ladders o Performance based earnings o Compensation for complicated …

Engineer Continuing Education (CE)

There are currently 30 states that require Engineer CE courses to maintain valid licensure within those states. Only four of those states regulate and pre-approve the training institutions and programs that the engineers are required to take. The other states don’t have programs to pre-approve courses for engineer continuing education, so it is up to the engineer themselves to determine which programs are acceptable for continuing education in these states. This is usually done by applying with the state board that regulates the continuing education system to ensure that a program is allowed to be used for continuing education before the course is started. Engineer CE programs are usually allowed as long as they are a course or activity that …

The False Economy of the Hospitality Industry in Oaxaca, Mexico

Tourism is suffering in the southern Mexico colonial city of Oaxaca, and has been since the civil unrest of 2006. By 2008 it had begun to pick up, until the swine flue scare, the US economic crisis, and the negative press heaped on by journalists reporting the drug wars, by and large restricted to a couple of port towns and cities near the American border, almost 1,000 miles away. With tourism the primary industry in Oaxaca, why in 2011 are new car dealerships doing a brisk business, is higher end home construction booming, and is the upper middle class continuing to otherwise spend like crazy? Hotel and guest house owners complain that revenues are the worst they’ve been since 2007, …

Various Forms of Continuing Education

Professional continuing education can be completed in a variety of ways. The most important thing is the professional learns something from the course(s) they take. Hopefully, the course will education them and help them provide better services for their clients. The worst thing a professional could face is a waste of time and money. If the course doesn’t help them provide better services or make them more knowledgeable in their field it is a big waste of time. In this article we are going to discuss some different professions and ways continuing education is completed. We are going to cover online education, classroom education, and self-study. Online continuing education is becoming more and more popular among adult learners. It doesn’t …

Online Education Courses Learn to Do Anything

Online education courses are a great way to learn many things. With the sheer number of people today who have regular access to the Internet, the opportunities to learn these things are far greater than they were just a decade or two ago. Without online education, the only way to learn a new skill or take a class would be to physically attend that class or find someone who could teach you privately. Because of the technology of online education, there are literally thousands of things you can learn and many of them can be studied right from the privacy of your own home. In many cases, the fact that you are learning from home can be a real benefit. …

When Time Equals Love

In Australia, if children have a dad, they spend on average just 6 minutes per day in his presence. This is not quality time, just the quantity of time. So, reading books, playing and doing homework together may receive very little or next-to-no attention. This is not lost on mothers. They know, as society does, that father-figures can have an instrumental role in the development of young people. Perhaps it is even sadder that many mothers are also forced to compete in a rat-race world, simply to feed hungry mouths, pay the bills, and keep a roof over the family’s heads. It can be a rather depressing reality; trying to balance the vital family time – the key investments for …

America’s Declining Education And Its Impact On Society

What does education mean to you? Let’s turn our attention to solving one of the nation’s most important problems, education. Education is one of the most important, if the not the most important foundation that needs to be instilled in today’s children. The fact is that it’s every parents dream to see their children choose and eventually accomplish a higher level of education. Are we being surpassed by other countries, are they quickly becoming the world’s leading authority and provider of higher education? Its clear that we have a need of higher education. We are in an economy that is based on education, we have doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists and the list goes on. If we can’t hire the workers …

Autism Apps for Special Needs Education

Educational apps that have visual scene displays, are usually considered the best learning aids for children with autism spectrum disorder, especially the low-functioning communicators. Experts working with autistic children usually recommend "What's the Expression" and "Make Sentences" apps that extend a detailed context to most of the common situations. The "What's the Expression" and "Make Sentences" apps convert symbols to speech and allows the less verbal autistic kids to communicate in a much better way. Several specialized educators focus on tools that gears around emotion for classroom support. Both these apps fit the bill in this regard. Many kids are lost in a social situation and the "What's the Expression" and "Make Sentences" educational apps can help them out in …

Why Johnny Can't Write – The REAL Reason

On December 8, 1975, Newsweek magazine ran a front-cover story titled, "Why Johnny Can't Write." It raised national concerns about the quality of writing that students produce in American K-12 schools. And it caused a 30-year flood of thousands of protest articles with the same title. Furthermore, in 1998, 2002, and 2007, national tests continued to prove that those concerns were still justified, tests which were reported by the National Education Association – only one out of five seniors showed they could write well enough to do writing required in college. And in 2003, the National Commission on Writing declared there was a national crisis in teaching writing in America and recommended, basically, that all levels of schools and governments …

The Danger of Losing Hope for Public Education

Currently, equitable education is not provided on a worldwide scale. Furthermore, the socioeconomic achievement gap is becoming wider apart than ever, leaving many bright minds undiscovered. This inequity in education is unacceptable, as it infringes not only on individual rights but also on society’s morality and progression as a whole. I find the issue of education especially personal, as public education was how I overcame my adversities, I grew up in a financially insecure, immigrant family in which I had many household responsibilities. I translated constantly for my parents, and I was expected to pay for my own financial expenses. However, as soon as I poured my energy into school work, I learned that knowledge was an equal playing field. …

Digital Devices Driving Autism Education

Computers have always proved to be excellent gadgets to facilitate communication and learning for children with autism spectrum disorder. Now, with the emergence of smart phones and the iPad, autistic children have greater opportunities for improving their cognitive, communication and motor skills. Various organizations that are engaged in supporting families living with autistic kids, have developed apps and programs like “Math on the Farm” and “Make Sentences” that are amazing tools. These autism education apps promote learning among special needs children. Why digital devices? Autism apps like “Math on the Farm” and “Make Sentences” running on smart phones and iPads provide greater flexibility and portability than a traditional laptop or computer. These latest digital devices utilize touch screen technology which …

Private Equity 100 Day Plans Vs Strategic Plans

Most private equity firms give at least lip service to some version of a 100-Day Plan upon closing the investment transaction in a new portfolio company. Given the laundry list of post-close action items, the effort makes sense. Even so, does the 100-Day Plan actually create value? Not likely. However, the 100-Day Plan mitigates risk, so chalk this up to good defense. Whereas defense may keep teams from losing the game, offense scores the points that win the game. This reality should shift leadership focus to strategic planning. But wait a minute! Doesn’t the investment thesis cover strategy? Of course, but the investment thesis does not “operationalize” strategy. Strategy is only vindicated when it results in accelerated earnings before interest, …

Future Education In The Age Of The Implanted Brain Information and Communication Chip

Not long ago, I was discussing with a future Think Tank member his concerns about how education in North America and around the world is not keeping up with technology, or ready for the future of computer-brain interfaces. This may sound like an esoteric topic, however when you consider the speed of these technologies, I am sure we’ve already all thought about how in the future, your smart phone will be nothing more than a brain-chip with full Internet Access that works with your organic brain in real-time. Want to send a thought, just think it, think about whom you’d like to send this thought to, and it’s sent, post on social media and you are done. Want to learn …

Play Is a Grossly Under-Utilized Element in American Education and Adult Life: A REAL Wellness Take

INTRODUCTION Play is an under-rated, under-promoted element of exuberance overlooked in wellness promotion. Let's encourage children to play more, especially unsupervised, and do a lot more of it ourselves. Americans young and old are play-impaired. The evidence regarding the benefts of play is overwhelming; the adverse consequences of doing too little of it are well understood. Not everyone has overlooked the value of play. GK Chesterton said, The true object of all human life is play . Frank Caplan believed play to be man's most useful preoccupation . If necessity is the mother of invention, play surely is the father. Of course, some of us are getting way more play than our fair share – if we got any more, …

Gerundizing in English

Gerundizing In English, gerundizing is the process of adding ‘ing’ to the verb. When verbs are gerundized, they function as partly verbs and partly nouns. In other words, by adding ‘ing’ to any verb, the verb changes its function to be a partly noun and partly verb. Functions of gerunds 1) As subjects of sentences Gerunds or gerundized verbs when used as subjects of sentences often put at the beginning when focusing on activity as the subject of conversation. Smoking is dangerous. Reading EzineArticles is interesting. Writing articles needs a lot of practice. Playing tennis is good for your health, and good fun! Learning a foreign language is not always difficult. The shooting of the hunter was terrible. Flying a …

Making Online Education Attractive

All over the world, the numbers of people in school at the different levels takes pyramidal shape. There are huge numbers at the elementary, but as they progress, the numbers decrease, leaving just a few in higher education. In the United States, some 65 million students were expected to enroll from K to K12 in the fall of 2015. In the same period, it was expected that 20.2 million would be attending Colleges and Universities. It is estimated that 25% of fresh high school students in the U.S.A are not able to graduate. For fresh students who enter colleges or universities 1 out of 3 are likely not make it to second year. This dropout out rate hinders national development, …