Education Round Two

Life is all about learning. Sometimes the learning is from experience and sometimes it’s in school. I’ve had 54 years of life experience and now, I’m taking it back to school. With retirement age creeping into the seventies, I have about fifteen years to work. Although others my age are retiring, I got a late start so need to keep moving forward. Over the past several years, I’ve had a few attempts at seeking a career change that felt like a waste of time. What I have learned is that there was nothing wrong with me. I just needed to be in a professional environment. I also have to feel like I make a difference. I have been substitute teaching …

What Are the Three Laws of the Dialectic Method?

Dialectic philosophy was made popular by Plato’ “Socratic dialogues.” The dialectical method is simply a set of rules applied together to understand more clearly our real interdependent world. “Dialectics is nothing more than the science of the general laws of motion and development of nature, human society and thought.” (Engels) Hegel assembled inside his idealistic philosophy the three laws of dialectics: The law of the unity and conflict of opposites (Heraclitus); The law of the passage of quantitative changes into qualitative changes (Aristotle); The law of the negation of the negation (Hegel). The point here is the humanity used the dialectic method to investigate the surrounding world since 3000 years ago. The unity and conflict of opposites The law of …

Influence of Internet on the Education System

The Information highway or the Internet has changed the way the world goes about doing things. It is one more point in a long continuum of inventions that is set to revolutionize lifestyles. One is inclined to ask, how does the ability of computers to talk to each other improve the learning process in the classroom? How does it make a difference in study of epics like the Odyssey and the Iliad? These questions and more will be answered in the following passages. The Internet has a more pervasive effect than other electronic media and is the modern engine of progress; it is the new form of thinking that will show a fresh approach to online education. Personal computers and …

Finance Your Education With Nursing School Loans

Do not let financial setbacks hinder you to pursue your dream to study nursing. There are many nursing school loans available whether you are a graduating high school student who would like to start a nursing career or someone who is advancing your nursing education. There are nursing loans available even for those pursuing a Masters or Doctoral degree. Every nursing school offers some type of financial service to their students. Many schools form partnerships with private financial institutions and participate in government-funded student loans to be able to grant school loans. Ask the college or university where you intend to enroll about their nursing school loans programs and application requirements. Many hospitals also offer nursing school loans and scholarships …

Best Practices for Teaching Academic Writing to ESL Students in the Mainstream

When it comes to building academic writing skills for ESL college students in the mainstream, teachers will be doing their college students a huge service when teachers are able to build literary connections to the writing skills and concepts they wish their students to learn. Teachers cannot assume that their ESL students understand abstract concepts as well as their native English speaking peers due to the gap in their background knowledge. Provide Engaging Beginnings Engaging beginnings activate students’ prior knowledge. They make use of what students already know before any new knowledge is presented to them. Many academic writing assignments are based on academic texts. The extent to which ESL students will succeed with mainstream academic writing assignments will depend …

What Are the Three Main Components of an Individualized Education Program?

An individualized education plan is commonly referred to as an IEP. This is a legal document for students with special needs. IEPs are often twenty to forty pages or even longer. There is a lot of important information included in an IEP. Knowing what to look for ahead of time will help you better determine the accuracy and potential effectiveness of the document. There are three main sections to an IEP; the assessments and student’s needs, the goals and objectives to meet those needs, and the service delivery and support services to meet the goals and objectives. Formal and/or informal assessments are completed and the data is compiled for every IEP meeting. This data is used to help the team …

Christian Vs Secular Education – Which Is Better?

At times, Christian are faced with a decision regarding what type of education to pursue for themselves and/or their families. The choice we will examine is between Christian schools and secular schools. Is one better than the other? The answer is not necessarily found in comparing the quality of the education but in the belief systems that are at the foundation of each. We will examine both types of education as they relate to the belief in God and their use of facts. Difference 1: Belief in God In general, secular education is based upon the assumption that there is no God; or if there is a God, then that God has no real impact on, or relevance to, daily …

Master Baristas

There are baristas and then there are master baristas. You now see many espresso stands and espresso houses like Starbucks where their baristas get one or two weeks of training. But, are those who make your espressos, lattes and cappuccinos really certified baristas? One non-profit group does not think so. It actually takes years to become a Speciality Coffee Association of Europe master barista. The process is a controlled and certified system with a curriculum written and updated by the best minds in the coffee industry. The title, Master Barista, is achieved by what you have learned and done through a number of years plus completing a very demanding and comprehensive curriculum, which is similar to a college master’s degree. …

Why Education Is Important

Education refers to the systematic process of gaining knowledge and skills through study and instructions. The person providing the instruction is known as teachers. And, the person who receives knowledge is called a student. It is important because it is used to mitigate most of the challenges faced in life. Education, if looked at beyond its conventional boundaries, forms the very essence of all our actions. It is a very vital tool that is used in the contemporary world to succeed. The knowledge that is attained helps open doors to a lot of opportunities for better prospects in career growth. Education is not all about studying and getting good marks. It is a means to discover new things and increase …

Review of "Education and Significance of Life" – J. Krishnamoorthi

“Education and the Significance of Life” by J. Krishnamoorthi is a book for those who are engrossed in understanding the profound meaning of life and importance of education. In this book, J.K. advocates for a life oriented education, more liberal and practical, resulting in effective living. Krishnamoorthi acknowledges the importance of knowledge and efficiency, but does not make any secret of his concern that overemphasis on them may result only in conflict and confusion. Jiddu Krishnamoorthi questions the link between comfort and security with education as any common man would perceive and also opines that bringing about independent thinking with such a conventional education is next to impossible. Emphasizing the importance of learning to be compassionate, to be content with …

Writing an Analysis Paper – The Basic Components

Analysis papers are required at many levels: secondary school, university, and in professional disciplines. Once you have selected your subject and formulated your thesis, you need to actually lay it out for others to read. For many writers, this is the most difficult part. No matter what the topic or type, there are three basic parts of an analysis paper: • Introduction: The introduction and the conclusion are the two most important paragraphs of an analysis paper. Make the introduction exciting or inviting to capture the readers’ interest: use an interesting quotation, a surprising or impressive fact, a provocative statement that leads to a description of your subject and your clearly defined thesis. • Body: Within the body of the …

Reducing Student Debt to Find Financial Freedom!

In an article published in December of 2011 on the financial portal ‘Business Insider’, some real life stories were illustrated about people who took out loans for their education. These student debt stories give a clear picture on how borrowers struggle to lift the crushing burden of student loans off their shoulders. All of these instances depicted various situations that the student community faces that makes them financially stressed. A summary of a few stories on the website are: Case 1: A borrower took out a loan to study Game Art and Design and ended up owing $100,000 in debt. Case 2: This person’s original loan amount was $80,000 that increased to a whopping $135,000! Case 3: A loan was …

How Can Video Conferencing Solutions Positively Impact the Rural Education?

Video Conferencing has always been considered as an upmarket technology; beyond the reach of common people, especially in the rural sector. However, the circumstances have started to show some positive bends lately. Technology has stepped into the rural domain and has also started impacting the lives of the masses. The basic purpose of video conferencing solutions is an enhanced virtual connectivity. Beforehand, the far-flung villages suffered from the unavailability of necessary amenities which the virtual connectivity has brought to their doorstep. The greatest impact of the audio-visual technology can be seen in the rural education sector. Rural communities have always suffered from the lack of qualitative education within accessible distance. Stories of people traveling miles in search of qualitative education …

Being and Becoming

There is great debate between Heraclitus’ theory of Becoming and Parmenides’ theory of Being. Both do have some logic and evidence at least that would allow for any man to understand where these two philosophers are coming from. But there are a lot of weaknesses in the Being theory that lower its validity to a different level than Becoming. It is because of this that Heraclitus’ view has a stronger impact on both human and natural logic for existence. So out of the two theories, Heraclitus’ Becoming is more reasonable and logically explainable, making it the more definite one. Heraclitus’ view of Becoming is a very common sense of logic for man’s interpretation of the world. There isn’t much interpretation …

Benefits of Music Education

It would be easier to deduce the benefits of music education, once you are clear about the basic qualities of music. Music Soothes Music is an ever-expanding field. What do you do when we want to relax? An immediate reply would be: listen to good music. And why? Because you tend to forget that a world exists outside, especially when the music is soft, lilting, and melodious. This has been proved through research too. Wondrous are the effects of music on the human mind. Music creates positive energy and releases it to the individuals. That is the reason why music therapies are being adopted in every field. Multi-faceted Benefits Music improves the efficiency and attitude of the people. Its effects …

Orange County Schools’ Special Education Alliance

The Orange County Schools ‘ Special Education Alliance was created by the 28 districts in Orange County in 2003. The primary goal of the Orange County Schools’ Special Education Alliance is to meet the need for a countywide system that can focus on special education. This includes offering staff development and training to school employees, creating leadership in advocating for legislative and administrative change, overseeing the decisions and rulings rendered by administrative agencies, offering a way to fund the litigation and appeals of administrative and judicial decisions and rulings especially when the outcome has a countywide significance or precedent setting in its implications for all students. The Orange County Schools’ Special Education Alliance was created with the intention of addressing …