Rethinking Education – The needs of the future are mandating that we produce a faster, smarter, better grade of human being

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The average person in the U.S. has 100,500 words flowing into their heads on a daily basis.

In 2008, Roger Bohn and James Short, two researchers at the University of California in San Diego, decided to do a study to determine the amount of information people have entering their brains on a daily basis.

 

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More Than 50% of Kids in India Face Sexual Abuse

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More than 50% of Indian kids have faced sexual abuse.

In a shocking revelation, more than 50% children interviewed for a survey in India to determine the extent of violence against them said they had faced sexual abuse. In total, 12,500 school kids in 13 states between five and 18, as well as otherwise, took part in the research.

 

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Homeschooling Becomes More Mainstream as More Resources and Support Become Available

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Homeschooling is becoming more mainstream.

Back-to-school time for Heidi Pair of Milford means enrolling her two children in online classes, scheduling 4-H meetings, karate classes and Lego League, picking out math curricula and planning field trips.  Pair, 40, is a homeschooler — one of an estimated 2.3 million in the U.S., a number that has doubled during the last 10 years, according to the National Home Education Research Institute.

 

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Spending on Private Tutors Grows as Parents Look at the Return on Their Investment

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Private tutoring is one industry that is immune to the recession.

With only a few weeks left until school starts, the tutoring business is gearing up. And it is one industry in America that seems immune to recession. More parents are paying for tutors for their children.

 

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Forget Homeschooling … “Unschool” Your Kids!

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Forget “homeschooling” – that idea is so passé. Here comes “unschooling”:

The Biegler children live as though school doesn’t exist.

They’re at home all day, but they’re not being homeschooled. They’re being “unschooled.” There are no textbooks, no tests and no formal education at all in their world…

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Introduction to Poverty Included in Private School’s Curriculum

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Gonzaga student takes part in a school tradition: lending a hand with what’s needed at the McKenna Center, a Catholic-run shelter on Gonzaga’s Washington campus.

During his freshman year at Gonzaga College High School, John Sullivan hurried by the panhandlers and homeless people he passed on the streets. They made him feel uneasy, unsafe.  The teen also was intimidated when he started volunteering at the Father McKenna Center, a Catholic-run shelter on Gonzaga’s Washington campus where homeless men can get a free hot lunch, addiction counseling, and other help.

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Robot Teachers Are A Hit In South Korea

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Robot teachers have been given the thumbs up in South Korea, with a government report saying they have been a hit with pupils during a pilot project

The scheme saw robotic English teachers taking lessons in three elementary schools for eight weeks from last December, as well as robot-like machines teaching maths, science and art classes in ten Seoul schools from last November.

The teaching-bots were a combination of fully autonomous robots, which used voice-recognition software to understand what children are saying, and ‘telepresence’ robots, which are controlled remotely by a teacher who monitors the children via video cameras and microphones.

The government report said that the robot trials were a success. ‘The machines spurred creativity and had a positive influence on the attitude of students,’ one Ministry of Knowledge Economy official told the Yonhap news agency.

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Ambidextrous Children More Likely To Perform Poorly In School

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Ambidextrous children are twice as likely to do badly at school and suffer from attention problems as right-handers, a study published yesterday shows. Researchers from Imperial College London tested 7,871 children’s language, behaviour and academic skills at the ages of seven or eight and again at 15 or 16.

They asked the children’s teachers to assess whether they were below average, average or above average in reading, writing and ­mathematics. The research found that the 87 who were ambidextrous were twice as likely to have language difficulties and perform poorly at school aged seven or eight.

By 15 and 16 they were twice as likely to have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder – which affects up to 5% of children – and to continue to have more language problems than their right-handed peers.

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Children Can ‘Catch’ Stress From Their Parents

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Stress affects success at school

Parents who push themselves too hard at work may harm their children’s chance of success at school.  Research shows that mothers and fathers with career burnout pass on their feelings of disillusionment at home. Their offspring are more likely to lose interest in schoolwork.

 

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