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The increase in the mediums to which individuals can express their views doesn't seem enough for some young adults who still struggle to do so. Freedom of speech might be a right enshrined in the constitution but it takes a lot of courage for young people to express their deepest feelings or emotions, especially on hot button and controversial issues. An initiative by a charter school in the South Bronx wants to create a very open environment for students to express the...
For most students, college graduation is a time of optimism and stress. They feel optimistic about all the future holds and stress about paying student loans, especially in these uncertain economic times. It is almost inevitable for students to attend college without accumulating any debt. Several education companies have taken advantage of the fact that students are desperate to receive aid to fund their education. In order to attract students, some of these for-profit education companies falsely advertise their job placement numbers. A similar
The NCAA is responsible for determining the eligibility of collegiate student athletes. Students are required to maintain a good academic standing in order to be cleared to play sports at the college level. Tacko Fall, a freshman at the University of Florida is planning to sue the NCAA for refusing to clear him to play basketball. Fall moved to the United States from Senegal in search of greener pas...
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It is quite evident that most schools take enormous pride in the academic integrity of their students. However, researchers have indicated that the culture of grading has changed over the years. Students tend to focus too much on grades than on actually learning. Another trend that is student review of the courses they have taken. Since some professors have the notion that their jobs depend on these reviews, they tend to give students grades they probably didn't work hard enough for. I believe if professors focus on the grading system because they feel their job depends on it, students will fo...
Education is widely seen as one of the most essential aspects of every individual's life. However, how do we build a curriculum that will enable students to gain access to quality education? Several researchers have proposed that students should be able to face life after school based on knowledge they acquire in school. The "future national curriculum" will ensure that students reach their full potential. I believe if schools design a curriculum that students could relate more to, it will encourage them to work harder in order to achieve academic success and other personal goals. Imagine ...
The English language is commonly referred to as the language of commerce. It is essential for individuals to work tirelessly to improve their writing skills. With the rapid growth of the internet and technology, the art of effective communication is slowly becoming extinct. Most people (myself included) disregard the rules of grammar and sentence construction when having a "casual" conversation. It is also important to note that writing forms an integral part of our lives as students and educators. Working on improving our writing skills is certainly a step in the right direction. The vialogue...
Forecasting the changes that might occur is probably one of the best ways to improve or stay innovative in any industry. Most cities and countries around the world are constantly changing their educational policies to fit the needs of their students. This is usually tied to future labor market jobs and overall economic growth. San Francisco's vision for its school system by 2025 is without a doubt a step in the right direction. San Francisco's approach is aimed at putting issues such as law enforcement gender on a bigger platform in order to change their communities. Do you think most challen...
Identifying the needs of students tends to be one of the biggest challenges facing education. Educators tend to focus on the larger outcome of their teaching strategies and the effect it has on most students in the classroom. However, students have their own individual ways of learning and that requires more than just viewing the classroom from a one sided perspective. For instance, reading is an important aspect of learning. Students’ reading levels provide teachers with an idea of how to make teaching and learning effective for each individual student. It also fulfills the collective goal of...
Education is universally regarded as one of the keys to success. However, for children in countries where war is rampant, survival rather than thinking of success through education, takes precedent. Most young people are left with less options to succeed and reach their full potential. This video highlights the work of Operation Blessing, a nonprofit based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Their work focuses on providing educational opportunities for young people who are still on the verge of recovering from the effects of a deadly civil war. Interestingly, the survival of these young people lies on ...
After several years of anticipation by many Gmail users, Google has finally fulfilled its promise of allowing users to undo a sent email. Most people (myself included) have encountered problems in the past by sending emails to the wrong recipients or even noticing typos after an email has been sent. This tool allows users to set 5 to 30 seconds of delay time in case they have a change of heart. The feature is also available on the mobile app. To find out how to enable this "undo" feature read more