No Growing Pains For Home Schooled High Schoolers

It is said that a good quality education is one of the best legacies a parent can bestow on his or her children. Now, with non- traditional methods of learning such as home schooling programs, you can assure your child or children of quality education without the debilitating costs of exorbitant sending them to good private schools. Also, most public school educational systems does not allow for customization of teaching styles to cater to your child or children’s needs as well as foster an environment for learning that is best suited for your child or children. For these reasons, non traditional home schooling education is gaining popularity and perhaps it won’t be long before this non traditional method will be …

No Adult Left Behind: 5 Big Benefits Of Lifelong Learning

Malcolm Knowles (1913-1997), pioneer in adult education, titled one of his books, “The Adult Learner: A Neglected Species.” And no wonder. Many people closed their books halfway through life; research on how grown-ups learn was in its early stages; teachers equipped to handle mature students were hard to find. Today lifelong learning opportunities are plentiful and instructors well-versed in space age information delivery. Still, millions fail to take advantage. They need constant reminders of the pot of gold at the end of the adult education rainbow. Five bright benefits come to mind. First is the prospect of a fatter paycheck. Job promotions go to smart people who keep up with the latest information and technology. It’s just good sense to …

No – SMALLER is Better!

Which would be easier for you to memorize? 1.) The entire New York telephone book 2.) A small nursery rhyme If you picked #1, please go away! Scientific studies have shown that we learn best by absorbing small morsels of information, applying them in a practical manner, then building on what we know. As we add more chunks of information our minds correlate, collate, and link everything, referring back to previously learned facts to form a comprehensive sphere of knowledge. What does this mean to you? Don’t tackle a huge book of foreign language grammar or prose as an early learning project. Begin with smaller projects. For example, you could start with a few paragraphs of a novel – memorizing …

Nitrous oxide – Laughing gas uses in modern society

Laughing gas, N2O, dinitrogen monoxide or to use its older name, nitrous oxide has a range of uses in our society. Most of these would have to fall into the category of non-essential. Nitrous oxide is well known as a dental anaesthetic gas. Having gas at the dentist though, is much less common nowadays, because of accidents that have happened. There have been occasions where patients have had the wrong percentage of oxygen mixed with the nitrous oxide they were given. The requirement in some states that a fully qualified anaesthetist is present when nitrous oxide is used. It is not as pleasant to be given nitrous oxide as it sounds, it often causes nausea and dizziness. Whipped ice-cream uses …

NextStudent’s Graduate Plus Student Loans Help Students Attain an Even Higher Education

NextStudent’s Graduate Plus Student Loans Help Students Attain an Even Higher Education For college students who desire to attend graduate school but do not think it is in their financial reach, there is an alternative. Students can easily actualize their goals through a program that features the benefits of a parent student loan but funding that is distributed directly to the student, according to NextStudent, the Phoenix-based premier education funding company. NextStudent’s Federal Graduate PLUS Student Loans are convenient and manageable and start with rates as low as 8.5 percent. In addition, the program also offers additional incentives such as aggressive rebates. Graduate Plus Loans Cover the Cost Student borrowers looking to attend graduate school will find that the Graduate …

Newly Revealed 3600-Year Old Wisdom Text Describes Extinction Of The Dinosaurs

In recent years, scientists have begun to challenge the popular K-T extinction event theory advanced by Nobel laureate physicist, Luis Alvarez. In 1990, he found evidence of a large impact resulting in an Extinction Level Event (E.L.E) in what is now Chicxulub, Mexico. His theory that this E.L.E. wiped out the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago was soon adopted. However, an increasing number of modern scientists are now casting doubts on his theory. Furthermore, a newly released 3600-year old wisdom text called The Kolbrin Bible supports these challenges to Alvarez’s theory with a prescient human account. At the core of this E.L.E. debate is a thin global layer of iridium that capped the living presence of dinosaurs on this …

New York Schools Plan For The Future

New York Schools encompass two different worlds: New York City and New York State. Assessments of the two are generally separate since the thriving metropolis of New York City is a different world from the New York Schools that make up the rest of this rural and suburban state. Johanna Duncan-Poitier, recently named senior Deputy Commissioner of Education P-16, recently revealed the Board of Regent’s plan for the New York Schools outside of the city limits. While these New York Schools retain a national reputation for excellence, they still face challenges in educating the vast and diverse students in its many districts. Duncan-Poitier announced an unprecedented $1.7 billion budget that New York Schools will use to improve graduation rates, raise …

New York Schools Institute Universal Assessment

The necessity to assess students is irrefutable. In fact, a lot of people believe that formal assessments are the only way to tell how a student is progressing, and teachers feel pressured to teach to the test. For many educators, part of their paycheck is based on how well students score on standardized tests. Fortunately for students and teachers alike, New York Public Schools recognize the need to not only assess them fairly and accurately, but also see the necessity of offering various kinds of tests to be used at the teachers’ discretion. New York Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein recently announced that all schools will have access to a range of flexible periodic assessment tools to help them track …

New York Schools Cited As Among The Best In The Nation

According to the National Education Association, the New York schools have made significant strides in academic achievement over the past few years. In a nationwide comparison, the New York schools have improved student achievement, as well as the schools themselves. Though issues remain that challenge the New York educators, parents and the community can be assured that the New York schools are doing everything in their power to remedy these. Students Are Achieving Essential scoring on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) exam has risen for the New York schools. Fourth grader reading scores have risen by 26 percent between 1992 and 2003 for those students scoring in the highest two levels. Writing scores have increased in the New …

New York Green Building Initiative

As is occurring in many states, New York is trying to promote Green Building practices. The state is doing it by offering tax credits as financial incentives. New York Green Building Initiative The concept of green building isn’t particularly old and has arisen as a result of a better understanding of the impact of buildings on people and the environment. Ideally, green buildings are designed to use non-polluting energy, recyclable resources and systems that avoid health impacting elements. These buildings are extremely environmentally friendly, provide healthier environments for workers and decrease the heat and pollutant situations found in tightly packed structure and population areas such as New York City. While green building is a nice idea, our country is based …

New York City Schools See Success In New Century High Schools

In the 5 years since New York City Schools received funding from philanthropic giants like the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Open Society Institute New Yorkers have watched closely the development of New Century High Schools (NCHS). The $70 million investment funded an initiative to create smaller high school communities in this vast metropolis. The goal is to provide children in New York City Schools with more choices to drive them toward their goals of college, or practical employment. Currently, 83 New Century High Schools are educating over 13,000 high school students. These schools are markedly different than traditional New York City Schools. The first difference is in size. A NCHS is housed in a …

New York City Schools See Large Success With Small Schools

New York City Schools started converting many of its massive high schools into smaller, thematic schools in 2002. The 2006 graduates who were the first students in New York City Schools to have spent their entire four-year high school experience in the smaller venues had impressive results. And the 2007 results continue to look good. Graduation rates of the 47 small-sized New York City Schools are significantly higher that the city’s overall rates. The small schools report a 73% graduation rate while the city reports a 60% rate. These numbers are important to several different groups within the New York City Schools. The small schools initiative is a major component of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to improve the New York …

New York City Schools Include Charters

There have been many instances over the past 20 years or so where people have been so unhappy about the schools that they have decided to step up and do something about it. In response to this discontent, charter schools have been formed. For many New York City Schools families, charters appear to be the way to go. Virtually anyone concerned with the state of New York City Schools can open a charter school. Parents, teachers, principals (whether they are from public New York City Schools or private ones), community leaders, philanthropists and nonprofit organizations are all examples of the types of folks who open charter schools in response to a perceived lack in quality public education. But what is …

New York City Schools and Teachers’ Union Join Forces to Attract New Teaching Talent through Innovative Housing Support Program

Like many other school districts in large, metropolitan cities, New York City Schools currently have a shortage of qualified teachers, especially in the most challenging schools. Though state law requires teachers in the targeted critical subject areas of mathematics, science and special education to be certified, there are 600 positions now held by teachers without the proper credentials. This shortage, which covers all grades in the middle and high schools, demanded an innovative solution to the problem. New York City schools and the United Federation of Teachers developed a creative method to fill the need for experienced, certified teachers — a new housing support program. It is considered one of the most concerted and generous programs aimed at recruiting teachers …

New York City Educational Entertainment Guide

We are never too old for learning and we can never have too much fun. Whether you are young, have youngsters of your own, or are simply young at heart, New York City has a lot of entertaining ways to educate you. Perhaps one of the neatest things to do in New York City is to pay a visit to the FDNY Fire Zone. General admission is free but if you wish to experience a Fire-Simulation presentation there are nominal fees involved (currently under $5 per person). The Fire Zone is a state of the art facility where fire safety is taught. Kids, big and little alike, enjoy the fact that they can actually put their hands the equipment, try …

New Year. New Sememster. New Homework Solutions.

As students begin a new semester, this is the perfect time to establish some new routines to improve the process of doing homework. The first question to ask yourself is, “If there is one thing I could improve about homework, what would it be?” The first answer that probably came to mind was, “Get rid of it!” Honestly, that would be my first response, too. However, homework is a fact-of-life and serves a very good purpose (whether we like it or not), so let’s try that again… ** If You Could Improve One Thing about Homework, What Would It Be? ** – Perhaps you feel that you (or your child) take too much time to do homework. – Or, maybe …