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What Makes Indoor Spaces Work

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily | 0 comments

What Makes Indoor Spaces Work

What Makes Indoor Spaces Work Even if you don’t much care about interior design, you’ve probably experienced what it’s like to be in a room that just works – or, perhaps, one that just doesn’t. It’s a joy to be in a kitchen that makes cooking easy or an office that makes focusing simple, just as it’s no fun to sleep in an uncomfortable bedroom or eat in a poorly laid-out kitchen or dining room. How is it that some rooms work so much better than others? Here are a few reasons why, ordered from the most obvious to the most detailed....

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Research Into ‘Non-PC’ Transgender Surgery Regret Blocked by British University

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Daily, Global, Higher Ed | 0 comments

Research Into ‘Non-PC’ Transgender Surgery Regret Blocked by British University

A British University has blocked an academic studying a reported surge in people regretting transgender surgery, claiming a “social media” backlash to the “politically incorrect” research could harm the institution. Bath Spa University stopped Psychotherapist James Caspian from examining cases of people who had surgery to reverse a “gender reassignment” after finding they regretted the decision. Mr. Caspian, 58, a councilor of 16 years who has specialized in and worked with transgender issues for years, slammed the institution for failing to...

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Is Homework Helpful or Harmful?

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Blogs, Daily | 0 comments

Is Homework Helpful or Harmful?

It’s a debate that has been around the world of education for decades but seems to be intensifying in recent years. With increasing time demands on students from the extracurricular activities so important to their development into well-rounded young men and women, the amount and type of homework that they receive can be problematic. And yet homework assignments still have an important part in the learning experience. Teachers who are limited to 45 minutes to an hour with kids each day might not be able to impart everything they want in the...

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Educators’ time loss and the invisible cost of reform

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Blogs, Daily | 0 comments

Educators’ time loss and the invisible cost of reform

Frederick M. Hess – Last week, Brendan Bell and I wrote about the oft-overlooked cost of “reform” — the burden sometimes imposed on educators. We discussed the findings of a private survey of Nevada school leaders that found they were spending 19 days a year (!) on superfluous paperwork due to the state’s new teacher-evaluation system. I say “superfluous” because the 19 days does not include the time devoted to actually observing teachers or providing feedback (all of which the principals generally regarded as useful), but simply the...

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Sue Snyder hosts summit to end campus sexual assaults

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Daily, Higher Ed | 0 comments

Sue Snyder hosts summit to end campus sexual assaults

By Paulette Parker – A day-long summit taking place today at Eastern Michigan University will focus on ending campus sexual assault statewide. The third-annual “Inform, Empower, Prevent: Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault” summit will be hosted by Michigan’s First Lady Sue Snyder. Attendees will take part in a series of panels and networking sessions. They’ll hear from experts on topics ranging from supporting sexual assault survivors to how institutions develop investigative processes. It’s a bipartisan...

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How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off by Ed-Tech Vendors

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily | 0 comments

How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off by Ed-Tech Vendors

Ten tips for school districts from an industry insider By Rob Waldron – During our honeymoon in Istanbul several decades ago, my wife and I found ourselves caught up in negotiations in the famed carpet souk. Having expressed a flicker of interest in one of the rugs we passed, we were whisked into an extraordinary sales pitch, the likes of which I’ve never encountered in all my years as a CEO. Dazzled by intricate weaving and gorgeous colors, we were fish in a barrel—fish with no idea what questions to ask, how to check for quality, or...

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Charter School Teacher Qualification/ Butt Enhancement

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Blogs, Daily | 0 comments

Charter School Teacher Qualification/ Butt Enhancement

An unlicensed cosmetologist who fatally injected a client with black-market silicone as a derriere-enhancing procedure, copped a plea and will serve four years or less in prison on a conviction of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault, for which she could have got a sentence of 10 years. She was also convicted of a 3rd offense: the unauthorized practice of a profession. Does education count as a profession? Although teachers are not treated by the bureaucracies as such, they are licensed professionals under the law. Would would...

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AZ 4th graders recite ‘gender-neutral’ Declaration of Independence

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Daily | 0 comments

AZ 4th graders recite ‘gender-neutral’ Declaration of Independence

MESA, Ariz. – An Arizona mother called out her child’s school after a fourth-grade teacher created a gender-neutral Declaration of Independence for students to recite. The unidentified teacher at Mesa’s Salk Elementary School put up a large poster with the introduction of the historical document in her classroom, but crossed out “men” and replaced the words with “human,” KGUN reports. Mesa mother Elizabeth Vaillencourt wasn’t impressed with the teacher’s attempt to be “inclusive,” and took the issue up with school officials. “I was hurt. I...

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Professional essay-writing tips for college students

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Daily, Global, Higher Ed | 0 comments

Professional essay-writing tips for college students

Learn how to write your essay like a pro The society that millennials have to brave through on a daily basis is quite a daunting one. The global economy is in shambles, which means that job opportunities are plummeting terribly. The job market is, undoubtedly, one of the largest economic concerns at the moment, but what about the step immediately before career pursuit? Education is, also, in dire straits and the persons suffering the consequences are the ones who are going through this stage of their lives. Education, of late, has become less...

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Students in Wales taking out loans to afford ‘luxury’ flats 

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Daily, Global, Higher Ed | 0 comments

Students in Wales taking out loans to afford ‘luxury’ flats 

They are taking out pay day loans to live in luxury flats instead of substandard housing, it is claimed. Students are taking out pay day loans to live in luxury flats in a bid to avoid poor standard accommodation, it has been claimed. Since January plans to build about 3,500 new student rooms in Swansea and Cardiff have been submitted. The National Union of Students (NUS) said many were struggling to pay high rents in a bid not to live in substandard house shares. Property advisor David Feeney said the debt was “abstract” to most...

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