Greek tragedy for education opportunities

Marathon poster in Athens

When considering the effects of the debt crisis on Greece, most people probably think of long queues outside banks and protests in the streets.

A less visible but perhaps further reaching outcome is that Greece’s education system has become one of the most unequal in the developed world.

Although education in Greece is free, public schools are suffering from spending cuts imposed as a condition of the bailout agreements.

In practice, over the last 30 years it has become increasingly necessary for students to pay for expensive private tuition to pass the famously difficult Panhellenic exams required to get to university.

But with unemployment rising and salaries falling, many poor and middle-class families are struggling to pay for this extra tuition.

A World Economic Forum report this month ranked Greece last of 30 advanced economies for education because of the close relationship between students’ performance and their parents’ income.

And a professor of law and economics at the University of Athens warns that losing talented students from poor backgrounds is a “national catastrophe” which could hinder Greece’s long-term economic recovery.

Tuition costs

Greece’s education system was designed around the principle of equality.

Article 16 of the constitution

Tablet computers widely used by under fives

Tablet computersIn families which own tablet computers, almost a third of children aged under five have their own device, according to a study by the universities of Sheffield and Edinburgh.

Children use their computers for more than an hour a day, researchers say.

The study showed YouTube was the most popular destination.

Jackie Marsh of the University of Sheffield said parents needed to check the appropriateness of what their infant children were using online.

The study revealed the widespread use of tablet computers among toddlers, averaging an hour and 19 minutes on weekdays and slightly longer at weekends.

Online generation

Most were able to use touchscreens to control the computer and were using them to play games, watch television, films and online videos.

The Economic and Social Research Council-funded project examined computer use in 2,000 families with one or more tablet computers – and found that 31% of under-fives had their own device.

“It may seem surprising that in homes with a tablet, nearly a third of under-fives have their own device,” said Lydia Plowman of the University of Edinburgh.

“But when parents upgrade their tablet, many pass on their older model to their children. Budget models are also popular gifts.”


Denmark reinvents lessons for reluctant learners

Students in transparent classHow do you get young adults back into education if they dropped out and had a negative experience of learning?

How do you show those who failed first time round that the door is still open? How do you get out-of-work youngsters to decide that it’s worth their while to get qualifications?

Reaching out to the educationally excluded isn’t some kind of philanthropic exercise. It’s a very practical and often intractable economic problem for many developed countries.

It is a worst-of-both-worlds position of having unemployed youngsters at the same time as having firms struggling to cope with a shortage of skilled staff.

Denmark is no exception. About 12% of the country’s 15 to 29-year-olds are counted as not in education, employment or training or “Neet”. At the same time there are “talent shortages” for a range of skilled jobs which means recruiting overseas.

Connected classroom

But where are these young adults going to study?

Voksenuddannelsescenter Syd – or VUC Syd – is offering a different kind of model for such young learners.

This adult education centre, beside a fjord in Haderslev in southern Denmark, is based in a state-of-the-art, £25m building that seems to have gone to

Pre School

Preschool education or Infant education is the provision of education for children before the commencement of statutory and obligatory education, usually between the ages of zero or three and five, depending on the jurisdiction.

Preschool is generally considered appropriate for children between zero or three and five years of age, between the baby or toddler and school stages. During this stage of development, children learn and assimilate information rapidly, and express interest and fascination in each new discovery.

It is well established that the most important years of learning are begun at birth. A child’s brain at this age is making connections that will last the rest of their life. During these early years, a human being is capable of absorbing more information at a time than they will ever be able to again. The environment of the young child influences the development of cognitive skills and emotional skills due to the rapid brain growth that occurs in the early years. Studies have shown that high quality preschools have a short and long term effect in improving the outcomes of a child, especially a disadvantaged child.

During the preschool years between three and five, children get really involved with fantasy play. Their tea

Education Shows the Path in Dark

India was never like today. It has been a great country for ever. But, as we are still the part of third world country, so it is obvious not to face such kinds of astronomical features and perspectives in here. But, media has made much exposure of advanced studies and developed infrastructures of developed countries. So, in light of this, Indian government has also started emerging with much color in every field. But as, the work is still On, but we get a dream of seeing India on top most level, someday. And, it is true that, after witnessing the pace of India’s development, India has been dreamed of being one of the superpower countries.

Education has always been one of the major issues in India. In the field of education, we have never been advanced like today. People get over education like wolf gets over its prey. The rising competition all around makes people hustle-bustle in life. No one is taking the sighs. Everywhere, a contest is being organized. Parents are the busiest persons in this case. Parents, who are having kids of pre-schooling age, appear to be the most bothered and much tense over the selection of play school

Education loans can augment the boundaries of what you can achieve

Education loans are open to all people in all its myriad forms. Education loans can realize your education plans or the education plans of your children. You can strengthen you own future and the future of your son or daughter with education loans. An extensive range of student and parent loans are presented under the category of education loans. There are many types of education loans. Discerning about the types of education loans will help you in making the accurate decision. The single largest resource of education loans is federal loan. The two main federal education loan programmes are the Federal Family Education Loan Programme and the Federal Direct Loan Programme. In the Federal Family Education Loan Programme the bank, credit union or the school is the lender. While the federal direct loans programme, the department of education is the lender.

Private education loans are offered to people so that they can provide financial backup to their education plans. Private education loans are not endorsed by other government agencies but are provided by other financial institutions. Private education loans programme are optimum for both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Formal education is requisite for future success. Though this is not a hard and

Standardized and Conspicuous Education Facilities in Metro City

Quality of education worth entire life and one have opportunities to do something special after achieving education opens many platforms to walk for whole life. Get lots about delhi education, mumbai education, chandigarh education, lucknow education etc.

India education is valued everywhere owing to its global standardization and very opportune traits, has very old history and there are many matter of fact found that proved the importance of education from ancient time. Many major cities around the India boasts many number of famous educational hubs, institutions, universities, colleges, schools etc for supplying quality education to students to prepare well esteemed societies. Education is actually a very strong foundation of future and growth.
As a capital of nation, Delhi is truly a prominent hub for education and numbers of students around the country, reach here for study at different level. The delhi education has carried a marvelous growth in recent years, and makes their gibbosity around the world as the city invites students from each corner of nation as well as overseas. Boasting world famed DU, JNU, GGSIPU, Jamia Islamia, IGNOU, Delhi also features many new institutions, research centers and colleges where one can take in superior learning with up-to-date and advanced

Voter Education Kicks Off with U.S. Senate Debate

Hawaii had the lowest voter turnout among all states  – with less than half (44.5 percent) of eligible voters casting ballots. Yet, older voters turn out to the polls at a much higher rate than any other age group, suggesting that Hawaii voters age 50-plus will play an important role in determining this year’s election results.

Beginning in July, AARP Hawaii will sponsor a televised debate and numerous in-person voter education events designed to help residents make informed decisions as they cast their votes.

The voter education season kicks off on Tuesday, July 15 on KHON2 (7 – 8 p.m.) with a live, televised debate featuring Senator Brian Schatz and Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, leading Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate. Sen. Schatz was appointed to the United States Senate in December 2012, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye. Rep. Hanabusa has served as Representative of Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District since January 2011.

At a time when “entitlement reform” and Social Security have become bargaining chips in Washington, D.C., and as increasing numbers of boomer-generation residents feel unprepared for their own retirement, the debate is expected to include questions about the candidates’ positions on Medicare and Social

Putting the education in educational apps

New apps developed for children come online every day and many of them are marketed or labeled as “educational” — but how can we tell which of these thousands of apps will actually help children learn? A comprehensive new report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, integrates research from scientific disciplines like psychological science, linguistics, and neuroscience to provide an evidence-based guide that parents, educators, and app designers alike can use to evaluate the quality of so-called “educational” apps.

Since the iPad was introduced just five years ago, over 80,000 educational apps have become available in the Apple app store, which means apps are being developed far faster than the scientific community can evaluate them, say report authors Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (Temple University), Jennifer Zosh (Penn State University, Brandywine), Roberta Michnick Golinkoff (University of Delaware), James H. Gray (Sesame Workshop), Michael B. Robb (Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College), and Jordy Kaufman (Swinburne University of Technology).

The full report and accompanying commentary by communications researcher Ellen Wartella (Northwestern University) are available free to the public online.

While scientific research examining specific features of individual apps may be scarce, scientists have

Deaths attributed to low levels of education Lack of education as deadly as smoking

A new study by researchers at the University of Colorado, New York University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill estimates the number of deaths that can be linked to differences in education, and finds that variation in the risk of death across education levels has widened considerably.

The findings, published July 8 in the journal PLOS ONE, suggest that lacking education may be as deadly as being a current rather than former smoker.

“In public health policy, we often focus on changing health behaviors such as diet, smoking, and drinking,” said Virginia Chang, associate professor of public health at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and College of Global Public Health, and associate professor of population health at NYU School of Medicine. “Education — which is a more fundamental, upstream driver of health behaviors and disparities — should also be a key element of U.S. health policy.”

Low levels of education are common. More than 10 percent of U.S. adults ages 25 to 34 do not have a high school degree, while more than a quarter have some college but no bachelor’s degree. Yet studies show that a higher level of education is a

Teaching farming in the Bronx

If you had to choose the least likely location for the birthplace of a green education revolution, you might well pick the South Bronx in New York City.

Despite creeping gentrification, this is an area that is still synonymous with urban blight.

It is the most socially deprived district in the United States, with over 40% of residents living below the federal poverty line. It is officially the least healthy place to bring up children in New York State.

And yet this is where high school teacher Stephen Ritz hatched a food-growing project with his students that has been adopted in schools across the US and way beyond, picking up numerous awards on its way

When we say food-growing, we’re not talking mustard-and-cress sprouting on blotting paper in the corner of a science room. Mr Ritz’s Green Bronx Machine (GBM) project produces a harvest of fruit and vegetables.

They are cultivated in high-tech indoor tower gardens, creating vertical cornucopias, with edible walls of raspberries, columns of kale and cucumbers, barricades of blueberries and broccoli.

Feeding minds

It has grown over 35,000 pounds (15,900kg) of food. Some of it feeds the students and the teachers; plenty is taken home, and more is sold in the community

10 years after Hurricane Katrina, charters playing key role in rebuilding failing schools

NEW ORLEANS — Ten years ago, with schools in New Orleans struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the state of Louisiana made the fateful decision to pull most of those schools into the existing Recovery School District, whose mission was to take failing schools and turn them into charter schools.

A decade later, 90 percent of New Orleans students attend charters, as ratios of charter schools continue to grow in major urban areas. New Orleans is at the cutting edge, but nationally the impact of charters continue to grow steadily, with 51 percent of Detroit, 44 percent of Washington, D.C., attending charters. Other large charter cities are Flint, Michigan; Gary, Indiana; and Kansas City, Missouri; each of which has more than 35 percent of children in charters.

Nationally, charters are disproportionately an urban and lower-income phenomenon. in 2011, the federal government reported that 36 percent of charter schools had 75 percent or more students on free or reduced lunch, compared to a national average of 23 percent.

Five percent of American children now attend charters, with more than 2.7 million students, a growth rate of more than 70 percent over the past five years, according to the The National Alliance

Pastors at forefront of helping Oregon town cope with grief

ROSEBURG, Ore. — When pastor Jon Nutter got a text message last Thursday about the shooting at Umpqua Community College and realized how many had been killed or injured, he immediately formed a prayer circle at Starbucks where he was sitting.

He then rushed to open his church in Roseburg to anyone in need of counseling, and drove to the Douglas County Fairgrounds, where officials were reuniting students with family members.

As bus after bus rolled into the fairgrounds on Thursday carrying students, faculty and staff, Nutter and about two dozen other local pastors held uncontrollably crying students, formed prayer circles, listened to eyewitnesses recount the rampage that killed nine and watched tearful reunions with parents and spouses.

The pastors also comforted parents and spouses who waited for the last bus of students. Five hours after the shooting, a dozen remaining family members were ushered into a room at the fairgrounds, said Nutter, who was also in the room. Officials notified them there would be no more buses coming.

“They had been waiting for a long time, hoping, praying,” said Nutter, pastor of Hucrest Community Church of God. “People were crying, yelling, some families were angry, others going into denial and shock.”


UVU student determined to rebuild hometown school in earthquake torn Nepal

OREM — One Utah Valley University student returned home to Nepal recently with one goal — to rebuild the Shree Shiva Shakti Elementary School, which crumpled to rubble in the April earthquake.

At first, Sagar Basnet, who experienced quakes when he was in middle school, wasn’t worried about the earthquake with its epicenter in his hometown of Gorkha, Nepal. But once he heard it was a 7.6 in magnitude, he immediately phoned from Utah to find out if his family was OK. Upon learning his family was safe, Basnet said he began a month-long process of watching for updates on social media and

“I was sad and depressed,” Basnet said. “One day I saw a post on Twitter saying thousands of children had lost their schools due to (the) earthquake and I wanted to give back a new hope to these kids who went through (this) devastating earthquake.”

More than 16,000 public and private school classrooms were damaged in the April earthquake, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Basnet said civil engineers surveyed these schools and tagged them with either green or red stickers — green stickers meant the school was safe and red meant the

North Korea releases detained South Korean student

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Monday freed a South Korean national who is a student at New York University, in a possible sign it wants better ties with rival Seoul and may back away from a recent threat to launch a long-range rocket later this month.

North Korean state media said it “deported” Won Moon Joo, 21, at the border village of Panmunjom as a “humanitarian” measure about six months after he had been arrested for crossing the Chinese border into North Korea. It didn’t elaborate.

South Korean officials confirmed Joo’s repatriation. The National Intelligence Service, South Korea’s main spy agency, said it will investigate whether Joo violated the country’s anti-North Korean security law, which prohibits unapproved travel to the North.

Joo has permanent residency status in the United States. The exact motivation for his travel to North Korea wasn’t clear.

North Korea often uses detainees in attempts to win political concessions and aid from rivals Seoul and Washington, and a South Korean analyst said it may have calculated that since Joo’s alleged crime was relatively minor, his release might boost the impoverished, authoritarian country’s international image and lead to more investment and tourism.

Ten days ago, Joo was presented to

Clinton pitches new gun controls following Oregon shooting

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton offered an emotional plea for tougher gun control laws on Monday, vowing after last week’s deadly Oregon school shooting to tighten regulations on firearms buyers and sellers with a combination of congressional and executive action.

Joined by the mother of a 6-year-old victim of the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the Democratic presidential candidate said there was little “new” and “nothing unique” about her plans — aside from her determination to take action.

During a campaign appearance at a town hall, Clinton decried the “extremism” that she said has come to characterize the debate over the nation’s gun laws. She veered between sadness and anger, accusing her Republican opponents of “surrender” to a difficult political problem.

“This epidemic of gun violence knows no boundaries, knows no limits of any kind,” she told the crowd of several hundred. “How many people have to die before we actually act, before we come together as a nation? It’s time for us to say we’re better than this.”

Clinton has made strengthening the nation’s gun laws a centerpiece of her presidential campaign following a series of mass shootings in the past few months.

Her campaign rolled out a robust set of proposals

The Latest Obama to visit Oregon shooting victims’ families

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The latest on the deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

President Barack Obama will travel to Oregon this week to visit privately with families of the victims of last week’s shooting at a community college.

Obama will visit Roseburg on Friday as he opens a four-day trip to the West Coast. No additional details about his visit were immediately available.

Obama has renewed his call for stricter gun laws following the shooting and has expressed exasperation at the frequency of mass shootings in the U.S.

Nine people were killed when a 26-year-old opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua (UHMP’-kwah) Community College before killing himself in a shootout with police. Another nine people were wounded.

Some faculty, staff and students have been bringing flowers to a makeshift memorial as they return to the campus for the first time since the shooting.

3:50 p.m.

A law enforcement official says the gunman who killed nine people in an Oregon classroom last week ranted about not having a girlfriend in a manifesto left behind for authorities.

The official is familiar with the investigation but not authorized to speak publically and commented on condition of anonymity. The official says that

BYU student injured in bounce house accident recovering at warp speed

TOOELE — Josh Hinton is recovering at “warp speed.”

Hinton and his Tooele family say miracles continue to happen since his Aug. 29 accident when he hit his head on an inflatable post while running through a bounce house during BYU freshman orientation. He broke his neck and couldn’t breathe or feel anything.

As he wheeled himself down the hallway of the Craig Hospital in Denver this week, his mother counted her blessings.

“I rub his feet three times a day and he tells me, ‘Right foot, big toe,'” said Jen Hinton. “He’s started identifying with his eyes closed as I’m rubbing him.”

Support has poured out since his accident, including thousands of messages on his popular Facebook page: Team Hinton.

“There are about 4,000 people praying for me and fasting for me,” Josh Hinton said. “I do not think that is just a little part of why this is happening.”

Just over two weeks ago, doctors transported the ballet dancer to the Denver hospital that specializes in head and spinal cord injuries.

Monday, Hinton experienced some feeling in his thigh, his mother said.

“As I was rubbing his feet he said, ‘Mom, I can feel my thigh move when you rub my feet.’ And that was just

30 questions to ask your kid instead of ‘How was your day

When I picked my son up from his first day of 4th grade, my usual (enthusiastically delivered) question of “How was your day?” was met with his usual (indifferently delivered) “fine.”

Come on! It’s the first day, for crying out loud! Give me something to work with, would you, kid?

The second day, my same question was answered, “Well, no one was a jerk.”

That’s good … I guess.

I suppose the problem is my own. Far from a conversation starter, that question is uninspired, overwhelmingly open-ended and, frankly, completely boring. So as an alternative, I’ve compiled a list of questions that my kid will answer with more than a single word or grunt. In fact, he debated his response to question eight for at least half an hour over the weekend. The jury’s out until he can organize a foot race.

Questions a kid will answer at the end of a long school day:

  1. What did you eat for lunch?
  2. Did you catch anyone picking their nose?
  3. What games did you play at recess?
  4. What was the funniest thing that happened today?
  5. Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
  6. What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
  7. Who made you smile today?
  8. Which one of your teachers would

U. burn center celebrates remarkable 2 years without catheter infections

At the burn center at University Hospital, zero is a good thing.

The center recently celebrated two years of zero: 48 months of no central line infections in its burn and trauma ICU — a nearly unheard-of feat in the medical world.

“I never thought we’d make it to year one,” said Lois Remington, the quality manager at the center who designed and implemented new guidelines. “That’s how unheard of it is.”

Central line-associated bloodstream infections, also called CLABSIs, are a type of hospital-acquired infection that happens when germs get through the central catheter — a tube that doctors place in a vein in the patient’s neck or chest — and into the bloodstream.

They “result in thousands of deaths each year and billions of dollars in added costs to the U.S. health care system, yet these infections are preventable,” according to John Jernigan, the director of the Office of Prevention Research and Evaluation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a statement, he applauded the U. burn center “for reaching this important milestone.”

Over the past five to 10 years, health care providers have increasingly turned their attention to reducing the incidence of preventable health care-associated infections, said Remington.

For decades, the practice of

Why do some mass shootings make the news and some don’t

Last week, a gunman killed nine people at a community college in Oregon. Several hours later, another man shot three in Florida. Only one made international news.

Walter “Buzz” Terhune was a Vietnam veteran who moved to Florida to care for his elderly parents. He loved kids, helping other veterans and participating in civic life in tiny Inglis, a commercial fishing town near Florida’s west coast.

Terhune didn’t know Otis Ray Bean, but that didn’t stop the 68-year-old from coming to Bean’s aid when he was shot across the street from where Terhune was getting cash at a bank.

The shooter then turned his weapon on Terhune, then his estranged wife, then himself.

“It was so like him to go to save somebody else,” says Lea Terhune, Walter’s sister. “Buzz would not run the other way.”

Walter Terhune stumbled into what would turn out to be one of two mass killings in the US on 1 October. The first occurred several hours earlier, 3,000 miles away in Roseburg, Oregon, when a 26-year-old man opened fire inside a classroom at Umpqua Community College. He wounded dozens and killed at least nine people before he shot himself.

Like many other Americans, Wendy Harvey was following the news

Digital dependence eroding human memory

An over-reliance on using computers and search engines is weakening people’s memories, according to a study.

It showed many people use computers instead of memorising information.

Many adults who could still recall their phone numbers from childhood could not remember their current work number or numbers of family members.

Maria Wimber from the University of Birmingham said the trend of looking up information “prevents the build-up of long-term memories”.

The study, examining the memory habits of 6,000 adults in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, found more than a third would turn first to computers to recall information.

The UK had the highest level, with more than half “searching online for the answer first”.

Outsourcing memory

But the survey suggests relying on a computer in this way has a long-term impact on the development of memories, because such push-button information can often be immediately forgotten.

“Our brain appears to strengthen a memory each time we recall it, and at the same time forget irrelevant memories that are distracting us,” said Dr Wimber.

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Image caption Does the digital recording of events change how they

Five bizarre lessons in Indian textbooks

India, which has a literacy level well below the global average, has intensified its efforts in the field of education.

In 2012 the country passed the Right to Education act which guarantees free and compulsory education for all children until the age of 14.

However, some of the “facts” that have been found in textbooks around the country have given rise to speculation over what exactly passes for “education” in India.

Glaring mistakes, downright lies and embellishments in textbooks are often featured in local media. A trend that is all the more worrying, given that India’s education system promotes rote learning at the cost of analytical thinking.

The BBC’s Ayeshea Perera looks at five of the most outrageous excerpts from Indian textbooks that have made headlines in recent times:

Women steal jobs

Image caption Unemployment in India? Blame the women

A teacher in the central Indian state of Chhatisgarh recently complained about a textbook for 15-year-olds in the state, which said that unemployment levels had risen post independence because women have begun working in various sectors.

When contacted by the Times of India newspaper, the director of the state council for