A Mother’s Journey: Educating a Gifted Child

When the No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law on January 8, 2002, my son was halfway through the first grade. Little did I know that the NCLB, which sounded like a good idea at the time, would have a ripple effect that would rob my son of a decent education. You see, my son is a gifted learner. I’m under no illusion that he’s the next Albert Einstein, but his scholastic abilities definitely outpace those of his classmates. Like many gifted kids, his social maturity doesn’t match his intellectual maturity, so he’s had challenges in his relationships with other children. Nonetheless, during first and second grade, he already knew all of the curriculum. Unfortunately, there was no …

A Great Loneliness

‘Man must treat the beasts of this land as his brothers. What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, Man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, also happens to the man. All things are connected.’ Chief Seattle Speech of 1854 Most people are now aware that we have some serious environmental issues facing us in the next few decades. The recent tsunami in Indonesia was a tragic reminder of the fragile balance of nature. There is nothing much we can do to stop these kind of events happening, except to install early warning systems. But global warming can be stopped or slowed down if and when we stop …

A Great Career Path in Bioengineering

Want to impact humanity and protect its health? Improve quality of life? Being a Bio-medical Engineer is a great opportunity to reach this goal. According to the US department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of biomedical engineers is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2012. Hence, if you are considering your career in bioengineering field, you definitely are in the right career path. Bioengineering (also called biomedical engineering) combines engineering expertise with medical needs for the enhancement of health care. Those working within the bioengineering field are working with living system and apply advanced technology to the complex problems of medical care. In general, biomedical engineers create everything from wheel chairs to artificial …

A GED is Worth More than a Fake High School Diploma

For today’s student, distance learning is an ffordable way to work toward a GED, the best way for an adult to demonstrate the skills of a high school education. But there are a growing number of companies and schools who aren’t really in the business of education. Instead, they’re in the education business — their biggest business is selling quick and easy programs or simple online tests that result with worthless transcripts and fake diplomas. In most cases, the GED — the term for General Education Development credential — is the only official ‘diploma’ that has value and is meaningful for adults who never completed their high school education. There are exceptions. But as a rule most transcripts and diplomas …

A Brief History of Distance Education

Distance education has afforded generations of students the opportunity pursue their educational goals outside of the traditional school system. It has allowed countless students the ability to further their education, while allowing them to maintain their obligations to their families and employers. While distance education is not for everyone, it has certainly stood the test of time. The following is a brief timeline of events related to distance education. • 1840 – Isaac Pitman begins teaching shorthand by correspondence in the UK. • 1858 – The University of London creates its External Program. • 1883 – New York State authorizes the Chautauqua Institute to award degrees earned via correspondence. • 1891 – The Colliery Engineer School of Mines renames itself …

A BIG education

What is it with men and big boobs? Anatomically, these are glands which we humans use to feed our young. Technically it’s just another one of nature’s many designs to help us propagate and survive. As one may already know, breasts develop in the puberty stage with a girl’s hormones going haywire, no one can say how big it’s going to get. Studies say that the size of the breast depends on the support it gets from the chest. Breast growth increases rapidly during pregnancy and typically, the size of the breast fluctuates throughout the menstrual cycle. During old age, the breasts sag because the ligaments supporting it usually elongates. Anyway, humans are the only animals in the kingdom animalia …

A Crash Course In Herbal Medicines

The use of herbal medicines is gaining more and more popularity nowadays, as people have started looking for alternatives to conventional drugs. Perhaps the use of herbs for curative purposes is most common in Europe, where even the term “apothecary” is still used in Germany. In the United States, the use of herbal medicine is also rising, as many people now prefer them over chemically-produced prescription drugs. In fact, there is now a growing community of medical doctors that allow and even recommend herbal medicine to their patients, either as a stand-alone cure or taken together with conventional medical treatment. You can also take herbal medicines on your own, although it is widely recommended that you first consult a physician …

A Commentary On Dallas Schools

It is important when considering a move to a new city or state to know as much about the schools as possible. Facts are important, but so are the opinions of people in the know – residents, new co-workers, researchers, websites and journalists are a few of the resources that one might consult in order to gain a clear perspective of the big picture. Awards in Dallas Schools Dallas Schools have won numerous awards for their excellent education. IBM has recognized several Dallas Schools as “exemplary” or “recognized”. This recognition is vital to Dallas Public Schools. It shows the general public that the schools are doing the right thing for their students. It affirms to the teachers and administrators that …

13 SEER & Earth Day: Working Together To Improve the Environment

The 35th anniversary of Earth Day will take place on April 22. Through the combined efforts of government, grassroots organizations and environmentally minded companies, Earth Day has evolved into a worldwide campaign to protect the global environment. In the U.S., the Department of Energy (DOE) is also concerned about protecting our environment and resources. To address these issues, the DOE recently issued a mandate that now requires all new, central air conditioners manufactured after January 23, 2006, to have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of at least 13. SEER is a number similar to miles-per-gallon in cars; the higher the SEER, the more efficient your air-conditioning system. According to the DOE, the 13 SEER standard is forecasted to save …

10 reasons to buy a hybrid car

Care for the environment? Want to save the planet? Then you must think in terms of fuel efficiency, non-polluting, and eco-friendly transport. The answer lies in purchasing and using a hybrid car. They not just make a statement that I care but are compact and fuel efficient. Here are some insights that may just tempt you to buy a hybrid. 1. Made of lightweight materials hybrids are small in size. The engine is designed to be fuel efficient. When the car halts at a signal, the engine will automatically shut down and restart when the car shifts into gear. 2. These cars have the advantage of being powered by a gasoline engine and an electric motor that takes care of …

10 Hottest Degrees For Fall 2006

Earning an advanced degree could be the ticket to a higher salary or better job security. Find out which ones are hottest now. 1. Sonography – Researchers continue to find new uses for ultrasonography, leading to the creation of more jobs for trained individuals capable of managing the diagnostic equipment. It’s a well-paid job that combines personal communication with technical skills – never boring, and always rewarding! The first step to a career in any of these fields is proper training – start your education today! 2. Online Nursing Schools – If you’re interested in helping others while also benefiting from career stability, nursing may be the perfect job for you. And with Internet-based healthcare studies, you can keep your …

How To Learn Spanish – It’s A Cinch…

How to learn Spanish? As I am sure you know learning a foreign language is not an easy task unless you are one of those people with an “ear for language”, something I never really understood. There are many available options. The first that comes to mind is obviously taking course in your high school, college, or other educational institution. This is a convenient and trusted way to learn, and one that has been utilized for years. However, given that most of the people that take a language in high school or college never actually become bilingual, the merits of this method seem to be suspect. As with anything else, when deciding how you want to learn Spanish, the internet …

How To Improve Your Chances Of Getting A Scholarship

One of the first things you should do before applying for scholarships is to verify whether or not you qualify to be a visible minority or have a disability. This is because there are a large number of scholarships that target these individuals. Of course, not everyone is a minority, and for the majority of people other criteria are looked at to determine who is elidgeable for a scholarship. 1. How Are Scholarships Awarded? There isn’t any specific formula used to determine who gets scholarships and who doesn’t. One thing, however, is for sure – far more people are applying for scholarships than there are scholarships available to give out. For this reason, many scholarships set up criteria that must …

How To Get The Most From Direct TV

More and more, savvy consumers are choosing Direct TV over traditional cable. In fact, Direct TV is now the leading cable television provider in the United States and the largest satellite TV company in the entire world. Why are so many people choosing Direct TV over regular cable television For starters, Direct TV offers access to hundreds of channels, bringing a plethora of programming into private homes, apartments, condominiums, commercial properties, airports, bars, and restaurants, as well as numerous other locations. Next, Direct TV offers free satellite dish installation and prices that are often significantly lower than the cost of cable television. Direct TV is also known for excellent customer support. Customer support is available both online and via the …

How To Get Started In Home Schooling

Home schooling has been around for centuries. The beginning of schooling actually started in the home and then moved into outside schoolhouses. A homeschool is where children are taught by a parent or parents without the outside influence or interference of the school system. There are many variations on a homeschool but all fellowships basic rule of no outside interference. Home schooling is legal in all 50 US states with each state having set guidelines and rules about the homeschool process. Getting started in home schooling will require the parent to do some research ahead of time, so they know exactly what laws apply to them and what they need to do to get the curriculum underway. The reasons parents …

How to get Online Gambling legalized in the USA

For many people the several hors drive to the nearest casino just is not realistic because of their busy lives, in California last week a man was arrested for locking his kids in the car while he went into a casino to gamble, but he would have been able to sit at home and watch his kids if he could have logged into an online casino. But the law is reversible. Now is the time when politicians who have been eyeing the ultimate seat of power will start declaring their intention on running in the next presidential election. This is where the American people have the power. Now is the time to start protesting the Unlawful gambling act. Thru protest …