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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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Why the "Liberal" Obama Is at Core Little Different From the "Conservative" He Replaced

The plan that will be announced on Monday is awful, another giveaway to investors. Be prepared to live in tent cities that well can be named "Barackvilles".

After the scandal about AIG bonuses, people feels uncomfortable about the deafness tone by the government. Officials say they will pursue everything under law to recover those bonuses, but it is still in process and many of those who received the electronic transfers are not living in American soil.

NYC Educator has some examples as of what people like Rush Limbaugh, wants his President that certainly he does not succeed (stressed section is ours):

    On education, president Merit Pay wants to set up a bonus compensation system quite similar to Wall Street's in order to "reform" education. How'd that work on Wall Street, Bam?

    On health care, after saying he wouldn't tax people who already have health care benefits to pay for people who don't, the administration has reversed course and said they are open to exactly that if that's what they need to do to get health care passed. How's that for taking care of the working and middle classes?
    I know it's only 60 days in. I never expected Merit Pay to clean things up in 60 days. But the tone coming from him and his people, the education, health care, bailout, Federal Reserve and war policies his administration is pursuing, the arrogance with which Merit Pay dismisses the criticism as "Simon Cowellesque," makes me think President Merit Pay just doesn't get it. I know people on the right like to tar him as a 'socialist' and people on the left want to see him as one of their own. But after watching him during the campaign and now seeing how he has run the first 60 days, all I see is a guy who wants to triangulate between both sides on every issue, and while he may think he is being pragmatic and post-partisan, it sure seems like he is setting himself, his administration and the country up for failure.

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Curriculum: Playing to Be the Education Board for Once

Analyze, plan, design and execute a proposal is a goal administrators need to master. If the subject is curriculum, then they need not only master but socialize the necessities of future society.

I've found interesting a thread that is taking on Reditt and you should also contribute. From your own situation, perspective and necessities, what do you think it would be the Best Curriculum for your school?

Here two comments are worth to read, follow and continue:

Blackstar900 wants to focus on economics, so we can avoid what's happening just now in our society:

My priority would be to get more civics, logic, economics and home economics into the curriculum. Because what people really need to know from their compulsory education is what to expect from their government and what it expects from them, how to made a good argument and see through a bad one, how to avoid going into massive debt, and how to manage whatever space they have to live in with whatever means are available to them.
After that, I'd through in a more comprehensive comparative religion program (to facilitate understanding others), restructure how we teach history (so that kids actually get a sense of why it's useful to learn it), and try to make sense of how and why we teach arts and literature to kids we're forcing to attend.

And Hyperfat is tough on his appreciations and asks for practical subjects and less attention to the standardized tests:

I would recognise there are always going to be 50% above and 50% below the medium, up until the 10th grade I would let the kids attempt to be in the top 50%, after that, they would go to any number of special trade schools for two years learning a useful skill that was at their level of skills and send them off to join the workforce with the option of apprenticeships in their field to further their career.
The other 50% (also given the option to go to a vocational school and be done in 2 years vs 4) would go from 10th grade to similar to what we have now, only more accelerated, with the desired outcome of going to a college to further their studies in a specific field.
I would say [expletive] all to most standardized tests because they dumb down the system, and let each child advance at his or her own level.
Oh yeah, focus on logical skills, like practical math, science, communications, politics, economics etc. With less emphasis on [expletive] they will never need to know in real life (ps. did you know schools don't teach kids how do balance their bank accounts? WTF). I would offer more electives as well.
Anyone who did not want to go in this system could be home schooled and get govt. funding as long as they followed certain rules and didn't teach with any kind of religious text.

My question is, why administrators aren't paying attention to what people and society really needs. The problems are not on a drawer written on a paper or laying on top of a desk. Reality is, administrators have the responsibility to run efficiently the Education Boards but problems are in the street, where human beings as those we quoted have a lot to say about education.

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Studies Showing How Thoughts And Memories Are Represented

I had to be offline for quite some days but thanks God, we are back and fresh to keep up with our readers, subscribers and fellow educators who happen to read Education & Teach.

Donald Clark, in his post Mind Reading and Learning takes issue with brain study and refers to what level the investigations on this filed are now. We really like his vision of the future of such investigations when he writes:

    Last year the University of California in Berkeley unveiled their realtime scanner in Nature,. This was put through its paces. People were asked to look at thousands of different images of people, animals, maps and so on. these were analysed, stored and the data used by a computer to correctly predict what someone was looking at JUST FROM THE SCAN. Mindblowing!

    As brain scans start to uncover how memories are encoded, stored and recalled, we can look forward to significant advances in improving learning. Many of these improvements, such as sleep, chunking, visualisation and spaced practice could be implemented from what we already know in standard memory theory. What’s exciting about scan research is the possibility of really locating and identifying the physical and chemical pathways. This in turn could lead to massive increases in learning efficacy, increasing plasticity, faster recovery from injury and limiting the effects of dementia and other diseases.

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10 Ways Parents Can Help Their Children With Homework

In a country where many of the parents have to work over the 40 hours, is hard to imagine what they are doing when kids come back from school, and nobody more than a relative or a nanny is there to offer help. Homework is valuable and the involvement by parents can either have a positive or a negative impact in the process of learning.

Pediatrician Vicent Ianelli, has an article about how parents may help with homework in a positive manner. These are the 10 Steps of How to Deal With Homework for Kids attending Elementary school:

1. Help children with time management: Establish a set time each day for doing homework. Don't allow your child to leave his assignments until just before bedtime. Try to use weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects.

2. Be positive about homework: Speak to your child how important school is. The attitude you transmit about homework will be what your kid acquires.

3. While child does homework, you too have to do it: Goal is show your child that the skills they are learning are related to things you do as an adult. So, if your child is writing, you write too.

4. If help is asked, provide guidance, no answers: Let your child do his walk. Too much help teaches your kid that when the going gets rough, someone will do the homework for him/her.

5. If teacher asks for involvement, do it: Show the teacher you are interested in your family education. It also shows to your child that school and home are a team.

6. Stay away when the homework is meant to be done by your child alone: Homework is set to develop independent, lifelong learning skills. Those positive effects will be prevented if too much parent involvement is detected.

7. Establish differences between hard and easy homework: Once he learns how to differentiate hard from easy. Make him do the hard work first. So, he can be most alert when facing challenging activities. Easy material will seem to go fast when fatigue begins to set in.

8. Watch for signs of failure or fatigue: There are situations when your child fatigues quickly and becomes an act of cruelty for some. Let her take short breaks is you see she is not keeping her mind on the assignment.

9. Reward progress in homework: Working hard and successfully completing an assignment should be rewarded. Celebrate such success with pizza, a walk, any trip, etc. Reinforce positive effort.

10. Stay informed. Keep in touch with your child's teacher. Nowadays is easily to drop an e-mail and ask about your child. Some school now allow parents to check your child progress online such as PowerSchool. Make sure you know the purpose of homework and the class rules and contracts.

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