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Problems Persist 61 Years After Brown v. Board Of Education

Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 11.50.20 PMMany people may think that 61 years after Brown v. Board Of Education, American schools will have finally achieved some measure of racial equality. However, the current facts and statistics would seem to indicate otherwise. Obviously, the nation has made progress since the days in which the racial segregation of schools was legal and expected. However, African American students continue to receive an inferior education compared to white students, and the school system continues to be biased against them in many different ways.

For one thing, schools that have a high minority population tend to receive less funding than schools that are predominantly white. Schools that don’t have enough funding will probably have inferior teaching materials and security systems. They will also be much less likely to attract qualified teachers. Indeed, the most qualified teachers will usually be working at the schools that have a low population of minority students. However, the majority of teachers that are working today in the United States are still white. Black students are less likely to encounter the sort of figures that will inspire them to be teachers personally. Given the racial distribution of the majority of American teachers, many black students will simply get the message that becoming an educator is for white people. As such, the vicious cycle will only continue.

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Which Countries Are Currently Topping Global School Rankings?

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 7.20.31 PMAccording to recent global school ranking publications, countries located in the continent of Asia currently sitting in the top five rankings of the list as “biggest ever.” Coming in at the bottom of the list are countries located in the continent of Africa.

The specific countries coming in at the top are as follows:

*Singapore
*Hong Kong
*South Korea
*Japan
*Taiwan

These countries are also ranked higher than both the United Kingdom and the United States, who were ranked at 20th and 28th, respectively.

According to OCED, the comparisons on this list, which are based solely on test scores from approximately 76 different countries around the world, show a distinct link between two important factors: economic growth and education. In fact, OCED has gone on record of stating that this is the first time that “a truly global scale of the quality of education” has come about. They also state that the overall goal is to allow different countries to compare themselves against the top education leaders of the world and discover what strengths and weaknesses they possess, as well as what economic gains can come about if the quality of their schooling improves. This is something that, they say, countries can take part in regardless of whether they are rich or poor. For example, Singapore, which sits at the top of the list, experienced very high illiteracy levels during the 1960s. This new list that has been published shows how much the country has improved in terms of education.

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Should Students Be Required to Take Computer Science Classes

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Now, there is no doubt that some colleges do require all students to take one CS class. The problem is that not enough do. This scenario is especially nonsensical considering that CS teaches problem solving like no other — even theoretical math and physics courses. Why? Computer science is all about finding the easiest way to do something — the method that is most efficient and requires the least lines of code.

So, let’s say I want to create a program for my theoretical t-shirt business that keeps track of profits. It seems pretty easy right? Find revenue and then subtract costs… but something you may not have realized is how many unique routes a programmer may take to create a program that accomplishes this given task. Unlike a paper-and-pencil logbook, programs are dynamic since there are always many different ways of accomplishing the same thing.

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The People of Turkey Horrified Over Student that got Raped

Daily news reports, on Feb 11th, Özgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old university student, caught a bus from Adana to Mersin as was her routine from school to home. As the last passenger gets off the bus, she’s left alone with the driver, his father and his friend.

Source: revolution-news.com

What happens next is disgusting and inhumane. The driver then changed his route and took her to a secluded location and attempted to rape her. Ozgecan Aslan fought back with pepper spray, but the attacker stabbed and killed her.  The attacker later asked his father and friend to help burn the body to get rid of the evidence.

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Eight weeks to a better brain

Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital find that participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.

 

“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology. “This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”

Source: news.harvard.edu

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SRC revokes teachers’ contract, changes health benefits, redirects $44 million … –

After 21 months of fruitless labor talks, the School District made a bold move Monday to unilaterally restructure teachers’ health benefits and send $44 million in savings directly back to schools.

At a special meeting that was barely publicized until hours before its 9:30 a.m. start, with no public testimony before acting, the School Reform Commission unanimously voted to cancel the contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers in order to rework its health-care provisions. The District also filed a legal action in Commonwealth Court to establish its right to rewrite the contract based on special powers granted to the SRC.

“This is our attempt to bring teacher contributions to health care in line with other local and national norms in a way that will allow us to remain able to serve students and avoid layoffs,” said Superintendent William Hite in an interview before the meeting. “If we don’t find additional savings, our children will continue to face inadequate resources. And there’s nothing else to cut from our central office or school budgets.”

On his wish list of what he hopes principals will restore, Hite included sufficient counseling services, enough personnel so teachers can meet and plan, more aides to monitor cafeterias and recess, teachers to offer more advanced classes in world languages, additional reading specialists for young children who have fallen behind, clerical help, and materials and supplies.             


Source: thenotebook.org

20 Most Overrated Actors

These actors get way too much false credit for their terrible acting skills.

The following is a list of the 20 most overrated actors on the big screen, because some Hollywood stars just do not deserve the praise, adulation or critical acclaim they receive.

Source: www.rantmovies.com

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