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Education Feedback

by Ron Kurtus

Readers have sent in a total of 117 comments and questions on Education issues. They are listed according to date.

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Web address for student survey Student Survey USA
 
Wants to use results in dissertation Student Survey USA
 
Looking for science curriculum for young children General USA
 
Link to educational website General UK
 
Need help for nephew is who is hyperactive Teaching Hyperactive India
 
Resource for Math Teachers General USA
 
Spending more than 1 hour on homework. Student Survey Canada
 
Teaching an 8-year old General USA
 
Wants to become an Economics professor General Ghana
 
How can I become educated? General Somalia
 
Child is disruptive in class Teaching Hyperactive Mexico
 
Pragmatism versus existentialism in education Philosophies Nigeria
 
I agree that cell phones in the classroom is a problem No Cell Phones USA
 
What does functional education mean? Process Nigeria
 
Eastern education versus Western education General Iran
 

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Student Survey

Web address for student survey

July 30, 2014

Question

Ron,
While reading website pages, I saw your survey saying 17 of 33 students said "yes" to the question: "Is arithmetic difficult for you?"j. I need a website address so I can include those results in a paper soon to be published.

Second subject: I downloaded "Gravity & Gravitation", am still reading but like what I'm seeing so far...except for two issues: Phraseology in technical descriptions that misinform people and an opening statement saying how you "hate mistakes in book", yet have clearly publish this without good editorial assistance. If you are interested we may have mutual interests that would benefit by establishing a working relationship. Thank you, DCS

Don - USA (25186)

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The web address for Student Survey Results in the Education section is at:
http://www.school-for-champions.com/education/student_survey.cfm

Those results were taken from the Arithmetic section on page:
http://www.school-for-champions.com/survey.cfm?allresults=allresults&course=Arithmetic

Since the material is in a database, only the whole list is available.

I hope that helps.

As far as the Gravity book goes, I'm glad you like the material but am concerned about phraseology issues. It was edited but apparently not well enough. I am planning on coming out with a second edition in the near future to smooth out any rough edges. I will also get better editing.

If you see an explanation that is confusing, please let me know about it.

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Student Survey

Wants to use results in dissertation

July 16, 2014

Question

Hello, I am currently working on developing a survey for students with learning difficulties. I am doing this as part of my dissertation in Speech-Language Pathology. I am asking your permission to use modified versions of some of your questions for my research. Also did you assess the survey itself?

Thank You,

Brian - USA (25115)

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Feel free to use modified versions of our questions in your dissertation. I would appreciate it if you would cite the source.

I really haven't done a scientific analysis of the results.

Best wishes for success in your dissertation.

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General

Looking for science curriculum for young children

June 26, 2014

Question

I am looking for curriculum to use with our Hot Wheels Club. I work with Kinder, 1st, and 2nd graders in a small rural town. I want to introduce them to physics using the toy cars, ramps, tunnels, curves, etc. Any suggestions?

- USA (25072)

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You might look at the lessons in Physics for Kids. Also check their Car Friction animation.

Also, Physics4Kids may give you some ideas.

Best wishes with your class.

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General

Link to educational website

June 24, 2014

Question

Hello,

I’m contacting you from FutureLearn; a new provider of free online courses from top UK and international universities.

We’re now enrolling for our new 4 week course – Basic Science: Understanding Numbers – from The Open University, which we thought you might like to share with the School For Champions' community.

The course looks at how you can use numbers to describe the natural world and make sense of everything from atoms to oceans.. You can find more information here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/understanding-numbers.

We already have over 350,000 learners from 100 countries around the world, with exceptional feedback and satisfaction rates.

Would this be of interest to the School For Champions' community? If so, please feel free to share and let us know if you do so we can retweet/share it too! And if you’d like to discuss working together, please feel free to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Kate - UK (25066)

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Your courses look very useful to teachers and students. I added a general link to your site from Education Resources.

However, it would be very useful if you would have your listings organized by subject matter. Then I could add links in the Science, Math, History, etc. sections.

Best wishes with your enterprise.

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Teaching Hyperactive

Need help for nephew is who is hyperactive

June 5, 2014

Question

One of my nephew is hyperactive. He is six years old. He will not sit and listen in the class. Always he will be walking. Till now it was managed till LKG. Now , no school is ready to take admission for him for first standard. Teachers will complain he will disturb the class and they cant handle him. I can understand their problem also. Please suggest us, is there any perticular schools or institutes for this kind of students ? Please suggest us, what can we do ASAP.

Thank you,

Gurudath - India (25038)

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See Special Schools for AHDH in India for a listing.

Check Schools in Chennai accepting ADHD children for some information.

Also see Normal School for my Son who has symptoms of ADHD to see what other parents in India are doing.

I hope that will help your nephew.

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General

Resource for Math Teachers

June 4, 2014

Question

Hi

I’m Stephanie Szuslik, the lead Content Editor for OnlineMathDegrees, an online guide for current and future math majors. I helped put together a list featuring great resources for math teachers, and thought you and your readers might find it to be useful. If you like it, I was wondering if you could perhaps add a link to it on your website or share it another way?

Here's the article: http://onlinemathdegrees.org/leading-sites-for-teachers/

Thank you very much. I look forward to your reply.

Best,

Stephanie - USA (25029)

Answer

I added a link to the website from Algebra Resources and Education Resources.

Best wishes for your organization.

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Student Survey

Spending more than 1 hour on homework.

May 27, 2014

Question

can you answer me this question ,Do you typically spend more than 1 hour a night on homework

aisha - Canada (24992)

Answer

Yes I spend more then 1 hour a night on homework. The survey showed that 63% of the students spent more than 1 hour on homework.

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General

Teaching an 8-year old

April 13, 2014

Question

I have volunteered to home school my 8 year old nephew for the last 2 months of school. I am a retired teacher,but I do need a guidance to do the best to for this very bright, but troubled boy. I was called to the Christian applications to start the day. This boy must be challenged.

Sincerely,

Bettie - USA (24864)

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It is wonderful that you are helping home school your nephew. Our lessons are more for middle school through college, so they may be too advanced for an 8-year-old. However, many of the topics may help you in teaching the boy.

There are online schools aimed at younger students. However, many charge fees. Check with your local schools for some suggested online resources.

Best wishes in success with your nephew.

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General

Wants to become an Economics professor

May 17, 2013

Question

I am a young Ghanaian aged 22 years. I had always dreamt of becoming a professor emeritus in Economics. After completion from the Senior High School, I was forced to pursue a diploma in Nursing because of financial difficulties. I have completed the nursing but, because of the divertion, I fell I have deviated from my ambitions. I am prepared to do what it takes to get me back on track but look stranded. I therefore need an advice from you as to how to go about it because, I don't the money to change the course but don't also want the nursing.

Simon Kwesi - Ghana (23695)

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It is good that you have worthy goals. Sometimes a person must take a round-about route to achieve their dreams.

Nursing is a profession that is in demand, so you should be able to get a job in the field. This will give you the opportunity to save money that will allow you to pursue your Economics degree, even if on a part time basis at first.

While working in nursing, it might be worthwhile to learn about the financial aspects of the medical industry, as well as the economic impact to society. This will help you in your studies, as well as your job.

Of course, you should always do your best in your present job, even if it is not your first choice. But still, don't give up on pursuing your dream. Your achievement will taste that much better when you toward it indirectly.

Best wishes on your success. I know you will gain the position you desire.

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General

How can I become educated?

March 9, 2013

Question

how you can became easly an educated person with the help of this web

anas - Somalia (23534)

Answer

The School for Champions website gives basic information on a number of subjects. It will give you a start on becoming a champion in your area of interest.

There are many other websites that can give you more information, up to the very difficult subjects.

It is good to learn from websites, but it is also important to read books on the subjects and to take classes in school.

Best wishes on becoming highly educated.

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Teaching Hyperactive

Child is disruptive in class

February 16, 2013

Question

Greetings,
I have a situation with a first grader,she is hyperactive and also hits his classmates and even me if I try to touch her, uses inappropriate language, goes out of the classroom, does not follow any rules; the Psychologist says you have to be patient with it, and use specific strategyes with her, but I think this has gone beyond patience, because the rest of the class are imitating her behavior and the group is out of control, parents begin to complain that they do not want that girl in that group, because the behavior of their children is being affected negatively. Please, what can I do?

Marie - Mexico (23203)

Answer

Although there are ways that a child psychologist can help to change this girl's behavior, that should be one one-on-one by the psychologist. Also, the parents of this child must work to control her.

You are not a psychologist. Plus, you are responsible for educating the rest of the children in your class. This girl is disrupting the education of the other children.

You should make your school principal aware of the problems this girl is causing. Also, her parents must be put on notice.

It is difficult to deal with hyperactive children, but is sounds like this girl has other issues.

The big thing is that her presence in your classroom should not degrade the education of the other children. The other parents may get upset if they find out how it is affecting their children.

Hopefully, you, your principal or school administer, and the girl's parents can correct the problem.

Best wishes, and let me know how things turn out.

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Philosophies

Pragmatism versus existentialism in education

April 22, 2012

Question

Compare the defferent and similarities between method of teaching in progmatism and existentialims of education

Anas - Nigeria (22604)

Answer

Pragmatic teaching methods focus on hands-on problem solving, experimenting, and projects, often having students work in groups. Curriculum should bring the disciplines together to focus on solving problems in an interdisciplinary way. Rather than passing down organized bodies of knowledge to new learners, Pragmatists believe that learners should apply their knowledge to real situations through experimental inquiry. This prepares students for citizenship, daily living, and future careers.

Related to education, the subject matter of existentialist classrooms should be a matter of personal choice. Teachers view the individual as an entity within a social context in which the learner must confront others' views to clarify his or her own. Character development emphasizes individual responsibility for decisions. Real answers come from within the individual, not from outside authority. Examining life through authentic thinking involves students in genuine learning experiences.

See: Four General or World Philosophies

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No Cell Phones

I agree that cell phones in the classroom is a problem

April 4, 2012

Question

Hello,

I agree that cell phone or electronic use in the classroom is a problem. Frankly I think that it wil be the death of education. I am a teacher and feel that electronics should be banned from school. There is the same example of Columbine that comes up when speaking of banning cell phone use but in reality it is a huge probelm and deterent of education. Cell phone or electronics are like bringing a Television to class or a DVD player with a stack of movies. This does not include any texting issues. Please include me in any petitions.

Thank you

Teacher - USA (22561)

Answer

Thanks for your comments. I think that many teachers and educators agree.

Using the various devices is also an issue at home, when the students are supposed to be doing their homework. Unfortunately, many parents don't seem to catch on the harm it is doing to their children's education.

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Process

What does functional education mean?

February 22, 2012

Question

what does the term functional education means?

sulaiman - Nigeria (22443)

Answer

Functional education is instruction that is given to develop life skills not typically addressed in the general education curriculum.

Another viewpoint is given from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, which encourages students to study skill-based courses.

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General

Eastern education versus Western education

December 2, 2011

Question

i want to know about eastern education versus western education

pegah - Iran (22231)

Answer

Typically, Eastern education concerns that in Asian or Oriental countries. Western philosophy is based on rational thought and hence the emphasis on logic, cause and effect.

Eastern philosophy, on the other hand, is mainly derived from the religious teachings of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, and there is more of a one?way transmission of knowledge that is more authoritative.

Middle Eastern countries, such as Iran, usually have a mixture of Islamic philosophies and Western educational philosophies.

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