by Ron Kurtus
Readers have sent in a total of 117 comments and questions on Education issues. They are listed according to date.
You can read them to further your understanding of the subject.
|Send me lesson plans||General||India|
|How can xenophobia affect a child's learning?||General||South Africa|
|Poverty as a barrier to learning||General||South Africa|
|How is a school like a business?||As a Business||USA|
|Interested in education process||Process||Tanzania|
|How can I improve my teaching skill?||Teaching Skills||Afghanistan|
|Science, philosophy and knowledge||Philosophies||Afghanistan|
|Existentialism and education||Philosophies||South Africa|
|Looking for free home study||General||UK|
|Education is the best way to life||Process||Ghana|
|My 6-year old has trouble with words and letters||Teaching Hyperactive||India|
|How different is hyperactivity from ADD, ADHD?||Teaching Hyperactive||Ghana|
|Founders of educational philosophies||Philosophies||Tanzania|
|Role of knowledge in education management||General||Iran|
|Five students are giving problems in class||Teaching Hyperactive||Lebanon|
Send me lesson plans
October 18, 2011
SEND ME LESSON PLAN OF CLASS 7&9
navjeet - India (22094)
Sorry, we do not have lesson plans to send. Feel free to use our material to supplement your studies.
How can xenophobia affect a child's learning?
September 11, 2011
How can incidences of xenophobia affect children's development and learning.
Salmina Mampa - South Africa (21972)
Xenophobia is the fear or dislike of foreign people or those who have difference cultures.
If those around a child exhibit xenophobia toward others they feel are different, the child will learn that attitude. This can limit how much the child will learn, since different cultures can introduce new ideas and expand learning.
If a child is from a different country or culture and experiences xenophobia from teachers and others in school, it will limit opportunities and how much the child can learn. It can also affect the child's self-esteem and confidence in learning.
Poverty as a barrier to learning
September 7, 2011
how poverty can be a barrier to learning in South Africa?
SALMINA - South Africa (21960)
Poverty is a barrier to education in all countries. If a nation has a high rate of poverty, they often cannot afford to educate all of the students. Often the country does not have the money for teachers.
Even if a country has good schools, people living in poverty often do not have access to the schools. Also, not having enough to eat can hurt a child's ability to learn.
How is a school like a business?
May 13, 2011
I am a public school board member. I am trying to understand better the relationship between public schools and business or whether or not there is a relationship. If so, to what level should I be looking at what we do as a business decision?
Victoria - USA (21575)
A private school is a form of for-profit business that provides education for students in exchange for tuition from the parents. If the school does not provide what the parents want for their children, they can go elsewhere and the school loses its "customers."
Also, with a private school, business decisions can affect the profits and bottom line of the school.
On the other hand, a public school is a form of non-profit business where payment or funding comes from taxpayers, including parents of the children in school. This greatly reduces the accountability, as well as motivation for good results. Political factions, unions, etc. often are self-serving, as opposed to looking out for the education of the students.
I guess that the main business decisions are whether various projects fit within the school budget.
Note that many businesses have a statement of their values. This would be important for the school board to have. The fist value could be: "The education of the children is the most important."
I hope these ideas help.
Interested in education process
April 3, 2011
I'm very interested with this explanation.
Which books can be used as a reference and how can I receive such reference?
IDD - Tanzania (21431)
It may be easier for you to get your information through the Internet, as opposed to trying to purchase books on the subject of the Educational Process.
One good source of information is at Education - Process.
You can also find information on Curriculum Theory.
I hope that helps.
How can I improve my teaching skill?
March 31, 2011
yesterday i sent you a question that unfortunately i didn't receive the answer yet
so i am going to ask next question that how can i improve my teaching skill?
please answer my question as soon as possible.
Ali - Afghanistan (21414)
The fact that you want to improve your teaching skill is important in actually becoming a better teacher.
Young people today often lose interest quickly. A way to keep their interest and attention is to explain things clearly and then use real-world examples, so the students will see the usefulness of the information. You can even use personal examples.
Never assume the students understand the material. Ask them if they understand or have questions. Some are shy about asking, so you need patience. Besides explaining the material, using illustrations or even writing important words on the board helps the students understand and learn.
Boys often get restless sitting in a class, so it is good to add some activities where they must get up. Sometimes allowing students to work in groups of 3 - 5 to solve problems keeps them active, as well as helps in working together.
I hope these idea help. Best wishes in successful teaching in your classes.
Science, philosophy and knowledge
March 30, 2011
what is the deference between science and philosophy?
what has taken science and philosophy from?
what is the deference between science and knowledge?
Ali - Afghanistan (21410)
Science is the systematic study of the natural world.
Philosophy is the study of problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge and values.
Knowledge is expertise and skills acquired by a person through experience or education.
Existentialism and education
March 23, 2011
i want to what is the existentialism and its educational ideas?
ziphezinhle - South Africa (21372)
Some good articles on the subject can be seen at: Existentialism in Education.
Looking for free home study
March 2, 2011
hi im interested in doing a home study course but im on benefits can u suggest any such course that i can do for free at home many thanks with your help
natasha - UK (21278)
Doing a home study course takes discipline, since you do not have to go to a classroom. However, you can pick the times when you study. Online courses are becoming more popular, since it gives people flexibility. But it is not easy to ask questions or seek help if you have a problem with some material.
Although you can find some free online classes on the Internet, most charge money for them. I good thing to do is to check with your local adult education, colleges and school system to see what home study course they have available. Some may be free. Also, you may be able to quality for a grant to pay for the courses.
Best wishes on improving your knowledge and education.
Education is the best way to life
February 6, 2011
education is the best way to life...
ametsikor - Ghana (21155)
It is very true that education is very important in having a good life.
See Importance of Intellect in Life
My 6-year old has trouble with words and letters
February 1, 2011
I am having 6 yrs old kid. I am not sure whether he is suffering from ADHD but the symptons tell me to think that he is hyperactive child. He is very good in speaking, communication (though he cannot pronounce R, not able to pronounce R clearly).
1. He writes b as d or p as q, w as m. Sometimes he got to know he wrote wrong but sometimes he don't understand the difference.
2. Cannot stay still while studing but i noticed while watching cartoon he is sitting still and watching it continuosly. So I feel concentration is not a problem.
3. He simply don't like to read and write. Orally he can answer most of the questions which teacher/mother taught him but he avoid to write.
4. Sometimes very eager to do what he likes but it leads to silly mistakes. e.g. he knows how to subtract and add the numbers but in hurry he wrote addition when subtraction expected.
5. Sometimes shout when things are not going the way he wants.
5. Teacher at school suggest me that he need special attention so I hired one teacher who teach him seperately at home but he simply ignore the teacher and dont follow instructions of the teacher.
I feel really bad when teacher complains but don't know how to handle him. He is very sweet and active in all other things. He likes drawing. He is confident (sometimes over confident). He is having very good qualities like making new friends, speacking with adults, sharing his thoughts. He is very ambitious and he wants to be a army pilot officer .. but how come it is possible without studies :( not sure. I know scolding and bitting him will not going to help him. Please suggest me what I can do for my child. I hope it's not too late to start any treatment or study.
Please reply. Thanks.
Shilpa - India (21122)
It sounds like your boy has a form of dyslexia. Some of the symptoms are difficulty learning the alphabet or letters order, difficulty with associating sounds with the letters that represent them and having some behavior problems. It can be very frustrating for him to have these problems.
Most children with dyslexia have normal intelligence, and many have above-average intelligence. Note that there are some well-known and successful people who have had dyslexia when they were children. However, it was a struggle for them to learn and keep up with the others.
You should have a physician check your son for dyslexia. The teacher should know he has the problem, so they can deal with it properly. Extra help and remedial instruction can lead to marked improvement in reading and understanding.
Best wishes on good health and education for your boy.
How different is hyperactivity from ADD, ADHD?
January 26, 2011
I have really enjoyed the class. My question is how different is hyperactivity from ADD, ADHD?
Veronica - Ghana (21086)
A person can be hyperactive and not be ADD or ADHD. Someone who is hyperactive may be easily excited, full of energy or overly enthusiastic. The problem comes when the person would be too hyperactive, such that you can't pay attention to what others are saying or even keep his mind on something he is doing.
Many young boys are overly active, such that they are always squirming and want to get into mischief. You could call them hyperactive, but they are not ADD or ADHD, unless they become disruptive in social situations.
I hope that gives you better understanding.
Founders of educational philosophies
January 16, 2011
Who are the founder of education philosophicies?
Erick - Tanzania (21023)
There are a number of founders of the various educational philosophies:
* Immanuel Kant
* John Locke
* John Dewey
* William James
* Jean Piaget
* Maria Montessori
These are just a few of the many philosophies and philosophers.
Role of knowledge in education management
November 24, 2010
knowledge in education management
leila - Iran (20737)
Knowledge of both education methods and management techniques are important in education management. You need to study both areas to become proficient in the field.
Five students are giving problems in class
October 19, 2010
well i am facing a lot of troubles with 5 students in the same class. all the symptoms that you talked about can be describe my students' cases. in our country we can't interfere that much in their home life and with their parents for here the customer is always right. i tried different strategies but they were useless. i have this case that is always distracted either by talking or day dreaming.he never listens to me even if i am talking to him and looking in his eyes. sometimes i have to call on his name several times before he responds...i need ideas for i am in a situation that no one would like to be in.
nesrin - Lebanon (20556)
The reasons for the actions of these 5 students may be medical or emotional conditions, such as being hyperactive or having ADHD. Or it may be some behavior problems that require discipline. Sometimes it could be from a poor family life. It is difficult for a teacher to tell what is the cause of the problem.
However, if they do not behave in class or disrupt the class, or if they do not do well on assignments or tests, you will have to give them poor grades.
Although you cannot interfere in their home life, it is worthwhile to let the parents know that you are concerned about their performance in class. Sometimes parents are not aware that their child is not doing well. At the very least, if it is a medical or emotional problems, you might find it out. Showing your concern to the parents is better than complaining to them, since you both want the best for the child.
If you can, it might be good to check with the teachers who had these students last year to see if they had the same problems. Often other teachers can give you clues on how to deal with such children.
As far as the boy who takes so long to respond goes, it sounds like he has some serious problems. As long as he is not disrupting the class, you may simply have patience with him. But also note that some children like that may seem like they are not listening but then do well in tests.
I hope these ideas help. It is a difficult problem. Best wishes in your class.
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