Improving Transportation Infrastructure

Submitted by Ahmed Bagigah on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:41am.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont recently proposed a bill to improve the nation’s transportation infrastructure , which is behind current standards in many developed countries. The bill recommends that the nation should spend about $1 trillion dollars in order to improve our transportation infrastructure. However, the money will come directly from taxes. Lawmakers are discussing the possibility of increasing gas taxes to help fund this bill. According to Sanders, gas taxes have always been the key to funding towards improving transportation and highway. This project will bring about 13 million jobs and also improve the quality and speed of transportation throughout the country. Improving transportation infrastructure around the nation will improve the day-to-day life of many people. Commutes will be faster and other sectors will be faster and much more efficient.


Obesity and Academic Performance

Submitted by Frank Obeng on Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:34am.
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Obese children tend to have a short life-span as they are more prone than their peers to heart attacks and diabetes. Researchers also have found that obese children tend to perform worse on exams compared to their more slim and healthier classmates. The most obvious academic performance areas affected by obesity are physical education and math. Obese children find it more difficult to keep up with exercises in gym. This slows blood flow to the brains, and lead to less thinking and absorbing during math classes. What are some ways to control obesity in children?


More Practice than Class Time?

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:11pm.
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There doesn’t seem an end to the academic scandal rocking University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC). This report highlights a statement released by two former UNC student athletes who criticized the whole athletic department for depriving student athletes of the opportunity to acquire a meaningful education. The student athletes claimed they were enrolled in so called "easy classes". Additionally, student athletes are restricted by the NCAA to practice for an average of 20 hours a week. However, several reports have indicated that student athletes tend to practice for as many as 40 hours a week. Apparently students spend more time practicing than they spend in class. This might be the result of students enrolling in "easy classes".

I believe it is not right to prioritize sports over education. It is one thing to be passionate about a sport but considering the low rate at which college athletes make it to professional sports, I believe it is better to attain a college degree in order to secure an alternative profession.


Benefits of Taking a Walk During Lunch

Submitted by Sarpong Adjei on Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:41pm.
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Most of us use our lunch break as a time to eat and take a break from the work day. However, recent research suggests talking a walk during your lunch break might be beneficial to your health. Researchers at University of Birmingham and other universities found that a simple lunchtime walk can immediately keep one’s mood positive and provide them with the ability to handle stress. It also decreases depression, lower perceived stress and improves one’s overall well being. I’m sure we can all agree that walking is a good form of exercise and has many positive physical, emotional and psychological effects. Will you take more walks on your lunch break now?


Microsoft Hololens

Submitted by Gonzalo Obelleiro on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:05am.
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Riccardo Giraldi, creative director at Microsoft, promises that Hololens is the beginning of a new era of holographic computing.

We shall see.


Improving Learning Through Costumed Assessments

Submitted by Khalil Abubakar on Sun, 01/25/2015 - 11:09pm.
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Teachers tend to follow the school curricula and other administrative tools to evaluate a student’s learning outcomes. Every teacher has their own style of teaching and has a goal for what he or she wants their students to learn. Organizations in states like Ohio are training teachers to make customized assessments.

This article suggests three ways teachers can provide purposeful and effective assessments to students. One is to give exams with an aim of clarifying specific information. Second, analyze test results to pinpoint areas your students need explanation. Finally, collaborate with colleagues as this will help see student’s flaws and confusions to better improve their understanding of materials.


The Dangers of Football

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Sun, 01/25/2015 - 9:18pm.
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In most schools, sports remain an essential tool that is used to promote teamwork, collaboration and tolerance. However, there have been numerous reports about the dangers involved in tackle football. Students tend to be too physical and end up with very risky injuries. Some parents have begun to consider whether to allow their children to play football in school. The vialogue below highlights some of the reasons why parents would not want their children to play football. Do you think these reasons are tangible enough to label football as a "dangerous sport?"


Teachers Teach and Students Learn

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Sun, 01/25/2015 - 7:24pm.
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A student’s ability to perform well, for the most part, depends on the teacher. In any institution, it’s the responsibility of teachers to help students learn. A teacher’s performance is reflected in students’ learning. However, teachers are not always to be blame when students are performing poorly. For instance in Pakistan, a normal classroom consists of 70 students and two teachers. Every teacher will struggle to get the best performance out of his or her students in this kind of condition.

Thus, quality is a major contributing factor for poor teacher performance. Ironically, 90% of Pakistan education budget goes toward paying teacher salaries, yet student-learning outcomes are mixed. I believe the education system in Pakistan can improve if teachers are provided with pre-service and in-service training that has up to date teaching methods. Additionally, classroom sizes should also be reduced to a reasonable number.


Importance of Infrastructure

Submitted by Ahmed Bagigah on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:55am.
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Metropolitan areas throughout the United States are facing difficult challenges in keeping up with economic and environmental demands. The need for efficient and reliable infrastructures is needed to keep up with growing populations and societal changes. Infrastructure provides the important building blocks and leads to efficient business outcomes and a productive society. Investment in infrastructures such as communications, energy, transportation, buildings and parks could be the driving force behind a healthy economy. According to an analysis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 14 million people work in fields related to infrastructure. These jobs vary from construction, engineering, and energy and makes up about 11% of the work force. Infrastructure connects people to their jobs and creates other opportunities in many communities. It also shapes all the basic necessities in a city. It supports the supply and demand of goods and services, opens new opportunities in education and health care, provides better transportation, energy and network systems.


Developing Learning Skills with Video Games

Submitted by Youssef Ballo on Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:51am.
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Video games help reinforce important learning and social skills, especially for children with developmental problems. Video games also assist children in setting goals, providing feedback, and keeping records of behavioral change. Video games enhance classroom performance, behavior, academic achievement and skills. Low performing students can benefit from the use of games because they built different type of skills such as language, basic math and reading. Most teachers believe that games have the ability to motivate struggling and special education students.

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