Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Education Is Beyond College Degrees

I didn't take the ABMasscommunication (Journalism) course just because I wanted to have a degree, nor to ensure that I will become a journalist. In fact, I never dreamed to take a Masscommunication course since my health does not allow it. And I didn't like the spotlight. I took journalism for one reason and one reason only: to improve my writing. I was certain that writing was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I was also certain that there, lies my strength. These things were made perfectly clear to the interviewers who gave me a job.
However, a college education gave me something else. I got more than I bargained for. I found confidence, independence and the ability to defend myself. I got stronger.
God knows, it was not easy. I was a certified wallflower and crybaby in high school. I swear, on normal days, you would find me in a corner contemplating, observing, reading or writing. I was scared of people.
In college, I was exposed to different environments and my course had much to do with it. I had been to different prison cells, police stations, government agencies, radio stations and a television station, museums, different schools, restaurants, factories and publications offices and lots of other places where I could get news. I had talked to media practitioners, government heads, police officers and prisoners and other people. One course on investigative journalism had me walking either at 10:00 p.m. or at 2:00 a.m. the Philippine streets of Ramos, Orlando, Jones and Junquera. During these times, I was usually with one or two girls who were my classmates, but I also tried doing it alone when I had no choice. There were also places like the Carbon market.
I got to work in newspapers particularly in the news, advertising, and credit and collection departments. I got to work even in a museum, which was actually a huge, almost two-hundred-year-old wooden house of a prominent Spanish era family.
There's so much to narrate where education is concerned. Yes, education is pointless if you don't use what you have learned...when your only aim in studying is to graduate and have a college degree. But education is there to help you gain the skills needed to survive in the real world where you have to be globally competitive. And if you already have that skill, education will improve it, bringing along other aspects and expertise you never thought would be useful. Education does not only focus on the intellect and the mechanical also helps shape you into a better and mature individual and define you as someone who could go through the adversities in life.
Perhaps I was lucky to have studied in a very good school, which incorporates experience to solidify the what's in learning. In my school, we were thought about laws and human behavior, as well as confidence. I got to study broadcast and print laws and ethics. Even languages such as Nipongo, Spanish and Chinese were thought in my school. The Media Education and Psychology courses helped me know what to bring to the audience and understand why a person responds in such manner. Philosophy and Debate and Argumentation courses helped me know what is right thinking and reasoning from what is not. And so many other things.
Perhaps a person who claims to have attained education have not truly attained it if he had not made use with what he has learned. And education is not only confined within the four walls of the classroom. Education is a lifelong process.
I am currently working as a junior business news editor -- alongside UP graduates who are known to be intellectually advanced -- and this I tell you, if not for the kind of education I have, I wouldn't have become one. My kind of work deals with foreign laws on business especially on bankruptcies...things you don't easily get without education. My school did not teach me foreign laws, but it has thought me how to be analytical and how to adapt to the kind of environment I am exposed to.
The good thing about my college education is that I was thought on how to land a job I want. Having a job that can support your lifestyle is not enough. Well, good for those who are already well off and do not need to support other members of the family. Correct me if I am wrong, but I doubt that if you have incurable disease that you would get the money for treatment from your parents or from 'the others'. What if those persons have gone? What would you do then?
But the best thing education has brought me is the kind of person I have become. It has helped me see what I can be and that I can do great things even through small beginnings. It has helped me spot lessons out of disappointments and therefore helped me become optimistic. Education, all in all, has helped me love myself.
When I look at the mirror, I couldn't help but smile, although I am still learning more and more of this cool person.
A certain writer named Anne once wrote:
The best and most beautiful things
in the world cannot be seen
or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
Loving myself is what I do best
No one can make me feel
any less.
Sheryl is a junior editor of foreign publishing company Cannon Creek Asia Inc., where she deals with business news. She also writes other articles and poetry. Her works can be found in online publications such as the Circadian Poems, The Write Spot and Writing Village.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tax Credits Aim to Help Individuals Pay for College Education

Individuals who have filed their 2011 taxes early in an attempt to defray education costs may be wondering, "where's my return?" For starters, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reported that millions of dollars worth of tax refunds have not been delivered due to mailing address errors. Some taxpayers who have not updated their residential location are experiencing a delay in their return, which has prompted the IRS to remind citizens to update their records. According to World News Insight, approximately $7 million worth of tax refunds in Georgia were undeliverable because of mailing address issues.
Individuals can ensure a speedier refund - and no residence confusion - if they sign up for a direct deposit into their bank accounts. But for those who prefer to mail in their forms, the news provider said that it will take up to four weeks to receive refund checks. Taxpayers can check the status of their payment by visiting, clicking on "Where's my refund?" and entering some information, such as your social security number, filing status and the exact dollar amount of your refund.
Individuals who claim college tuition and student loan interest on their returns may also have to wait another month before they file their federal taxes, according to CBS News Money Watch. Due to new laws that Congress did not pass until late last year, the IRS said it will not accept certain returns until mid-February at the earliest. The news provider reports that taxpayers who claim expenses for college education are included in the group of filers who have to wait.
However, the good news is that many scholars who are paying for college credits - whether through student loans or tuition payments - are eligible for a tax break this year. According to Bloomberg, the American Opportunity Credit will provide up to $2,500 in deductions for filers who are paying for higher education. To qualify, students must be attending a college or university at least half-time. The credit can be used through the first four years of school.
According to the IRS' website, the tax credit - which is included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - covers materials for course materials, as well. Thus, students or parents who shelled out money for books last year can claim those expenses. The credit is limited to individuals who have a modified adjusted income of $80,000 or less, and married couples who earn $160,000 or less. Taxpayers who earn more are not eligible for the deduction.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Currency Trading Education

If you want to win at currency trading, you can buy advice but most currency trading education you need you can get for free and here we will look at how to find the best and enjoy currency trading success...
Let's first look at currency education that needs to be avoided.
Forex Expert Advisors
Most who claim they are not - anyone who claims they can make you money with no effort should be avoided.
If you want to see if an expert is a not qualified, look for the words "simulated" or "in hindsight", on the track record presented - this is not real trading and the track record is made up, to sell currency trading courses and systems.
Forex Forums
Want to find losers? Then currency trading forums are great. What trader who makes money uses them?
I don't know any. It's mostly losers who are trying to make themselves feel better, by dispensing their wisdom, or vendors trying to peddle their products - most of which are junk. Avoid Currency forums!
News Sources
We have better news than ever but traders need to learn 30 years ago before we had lots of currency news sources 95% of traders lost and 95% lose today, so improved news hasn't helped.
Prices don't move to the news, they move to trader's perception of. Try and trade breaking currency news and you will lose.
Most broker education won't help you - if brokers were good at trading, they wouldn't be brokers! Also, as brokers mostly trade against you when you take a position, it's a conflict of interest.
Good Sources
So what about the good sources? Well the good news is:
There is plenty of it and you can get a good solid currency education for free.
The best way to trade is to use currency charts and base your market timing on technical analysis. There is plenty of free information on the basics, all the different indicators and charts for free, so you can look at the indicators, try them and come up with a simple, robust currency trading strategy.
Any currency trader, who wants to win, should also learn breakout trading and you will find a lot of information on this as well.
The fast is anyone can learn currency trading, there are no secrets and the reason most traders lose is - lack of discipline and poor money management and there is plenty of information on this too.
Traders simply lack discipline and CANNOT keep their losses small or trade through losing periods.
Worth the Money.
You can get some great information on discipline for free but I Would recommend spending $100 or so, on some books, from the really great traders, to get more insight into the mindset to succeed.
These are traders who have walked the walk and don't simply talk the talk. We reviewed our top ten in other articles so look them up - this is money well spent.
So in conclusion, you can get all the currency trading basics for success for free and can build a currency trading strategy - your major challenge though is money management and discipline.
Its here I would recommend spending a few dollars, if you don't think you have discipline ( and most traders don't) and then, the combination of a simple, robust, currency trading system and the right mindset to apply it, can help you win at currency trading.
Getting the right currency education is easy; getting the right mindset is what separates the small number of winners from the losing majority.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Education Reform May Provide Better Incentives For Those With Education Degrees

Students in education degree programs might enter professions that, in the long run, are the most important to a successful economy. That's at least how President Barack Obama, interviewed by Matt Lauer for the Today Show in September, described teachers. Students who are working toward education degrees might also enter a field that's very different by the time they graduate.
The difference has to do with education reform. Last year, the federal government announced a $4 billion "Race to the Top" program designed to award $4 billion in grants to states that encourage education reform. Much of the news with regard to education these days has to do with enhanced college and university readiness and improved science and math education. Students in education degree programs might learn that America's K-12 students lag behind other countries in these subject areas particularly.
The American Federation of Teachers is on board with education reform. Math and science, many say, can enhance innovation, help the economy and help the country retain its role as a world leader. But where Obama in the Today Show interview announced plans to recruit thousands of science and math teachers over the coming two years, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten in an opinion piece on AOL News suggested that training and retaining teachers, as they do in Finland, might benefit the education system.
BBC World News America earlier this year reported on how representatives from throughout the world visited Finland to determine what makes the country's schools so successful. Finland's schools rank- highly on a worldwide scale, even though students there spend some of the least amount of time in class, according to the BBC article. The article explained about when students start school there and when they move to different schools and teachers. Among other things, the BBC World News article mentioned immigration and additional teachers who fill highly respected roles.
If you're pursuing an education degree, you might be keeping up with American teacher salaries. The National Education Association has proposed offering starting salaries of $40,000 per year across the board for teachers and $28,000 for school support personnel. The American Federation of Teachers has proposed what's known as "differentiated" pay, where teachers would start with adequate, locally negotiated base salaries and be paid more in instances where they take on added responsibilities. Obama mentioned to Lauer the possibility of creating a career ladder for teachers as a means of professionalizing the industry.
According to the National Education Association website, about 20 percent of new teachers change professions by the time they complete their first year in public schools and nearly half of public school teachers change professions within five years. American school systems as a result lose about $7 billion each year, Weingarten wrote. According to him, school districts should work with teachers to reform them and, through a relatively new model for evaluating their work, to help them develop professionally.
Whether or not you're working toward an education degree, it's likely that you've heard the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." Weingarten and Obama agree that educating children is partly the responsibility of others as well. In Finland, the BBC World News America article noted, parents read at home with their children and communicate regularly with teachers.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

7 Effective Ways to Read and Understand African Political News

Whether you are an African expatriate hoping to stay in touch with what is going on in your home country, a potential tourist hoping to do research on the best place to visit, a political student striving to understand the development in Africa, or simply well-wisher dedicated to unload of few bucks to chip in the aid for Africa, translating the information you read into valuable knowledge is an important task
Like any other continent, Africa offers a set of complex realities that can offer conflicting outcome for the party interested; moreover, accessing the information you need is not always evident between the information you look for, and the information you find.
Below is a short description of criteria to consider when reading or researching news on Africa. While the list is not exclusive, and can certainly be extended, I believe this initial guidepost may help. Feel free to add or consider additional helpful points.
1. Consider the source of the information
Africa is a very complex place, that combines many world and realities, the gap between the rich and the poor creates in many places two different societies whose world rarely collide. For that reason, news sources are often tailored to one group or the other.
Understanding the source of the information will help you assess the legitimacy of the information you have. For example, is it a local or foreign news source? Foreign sources often have greater access to political circles because the government is more concerned about the way it is portrayed to the outside world; however, foreign sources rarely give you the real pulse of the nation. If the source is local, consider the accreditation that is reflected by interviews or first hand accounts. In Africa, Official news is often given unofficially, while official news is a front. That means that those sources that have close access to the government are more likely to give credible news, compare to unaccredited sources to whom is given generic news. (More on it further down)
2. Try to capture the perspective of the information
In Africa, the freedom of the press is not a sacred duty, and as mentioned above, free and transparent news are not evident. As a result, news often reflects the perspective of the source. The information you will get is based on the perception of the source. In the West, Africa is widely primarily viewed as a continent ravaged by war and diseases, where impoverished people and government are struggling very hard to survive, and thus their lives and activities are geared toward Help and how the global community can help them. As a result, most African news coming from the West will treat topics such as aid, sanction, peace and war, and oil discovery. Human rights, rigged election and corruption are other subjects often treated; in other words, Western media tend to chronicle Africa's efforts to "join" or emulate them.
When it comes to local media and news sources, the dilemma is different. Elite and well positioned news sources depicts the political life of the country, meaning that their news are mostly geared toward accounts of big political activities, such as Presidential travels and visits, opposition complaints, foreign investment, dignitaries visits, Diaspora news and international events in which the government participate. In short, those news sources attempts to present information from the perception of Africa to the rest of the world.
Finally, local media perception is often directed at the local population, therefore offers information on issue that matters to locals; energy and gas issues, employment, government promises kept or not, education, political freedom, cultural and social safeguard, etc...
3. Acknowledge the Biases
In the U.S, it is often assumed that CNN is Pro-democrats, and Fox News is a Republican arm, regardless if true or not, that perception is very present in Africa as well; not in form of Republican or democrats of course, but they still play a short role.
From the day of colonization, Western Nations had strategic interests in Africa, and Political propaganda has insured that many Westerners view some African countries internal policies as beneficial or threatening to their way of life.
If your African news information is from a Western source, always consider the position of your country with the African country you are researching. Popular opinion is critical and very few Western media will say nice things about the Zimbabwe government for example. Western media will offer news based on the national interest of their home country. You will rarely read negative report about the Egyptian Government that has good relations with Washington, although it is not a beacon of Democracy, yet Zimbabwe, which has been a torn in their side, is demonized. This is not an attempt to justify the evil of some people, but it is worth considering that Western media will report information according to the way they wish a certain country to be viewed.
If you wish to avoid the biases of Western news outlet, you are better off searching for African news by African news outlets. There again, there is an often bias between Pro and anti government. Some news sources are government sponsored, while other are dedicated to discredit the government regardless of good deeds or not. In Africa the contrast is usually very strong, as you can read full articles of "official" news feed that praises the government unashamedly, while others are almost littered with insults. Very rarely will you find news source that are impartial, and it is usually very evident to distinguish the sources political leanings.
Given the polarity of African societies, and the actuality of International Relations, one must not look at news Biases with pure disgust, but as a component and vital actor of global politics; filling between diverse biases can actually help uncover valuable information. But in case it doesn't help, always consider independent news and...
4. Identify the agendas
If for some reasons you are unable to filter official and supposedly professional news sources, do make use of independent news sources such as NGO's and Think Tank. Because they are usually unaffiliated with any government, and their work is mainly based on empirical data and research, NGO and Think Tank do paint an educated and comprehensive picture of what is going on in Africa. Most of their works are expanded toward a wide range of subjects that reflects a non-partial view of government activities, social realities and international implications.
If you obtain your news via NGOs or Think Tanks, you are most likely to have access to strong data, depending on the Think Tank, and hard core evidence of what is going on in the country you research.
The only problem presented by NGOs and Think Tanks is that they do have an agenda. The nature of their strong work is usually motivated by the mission to influence or advice a government to act toward an issue they view as important. Because of that agenda, those organizations often accentuate an issue to the point where it overshadows others, making it look like an exaggeration.
For example if an NGO has for agenda to reduce arm trafficking in Africa, their information may offer solid leads on the pulse of a country, with credible evidence; however, their extensive research on the impact of arm trafficking may minimize other positive information, to the point of giving the impression that you can buy Ak47 at a candy store. This of course is not with the intent to deceive or dramatize, but with the objective of using the data to convince world powers to act on arms trafficking.
If you know how to extract your information from those sources, they are an excellent balance to local and international news.
5. Check the blogs
Africa sends millions of its bright Sons and Daughters abroad to study in higher education, and loses other millions professionals in search of a better living. While the damages of this brain drain are considerable, the attachment all those Africans retain for their homeland represents a glimpse of hope.
Since they cannot directly be involve in official affairs in their home countries because of the distance or political threats, many member of the African Diaspora voice their opinions in blogs or personal websites.
The advantage of reading those opinionated blogs is that it offers a personal touch and reaction to all the other news you may have read.
Many are very knowledgeable in what they are writing, and approach it in a very professional way. They are not constrained by editorial control, so are free to give their honest, educated opinion on what they read, heard or experienced in and out of Africa.
If they are not that knowledgeable on African affairs anymore, many still have families abroad who can give them first account to report on what is happening.
Because they are so many blogs related to Africa, you can not only compare information and news, but also engage the writers and have a better feel on how and where they get to say what they are saying.
For most people, this is a valuable source, because on top of general political views, they can offer a personal one, as well as giving an insight on how and where people live their everyday, not to mention, where the hotspots are.
The disadvantage of Blogs is that it is after all just personal opinions, and personal opinions can be motivated or inspired by perception, Bias, and /or agenda. It is not uncommon for exile politicians to mount an opposition from abroad, something blogs tend to make easier, so caution is advised for that reason.
6. Search for supportive news
Every news agency is in search of a scoop, and none wants to be left out of considerable information.
Whenever you stumble on interesting information for your research, after identifying the source, always make sure to search if that information is reprised by other news outlets.
When it comes to Africa, it is very common for news to be generalizing, but if you feel you came across useful information, always double check if you can locate it in other Western sources (if those where your primary sources), and then in local African sources. Check in Blogs and social sites if it is being discussed, or better create a new discussion.
The fact of the matter is that if you are looking for information on Africa, the complexity of its state does not favor taking any information at face value, but insuring that it is shared, discussed and not hostage to any perception and bias will help you have good grip on what is going on.
7. Use common sense
In Politics like in everything, things happen for a reason, from a coup d'Etat, to a social uprising, and political instability to international sanction.
Africa is not another planet we know nothing about, and it did not appear without a past or history.
In everything you read or learn about Africa, consider the context and remember history. Famine and poverty did not come suddenly; wars all have a spark plug, poor countries should not be able to buy weapons they do not manufacture.
The context and the historical reality that today links nearly all countries on Earth presents the fertile ground on how you will receive the news you receive, they way you receive it.
Knowledge is a light to which is drawn a bug called interest, and common sense should help you navigate the waves of misinformation toward the land of comprehension of the subject you research.
As mentioned, this is a list that can be extended and perfected, but for all who have at one point or another, read African news or wanted to understand what is going in Africa, I hope that little list will be helpful the next time it happens.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Media Versus Educational Institutions

Many things have been said about media, its relation with education and the institutions of education, as well as co-action between them. But the point which has been rarely and scarcely stressed upon, and requires to be emphasized with the force and vigour it deserves, is that the media by itself is the most powerful medium of education at large. When I talk about media, I mean it to be inclusive of both the print-media and electronic media. There is an umbilical relation between the media and educational institutions, as both are deeply correlated, collateral as well as complementary to each other.
Education on Air
So far as the print-media (news papers/magazines/periodicals/journals) is concerned, it has, somehow, been playing its role in educating the people positively to some extent, but unfortunately, the electronic media (radio, television etc.,) is not delivering the goods in this respect. Being a medium of infotainment, it is, in fact, supposed to be a means of not merely educating the masses on a much wider scale, but also a tool of promoting and developing the national ethos, culture, moral values, ethics and social manners on the nation-wide scale.
Media is the most powerful instrument of not only spreading, inculcating and ingraining the values and traditions among our new generation, but also strengthening them in the mindset of the old one. It is the government' responsibility to use electronic media for the above-mentioned purposes and it has the powers, necessary resources and machinery to do so, but, alas, it has, until now, failed to take any concrete step in the direction. Government is therefore well-advised to press its machinery to use the centrally-administered media as a tool to provide education on air.
Media's role compared with formal Institutions of Educations
It is an irrefutable fact that the media can prove an effective and useful tool in providing education to the masses. In this respect, media's role starts exactly from where the role being played by the formal institutions such as schools, colleges and universities comes to an end. The media has not merely an obligation to inform the people what has happened, and what is happening in the surroundings, in the society, across the country and around the world, but it has also a bounden duty to enlighten the masses what actually must have been there and, in deed, what now must be there under the sky.
Art, Culture and Literature
The media has another function to perform and that is to take care of social manners and ethical values among the people, to preserve and promote them besides developing indigenous art, culture and literature.
A few words about literature: whatever is written is simply defined as literature. However, whatever is written with an accuracy of the language and punctuation of the grammar is, by definition, termed to be the "classic literature," whereas whatever is printed, published, broadcast and telecast by the print-electronic media is nothing but the "literature in haste." And this exactly is the domain of media.
Reverse Gear
Now the question arises what is the media doing now-a-days? Hasn't it put the vehicle on the reverse gear and isn't driving it in quite opposite direction? Is the media playing its role, doing its functions in any respect honestly and sincerely? Is it delivering the goods in letters and in spirit? The answer is, alas, a horrible "No."
It is extremely deplorable, disappointing and sorry state affairs to see that in the name of art and culture, the Western art and culture are being promoted and boosted, and on the contrary, the indigenous arts and cultures, are, unfortunately, being weakened and relegated day by day, throwing the young generation straightaway into the "lap of the Western Culture" on a wholesale scale.
Failure of the Educational System
The role being played by our formal educational establishments is even worse. Our system of education is still based on some elements of the British policy- getting rid of which the sooner, is the better because they are, on the one hand, laying negative and harmful impact on the emerging talents of our promising students and on the other, extirpating the very roots of Indian culture. Despite having gained geo-political freedom, we are yet to be able to get ourselves released from the yoke of mental- intellectual bondage of our Anglo-American masters in certain spheres of life, especially in economy, science and technology. In the name of imparting education, our students are virtually made "the book-addicts", rather turned into the "book-worms." Instead of pushing ahead and encouraging them to pursue and develop their instinctively creative talents and skills, the students are, unfortunately, being encouraged to strictly go by the books from the beginning to the end, throughout their lives. Main emphasis is on theory and not on practice.
Consequently, now the nation India can boast of producing the best "imitators" in almost every sphere of life but is not in a position to proudly claim to have produced any original thinkers and scientists except Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, S.Chandrashekher, Hargobind Khurana, Amartya Sen, Venkatramana Ramakrshnan and a few other exceptions in recent history. Even a handful of those born with inner creative talents and high skills, are compelled to go abroad due to the lack of necessary facilities, proper incentives, lucrative compensations and encouragement in the country. In the field of science and technology, we are still dependent on the highly developed Western nations to a large extent, and India's glory has been lost somewhere in the dustbin of history.
Total Overhauling needed
Unless the whole structure of the polity, which has been reduced to an abominably, abhorrently stinking rot, is overhauled and restructured, policies putting the educational system on a sound footing, and guiding the media towards its real functions, are framed afresh and implemented vigorously and vehemently, as well as suitable amendments are incorporated in the relevant portions of the Constitution in order to enact and enforce necessary laws for the purposes, the situation will not improve and India will not emerge as a totally free and independent nation in every field of life, in the truest sense of the term. In respect of media, it is more essential and imperative, especially in view of the growing greed to earn as much money as possible, even if it is at the expense of the barest minimum requisites of the common people. That the greed has overshadowed the super values and lofty human sentiments of love, affection, compassion, sympathy, honesty, sincerity and above all -- the spirit of sacrifice -- has been brought to the fore by the greedy, selfish and self-serving T.V. journalists/photographers, who, while reporting, always tend to prefer capturing images of even the bleeding and dying persons attacked by miscreants or injured in road accidents, to going to their rescue. An instance pointing out to the bitter truth was reported from Chennai, where a police officer attacked while on his motorbike by unidentified assailants, bled to death because of delayed medical attention on January 8, 2010. A convoy of ministers passed by, stopped, looked at the sub-inspector of Tamil Nadu police, R. Vetrivel lay profusely bleeding on the road, and simply passed off. None of them felt it necessary to take any action. On the other hand, a T.V. cameraman was so keen to capture the images that he, too, did not consider it necessary to take trouble of going to his aid.
The images were flashed by several TV news channels including 9 O'CLOCK NEWS. Although, the channels' aim was to wag a finger at the ministers, who impotently stood around doing nothing, the same charge could be leveled on the cameraman, who was busy filming the scene, instead of rushing the man to the hospital. However, we can put the same question to ourselves; how many times do we stop when we witness a road accident? Is it fair on our part to be quick to shake our heads at the ministers, when many of us might not have stopped for any Vetrivel either? What does such an occasion demand from a journalist, who happens to be a human being? Should he shoot the event and pass off or physically intervene in it?
Arguments or Lame Excuses?
Argument goes like this that journalists' job is just to report what happens, as clearly as possible. The journalist is like a doctor in the emergency room, strictly in accordance with one analogy- one that is iconic given the images of dying Vetrivel. One sees a lot of suffering, but it is more important to put one's feeling aside and just work on the story. Many journalists, the world over-feel, think and act in the same fashion - especially those covering wars and unprecedented disasters. A journalist should never forget that he is a human being first and a professional last. Apart from reason and intellect, super human sentiments of love, mercy, sympathy, mutual consideration and cooperation, going to the rescue of helpless and extending a helping hand to the needy in distress, are the attributes that distinguish human beings from animals, and human nature demands that these qualities should never, in any case, be dominated by greed to earn money at the cost of lives, and the selfish urge to go ahead in the race of sweeping into the net all sorts of comfort and luxury of mundane life for the sake of the self and kith and kin, pushing behind, and sometimes, treading over others in the race.
Ruthless Machines
The tremendous greed for money has virtually turned the professionals into the "ruthless machines," and journalists are no exception. By preferring to capture footages, the T.V. photographer, in fact, proved his mercilessness. It is, of course, the economic conditions that determine how images are produced and broadcast for the viewers.
We are so accustomed to having our television journalists dramatize the news, and act like drama-mongers that they have lost our trust. Almost every televised event seems like infotainment, a soap opera, or trick for ratings. In this context, it is very difficult not to see almost every thing the news media does with an intensely suspicious eye. The panel discussions over regulation on television have been time and again raised as a way to control the runaway speed of television news, but this doesn't seem to address the more intricate problem.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Management Education Course in an Article

Education is different things to different individuals. While the whole world is focused on traditional education, I believe that the best education is self-study, and independent study, if one really wants to get a true grip on life. Yes, I promote and agree that everyone needs a high school and a college education, but it is my true belief also that these traditional educations must be supplemented with life education, with experience, and with on-the-job training wherever possible. If you are interested in advancing in any particular field and interested in having the best life you can have for yourself, then you will live and grow with the idea that your education is never finished. Yes, you hear correctly. For you, the successful individual, your education is never finished.
And it is always growing according to your outside environment and your inside attitude, personality, dreams, wishes, hopes and goals. And that all put together is your wholesome education. You will, without a doubt learn your most valuable lessons, not in a classroom, but in life, outdoors with people, while you are surrounded with the real world. That is and should be some of your most prized possessions when it comes to having a real education.
So, what is your extra education? What is necessary beyond those four walls and many buildings of high schools and colleges? The rest of your education consists of going to Broadway plays, of meeting new people in your own cities and in the rest of the USA or the world as you travel throughout your life. Some of your extra education will be in observing people and seeing how they live and knowing that the way you live is only one way and that there are millions of other ways to live a life and most of them are successful. The rest of your education consists of listening to great music, seeing great art, talking with great individuals. The rest of your education consists of reading not books but entire libraries of books, one book at a time, one day at a time.
And I think one of the most vital parts of your education is knowing that the news of the day will only serve to depress you. So to force your education to go in a most positive direction and to add joy and clarity to your life, to be your most successful person listen to the news (if you need to do that) only in the midday part of your day, not in the morning and not in the evening. Why ? The reason to refrain from news-bites early in the morning is because you do not want to bring all the bad news with you as you begin your day, and the reason to refrain from the news in the evening is because you do not want ot bring the bad news to sleep with you at the end of the day. Cover your world with good, positive blessings and thoughts as you begin your day and fill your pre-sleep hours with great positive, soothing thoughts and you will be your best you.
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Now that is truly a grand education. Article updated on July 20,2008
Linda Perry is a writer who speaks from her heart. So many times, the topics that she writes about might be controversial but the one thing that she guarantees is that when she states a fact, it is a fact. Have confidence in knowing that as you browse her articles, you will be delighted, informed, and sometimes even shocked and stunned,but at the least you will pause for reflection and then possibly take some action.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Spread the Light of Education Through Appropriate Education Web Templates

There is no doubt that proper education is one of the essential requirements of the human beings to remain human! Generally the task of spreading education rests partly on the government and partly on the private organizations. It is evident that websites can spread the light of education faster than anything else. But to take the things properly to the viewers or the students the websites need to be built with best of education web templates! It is because otherwise the educational news and updates would not be properly highlighted, the interactive learning processes will not be placed well and other features may not be that much attractive to the students or the visitors.
So if you are related with spreading education in any way and have a website or want to build one, you should know the how should be the designs of the education web templates. Let's have a look at some of the major features of the layouts that you should choose for building an education website:
  • The first section that a visitor looks at is the header. So the header of the education web templates have to contain the most relevant educational information the sites want to provide. There may be some small animations to pull more attention of the student cum visitors. But never put there any heavy flash or 3D animation that takes time to load and leaves blank page to the busy visitors (they will not wait).
  • Never pick out education web templates that come with some color combinations that hurt the eyes of the visitors and you! Remember you want to spread the information (may be texts, videos etc) but if the users feel irritated then they may not stay on the site. So you have to pick out layouts that are sober (certainly not gloomy).
  • All the education web templates have to be well-managed with the text information. There should not be heap of information from where the visitors will feel lack of enthusiasm in learning! And the placements of the news or the special announcement panels have to be perfect, so that viewers find it easily without difficulty.
  • The education web templates have to be with scopes to add the interactive learning tools. Remember online learning is very much popular and students look for those. So the layouts need to have place for adding videos, chat, audio-player and etc. Even there needs to be social share buttons, RSS feeds for spreading the education virally.
  • Do not forget to check if you can customize the education web templates you are trying to select for your websites. There may be several other features or may be the advertisements that are related with student activities or the education that have to be implemented in those templates. So cent percent customization facility has to be there with every layout.
The above are the major features of education web templates that make those perfectly eligible to spread the light of the education. Besides those features you should find out if the layouts can be used with open source technologies or not. Never forget to compare and choose the most affordable education website templates for your web building purposes. If you find out a freelancer who has the experience to design the best template, you may choose him or her also. But never forget about the question of affordability. Hope you find your best layout and initiate the process of spreading knowledge!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Forex Education

What is forex?
Forex is simply an online currency exchange trade that involves a simultaneous buying and selling of currencies. It is presently the largest financial market worldwide with an average daily turnover of about $2trillion. Forex is traded globally for 24-hours daily and five days in a week with a break on Saturdays and Sundays. Individuals, cooperatives and banks trade forex from various parts of the world.
Nigeria in focus is growing fast in this trade ever since it was reduced to a start up capital of a minimum $100 due to the rise in internet access and usage. This took effect from late 1990's against the minimum $10m it previously used to be. In forex trade, traders with small trading capital like $100 are called retail traders and most traders from Nigeria fall into this category.
What Is Needed To Start Trading Forex?
All one needs to start trading forex are;
(1) A good forex education from this site
(2) A good and fast computer
(3) A good, fast and reliable internet connection
(4) A mininum trading capital of $100 dollars
Who Is A Broker?
A broker is an individual or a company that buys and sells orders according to trader's decision. Brokers earn money by charging a fee called the Bid-Ask spread for their services. The main function of brokers are to connect buyers or sellers directly to the forex market for exchange of currencies.
What Are The Risks Involved?
Forex trading is highly profitable if only you can learn and practice well before investing in it. You can also loose when you lack sufficient knowledge and skills in this trade.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Quality Education

With the way the economy has been, there have been a lot of cutbacks in almost every aspect of life. From jobs to spending, people have been forced to make sacrifices in order to get by. Several organizations and businesses have made reductions to stay afloat. With all of these cutbacks, educational institutions have been a topic of debate. On one hand, some colleges have made reductions in course offerings and faculty employed to cover the lack of money. While on the other hand, some have simply increased their tuition in order to preserve the quality of their education.
According to a study written in the New York Time's article, "Study Finds Public Discontent With Colleges," many Americans are losing faith in college education. In fact, 60% of citizens surveyed are saying, "colleges today operate like businesses, concerned more with their bottom line than with the educational experience of students." A vast amount of the United State population feel that colleges and universities are more focused with their financial reward rather than the education they are providing.
In his speech, Martin Luther King Jr. talks about the true function of education, saying it is "to teach one to think intensively and to think critically." He goes on to say, "But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society."
So with the recent cutbacks in higher education, are schools becoming a menace to society, or are they continuing to teach students to think intensively and critically?
In order for schools to run with "efficiency" they need the necessary resources: highly educated professors, up-to-date technology, clean campuses and an inviting place to learn. However, these things cannot be achieved without money. So how can Americans continue to get the standard of education they are expecting if schools lowered tuition?
In the same study, more than two-thirds felt that colleges should "use federal stimulus money to hold down tuition, even if it means less money for operations and programs." But it's important to point out that these two-thirds are also some of the same 60% saying, "colleges operate like businesses." So by saying that they would rather have lower tuition by giving less money to "operations and programs" these two-thirds are turning colleges into the "businesses" they are frowning upon.
The senior vice president of government and public affairs for the American Council on Education, Terry Hartle, said, in reference to lowering tuition, "The public is not always right." She goes on to explain that running a first-class college costs money and if schools cut tuition, then they "would require cuts in areas that most people see as fundamental to quality."
Education is one of the most important aspects of life and those like, Terry Hartle, are wise to protect and preserve the quality of education. Yes the costs may seem steep, but the price students' pay is incomparable to the knowledge they obtain.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Education News

Among other understandings, teachers of America's elementary and high school students were always expected to set examples for their students.
Aside from the obvious of not seducing their students, public school teachers were expected to establish a certain sense of decorum, which mandate in my school district incorporated into the union contract the allowance: "Male teachers are permitted to remove their jackets in the classroom."
Times have changed. Radically.
Teacher-student assignations have become almost commonplace, student behavior has gone far beyond tossing spitballs and chewing gum, and teacher dress codes have gone the way of high-buttoned shoes. Aside from teachers hitting on students, other behavioral modifications on the part of teachers are much less forgivable, especially when the example they are setting is one of extreme misbehavior and lawlessness.
Teachers and other public servants in Wisconsin have the same rights accorded to every American under the First Amendment to the Constitution's prohibition against infringement on freedom of speech, interference with the right to peaceably assemble, and the right of petitioning governmental redress of grievances.
What teachers do not have the right or privilege to do is to disgrace themselves and their profession, to break laws, to interfere with government functions, or to shamelessly trash both their profession and themselves by allowing teacher and outside thugs to direct and dictate their criminal activities.
In Wisconsin, teachers protesting new Republican Governor Scott Walker's attempts to clean up the fiscal mess he inherited have reached new lows in their efforts to resist limitations on collective bargaining rights.
Despite Walker's offers of compromise, Wisconsin "educators" have abandoned their classroom responsibilities by calling in sick in droves, falsifying medical "sick notes," committing outright slander against their duly-elected representatives, and resorting to the same bullying tactics they decry in their schools, all of which are condoned by the nation's Bully-in-Chief, Barack Hussein Obama
Acting more like semi-civilized Third Worlders instead of American student role models, their protests are costing millions. Their illegal seizure, occupation, and trashing of the Capitol building in Madison have, to date, resulted in some $7.5 million in damages and clean-up costs for their cash-strapped state, costs to be borne by already overburdened taxpayers: "Estimates of damage to marble includes $6 million to repair damaged marble inside the Capitol, $1 million for damage outside and $500,000 for costs to supervise the damage."
The teacher and other unions reached rock bottom with death threats designed to intimidate not only Republican legislators who are struggling to achieve some fiscal sanity in the Badger State but their families as well.
One unedited, 2 paragraph email included the following polite threat which was more akin to a promise, replete with specific details on how the murders would occur:
"Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then itwill save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die... So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent. This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won't tell you all of them because that's just no fun."
The email concluded with, "Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!."
(In late Wisconsin news, the disruptive unionists were forcibly removed from the Capitol by police in order for the legislators-sans Democrat senators who were still in hiding-to conduct the state's business.)
It's not mere coincidence that, as pandemonium reigns in Madison, chaotic failure reigns in America's public schools. Obama's Education Secretary Arnie Duncan, who had previously officiated at Chicago's record education failures, tore into George W. Bush's 2002 "No Child Left Behind" education reform law.
In effect, Duncan doesn't like NCLB's reasonable standards because they have worked too well. However, over the course of nine years America's teachers, school administrators, and state education departments were not capable of raising student and math skills. He "stressed the law is fundamentally broken and needs to be fixed this year, otherwise he forecast 82 percent of the schools [some 80,000 of 100,000] could miss testing targets. That would be up from 37 percent in 2010."
NCLB left too many kids behind and therefore should be revamped to make it appear as if those left behind really should be considered as doing just fine since the NCLB requisites were, well, too exacting and unreasonable.
Lower standards sufficiently and orangutans could graduate, and teachers and administrators and states would be off the hook. It's much easier to lower standards than to raise edcational levels.
Duncan's scheme-which is widely opposed-is the rough equivalent of the Wisconsin teachers' schemes in that they both are exercises in deception. Duncan wants to give up on improving education so more students can feel good about being nimrods. In Wisconsin, they're pretending to be protesting on principles and preserving rights whereas they are really attempting to perpetrate a venal fraud.
Imagine if the teachers were to devote as much energy to teaching as they are to rampaging. They could actually meet NCLB standards and educate their kids!