Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Fighting The Good Fight | Tags: Australia, Australian Education Reform, education, Favorite New Thought, finland, From The Web, News, primary school education, Standout | Comments Off on Finland Calls Finish to Cursive Hand-writing Lessons in Classrooms
Finland is scrapping cursive writing lessons in schools from next year and will instead teach children how to type, raising questions for the future of handwriting in Australian classrooms.
The country’s board of education said learning to type was “more relevant to everyday life”, a skill that Australian experts agreed was a better use of school time. Since implementing education reforms 40 years ago, Finland’s school system has consistently come at the top for the international rankings for education systems.
Finnish children don’t start school until they’re 7, exams don’t kickoff until they’re into their teens – going unmeasured for the first 6 years of education – There is only 1 mandatory standardised test – taken at 16 yo – and the difference between the weakest and strongest student is the lowest on the planet. So should we be taking notice? :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 18th, 2012 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Fighting The Good Fight, HEALTH! | Tags: Australian Organic Retail News | Comments Off on Organic News From The Australian
It’s a little shaky – that print media, newspaper thingy – the thing is though, pick up a decent publication and you have to wonder, where would we be without them, case in point, The Australia. This week my favourite rag has a couple of superneat articles on Organic Farming, I must warn, you might need to subscribe to The Australian in order to access these articles – this is NOT a paid plug, however I note that after a couple of viewings I needed to log in to keep reading – most everything The Australian publishes on our industry is well worth a read and a subscription won’t cost you a limb, I think The Australian has a free Digital Pass, subscriptions kickoff for as little as $1 a month?! :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 25th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Fighting The Good Fight, HEALTH!, Organic Gourmet | Tags: Cardio Workout, Exercise, Harvard School of Public Health, Healthy Lifestyle, Type 2 Diabetes, Weight Training | Comments Off on Lifting Your Way Out of Diabetese
Weight Training, and not just cardio workouts, is linked to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new US study. The risk of getting the blood sugar disorder was only half as high for men who did cardio, or aerobic, workouts – say brisk walking, jogging or playing tennis – at least 150 minutes a week, as for those who didn’t do any cardio exercise.
Men who did weight training for 150 minutes or more had a risk reduction of a third compared to those who never lifted weights, independently of whether or not they did aerobic exercise.
“We all know that aerobic exercise is beneficial for diabetes – many studies have looked at that – but no studies have looked at weight training,” says study leader Frank Hu, at the Harvard School of Public Health. A recent study suggests that weight training is important for diabetes, and probably as important as aerobic training :: Read the full article »»»»