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Finland Calls Finish to Cursive Hand-writing Lessons in Classrooms

Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Fighting The Good Fight | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Finland Calls Finish to Cursive Hand-writing Lessons in Classrooms

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 »»»»


China Plans on Expanding Market Gardens, Mars and the Moon!?

Posted: December 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on China Plans on Expanding Market Gardens, Mars and the Moon!?

China Plans on Expanding Market Gardens, Mars and the MoonOur most favourite behemoth – China – and the worlds second largest economy, are planning on expanding rural production much farther than their earthly borders. The worlds most populous nation is preparing to grow fresh vegetables on Mars and the Moon after researchers completed a preliminary test in Beijing.

Chinese state media has reported that researchers are currently testing their wild theory here on earth, four kinds of vegetables were grown in an Ecological Life Support System, a 300 cubic metre cabin which will allow astronauts to develop their own stocks of air, water and food while on space missions.

The system, which relies on plants and algae, is “expected to be used in extra-terrestrial bases on the Moon or Mars”, Xinhua news agency. Participants in the experiment could “harvest fresh vegetables for meals”, Xinhua quoted Deng Yibing, a researcher at Beijing’s Chinese Astronaut Research and Training Centre, as saying :: Read the full article »»»»


Read A Book: Distraction by Mark Curtis

Posted: November 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: mcsixtyfive | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Read A Book: Distraction by Mark Curtis

Mark Curtis- DistractionIt’s no secret – our love of the blogsphere – every now and then however, we stumble across bloggers that can ounly be described as standout! An example at hand is Mark Curtis, author of ‘Distraction’  Curtis has penned an überool blog post on social theorist Robert Putnam. Curtis is obsessed with what we can do with our mobile phones and the web, “it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture, because so much is changing and so fast, we are distracted by it.” His book steps back to look at our use of new technology and draws some uncomfortable and challenging conclusions about what society may need to do to get the best, not the worst, out of the digital era. Curtis says “Perhaps these are hard to see because at its best telly is, well, fun. After a hard day it is just so tempting to throw off your shoes, grab a drink and let the sofa take the tension, while TV takes care of your mind. It certainly doesn’t seem evil. How could we think ill of the technology that brought us the Clangers, Miss Piggy and Monty Python”D★D READ MORE


Read A Book: Distraction by Mark Curtis

Posted: November 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: mcsixtyfive | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Read A Book: Distraction by Mark Curtis

Mark Curtis- DistractionIt’s no secret – our love of the blogsphere – every now and then however, we stumble across bloggers that can ounly be described as standout! An example at hand is Mark Curtis, author of ‘Distraction’  Curtis has penned an überool blog post on social theorist Robert Putnam. Curtis is obsessed with what we can do with our mobile phones and the web, “it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture, because so much is changing and so fast, we are distracted by it.” His book steps back to look at our use of new technology and draws some uncomfortable and challenging conclusions about what society may need to do to get the best, not the worst, out of the digital era. Curtis says “Perhaps these are hard to see because at its best telly is, well, fun. After a hard day it is just so tempting to throw off your shoes, grab a drink and let the sofa take the tension, while TV takes care of your mind. It certainly doesn’t seem evil. How could we think ill of the technology that brought us the Clangers, Miss Piggy and Monty Python”D★D READ MORE


Last Nail in a Coffin: Fairfax Family Bows Out of Publishing

Posted: November 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: mcsixtyfive | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Last Nail in a Coffin: Fairfax Family Bows Out of Publishing

Today sees the end of an era at Fairfax Media, and Australian newspaper publishing, as the family that built the countries first publishing empire announced it had sold its remaining stake in the company. The news affirms that the demise of paper publications is set to become chronic. People can now easily and freely access news from virtually anywhere in the world using digital media via phones, tablets and computers, leaving the humble broadsheet close to redundant. Printed newspapers and magazines continue to struggle on both the standard measures, circulation and copies sold, as the industry waits hand in pocket, for a combined readership measure for both print and digital editions, hold your breath, it’s coming, really it is? And while the Fairfax family might have shed it’s under-performing publishing stock, those still sat around boardrooms must have some serious scowls, the Audit Bureau of Circulation figures for the September quarter contained little good news for either of the major Australian publishers, News Ltd or Fairfax Media. News Ltd’s Sydney Morning Herald saw its overall circulation shrinking by almost 5 percent in the quarter, while News Ltd’s weekend editions copped a steep fall of close to 8 percent. The Fairfax model for publishing has missed several key opportunities over the past decade, positioned well 5 years ago, Fairfax Digital should have become the companies flagship, instead the group made several bad attempts at resuscitating it’s print business? oops! M★C READ MORE