Education

Perhaps the only thing worse than not being able to answer a question from your professor is knowing the exactly right answer to a question from your professor. For the former, you might try to hide your head between your shoulders and hope that someone else takes the pressure off of you by giving a modest effort at answering the question. But for the latter, you might endure a silent battle with yourself, trying to wait just long enough to give someone else a chance to answer first, but not so long that the professor gives up and invisibly rolls their eyes at the mediocrity of the class before moving on. And if you do answer, you kind of pose it as a question, as if you aren’t sure about the answer you’re giving, even though you’re pretty confident that it’s as good as or better than...
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An educated girl can empower herself, lift her family, help her community, change her country. – Girl Rising When I first arrived on my small campus, joining a sorority was the last thing on my mind. This is true for most women, few of us go through high school dreaming of the formals we'll throw or the letters we'll wear. However, what drew me to recruitment was the work these women were doing for causes they were passionate about. Now as the VP of Philanthropic Service for my Panhellenic Council I get to raise money for a national philanthropy close to my heart. The Circle of Sisterhood foundation exists to help girls across the globe better their lives through education. For many women an opportunity for quality education is limited or non-existent. Two-thirds of those who...
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If you are looking for work as an ESL or TEFL teacher in China, do not gamble on getting scammed by a black unlicensed agent or shady recruiters who only tell you what you want to know. Last year over 2,000 foreign expat teachers in China were arrested, jailed, and deported as convicted felons for working without a Z visa or for using a fake diploma. Be safe not sorry by using only white-listed ESL employers that are properly licensed and registered with SAFEA and have a SAIC business license. They are the only ones who can legally hire foreign employees and sponsor a Z visa (work visa). You can find these employers listed here: http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com/2017/01/cftu-publishes-2017-white-list-of-china.html Also be aware there are hundreds of fake online China job ads...
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Dear Senators, I’m not writing to you tonight to complain about anything you have done. I’m not writing to you tonight to complain about the new president. I’m not writing this letter to urge you to vote across party lines. I’m not writing to one party or group, and I’m not writing about politics. I am writing this letter about a topic that has been politicized, and never should have been. I am writing to you today about education, and the future of education in America. Because I am choosing to leave politics out of this discussion, I hope you will choose to leave politics out of your vote on Betsy DeVos’s confirmation. Yes, we all know you affiliate yourself with a party. Either you place an “R” or a “D” next to your name, or you place an “I” there and caucus with the Republicans...
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When you walked into the house last night from practice, I listened as you shared how frustrated you were about playing time. You explained how hard you are working, how much time you put in over the summer, and how the coach barely notices you in practice and in games. I wanted to make it better. I wanted to fix it. But it would be a short term fix to a long term problem. I have read countless open letters from athletes to their coaches who didn’t believe in them, coaches who pushed too hard or didn’t push hard enough. Athletes upset because they didn’t get the playing time or the recognition they deserved. Kids who quit, blaming their coach. I’ve met parents who were angry because their children were not treated fairly or believed the coach didn’t like their kids. Parents who...
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It is detriment to the educational system as a whole to force upon one such Kevin Yancey a position that he does not desire to take. Indeed, to force one into any position that is not of their choosing is not in keeping with the foundation of this country, nor of any who knows freedom. It is the forced will of an owner of property to place that property into a position not of its choosing. Such an act of the directors or board members does not bear them any sense of kinship or familiarity among those they attempt to subjugate. Instead it but breeds only discord and contempt. The will of over 300 of your fine students displayed this contempt that was born of your ill-fated and wrongfully-achieved decision. Their actions alone show to you the great influence, the respect, that Kevin Yancey...
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Dear Professor Upton, We are writing to you regarding the recent announcement of Professor Philip Thickett, Head of Birmingham School of Media' dismissal. Students at the university are shocked and saddened by this announcement. Professor Thickett is a man who all students love and adore and one who is very approachable and kind hearted in ensuring that students have the best experience possible. He has been surpportive and helpful to so many different students, this can be seen across so many different opinions of student in the school of media. We can not stress enough how important Philip is to the school and what dismissing him would mean to so many students. We would also point out that Professor Thickett is someone who loves this institution and has dedicated all of his...
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An Open Letter To The Office Of The President RE: The On-Campus Visit of Richard Spencer To Whom It May Concern, I hope this letter reaches you in good spirits and in a swift, timely manner. I intend for this message to be made public because I feel there may be many others who agree with my thoughts. This letter is intended to be an open yet respectful form of constructive criticism in regards to how Richard Spencer's visit to our campus was handled. Humans are flawed and it should be no surprise to anyone that I possess several flaws myself, yet I believe this subject requires a form of open dialogue between both the students of Texas A...
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Over 3,000 China job agents and recruiters post over 500 new job ads on the internet every week in hopes of reeling in some prized "fish" to fill teaching positions in 32 provinces throughout China. Some of these recruiters are actually licensed and honest enough to use their real names. 90% are not. It is debatable whether the jobs they are finally offered to prospects match those in the exotic "work abroad" ads found at Gumtree, Craigslist, ESLCafe and elsewhere. Some advertised jobs are not at all what they seem (See http://chinascamwatch.wordpress.com) But worst of all, 99% of these black agents will never ever tell you about the real health risks posed by China especially if you suffer from asthma. After all, if they told you the winter air of Beijing and Shanghai is so badly...
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Dear Dr. Stellar, This letter comes to you by my hands but on behalf of a coalition of University at Albany, Saint Rose University, New York state employees, and other local citizens, taxpayers, and stakeholders for the purpose of officially informing you of our concerns regarding the recent treatment of three female students of UAlbany following their report of being targeted, provoked, and physically assaulted on the night of January 31, 2016. You and much of the country now know these young women by their names; Asha Burwell, Ariele Agudio, and Alexis Briggs. Since this night, details have emerged to indicate that the three women were inexplicably and unjustly subjected to the following treatment: (1) Racial profiling and illegal questioning by members of University Police...
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