Education

Dear President Susan Herbst, I write to you today as a UConn student, but more specifically as a UConn woman and feminist. I want to first express my admiration for you as a woman who has made it in a “man’s” world, who has faced the odds and done the seemingly unthinkable; become the first woman president at UConn over the course of its 130-year history. You serve as a shining example that even the most challenging of ceilings can be broken, and you speak to the considerable strides women have made over the last 50 years in academia and the professional world. One of the most vivid memories I have of my admiration for your accomplishments was when Gloria Steinem gave you a standing ovation for your successes, along with a full auditorium of students and faculty, during her speech at...
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Dear girls, So, sexting. It's not something I ever imagined we'd have to talk about, mainly because it didn't even exist until a few years ago. We've had plenty of conversations about sex over the years, and now you're both teenagers I never shy away from talking to you about alcohol and using drugs, but this is a new one and although you're probably cringing right now the fact it exists means we need to talk about it. Children and technology Child's hands on laptop 91% of UK children live in a household with access to the internet (2012) 62% of children aged 12-15 own a smartphone (2012) 43% of children use the internet in their bedroom (2012) 17.1 hours - the average number of hours 12-15-year-olds spend online each week (2012) Source: Threat Assessment of Child Sexual...
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Okay, so you've made it to high school. Congratulations. What now? You're probably pretty nervous, with a lot of questions, right? Will I have classes with my friends? How hard is it to make new friends? Will I get lost? Am I going to enjoy it? I'll promise you this, you'll enjoy it. I know that for a fact. I also know that you won't get lost, because if you ask someone to help you find a class they won't pull a Mean Girls and take you out to the "back building" to skip gym. You may not have classes with a lot of your friends, but you'll definitely make new ones. If you'll give me the next few minutes, I'll give you some pretty helpful tips that will make the transition to your high school years a little bit easier. I wish someone would have shared these with me when I was a...
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Dear Mom and Dad of Middle Schoolers, This week, I'm passing the torch to you. My youngest of four is graduating from middle school. A big ceremony at school, kids dressed in their first formal wear, with mom and dad cheering in the background. "We made it!" The transition from childhood to adolescence is a celebration for parents as much as it is for kids. Some of us cheer because our child made it through junior high, somewhat unscathed. Some of us sigh, wearily, because we feel like we've been through World War 3. We hope high school can't be any worse. Some of us celebrate because we've seen our awkward little ones grow into young men and women, who physically morphed before our eyes. Some of us cry, like me, because it's your last child to leave this momentous phase of...
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24th January 2013 My dear Executive Council Members and the Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor Vidyasagar University, This is an open letter to you all with an enclosed newsitem published today in The Statesman on the misappropriation of UGC funds by the former VC of VU, Prof.S.K.Pramanick.The newsitem speaks for itself. I have the following five questions to you which are in order. 1.Has the Vidyasagar University been benefited in any manner by the Beijing tour of our former VC? 2. Has it not become counter-productive for the VU to delay the refund of Rs.60,976/- to UGC? 3. Should not the EC of VU ask Prof.Pramanick to immediately refund the money to VU? 4. Should not the EC of VU initiate proper legal steps to Prof.Pramanick, since he spent the money without the submission...
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Dated: 9th October 2013. Dear Professor Chakrabarti, I take this opportunity to write the second open letter to you since I can recall that you appreciated my first letter and invited more of such kind. At the outset I apologize for not being able to attend your meeting on 07.10.2013 on time as I had a class from 2.30P.M. to 3.30P.M. I was late by 45 minutes and missed many interesting questions raised by my faculty colleagues and equally interesting answers given by you. Something serious was going on as regards Ph.D regulations. The second issue I want to raise is, these meetings now seem to me pseudo addas. These are addas because anything could be raised in these meetings, from j-stor facilities to garbage clearance through English language learning facilities. I designate...
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Dear Technical Team behind DU’s Websites and Portals, Clear this out for me – are our application forms just very cleverly-worded disguises for agreements to sell our souls? Before you go ahead and call me a nutcase for asking such a question, step into my shoes. Do you see how that’s the only (un)reasonable explanation for the semester-ly torture each DU student is put through? Okay so you have access to all sorts of information about us and you’re always the first ones to see our results. You’re the all-seeing and the all-knowing (heck, you can give all our country’s babas a run for their money) – we get it. But what’s with withholding all this knowledge for days on end or giving it out in highly irregular (also, annoying) patterns? Are you going for a sexy, dark and mysterious...
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Dear Govt. Universities, Before I put up my thoughts, I would like to give a brief self-introduction. I'm a girl, aged 26 years (happily pursuing my hobbies until now). Being the eldest daughter of my family, I manage to fend for my family somehow. The reason I jotted this down is so that you consider what follows hereafter. Like millions of girls, I too have a quest for knowledge. I never wanted it to fade. So, I opted to continue my studies by joining a Post Graduate Course in one of the government universities. Despite knowing that there are several loopholes in the government education system (as per word of mouth). I used to disagree with them earlier because I believed that with public support, the government can prove itself and shut everyone down. But I’m utterly...
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Dear Jamie, The Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) would like to thank you for using your passion, skills, knowledge and influence to fight for compulsory food education in schools around the world. Your "Sign It, Share It" campaign is generating outstanding attention and support and will help to escalate this global issue. We completely agree that it is essential that we arm future generations with the life skills they urgently need in order to lead healthier, happier, more productive lives. We too are fighting for “compulsory food education in schools” in Ontario, Canada. Much like your effort, in July 2014, OHEA created an on-line petition to generate support for the cause. OHEA is a group of diverse and passionate Professional Home Economists. Many OHEA members are...
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Dear Members of the USD 232 Board of Education, As an elected official in an unpaid position, thank you for your service. I am sure most of you are mindful of the fact that although you are chosen to represent your constituents, your post is won by popular vote in the event you face any opposition. As such, your voice is not necessarily representative of my voice. However, as an elected official, you are trusted to truly represent the views of your populace, leaving your personal views aside. The news of the resignation of Dr. Doug Sumner as our superintendent is inarguably against the wishes of all parents and teachers within USD 232. This is a tremendous loss and blow to our district. During Dr. Sumner’s tenure at USD 232, as you know, the state slashed funding numerous times...
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