Selasa, 24 April 2012

Education in Schools

Raban's special interest was the prairie. His book 'bad land' is beautifully crafted, and completely unputdownable.

Jonathan Raban recaptures and tries to recreate the unique ninety-year history of the Montana plains. 'bad land' is part history and part memoir. He reconstructs the whole scene so vividly - people who had read the propaganda, believed it, uprooted themselves from their villages and towns, and came to eastern Montana was with a dream, determined to put down their roots. They learnt how to farm the unforgiving land, deal with inclement weather, and create a society. After a few successful years, though, life became near nigh impossible with conditions becoming harsh and raw, forcing them to move again...

Describing life on the prairie, he talks about education, for all children must go to school....As soon as the homesteaders got their homes going, they would put up the school house, and their place of worship. The schoolhouse was actually at the center of their lives, and in a way it took on the importance of the seat of government - all important topics that related to their life on the prairie, were talked about, discussed, and debated here. The schoolhouse also knitted the group that came from widely different backgrounds into a community.

This is what Raban found:

With schools going up all over the prairie, and there being no qualified teachers, teenage sons and daughters of the homesteaders pitched in, for as long as their labor was not required on the farms. The child-teachers were as much in need of instruction as the children they taught. State-approved textbook were detailed, laying out lessons complete with stage-directions and props for the novice teacher. Educating the educators, thus, was an important part of textbook writing. Randall J. Condon, Superintendent of the Cincinnati Schools and general editor of the Atlantic Readers series, deals with this issue. Talking about the criteria for textbooks, he says: "Are these books intended as 'basal texts'? By all means, for they deal with the most fundamental things in life: character, courage, service. These books teach peace founded on justice, but they teach also the beauty of a willingness to die if need be for the sake of truth and honor, for freedom, conscience and of country."

Since the first homesteaders were an intrepid lot, and came from diverse backgrounds, and a variety of ways of living from great cities to tiny villages, the classrooms were full of kids with foreign accents. They were perfect strangers to the kind of 'strong, self-reliant nationalism' that was required.

Condon continues: The aim of education was to achieve the shining paradox of American nationalism - that it must be multicultural, a nationalism of all-the-nations. Textbooks had selections that would help deepen a sense of good will and fellowship and kindly consideration for others by emphasizing the fine qualities of all mankind. Education endeavored to teach that our pledge to the flag, 'one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all,' means a national unity of spirit that cannot be divided into groups or sects or races - into rich and poor, into weak and strong, into those who weak on farms, in factories, forests, and mines, and those who do not have to toil - this nation to include all with liberty of conscience and conduct for each; and that full justice must be done to all if America were to realize the great dream that great dream that our fathers dreamed, of social amity, with religious and racial equality for all the people.

The nationalism that Cordon talks about is a simple pride in America for having gathered so many traditions under one flag and for incorporating so many beautiful landscapes in one political geography. Cordon's thoughts reaching out to include Germans, Norwegians, and Irish, among the eclectic group, showed as much sensitivity to the complex fate of being an American as to the traumatic process of becoming one.

Thus it was through secular, progressive, rational, scientific, and can-do practical textbooks that the idea of America was ingrained in every child in the belief that as adults groomed in the tradition of faith in the flag and the land, they would contribute their bit to making America a great country.

Rabu, 04 April 2012

Education At Its Peak

In this information era, almost every job out there now requires employees to know how to use a computer. If you take a moment and think about it, most businesses or jobs require some knowledge or skills in computers. In fact, the entire world is practically running on computers and digitized information. Why? Because it's fast and has a low cost for the amount of work that it can complete. However, for those who truly with to pursue a career in computers, there are many computer schools available. In addition, there are many online resources available to make your education even more valuable.

There are many computer schools that offer a range of various programs either on campus or online. You can find animation courses, engineering, graphic specialist and much more. Some of these careers such as engineering or computer repairing will require you to keep attending some courses even after completing your degree. The main reason behind this is so that you do not fall behind as technology keeps evolving. In other words, some schools will have already follow-up programs available to you after your graduation so that you stay updated on the latest technology. This will keep you from being left out of the market.

There are even schools for those who aren't really into getting a career in computers but still need to learn some basics. Basically, what you can achieve from these schools is a basic certification proving to your employer that you do indeed possess the required computer knowledge and skills for the job. If you're thinking about just learning how to type or how to use some of the applications on a computer you can always find those kinds of lessons online for free. These online classes are usually very efficient and easy to learn from. With today's technological advancement in computers, learning is made even easier. Computer learning programs exist so that businesses or certain trainings can be done in a fixed amount of time at a low cost.

However, education isn't always about only working. Some schools use computer online games to teach the students. Of course, these schools mostly range from nursery school to primary school. These so-called online games were made so that children could benefit from having fun and learning at the same time. There are even programs for children with disabilities. Writing and reading programs were created so that the students with disabilities could learn and have fun at the same time.

The reality is that computers have become part of our daily lives. Let it be work or education, you can always find a computer nearby. And as you may already know, computers, the Internet and digitized information aren't going to just disappear so learning some skills related to this technology will prove to be useful in the future. No matter where you are or what you do, if you have don't have some basic knowledge of computers then chances are that you're already behind and that you should consider going to a computer school or using the free online resources to get the skills required in today's job market.