Florida—schools in the state have decided to open regular classes this Wednesday (Sept. 29, 2010) despite weather bureau reports that tropical storm “Nicole” is expected to hit Wednesday its respective shores.
The coastal Palm Beach County schools chose to conduct classes even with these warnings. Instead of canceling classes due to possible storm hazards, district officials advised parents to provide their children with the appropriate storm dress. According to Nat Harrington, spokesman of Palm Beach County, classes shall be canceled is there is an observed increase in the storms intensity overnight.
The Palm Beach County is the second largest county in the state of Florida; having an estimated student body of 1,294,654 (2008).
Broward County Schools will not also cancel classes but will be open giving advanced notice to parents in case conditions warrant changes. The Broward County Public Schools is the 6th largest public school system in the nation enrolling up to 260,000 students and over 260 education centers (wikipedia).
Miami-Dade Schools, the largest in the nation is also in line with the mentioned public districts. Having an enrollment of 380,006, the district ought to inform parents through media about changes in classes with regards to storm Nicole.
Along with the large school districts, all catholic schools in Miami followed on. Pine Crest school also went affirmative with Broward County while, American Heritage in Plantation will not conduct classes as reported on an email send to parents.
Major Colleges and Universities of Florida will conduct classes on Wednesday as well as Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University and its three community colleges.
Employees, students, and teaching staffs which may find it hard to drive through the stormy weather due to flooded roads and may induce risk of accidents personally and to others may contact their school administrators, professors, and supervisor.
Nepotism is favoritism granted to relatives or friends without any regard to merit, (wikipedia). The word is a thousand year old vice—first seen in the Middle Ages.
In different aspects of life, nepotism is greatly practiced. In politics, ascending to greater positions without any appropriate qualifications—but because of blood—is clearly a nepotistic accusation.
Nepotism is classified into many types, one example is ethnic nepotism—preference on a particular race. On education and schools, one perfect example is the “Legacy Preference”, a preference given by educational institutions particular applicants based on a familial relationship with the alumni.
This practice had existed for long in many American colleges and Universities; particularly—Ivy League Schools—mostly made up of top schools worldwide. The Ivy League, an athletic conference, is comprised of 8 private higher education institutions in Northeastern United States.
A prominent example is the Harvard University. Truly admitting, former President of Harvard University, Lawrence Summers stated in the book by William G. Bowen that—legacy preference (nepotism) is an integral part in the community of any private schools.
America strongly condemns legacy admissions as a part of cleaning the unethical history of discrimination as stated on the American Civil Rights Institute report. With such initiative, “Legacy Preference” is definitely banned despite claims that private institutions may be exempted.
According to the 1886 Civil Rights Act, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8:
“No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”
This contradicts the practice of legal admission in any public and private schools. Such act of nepotism is described as a leeway of selling university placement and underweighting the significance of —academic merits—in exchange for financial pursuit. This will also affect societal balance as the wealthy students outwit middle applicants in university placements.
Established in 1851, San Francisco Unified School District is the first in the state of California. The SFUSD outperformed the seven largest California school districts on the California Standard Test.
However, one high school in the district seems to be flanking on the CST; performing worst on exams.
A small high school situated in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco, this school is very unique and follows the Small Schools Movement (Small Schools Initiative). The SSM holds that many high schools in the U.S. are too large and should be reorganize into autonomous smaller ones, formally composed of; —not more than 400 but not less than 200 students.
Recently, a reported issue questioning the schools credibility has been spicing up the districts attention. The small high school have been loved and fully-praised by students and often regarded in books of school reform. The question in the school performance confuses education officials to provide the suitable intervention.
“June Jordan School of Equity” is untouchable. One thing that makes the school immovable is its small structure which allows the school to camouflage from state scrutiny. While top performing schools have been struggling with heavy interference and some were ordered to close, June Jordan stands still with its low enrollment and high student attrition rate.
The schools have been the bottom 10 statewide, scoring away from city continuation and court schools in the field of math, English, science and social studies; despite a bit of surge in the scores last year.
Meanwhile, reports say that cooperation and oneness can be felt inside the classrooms of June Jordan high school. The very reason why —Ema Paea—chose the school despite invitation form co-district and one of the prominent public high schools nationwide.
Currently, June Jordan school administrators have been working on scoring high on CST.
International Day of Peace—colorful pinwheels from all over United States, Middle East, South America, Canada, Europe and Asia will be exhibiting the message of “full peace” to the rest of the population.
Auten Road Intermediate School—a public school located on 281 Auten Rd. Hillsborough, New Jersey will be taking part of “Pinwheels for Peace”—an art installation project started in 2005. The project is aimed to let students express their ideas, feelings and aspirations about world peace.
Over 5000, pinwheels at 1,325 different locations will be spinning on the International Day of Peace. The project is out of the political realm; the Pinwheels for Peace organizers initiated it for pure peace purposes.
Auten Road students will be making pinwheels, writing their thoughts on the other side and drawing their ideas on the other. Students will express their young ideas of what peace means to them and how precious it is. And will plant their pinwheels at the Auten Road campus school grounds—this will serve their promulgation of World Peace.
Auten Road Intermediate School enrolls 1,200 students from 5-6 years old and currently holds a student-teacher ratio of 1:10. Currently, the public school programs are; arts, music (choral music), computer science, vocational education (health, physical education), and special education (Learning Differences, Occupational Therapists, Speech/Language Pathologists).
The “Pinwheel for Peace” project is organized by Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan whom has taught at Monarch High School, Florida. The group believes that—a pinwheel—symbolizes simplicity, joy and peace; as little children do.
The organizers saw that many students were enticed with the idea; creating 500 pinwheels in 2005 to an overly increased enthusiasm of 3 million pinwheels in 2009. This year, students from the Hillsborough Township public schools will take part with —spinning pinwheels for International Day of Peace.
Tiffin University, Ohio and Altius Education have collaborated in offering the new and innovated online program geared towards caring for the elderly—the Lyon Institute of Tiffin University.
Altius Education is a dynamic higher education-solutions provider which have partnered with several reputable universities nationwide and Tiffin University founded in 1888 and offers a more practical and personal approach on education for students aspiring to have real word education program.
The courses offered are Bachelor and Masters in Business Administration with a focus on elder care management; designed to equip health care professionals with the modern day techniques and skills in order to advance their healthcare careers in the executive positions.
Since the community elder care industry is currently growing up and is expected to develop more by 55 percent by the year 2014 and ought to be the 5th fast growing industry in the United States as speculated by Feedman, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Altius Education.
Mt. Lyon’s Institute will focus on the real world issues and practical operations considering the elder care industry. The online degree programs will put heavy emphasis on financial aspects both operation and management, political and especially ethical concerns on caring for the aged.
The program will provide adequate training for elder care managers through small size classes and personalized approach by professional coaches ensuring success in elder care education online. Doctor Paul Marion, University President guarantees a program highly focused on the principle of putting student interest first and the collaboration with leading Altius Education will prepare a better future for the students as well the as the elder care industry of the US.
Mt Lyon’s Bachelor of Business Administration will start September 25 while the Masters in Business Administration will commence on October 25. Tiffin University is accredited by HLCNCA and ACBSP.
The recently scorching issue of a pastor declaring a “Burn a Koran Day” which is planned to be realized on Sept. 11, 2010 has captured the attention of all nations.
While the issue has been going through international debates and condemnation, educational institutions ran by known Muslims or specifically Personas embracing the Islamic law are on the verge of getting scrutinized by the American government.
Based on the Texas Report Insider, charter schools which are said to be adapting the Islamic laws are dramatically wide spreading on the United States. These schools which are give freedom and independence is seriously linked to—Fetulla Gullen—who once tried to dethrone the Turkish government with an Islamic State and implement the Sharia Law.
Gullen was said to have vast educational network composed of elementary, high schools, universities and dormitories which is very similar to the strategy of Gullen in his Islamic political advancement in Turkey.
A bird’s eye view on the strategy of Gullen have been reviewed by the report broadcasted last 2006. Gullen’s right hand, according to the report, pointed that these are shop windows for recruitment. Further, recruits have been holding powerful positions in the Turkish government.
Gullen’s tactics of political advancement is said to be weaponized by patience and deception (taqiyya). Gullen’s denial of being connected to the is said to be an act of taqiyya but when Gullen’s network were tracked and reviewed, all schools, federal documentation and foundation websites indicated that these schools are “virtually” connected to the Islam Extremist through organizations promoting the Turkish culture.
The report also indicated deception and collusion in the several Gullen schools like; Harmony Science Academies, Beehive Science & Technology Academy, and Pioneer Charter School of Science.
The Gullen education network had been discouraged in some countries according to the report. Uzbekistan has banned the schools and its education program for enforcing Islamic laws; Russia declared a total Gullen school ban; and Netherlands is recently investigating Gullen’s network.
Sept. 13-23—Marshall University will celebrating its Constitution Week 2010 highlighting the celebration—“A Tribute to John Marshall”.
The Huntington based university will held a series of free-to-the-public events inside the campus; the celebration will honor Great Chief Justice John Marshall. The tribute will take place Wednesday Sept. 15 at 8 pm in the evening held on the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The celebration will be hosted by Office of Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp.
President Kopp invites all citizens especially the MU students to join the celebration. A celebration which will encourage a deeper understanding of the the Great John Marshall. The President also welcomes the public and other campus schools to be one with him in celebrating the life and deeds of the great chief justice.
The constitutional celebration will be consist of an annual quoits tournament on Wednesday-Thursday (Sept. 15-16), John Marshall’s birthday celebration on Sept. 16, declaration of the victor of the Judge Dan O’Hanlon Constitution Week and John Marshall Celebration Essay Competition on Friday, (Sept. 17), a discussion panel on “ Politics, Political Parties and the Media in the 21st Century” on Tuesday (Sept. 21) and the Robert C. Byrd Forum concerning the Civic Responsibility on Thursday (Sept. 23).
The 6th year of the celebration will be commemorated along with the musical— “A Tribute to John Marshall” which will be provided by John Marshall’s Own Harmonie Musicale and the narrative— “Meet John Marshall”—delivered by Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp. Quoits, which is the favorite game of the late John Marshall will be participated by Marshall University faculty, staff students, fraternities and sororities and the media.
About Marshall University:
Marshall University is highly known university accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university offers 2 associate programs, 44 bachelors degree programs and 46 graduate degree programs.