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I'm having a hard time understanding how this guy could still be teaching, yet the BU hockey player gets tossed for groping a young woman. Is it simply physical contact defining one case from the other?
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http://gma.yahoo.com/physical-activi...164745428.html

Physical Activity May Help Kids' Grades, Too

While physical activity is known to improve children's physical fitness and lower their risk of obesity, new research suggests it may also help them perform better in school.

Dutch researchers reviewed 14 previous studies from different parts of the world that looked at the relationship between physical activity and academic performance. Their review is published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

The data from the studies "suggests there is a significant positive relationship between physical activity and academic performance," wrote the authors, led by Amika Singh of the Vrije Universiteit University Medical Center's EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research in Amsterdam.

While they didn't examine the reasons why the relationship may exist, the authors, citing previous research, said regular physical activity seems to be linked to better brain function. The effect on the brain could be the results of a number of factors, including increased flow of blood and oxygen to the brain as well as higher levels of chemicals that help improve mood.

This latest report comes at a time when schools across the country debate cutting physical education from their curriculum or have already eliminated it because of budget constraints, the desire to stress academics or a combination of both. There is also concern that physical activity in schools can be detrimental to academic performance.

But in addition to the latest research review, a 2010 literature review done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that out of 50 studies, more than half showed a positive association between school-based physical activity -- such as physical education, recess and extracurricular sports -- and academic performance and about half found no effect. Only a few showed a negative relationship that could be attributable to chance.

Some of the research reported that concentration, memory, self-esteem and verbal skills were among the improvements noted in students who participated in school-based physical activity.

"School boards, school administrators and principals can feel confident that maintaining or increasing time dedicated for physical activity during the school day will not have a negative impact on academic performance, and it may positively impact students' academic performance," the CDC's authors wrote.


Schools Focus on Test Scores, Not Activity
One of the reasons the Dutch authors decided to conduct their research review was concern over schools' emphasis on test scores.

"There is a focus on test scores and academic accomplishments, and there's a belief that schools need to cram all available time into academics," said Dr. David Geier, director of sports medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Geier was not involved in the Dutch research.

"The other problem," Geier said, "is that it becomes a funding issue for many schools."

If intellectual activities are incorporated with physical activities, Geier said, children will benefit both ways.

Geier's colleagues at the Medical University of South Carolina and a group of educators recently tried that combination at an elementary school. They incorporated 40 minutes of physical education every day that included a learning component for different grade levels. As an example, young children rode scooters while tracing shapes at the same time.

When the students took their spring standardized tests, more children achieved their score goal after the new physical education program than before it was implemented.

But even if there are no academic gains, physical activity in schools is still very important.

"There are cardiovascular benefits as well as decreased obesity and a decline in juvenile diabetes," said Geier.

"There's an even greater need for physical education now, because the vast majority of children's leisure activities are sedentary and involve technology," said Keith Ayoob, associate professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y. "The problem is our bodies were not designed with technology in mind. They were designed for physical activity, and both children and adults should use this ability or we risk losing it."

While they reported an overall positive association between activity and academics, the Dutch authors stressed their conclusion was "cautious" because very few studies they analyzed were scientifically strong.

"Only 2 of 14 studies were rated as being of high methodological quality, which is the minimum number of studies needed for 'strong evidence,'" they wrote.

The studies also measured physical activity and academic achievement differently, and physical activity information often relied on self-reporting, which can be unreliable.

Because of the limitations of the prior research, the authors said more "high-quality" research is needed to accurately measure the relationship between physical activity and school performance.

"To gain insight into the dose-response relationship between physical activity and academic performance, we need more high-quality studies using objective measures of physical activity," they wrote.
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Thank you Occupy Boston. You couldn't be more right!

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed...ng-their-power

Lack of Critical Thinking is Key to the Corrupt Status Quo Maintaining Their Power


"The powers that be have used education against us by employing teaching methods within institutional academia that condition us to automatically dismiss any notion that might conflict with our internal belief systems that THEY have programmed."

"Because universities are so focused on teaching us “what to think” instead of “how to think”, this dumbing down process has produced many media figures and talk show hosts that respond to any questioning of their beliefs with censorship, an attempt to talk over opposition views, or with infantile ad hominem attacks, no matter how cogent and eloquently expressed the opposition view may be."

"Furthermore, the deliberate destruction of curricula in institutional academia that fosters critical thinking skills has given way to “hero” worship and learned helplessness instead of self-determination and self-reliance. Again, the status quo delights in the hero culture we have built today. Hero worship leaves one longing for salvation to come on the back of some mythical hero without any commitment or accountability from the masses."
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http://blogs.the-american-interest.c...t-aint-so-joe/

January 12, 2012
Head Start A 50 Year Flop? Say It Ain’t So, Joe


“Head Start” has been the poster child of federal aid to education ever since the Lyndon Johnson administration introduced it as part of the Great Society. And for decades liberals have pointed to it as one of the great advances that the federal government has brought to education, and as evidence that creative social engineering by smart professional interventionists can change the world.

But a long-suppressed government report finally released by the Obama administration report is shaking the foundations of Head Start, and the news isn’t coming from right wing conservatives but from Joe Klein at Time magazine. As Klein reports,

We spend more than $7 billion providing Head Start to nearly 1 million children each year. And finally there is indisputable evidence about the program’s effectiveness, provided by the Department of Health and Human Services: Head Start simply does not work.

These days, defenders of Head Start say less about what it does for kids (essentially nothing) but about the jobs it creates in poor neighborhoods. This is blue liberal thinking at its most self-parodic: we can’t develop social programs that will accomplish something worthwhile, but we can at least use the illusion that such programs work to create jobs for people who will then vote for the politicians who give them make work jobs.

True enough, as far as it goes, but it would just be cheaper to send them all checks. While it might be utopian to hope that a huge government boondoggle would shut down just because it’s been proven useless, even federal bureaucrats seem disturbed by the thought that limited antipoverty resources are being spent on a known flop. The L.A. Times has the story:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the Head Start program, enacted reforms in December to address concerns about quality and accountability, among other things. They include a provision that, for the first time, requires low-performing agencies to compete for funding. Previously, funding for grantees was automatic.

It’s a start. The bigger story, though, is that the fundamental assumptions behind decades of government policy in education are coming unglued. The tools we’ve been using to address some of our most serious social problems don’t work. The money we’ve spent has been wasted.

It isn’t the just the Tea Party and Ayn Rand acolytes saying these things. It’s President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services. It’s Time magazine.

A paradigm is falling apart.
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http://www.golocalworcester.com/life...rbes-rankings/
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Interesting - the complete list.
http://www.forbes.com/top-colleges/l..._All%20states_
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Right.....there is a "best" school among the schools in central west virginia as well......what's your point.
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Right.....there is a "best" school among the schools in central west virginia as well......what's your point.
I can see that reading an comprehension was not high on your skill level, so let me spell it out for you. Highest ranked West Virginia school, is West Virginia University at #382 followed by Wheeling Jesuit University, comes in at #431 and Bethany College at #501. Those are the only WVa schools listed in the entire list of 650 schools. The City of Worcester alone has three colleges considerably higher ranked. Holy Cross at #41, Clark at #128 and WPI at #239 and as noted, WPI is considered one of the top engineering schools in the country, but their high tuition and number of students recieving financial aid has hurt their ranking.

So in the future when you try to act smart, start by actually knowing what you are talking about, then you won't look like such a jackass.
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When will the education bubble burst?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=ipI8p-HNHZU
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