Given the results that currently have some universities, especially public interest in our analysis, seriously concerned to reconstruct how it is managed, how it has affected results favorable to the State, considering the low academic performance are occurring, where the absence of academic excellence is a given for both undergraduate and for postgraduate.
At many universities, the authorities they forget that according to UNESCO:
a. Education is a fundamental right of human beings and has a universal human value.
b. The formal and informal, must itself be useful to society by providing an instrument to encourage the creation, advancement and dissemination of knowledge and science, putting the knowledge and education to everyone.
c. A three concerns of equity, relevance and excellence must guide all education policy.
d. The renewal of education and accordingly all, must rest on a reflective and profound analysis of the information.
e. Take into account the fundamental values and concerns for which there are agreements within the international community: human rights, tolerance, etc..
f. Responsibility for education rests with society as a whole. Read the rest of this entry »
The fact that we are witnessing a phenomenon of society dominated by or from the media, whose most visible manifestation is a continuous evolution and renovation of the messages, confronts us with a kind of reflection that must necessarily be multifaceted. We are moving from the era of mechanized reproduction of cybernetic systems. Based on the ability to manipulate images and sounds that provide techniques such as scanning, computer graphics, holography, and so on., We are witnessing not only a technological but specific changes they produce effects that a clear impact on our cultural perceptions and experiential.
Innovation in school
The players often develop a unique educational sensitivity in relation to changes in the sociological reality, technological and political. This sensitivity or reaction conditions the way to capture such phenomena in classrooms. The real educational innovation has to do with ethics that teachers bring into play to resolve the moral dilemmas posed by their profession.
These new approaches necessarily affect the search for new roles to be played by the audiovisual media in teaching. Its possible contribution to innovation lies not in better information, but encourage new teaching strategies. It is necessary to establish its non-integration into the curriculum development process is, from a cultural point of view, a serious break with reality existing outside the classroom. It is not possible to analyze this phenomenon solely as a technical problem or structural. Its significance goes beyond the fact of having or not with media in the school and its corresponding material passing through. We are talking about the media, outside the classroom, continuously transmit social behavior patterns, attitudes, values, habits, priorities informative, but also narrative structures, ways of organizing information or symbols with a universal vocation. Therefore contribute significantly to shape the way we learn to understand the world in which we live. Read the rest of this entry »
In recent years there has been a very important educational phenomenon with implications of which not everyone is aware.
It is the movement of “homeschooling,” or home school. Thousands of parents, initially in the U.S. and then in the rest of the world have decided to withdraw their children from educational institutions in order to educate themselves at home.
If instead the number of children are being educated at home today is irrelevant – in the U.S. are no more than 1 to 2% – the results obtained are.
We have seen that children who are “homeschooling”:
- Are 2 to 3 courses more advanced than their peers of the same age.
- They are very creative.
- Know analyze situations, solve problems and make decisions.
- Be able to adapt to the demands of the real world.
- They have initiative.
- Make projects designed for them.
- They are natural leaders in a group context.
- DO NOT have socialization problems. Read the rest of this entry »
Contemporary life has become increasingly complex and problematic, which is why most people must face constant challenges, perceptible and imperceptible threats and deal with unusual situations. Substantive capacity to determine its mode of operation is intelligence, understood as the tool to intellection, detect, and plan actions to realize consistent. Classically, this ability is understood as the intellectual power, the collection of information flow and a good imagination to interpret reality and plan consistent solutions. In a very general could penarse a good formal education provides these elements and thus the person would be prepared to successfully in life. In somewhat more specific terms can be assumed that the case would be the prototype of the professional university, who with the kind of education and had agreed to such a degree of training that can make for your personal development, social and emotional development. While all this is true, the demands of life in recent times has shown that it is absolutely true. In other words, it takes more than a good formal education and the possession of one kind of intelligence is understood in ordinary terms.
Then immediately the question arises, what is more? Among the most characteristic responses that have been given is that which speaks of “other types of intelligence.” In this context, have introduced the concepts of multiple intelligences (1), emotional intelligence (2), practical intelligence (3) and spiritual intelligence (4). Basically, the thrust that propels these alternatives is to rescue all dimensions and capacities of human beings seen that intellectual ability alone is not sufficient to achieve satisfactory performance vital And what are those other existential dimensions and carrying capacities? It may be mentioned by way of illustrative examples, the communication capacity, maturity, imagination, creative, intuitive perception, relational warmth and spontaneous generosity, among others. Read the rest of this entry »
On many occasions, as has been felt throughout the history of humanity are woven high hopes and expectations with the beginning of a new millennium and the beginning of this century is no exception. The second half of the twentieth century, with its load of questions of positive science, said the gestation of a change in thinking, that although it was slow and went unnoticed at first, experienced more rapidly toward its end, which was seeping into the structures secular modernist thought – in the same way as the revival of medieval thought pierced – making shaken to its foundations. There is a new way of thinking, considering the man and his society, if you want more subjective, more chaotic and complex, where the individual seeks, with some desperation, liberty with equality.
This way of thinking or way of seeing and trying to understand the subject has been called postmodernism, which has been considered by different thinkers who interpret, Gradowska (2004), as “a disaster of our culture …” (p.15) . This is not the idea present in the research is considered as a re-think the postmodern man in this new century and a challenge from its epistemological foundations of existing science. Perez rightly so Lindo (1996), quoted in Gradowska (op.cit), when it states that “change the world is not a crisis or a series of crises. We can understand it better as a mutation, or a change in the very essence of civilization “(p.149). Read the rest of this entry »
There are many reasons why teenagers rebel against their parents, relatives, teachers, and authorities. In the United States, it is not uncommon to hear stories about problematic and troubled teenagers. Whenever the topic of discussion is about troubled teens, the first thing that comes into people’s minds is male teenagers involved in criminal activities. However, in reality, such situation is only the tip of the iceberg. Troubled teenagers are not only those who are involved in criminal activities like drug dealing, theft, gang fights, and the like, but also those who are performing poorly at school, having shaky family relationships, and having emotional problems. Also, not only male teenagers do get in trouble as there are also many female teenagers who suffer from the same situation.
In Arizona, one alternative school is focused in reforming and helping troubled and problematic teenage girls. The Copper Canyon Academy is one of the premier therapeutic boarding schools for teen girls in the country. Since its establishment, the school has been known for its unique approach in helping teenage girls live a better and more open life. The school is likewise famous for its innovative programs that have been proven to be effective in leading problematic teenage girls to a well-rounded life. According to the school’s website, the following are some of the highlights of its educational and therapeutic services:
- Fully accredited college-prep academic program
- Individual, Group and Family Therapy
- Student, Parent and Family Workshops
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
- Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon meetings
- Equine Therapy
- Equestrian Riding
- Choir, Dance and Yoga
- Extensive physical education program
- Competitive sports program, including basketball, volleyball, softball and soccer
- Leadership development and extensive leadership opportunities
- Nutrition education
- Life Skills education
- Outdoor activities
- Community service opportunities
- Supervised social activities
- Family-oriented, community-based transitional living experience
For Copper Canyon Academy, abuse is something to be prevented and avoided, which is why its programs are designed not to correct teen’s attitude and life perspective through harsh and unwarranted methods. Simply put, the school provides the best positive experience to students to help them realize that there is more to life than being involved in problematic situations.
For parents, it might just be the worst realization that their child has become one of these problematic youngsters. It is no secret that dealing with this problem is not easy at all. Although parents might try several advances, their children might be unresponsive, if not more defiant in response to their efforts. It is for this purpose that residential treatment centers have come to exist. Through various methods, they work towards the improvement of the self-esteem, attitude, and relationships of their students. Turnabout Ranch, which is based in the United States, is one of the therapeutic programs being sought out today. For the uninitiated though, Turnabout Ranch Utah would simply seem to just conduct therapy sessions on a ranch. The key question would be, how does it work to bring about out the improvement of the teenagers?
First of all, during their stay, the kids will be inclined to work hard. Through the ranching projects, they will learn the value of working for the benefit of both themselves and their community. At the end of the day, the ranch work will be something that they did not because they had to, but because they wanted to.
Second, they will meet the challenge of achieving a goal. As cases of problematic teens are often from something that they feel they lack, the program will give them the opportunity to prove to themselves that they can achieve whatever it is that they may want. Through the support of the whole team in the program, they can soon find and utilize their true potential.
Third, they will learn how to be properly accountable. Responsibility is a primary key to a person’s success. For this reason, the program sees to it that their students learn its importance and practice it. During their treatment, they will be held accountable for any mishaps and inadequacies. Through this, their drive to do better significantly improves.
Last, they will obtain the desire to exert their full effort. This entails not only the physical labor in the ranch but also the activities in a classroom setting. That inherent desire is brought out by the tasks that are assigned to them.