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The death penalty has become time consuming, cost-inefficient and has had no clear effect on the deterrence of crime. In a time of economic recovery, the call to abolish a wasteful punishment is way past due.
It is time we stop allowing the government to put our budget in the death penalty and start putting it into education and health care.
Title 34: Education
PART 106—NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF SEX IN EDUCATION PROGRAMS OR ACTIVITIES RECEIVING FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
§ 106.13 Military and merchant marine educational institutions.
This part does not apply to an educational institution whose primary purpose is the training of individuals for a military service of the United States or for the merchant marine.
(Authority: Secs. 901, 902, Education Amendments of 1972, 86 Stat. 373, 374; 20 U.S.C. 1681, 1682)
Over 90% of Nigerians rely on Public Education. Without constitutional guarantees that ensure funding and education access to the needy, the corrupt political class will deny quality education to current future generations of Nigerians.
This petition will generate support for a constitutional amendment to Section 18 (3) of the Nigerian constitution.
Physical education is lacking in our youths today. With technology controlling majority of youth time, youths are not being active. Not being active also increases the risk of obesity.
Children are playing video games two to three hours a day, listening to their IPods (without dancing), and sitting in front of a computer over three hours a day.
None of the mentioned above is active. Children need exercise!
Studies show that smaller class sizes lead to an efficient learning environment. Large class sizes often have a higher rate of distractions and disturbances, and the teacher won't be able to focus on every student.
However, if the class size is small, then the teacher will be able to reach every student and will be able to avoid disturbances and interruptions.
This will mean more learning time, and everyone will absorb knowledge at the end of the day.
As a group, young people have the lowest turnout in elections and we believe this means that they are underrepresented in politics.
Great Hearts Academies, a non-profit network of charter schools based in Phoenix, Arizona, is seeking to bring its unique approach to public education to Davidson County. Great Hearts leaders have hosted informational sessions for parents in Sylvan Park, Hillsboro Village, East Nashville, Antioch, and North Nashville.
Great Hearts' teachers and administrators believe in the power of a classical liberal arts education, with an emphasis on the great books and writers of Western Civilization. By holding students to the highest standards and instilling them with a love for learning, Great Hearts graduates students with the ability to excel in some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation. Their current schools consistently rank in the top 1% of the public schools in their state, and the National Merit Foundation recognizes nearly 19% of Great Hearts graduates. More importantly, their students also graduate with "great hearts:" a commitment to working towards a more just, humane, and philosophical society.
Nashville's Metropolitan Board of Public Education will consider Great Hearts Academies' charter application in May of this year. A critical factor in their decision will be the opinions of parents from all across Davidson County. This petition is meant to demonstrate to the School Board that Nashville parents are excited about and supportive of this new opportunity for their children.
Names and information collected for this petition will not be used for any commercial purpose.
The Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), characterized by the New York Times as "an act of self-preservation," is a decentralized network of teachers both in and outside of Iran providing college level classes to those denied the ability to go to a university in Iran because they are members of the country's largest religious minority, The Baha'i Faith.
In May 2011, the government of Iran implemented a systematic raid on the homes of students, lecturers, and any associated with the BIHE. Many were arrested, all materials were confiscated, and their crime was educating Baha'i youth. The “Education Under Fire Campaign” seeks to empower campuses around the country to stand up for Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the right to education, by looking at ways that they can help those youth in Iran to continue their education.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President of East Timor Jose Ramos-Horta has called on the International Academic Community to review the coursework of the BIHE in order to consider acceptance of BIHE students into their university. Around the country universities are benefiting from the example of Harvard's Graduate School of Education, that school formally agreed to accept the BIHE credits. The review of possible acceptance of the BIHE credits can serve to allow those who have had the benefit of its programs can continue to higher levels of study.
UEA has plans to withdraw from the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) regional training consortium, and to end its Early Years training programme from February 2013.
This will result in the compulsory redundancy of staff involved, and represents a loss to the children and parents of this region, as the course provides professional training for staff in nurseries across Norfolk. The closest training centre is at UCS in Ipswich, some distance from Norwich.
Business Rates are supposed to be a Property Tax, however the evidence that we have collated shows that Rates Assessors have appeared to ignore this, for example Careshare who have a purpose built nursery in Dunfermline, registered for 89 spaces, are paying the equivalent of £811.80 per registered child place compare this to another Careshare nursery which is also purpose built located at Port Hamilton in Edinburgh in the heart of the Capital’s financial district which is registered for 90 spaces, who are only paying the equivalent of £550.00 per registered child place.
The above is exacerbated by the fact that Careshare in Edinburgh charges more per day than the Careshare in Dunfermline, which is understandable, however the affluent area of St Andrews which is the location of the purpose built Wonderyears Nursery registered for 127 spaces, also charges the same per day as Careshare in Edinburgh, but is charged less than half the amount of Business Rates per registered place. The property in St Andrews is particularly relevant as this property is currently up for sale for over a seven figure sum. If Business Rates are a property tax then the above 3 examples clearly show the current system does not work.
It would appear that the Rates Assessor has based their calculations on the rental information provided by the Tenants, however not all Tenants have provided this information and even when they have, the Rates Assessor does not have the manpower to check that the information supplied is correct.
In cases where no rental figure is provided, the assessor has to effectively guess what the rental figure should be, this has lead directly to a dramatic variance in Business Rates. For example the previously mentioned nursery located on the desirable waterfront at East Sands, St Andrews, is not only 80% bigger than the Building Blocks Nursery located in an Industrial Estate in Rosyth, but has a Rateable Value of £8,600.00 lower. In this case either a mistake has been made in the calculations to ascertain the Rateable Valuation of these two properties or incorrect information has been submitted by the businesses to the local rates assessors.
Companies who have invested in new property are being held at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to Business Rates. It appears that the policy of Rates Assessors is that nurseries operating from old converted houses pay 2/3rd and those operating from “portacabin”s pay 1/3rd of the business rates which a purpose built building pays.
This Policy will effectively put an end to the investment and development of new build nurseries, and will result in older stock properties being adapted, which will not always result in the best environment for children, as they will not have disabled or environmentally friendly features etc. Surely as a modern society we should be encouraging the development of high quality sustainable premises to help nurture future generations.
In summary Business Rates is a property tax, however the table below shows that is not the case as we have highlighted in the examples above. Six of the top ten Nurseries on the chart below are located in Dunfermline and the surrounding area, despite the fact that in a recent report from HBOS, Dunfermline along with Kettering in Northamptonshire has suffered the highest fall in property prices in the UK.
Finance is involved in all aspects of a teenager's/adult's life, yet when it comes to money it is not part of a basic skill that we teach at high schools.
If we do not ensure that the next generation of adults are aware of the monetary value of money and how to make money work, we will forever be a country in debt and forever have a country where the majority do not understand finances.
The government’s Higher Education White Paper threatens our institutions with an unprecedented wave of privatisation modelled on the disastrous experience of the US for-profit sector.
The NUS strategy is defeatist, calling for a review of the impact of the White Paper following its implementation – as if this is a given – and asserting the need for student collaboration with the private sector.
Yet across the higher education sector there is growing opposition to the White paper – from the 20 000 people who have signed the ‘no confidence’ motion in David Willetts, to the Campaign for the Public University, to the UCU. In 2010 hundreds of thousands of school, FE and university students opposed fees increases – the White Paper is about making the new fees regime work.
All this offers an opportunity for a mass campaign against the government which can defeat the White Paper.
It should be the role of the elected leadership to find creative ways to unite and encourage broad opposition, not to demobilise it. Crucial to this is naming what we are against. For these reasons, castigating calls for the scrapping of the White Paper as “ridiculous” and claiming this would not “mean anything” is self-defeating posturing.
The strategy outlined by NUS underestimates the scale of attack on public education and the breadth of opposition, and overestimates the power of the government. An alternative that strives for maximum possible unity across the sector is needed. A starting point should be the following:
16 June 1976 marked a dawn of an era where the attestation of languages, particularly Afrikaans in schools, was laid down. 36 years later we, black South Africans, find ourselves in the very same position - a position that still disadvantages the black majority of this country by positioning English and Afrikaans as the dominant languages in the national school curriculum.
As reported by the Sunday Times (22/01/2012 - "Xhosa, Zulu being axed at state schools") state schools are "scrapping" African languages and forcing pupils to study Afrikaans as their alternate second language. Particularly in the Western Cape province.
This cannot go unchallenged and necessitates resistance as well as a call to rally behind African languages in schools.
Bullying is one of the greatest dangers children in Australia face.
AT LEAST ONE IN FOUR CHILDREN ARE BULLIED AT SCHOOL
In our culture, bullying is stigmatized so that Children often feel ashamed to seek help or even tell anyone they are being bullied, for fear of being a burden on families and communities.
As a result the issue goes unrecognized.
Children's voices are not loud enough to demand their own basic rights. Which include:
The right to be free from physical or mental harm, and to receive an education which enables them to reach their potential, and prepares them for life in a free society (from the UN Charter).
BULLYING RUINS LIVES. It has been the cause of countless suicides. Shown in the photo above, Sheniz Erkan is a girl who died as a result of cyber-bullying in January this year.
Bullying ruins mental health.
Children who are bullied are three times more likely to develop depressive symptoms and NINE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO HAVE THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE.
Victims of bullying are more likely to develop psychotic symptoms in early adolescence and young people who bully others are four times more likely to have a criminal record by the age of 30.
Bullying has devastating affects on the welfare of individuals. It inhibits their developing identity and contribution to society.
Please help raise awareness of this issue, and spread the word through facebook, email or any means you can.
Most colleges include some type of sociology course that is intended to assist students in understanding society (and their place in it) or to help the students better themselves as people.
Fleming college requires the students of many courses to take classes from the ORGB course code. These courses only serve to compartmentalize students based on their ability to conform to a template.
The purpose of this petition is not to discredit classes that actually do assist students in becoming complete, healthy people. Understanding one's feelings and goals is important, but these courses do not accomplish that task and are insulting to the students' intelligence.
AID KENYA FOUNDATION-KITUTU COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER/KITUTU OVC CENTER:
AID Kenya Foundation, a nonprofit, and humanitarian aid and development assistance charitable foundation in Kenya.
The foundation is working with local communities, and collaborative partners to build the Kitutu Community Resource Center to empower rural-urban orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC), teenage girls/mothers, and in and out of school youth in the areas of education, health-care,sports, talent development, mentorship and vocational training.
Already, The Foundation, through the Humanitarian Aid & Development Assistance Program, supports hundreds of orphaned and vulnerable children and teenage mothers to access educational opportunities, shelter, health-care and psychosocial support; It further supports many teenage girls to get regular supply of sanitary towels just keep them in school and increase their self esteem; Kenya is currently experiencing a societal breakdown, where in every household, there is a teen mum some at the age of 12 with a baby or two.
The Center shall cater for OVCs and teen mums from across Kenya, and will have an a Community Outreach Program.
As a matter of urgency, the Foundation is building the Kitutu Community Resource Center/Kitutu OVC Center, with the following objectives:
1. Teaching teenage mothers on motherhood, nutrition, parenting and reproductive health;
2. Rehabilitate teenage mothers involved in alcoholism, drug and substance abuse;
3. Offer vocational trainings like tailoring, hairdressing, computers and ICT, arts, and Embroidery;
4. Create awareness on dangers and risks of teenage motherhood, HIV/AIDS and STIs;
5. Provide quality health-care to both the mother and child;
6. Distribute sanitary towels and pampers to schools, homes, and in public;
7. Offer a back-to-school reintegration program to embrace formal education by providing scholarships;
8. Provide guiding and counseling and psychotherapy;and
9. Build self-esteem, confidence and courage.
The Center will also host the Kitutu OVC Center for the kids of teen mums and support those OVCs who are enrolled in public schools supplying kids with pens, pencils, shoes, back packs, books, crayons, etc.
For feed back or volunteer, partner or donate, contact, Tel. +254 729 32 44 29 or E-Mail:
DREAM TEAM: The following is the Dream Team Managing and Coordinating the Project:
1. Armstrong Ongera, Jr.-Executive Director
2. Patricia Kadesa- Project Manager
3. Melissa Cheruiyoti- Corporate/PR/ Communications Manager
4.Seba Nyakundi-Program Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
5. Sheila Shinto- PA & Chief of Staff
DONATION REQUESTS AND SOLIDARITY:
1. MPESA-0729 32 44 29
AID Kenya Foundation
P. O. BOX 5956-00200
NOTE: A volunteer or supporter, can donate time, and expertise, in creating awareness about the Center, as well as mobilizing resources, or volunteering on the ground.
3. WIRE TRANSFER:
Any Voluntary Donations can be sent by WU or wire transfer to the following Bank Account:-
A/C Name: AID KENYA FOUNDATION
A/C No. : 082-1430151
Swift Code: BARCKENX
Bank: BARCLAYS BANK OF KENYA
Branch: Haile Selassie Avenue,Nairobi,Kenya
I am 14 years old and I am very interested in politics, more than most kids my age. I would love to get involved in the political process and many other teenagers, younger and older than myself, want to also, but there is something stopping us, the age requirement.
Teens can make wise decisions despite the stereotype that we magically become mature at the age of 18. Teens can make a big difference and our opinions aren't random. I would much like to see the voting age requirement decreased to the age of 17, this does not mean that we are legal adults.
Teens could be required to take a class when they reach this age of 17 in order to educate themselves on the voting process and how to determine who they want to vote for, not what pop culture is endorsing.
Our groups, the Universal law of Economic Observation, etc. are about combining the economic and military histories of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and the Americas or West into a new scientific perspective involving the marketing warfare strategies and tactics of global markets, through the simultaneous implementation of the genetic and molecular sciences to immediately begin the processes of creating over 9.7 million new tech jobs.
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The children in Kentucky’s schools today represent the future of our Commonwealth. However in too many instances, Kentucky children are badly under-performing their potential.
Take for instance the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress which shows only thirty-five (35) percent of Kentucky 4th graders and thirty-six (36) percent of Kentucky 8th graders read at or above a proficient level. The data is even more troubling among African American children where forty-eight (48) percent of African American 4th graders and forty-two (42) percent of African-American 8th graders are below basic in reading. To be below basic means these children lack even a partial-mastery of the building blocks of how to read. These are statistics we find simply unacceptable.
We cannot fail to educate all our children and expect to grow and attract good paying jobs over the next generation. In the face of a struggling economy and scarce job opportunities, having a good education, especially an education which allows children to succeed in college, is essential to a child’s future success.
There are strategies which are working for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, giving them a chance to make incredible academic progress. Public charter schools have demonstrated that they are capable of accelerating the academic achievement of the students attending them. Over forty states have charter schools, including Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Virginia and Tennessee. Research shows that charter schools – when designed properly and held accountable for results – are reaching children in ways that traditional public schools cannot.
With over 5,000 Public Charter Schools serving more than 1.6 million children in 41 states we ask you, why not Kentucky? Why shouldn’t Kentucky children have the same opportunity as those in Indianapolis and Nashville to meet and exceed their potential in an innovative classroom? Why shouldn’t Kentucky try a new approach to an old problem? We believe Kentucky should and the time to do so is now.
The University of Canberra has proposed to cancel the Japanese Language Program. As a current student of the program I urge everybody to help convince the preservation of such a great university course.
With many students in the middle of their degrees this cancellation would cause so much stress and many problems. Especially for the ones who decided to go to university to specifically learn the Japanese Language.
The Japanese Program has allowed many students to learn the language and culture, which is important in the current globalizing world and especially in our very multicultural Australia. It has helped create great friendships with many Japanese students on exchange at the university and also while benefiting local students, it is a very attractive course for international students.
The university has agreements with several universities in Japan and while we have students anticipating going on exchange in Japan, we also receive many Japanese students to learn English. This is a great way to represent our university and our country.
Please help us maintain this excellent, well developed language course with the best, most encouraging teachers by signing this petition.
The past students, current students and future students appreciate your help.
While growing up, Ias a disabled person, experienced quite a few 'differences' in my education because of my apparatus (a wheelchair & walker). I was treated like an outsider by my classmates and a bother by 2 or 3 of the faculty members . College was surprizingly similar...
I would like to propose a change in the way society looks at people with disabilities. We are not to be stared at by little children, forced to use entrances at the sides or back of buildings, or be labeled as mentally deficient or diseased.
I'd like to see an education system in which children are taught about disabilities and accept people with them.
Bullying. The term has been synonymous with school children and teens. This is not always so.
What happens when bullies graduate? They sometimes become even bigger social deviants. (spouse abusers, thieves, corrupted leaders, etc, etc...) That's not to say that all bullies become a problem for society.
Ever since the beginning, there has been depression, hatred, anger, sadness, illness, racism, personality disorders, poverty, and even death attributed to bullying. This is unacceptable! Bullying trends on the human rights of nearly every demographic on Earth.
Money to improve school performance has focused mainly on course curriculum, instructional methods and teacher training, little has changed.
We need to encourage our policy makers to look beyond the curriculum and teachers to improve a child’s education achievement. The Family/School/Community Compacts Bill (HOUSE BILL 695) proposes that schools and parents make a pact as to what each will do to make sure students are getting the most from the free public school system.
This will be a written agreement stating how parents, students, teachers, principals, and other school staff members will be accountable for student learning. Every student will have a family-school compact.
Since the Internet is becoming more dominate in the classroom, students are forced to buy access codes to get information, grades, homework, and messages sent to them from their teachers.
With the money spent toward education, these extra features should be given to students.
On the 6th of December 2011, Aberdeen City Council will meet to discuss proposals which are set to “withdraw music tuition” in Aberdeen.
After the successful peaceful demonstrations and campaign of last year, assurance was given that the Music Service was safe - albeit with a massively reduced budget. Clearly that was not true – the cut proposal is back in this years Priority Based Budgeting: Draft financial budget 2012-2013 5-Year Business Plan that published on 2nd November. (http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.asp?lID=41080&sID=13437)
Aberdeen’s excellent Instrumental Service should be protected and taken off the table as far as making budget cuts are concerned. Withdrawing Music tuition completely will impact on many of our children’s lives. The vision for Music in the recently introduced Curriculum for Excellence for Scotland is “Performing and creating music will be prominent activities for all learners.”
Pupils who wish to learn an instrument will not have ready access to an instructor or an instrument as present and will probably have to buy their own – an option not available to many.
The Aberdeen City Council’s proposal to withdraw Music Tuition is completely at odds with the Scottish Governments stated entitlement for children.
The Music Service in Aberdeen when compared with other Scottish music service budgets costs less per child. Compare this with the fact that more than 40% of the children taking part in National Orchestras, Brass and Jazz bands come from Aberdeen City - value for money indeed!
Last year the Music Service had its budget slashed by £520k – not the £170k claimed in the new Priority Based Budget on the ACC website – and it now operates on a budget of £789k from Aberdeen City Council for its 3000 pupils.
Although the ‘Withdraw Music Tuition’ option is below the red line and is therefore under the heading of “ undesirable to progress,” it is precariously close to the red line and would become a very real option should any of the cuts above it fail to get approval.
However, there is still time to save our Music Service, which has been instrumental in Aberdeen’s development into today’s rich cultural centre. Music is something that everyone, no matter who they are or what their background is, should be able to access and enjoy. If these services go they will never return.
More information is available at F.A.I.M. (Friends of Aberdeen Instrumental Music) website and on Facebook with the same name.
Please extend your support to this cause by putting your name to this petition. Thank you.
Bihar, the third largest state of India, has distinction of sending one of the highest number of students outside the state for fundamental as well as advanced education.
A state which should have been the educational hub of India, kept seeing exodus of young minds in search of education. After long wait for decades, Bihar finally got a Central University in 2009. However, 2 years have passed and CUB has not been given the required permamnent campus at a place suitable according to its status, a place which could be well connected, infrastructure well supported and meet its status as a central University and allure the best brains as faculties and students from all corners of world, the vision with which it was started, with a thought of bringing educational revolution in Bihar.
Today CUB suffering due to this and deserves the most urgent and committed solution with permanent campus at right place, to successfully run the university.
Schools in south africa are way too strict, they brutalize my culture and I have become a drop out because of south african schools. Okay if they really want I don't mind uniform, but when they start telkling you what to do with your body, piercings, tattoos and body modification is a part of my religion and they should allow that!
Stupid jobs don't employ people just because they have tattoos and piercings, even though the person is a genius, but they rather employ the egg head "normal looking one"! A police lady went to have a talk at our school, she was going on about drugs and sex, I went to ask her about homo sexual rights she told me "only if the person hits you" what a bloody stupid answer! and yet they call south africa a rainbow nation?? when racism is used verbally immediate action is taken place, some people cant get jobs, are mistreated because of their sexuality, piercings, tattoos, way of living.
I think everyone should have a right to live the way they want to!! And get the job if they do well at it not because of how they look! Society in south africa needs to open their disgusting closed little stingey shrivelled up minds and let people like me live, as long as you making my life a misery I'm gonna keep on bothering you.
The schools in south africa are disgusting and unclean, their discipline is like a military, and they are overly controlled and its distinguishing but what they learning is so unadvanced, and that they make afrikaans compulsory otherwise you cant study or have a job if you dont take afrikaans!
I'm not against afrikaans, I just dont wanna be forced to learn it after grade ten, and maths! Schools are too disciplinary and not enough learning, all they learning ias how to pray to some thing that doesn't exist, think a certain way and say "yes mam", and get overworked.
There's alot more to life than school and work, they should learn to be more flexible with homework and hours, we not machines, I know some people can work like machines but others cant! My poor friend who boards at DHS feels so brutalized and controlled he wants to kill himself or run away, he's just not coping! Im a drop out because south african schools suck!
Purulia District in West Bengal, is one of the most impoverished districts of India. Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, the founder of Ananda MArga, had a vision to elevate the educational status and improve the standard of living in such areas through comprehensive education.
He founded Degree College at Ananda Nagar in 1956, providing education to around 60 villages that previously had little access to higher education. Ananda Marga College began as an all-boys school, but has recently expanded to include women, whose facilities are completely apart from the main campus, in a nearby village, to comply with mandates of Sarkar, of separate, not co-ed facilities for higher education.
The Ananda Marga global ruling organizational body recently had a vote to discontinue the women's branch, saying that the existing conditions are coeducational, when they are, by all means completely separate, circumstances that would force these women to give up any chance that they might have of being able to make real progress in their lives, and the lives of their families and villages.
We feel that is necessary to overturn or redo this repressive vote, and help the women continue and move forward in their education and their lives.
Billions and billions of U.S. money is sent every year to foreign countries.
Let's temporarily suspend a percentage of foreign aid and concentrate for a while on helping the poorest regions of the United States get a leg up.
Students should have the right of an extra day off on weekends or no homework and tests due the next day. The weekends are suppressed to be breaks, but students keep receiving homework assignments on Friday preventing them from having a day off, and this petition is not geared towards a lecture on time management.