Πέμπτη, 22 Δεκεμβρίου 2011

marilena: CHRISTMAS WISHES-CHRISTMAS WISHES-CHRISTMAS WISHES...

marilena: CHRISTMAS WISHES-CHRISTMAS WISHES-CHRISTMAS WISHES...: To all my English speaking friends, all of you that visit my blog from the other side of our planet. I would like to wish to you a Mer...

CHRISTMAS WISHES-CHRISTMAS WISHES-CHRISTMAS WISHES !!!

To all my English speaking friends, all of you that visit my blog from the other side of our planet.




I would like to wish to you a Merry Christmas !!!

May you all find the treasures of life. Love, peace and happiness !!!

marilena

marilena: ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ !!...

marilena: ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ !!...: Θα ήθελα να ευχηθώ σε όλους τους φίλους μου, σε όλους όσους επισκέπτονται το blog μου, αλλά και σε όλους τους άλλους... Ευτυχισμένα Χρ...

ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ-ΕΥΧΕΣ !!!!!!!

Θα ήθελα να ευχηθώ σε όλους τους φίλους μου, σε όλους όσους επισκέπτονται το blog μου, αλλά και σε όλους τους άλλους...




Ευτυχισμένα Χριστούγεννα με τις οικογένειές σας, με υγεία και χαρά.

Ευχή μου είναι να ξεχάσουμε έστω και για λίγο όλα όσα μας βασανίζουν καθημερινά, όλα όσα μας πονούν και μας θυμώνουν και να υποδεχτούμε με αισιοδοξία την γέννηση του Χριστού μας που θα μας βοηθήσει με την πίστη μας να ξεπεράσουμε  αυτόν τον εφιάλτη που βιώνουμε.

Να 'στε όλοι καλά !!!

marilena

En un mar picado las Imágenes de este video son Impresionantes

1941 Οι Γερμανοί βανδαλίζουν το Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών

Σπάνιο οπτικό υλικό από την Γερμανική Κατοχή

Γερμανική Εισβολή Το 1941

Η ΣΤΥΓΝΗ ΕΚΤΕΛΕΣΗ ΣΤΟ ΚΟΝΤΟΜΑΡΙ ΧΑΝΙΩΝ 2 6 1941

Εκτέλεση αμάχων Κοντομαρί Χανίων

Τετάρτη, 21 Δεκεμβρίου 2011

marilena: ΕΥΓΕΝΙΑ ΧΑΤΖΗΠΑΥΛΟΥ.....ΠΟΤΕ ΔΕΝ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΑΡΓΑ !!!!

marilena: ΕΥΓΕΝΙΑ ΧΑΤΖΗΠΑΥΛΟΥ.....ΠΟΤΕ ΔΕΝ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΑΡΓΑ !!!!:   Η Ευγενία Χατζηπαύλου είναι μία 45χρονη μητέρα τριών παιδιών. Εργάζεται στο δήμο Περιστερίου στο τομέα της καθαριότητας. Η Ευγενία απο...

ΕΥΓΕΝΙΑ ΧΑΤΖΗΠΑΥΛΟΥ.....ΠΟΤΕ ΔΕΝ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΑΡΓΑ !!!!



 


Η Ευγενία Χατζηπαύλου είναι μία 45χρονη μητέρα τριών παιδιών. Εργάζεται στο δήμο Περιστερίου στο τομέα της καθαριότητας. Η Ευγενία αποφάσισα να διεκδικήσει το δικαίωμά της στην ανώτατη μόρφωση και το πέτυχε. Έδωσε πανελλήνιες και πέρασε δεύτερη στο Πάντειο Πανεπιστήμιο στο τμήμα Κοινωνιολογίας.
''Εγκατέλειψα το σχολείο στα 19 μου γιατί παντρεύτηκα. 25 χρόνια μετά αποφάσισα να πραγματοποιήσω το όνειρό μου. Διάβαζα παντού, στο λεωφορείο, στο διάλειμμα, τη νύχτα παντού. Τσακωνόμουν μάλιστα με τον μικρότερο γιο μου για το λεξικό των Αρχαίων. Διάβασα πολύ, κουράστηκα, το πάλεψα και δικαιώθηκα από το αποτέλεσμα'', δήλωσε η ίδια στην κάμερα του ALTER.

Επόμενος στόχος της είναι να πάρει και το πτυχίο και να μπορέσει να εργαστεί πάνω στο αντικείμενο των σπουδών της.



Να σας πω την αλήθεια, δεν είχα διαβάσει ή ακούσει κάτι για την συγκεκριμένη γυναίκα που ανέτρεψε την ζωή της στην ηλικία που οι περισσότεροι από εμάς....καθόμαστε πάνω στ' αυγά μας.
Την παρακολούθησα σήμερα το μεσημέρι όταν σε ζάπινγκ έπεσα επάνω της σε μια συνέντευξη με την Ελένη Μενεγάκη.  Είχα πολύ καιρό να αισθανθώ τόσο μεγάλη έκπληξη και σεβασμό για έναν συνάνθρωπό μας,  Μέσα στην τόσο μαύρη κατάσταση που όλοι μας βιώνουμε, η Ευγενία Χατζηπαύλου είναι ένα ζωντανό παράδειγμα επιμονής, υπομονής, θέλησης και του Έλληνα που ποτέ δεν ησυχάζει.
Μπράβο μέσα απ' την καρδιά μου στην Ελληνίδα αυτή που με την προσπάθειά της αυτή κατέκτησε το όνειρό της !!!!!!

Τρίτη, 20 Δεκεμβρίου 2011

Wham! - Last Christmas

Ο Μικρός Τυμπανιστής.wmv

Παιδική Χορωδία Δ.Τυπάλδου - Τρίγωνα Κάλαντα

Παιδική Χορωδία του Δημήτρη Τυπάλδου - Το έλατο

Παιδική Χορωδία Δ.Τυπάλδου - Κάλαντα Πρωτοχρονιάς

Χριστουγεννιάτικα κάλαντα ΚΑΛΗΝ ΕΣΠΕΡΑΝ ΑΡΧΟΝΤΕΣ

marilena: Αη......Βασίλης...

marilena: Αη......Βασίλης...

Αη......Βασίλης...








Δευτέρα, 19 Δεκεμβρίου 2011

marilena: ΦΤΟΥ...ΌΛΟ ΜΠΡΟΣΤΑ ΜΟΥ ΘΑ ΣΕ ΒΛΕΠΩ.....

marilena: ΦΤΟΥ...ΌΛΟ ΜΠΡΟΣΤΑ ΜΟΥ ΘΑ ΣΕ ΒΛΕΠΩ.....

ΦΤΟΥ...ΌΛΟ ΜΠΡΟΣΤΑ ΜΟΥ ΘΑ ΣΕ ΒΛΕΠΩ.....

Merkel has acquired the image of a bureaucratic machine, cool, eternally ...

marilena: Britain's Mounting Distrust of Germany....

marilena: Britain's Mounting Distrust of Germany....: In Britain, distrust of Europe goes hand-in-hand with distrust of Germany. Relations between the two countries have cooled following the ...

Britain's Mounting Distrust of Germany....

Resentments Reawaken: Britain's Mounting Distrust of Germany

In Britain, distrust of Europe goes hand-in-hand with distrust of Germany. Relations between the two countries have cooled following the furore caused by the latest EU summit, and British euroskeptics are once again resorting to old stereotypes.



'Welcome to the Fourth Reich'
Distrust of the European Union goes hand-in-hand with distrust of Germany, especially among "euroskeptics," the current euphemism for the many haters of the EU in Britain. The headline "Welcome to the Fourth Reich" in the high-circulation Daily Mail summarized the German-French plans to rescue the monetary union. In another story, the paper wrote: "What we are witnessing is the economic colonisation of Europe by stealth by the Germans."
Of course, many Britons -- and even some Englishmen, among whom the resentment is the most widespread -- know that such talk is nonsense. But surprisingly many do not. Whenever someone on in Britain utters the word "Germany," it doesn't take long, a matter of milliseconds, in fact -- even in many well-informed circles in politics, journalism or the world of comedy -- before someone says: "Hitler."
It's been this way for decades. Nazis are practically an obsession in Britain, and associating Germans with them is such a strong reflex that it stifles almost all interest in the real Germany of today. The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, a British education authority, found that the teaching of history suffers from excessive "Hitlerization." For British schoolchildren, Germany came into the world as a freak in 1933 and, thanks to then Prime Minister Winston Churchill, died a well-deserved death in 1945.
The anti-German rhetoric was particularly strong after German reunification, which then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, nicknamed "the Iron Lady," sought to prevent. Even the levelheaded Economist warned against what it believed to be the threat of a German nuclear bomb. In 1990, Thatcher invited leading British historians to a conference at Chequers to analyze the dangerous German national character. According to the minutes of the meeting, some of the supposed German character traits discussed there included "aggressiveness, egotism, an inferiority complex and sentimentality."

marilena: 27 λόγοι που είμαι περήφανος που ΔΕΝ είμαι Γερμανό...

marilena: 27 λόγοι που είμαι περήφανος που ΔΕΝ είμαι Γερμανό...: Είμαστε περήφανοι που δεν είμαστε Γερμανοί. Διαβάστε τους λόγους για τους οποίους είμαστε τόσο περήφανοι: 1) Πίνω νερό όταν διψάω και μπύρ...

27 λόγοι που είμαι περήφανος που ΔΕΝ είμαι Γερμανός!!



27 λόγοι που είμαι περήφανος που ΔΕΝ είμαι Γερμανός!!
Είμαστε περήφανοι που δεν είμαστε Γερμανοί. Διαβάστε τους λόγους για τους οποίους είμαστε τόσο περήφανοι:
1) Πίνω νερό όταν διψάω και μπύρα όποτε θέλω διότι το νερό εμφιαλωμένο ή βρύσης δεν είναι ούτε στυφό, ούτε άνοστο, ούτε πανάκριβο.
2) Με χοντρές, αθλητικές, λευκές κάλτσες φορώ αθλητικά παπούτσια και όχι σανδάλια.
3) Δε μου χρειάστηκε ποτέ να στήσω μνημείο – υπόλειμμα κανενός τείχους αίσχους για να μου θυμίζει κατάπτυστη διχοτόμηση του έθνους μου, φοβούμενος πιθανή επανάληψη στο μέλλον.
4) Έχω θετική σκέψη, αισιοδοξία, ελπίδα και πίστη και χωρίς να καταναλώσω απίστευτες ποσότητες αλκοόλ.
5) Δεν πιστεύω σε φυλετικές ή άλλες ανωτερότητες, αλλά στο σεβασμό της αξίας και στην προστασία κάθε ανθρώπου.
6) Δεν προκάλεσα δύο δηλωμένους, κι έναν τρίτο υποβόσκοντα, παγκόσμιους πολέμους.
7) Δεν αιματοκύλησα την ανθρωπότητα, δε σκότωσα αμάχους, δεν κατεδίωξα φυλές ή άλλα έθνη, δεν έστησα στρατόπεδα συγκέντρωσης, δεν υπέταξα λαούς, δε ρήμαξα χώρες.
8) Για την παρασκευή σαπουνιού περιορίζομαι στη χρήση ελληνικού ελαιολάδου.
9) Δε χρωστάω πολεμικές αποζημιώσεις και κατοχικά δάνεια.
10) Δεν σφετερίστηκα ξένους πολιτισμούς κι αρχιτεκτονικές τεχνοτροπίες (γιατί διέθετα δικούς μου), δεν κατέκλεψα αρχαιότητες, δεν υφάρπαξα αγάλματα και θησαυρούς.
11) Δεν είμαι απόγονος του Αδόλφου Χίτλερ.
12) Κάνω την αυτοκριτική μου. Αργά, ανώφελα, άκαιρα ίσως. Έχω κάνει λάθη, πολλά και μοιραία, πλην όμως τ’ αναγνωρίζω και πολεμάω. Όπλα δεν καταθέτω, άλλωστε, δεν το έκανα ποτέ (θα το θυμάσαι άσπονδε φίλε γερμανέ, όταν γύρευες να με λειώσεις με τη μπότα της βέρμαχτ…). Κριτής των πάντων, διαιτητής και νταβατζής δε χρήζομαι. Δε μου ταιριάζει ο ρόλος ούτε του δοσίλογου, ούτε του χαφιέ.
13) Χαμογελώ και στη χαρά και στην απόγνωση. Ξέρω, σε προβληματίζει, άσπονδε φίλε γερμανέ, αλλά τι τα γυρεύεις… Είναι στο DNA μου το γέλιο, δουλειά δική μου!
14) Επάνδρωσα τις βιομηχανίες της Γερμανίας με φιλεργατικούς, φιλότιμους, φιλήσυχους Έλληνες μετανάστες (γκασταρμπάιτερ) κρατώντας τους τεμπέληδες, ανεπρόκοπους κι άχρηστους στη χώρα μου.
15) Διέδωσα σε όλους την αξιοπιστία των Siemens συσκευών γερμανικής κατασκευής και χρεώθηκα το σκάνδαλο του χρηματισμού, της μίζας και της δωροδοκίας, αφού έκανα γαργάρα την ευθύνη του γερμανού που δωροδόκησε. Η ενοχή βαραίνει μόνον εκείνον που δωροδοκεί; Μάλλον…
16) Χαίρομαι και τον ήλιο και τη θάλασσα της μεσογείου… Κλισέ, αλλά αληθές. Κι έχω μια μικρή υποψία ότι σ’ ενοχλεί, άσπονδε φίλε γερμανέ…
17) Στην ταβέρνα κερνάμε (άγνωστη έννοια)…. Ποτέ ρεφενέ, ποτέ ο καθένας τα δικά του, ποτέ κομπιουτεράκι – γερμανικό σύστημα, όπως είθισται να λέμε εμείς οι ταπεινοί οφειλέτες σου.
18) Δανείζομαι, δεν αντιλέγω. Πληρώνω ακόμη τις πληγές παλιών και πρόσφατων κατακτητών που θώπευαν στο λίκνο τους οι χώρες οι δήθεν προοδευμένες κι αξιοζήλευτες, με μηχανισμούς, συστήματα, προγράμματα σαν τη δική σου.
19) Δε σκύβω το κεφάλι, κι είναι κουσούρι μου. Θα βόλευε καλύτερα να προσαρμοζόμουν στο νταχάου ή το άουσβιτς… Τι σου θύμισα τώρα;;;
20) Το γλωσσικό μου ιδίωμα μου επιτρέπει να προφέρω οποιαδήποτε ομιλούμενη γλώσσα χωρίς να αντηχεί διαταγή, επιβολή ή κακόηχη προφορά.
21) Δεν επέλεξα την Αγγέλα. Μου την επέβαλαν. Μα τι φάτσα; Προτιμώ τα playmobil…
22) Δεν αποδίδω στους άλλους, και δη στους Έλληνες, τις ευθύνες για όλα τα δεινά από γεννήσεως κόσμου.
23) Δε συνοδεύω όλα τα πιάτα μου με βραστό λάχανο, βραστές πατάτες και λουκάνικο…Έλεος, λίγη φαντασία δε βλάπτει…
24) Διαθέτω ανοιχτά καταστήματα γιορτινές ημέρες, αν και τεμπέλης, για να προσφέρω καφέ ή φαγητό…
25) Γιορτάζω κι άλλες μέρες πλην Χριστουγέννων, σε πείσμα των καιρών, της κατοχής, της ύφεσης και της εξαθλίωσης.
26) Υποθάλπω πρώτα τους συνανθρώπους μου και στη συνέχεια τα ζώα.
27) Έχω οικογένεια σφιχτή γροθιά. Ενοίκιο δεν πληρώνω στους γονείς μου, παρότι ζω μαζί τους, κι ας ενηλικιώθηκα προ πολλού. (Φρόντισαν άλλοι να μην μπορώ να ζήσω μόνος).
Ένα παράπονο έχω μόνο:
Συναίσθηση δεν έχω της αξίας μου, της ιστορίας, της δύναμής μου, των δυνατοτήτων, των αξιώσεων, της μεγαλοσύνης μου. Κι εδώ είναι που δεν έχεις φταίξει μόνον εσύ, άσπονδε φίλε γερμανέ… Έφταιξαν άλλοι, μαζί ή πριν από σένα…. Ο τελευταίος λόγος, όμως, είναι δικός μου, δεν αργεί κι είναι προς όλους σας…
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marilena: Alia Sabur ....University appoints world's younges...

marilena: Alia Sabur ....University appoints world's younges...: Korea's Konkuk University has announced that Ms Sabur, 19, will begin teaching physics next month at the Department of Advanced Technolog...

Alia Sabur ....University appoints world's youngest professor !!!!!



Korea's Konkuk University has announced that Ms Sabur, 19, will begin teaching physics next month at the Department of Advanced Technology Fusion. The appointment, which was made a few days short of her 19th birthday on 22 February, earns the doctoral student a place in the Guinness Book of World Records ahead of Colin Maclaurin, a physicist who became professor of mathematics at the University of Aberdeen in 1717.
Few who know her were surprised at the announcement. University graduate at 10, bachelor's degree at 14, masters at 17; Ms Sabur has been "setting records and making history, starting with reading at eight months old", says her website (aliasabur.com). Along the way, she found time to become a concert clarinettist with the Rockland Symphony Orchestra when she was 11. She plays Mozart, but loves U2. "I went to their Vertigo concert," she says on the phone from New York. "It was awesome."
Ms Sabur, a PhD candidate in materials science and engineering, is developing spectroscopy techniques "including nano-tube-based cellular probes" that could be used to zap tumours – a cure for cancer, in other words. At university in the US, she worked with her professor on a cure for Alzheimer's disease.


Last year, while waiting to decide her future, she took a temporary position at Southern University in New Orleans, a black institution that she felt had been neglected by the authorities after Hurricane Katrina. "It is the only university that is still operating out of trailers... the only black public college in New Orleans. I do think that is why it is not as far along as other colleges."
What's her secret? Childlike curiosity, she says. "I just wanted to know how things worked. What is science really? It's how stuff works." She thanks God, and her mum and dad – a retired engineer and a cable television reporter – for her genius. "My parents encouraged me in anything I wanted to do. We believe it is a gift from God... a combination of gift and environment."


The gift has sometimes been a burden. By five, Ms Sabur had outgrown her primary school friends and had to bounce ahead into secondary, where she became, in effect, a misfit, too far ahead of everyone else for scheduled lessons. Colleges refused to consider her so she read in class by herself, and studied Tae-Kwon-Do, becoming a black belt at 9. At 10, she was accepted by Stony Brook University in New York, where she took her stuffed toys along to physics classes.
The Guinness announcement has sparked a deluge of e-mails from curious parents. "They want advice for their kids. I say encourage them at what they're good at."


marilena: It's up to parents to resist the tyranny of the pi...

marilena: It's up to parents to resist the tyranny of the pi...: On our kitchen wall are photos of our two daughters as a toddler and a baby. The older one is in navy blue and dark green, the younger i...

It's up to parents to resist the tyranny of the pink princesses.....




On our kitchen wall are photos of our two daughters as a toddler and a baby. The older one is in navy blue and dark green, the younger in a red-and-blue checked shirt and cute little red trousers. Only the other day, our 18-year-old asked, "Why did you dress us as boys when we were little, Mum?"
The answer is that I didn't. I just dressed them as children. When our daughters were little, Babygros came in white, pale blue, yellow, lilac, red, navy and, yes, pale pink. But there was no pressure to put the girls in pink. In fact, most of their baby clothes were hand-me-downs from their male cousins and no-one even noticed.
It is only in the past decade or so that saccharine pink girliness has spread through Britain like the Ebola virus. These days, most babywear websites have a "girl" and a "boy" section in which not just the clothes but the bibs, booties and blankets are colour-coded. (Kudos to Mothercare, which allows babies to be "unisex" up to the age of one.) And the virus has spread to toys, too. If you've done any Christmas shopping for children this year, you'll have seen the floor-to-ceiling walls of sickening pink fluffiness in the girls' section and all the fun action and adventure toys in the boys'.
When I was little, I begged my parents for a carpentry set. (The saw had to be confiscated after they spotted the notches in the playroom table.) Would I have dared brave the boys' floor at Hamleys for it? Would my brother, who turned into a fine cook, have ventured into the ocean of pink for a pots and pans set? I doubt it. Hamleys finally agreed last week to relabel and reorganise its toy sections. Hurrah for that. But it's still worth asking whether this toy and clothes apartheid is damaging the way our children grow up.
It's not as if a preference for pink is innate in girls. A recent study by psychologists at New York University offered small children a choice of two objects, of which one was pink. Before the age of two-and-a-half, both boys and girls chose pink objects around 50 per cent of the time, just as you would expect if they were choosing randomly. Only between two-and-a-half and three years did girls start showing a marked preference for pink and boys start avoiding it. By four, girls chose pink nearly 80 per cent of the time and boys just over 20 per cent. They had looked at the world around them and absorbed its message.
And the message is a horribly polarised one. A survey of TV ads for children's toys found that the most-used words for boys were "battle", "power", "heroes", "ultimate", "rapid" and "action". For girls, they were "love", "magic", "style", "babies", "fun", "hair" and "nails".
Toy manufacturers justify this by citing innate differences in boys' and girls' tastes. It is certainly true that boys show more interest in rough-and-tumble from an early age (though this might be because parents are more physical with them). And it's also true that at two, girls marginally prefer to look at a doll's face over a car, with boys the other way round. But the difference is far too marginal – 52.7 compared with 47.9 per cent – to justify the utter segregation of toys between the sexes.
Manufacturers know that girls will, generally, gravitate towards the wall of pink because of peer pressure. It can't be hardwired because the pink-for-girls, blue-for-boys rule came in only after the Second World War. As recently as 1918, the American trade paper Earnshaw's Infants' Department wrote: "The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger colour, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl."
Other sources at the time said blue was flattering for blondes, pink for brunettes; or blue was for blue-eyed babies, pink for brown-eyed ones.
But if little girls see other little girls in TV ads or at nursery obsessing over pink princesses and ponies, that's what they'll want for themselves unless they are very strong-minded. And boys will assume that they are only allowed to play with things that go "vroom, vroom" or "bang, bang". Boys are much more inclined to play with dolls on their own than when they are with other boys.

 You can see why all this is in the manufacturers' and retailers' interests. As the youngest of four boys and girls, I lived happily in the hand-me-downs of my older brothers and sisters. These days, though, parents who already have a child of one gender feel they have to buy completely different clothes and toys when they have one of another. So the shops sell twice as much stuff. Even gender-neutral things like bikes and board games are now segregated. Monopoly – for God's sake – has a "Powderpuff" and a "Pink Boutique" version: "Comes in a pink jewellery box!". "Playing pieces include handbag, mobile phone!". Makes you want to weep.
This isn't good for either sex. Girls are being taught to aspire to be a princess – whose main job is to wait for her prince to come, and to doll herself up in the meantime. It is a passive role in which the dominant desire is to be desired. They aren't encouraged to be an active or brave agent, like a fireman or soldier or doctor or train driver. Boys lose out too, though. If they fear they can't go near a craft set or a doll, then they won't have a chance to indulge the creative or loving side of their nature. Why should love be reserved only for females? Or cooking, for that matter?
This gender-stereotyping of toys isn't trivial; it feeds through into later life. Look how many more teenage girls say they want to be a hairdresser than an engineer. Expectations even affect performance. A recent Stanford University study showed that female students perform worse in maths tests if they are told before the test that men are better than women at maths. If they are told there is no difference between the sexes, they actually outperform the men.
So if we want our girls to fulfil their potential, and our boys to develop compassion and creativity, we must not allow the commercial world to narrow their ambitions. Just as society is becoming more equal, the business of childhood is pushing boys and girls further apart. It is a trend that parents desperately need to resist.

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marilena: Tech experts say no to classroom computers!!!!!!

marilena: Tech experts say no to classroom computers!!!!!!: In the article, ‘Computers ok? Not in Silicon Valley', Alan Eagle, executive communications employee at Google, declares, "I fundamentally r...

Tech experts say no to classroom computers!!!!!!

In the article, ‘Computers ok? Not in Silicon Valley', Alan Eagle, executive communications employee at Google, declares, "I fundamentally reject the notion you need technology aids in grammar school."

 


Eagle's two children attend Waldorf schools, which subscribe to a teaching philosophy centred on physical activity and learning through creative, practical tasks. Similarly, the chief technology officer of eBay sends his children to a nineclassroom Waldorf school in Los Altos, California. So what's behind this resistance to technology in modern-day learning environments? Commonly, those who support the low-tech approach believe computers inhibit creative thinking, movement, human interaction and attention spans. Real engagement, they argue, comes from great teachers with interesting lesson plans, not machines.

So what's behind this resistance to technology in modern-day learning environments? Commonly, those who support the low-tech approach believe computers inhibit creative thinking, movement, human interaction and attention spans. Real engagement, they argue, comes from great teachers with interesting lesson plans, not machines.



Interestingly, psychologists are seeing a growing number of children suffering from learning deficits associated with shortened attention spans. Parents need to be wary of allowing young children to use computer programs/games that see their attention jumping from one action/activity to the next. This can cause significant issues in later life. Kids should be encouraged to take up activities that extend their attention span and give them opportunities to think, analyse, reflect and be immersed in their imagination. Jigsaw puzzles, Lego and story writing are just a few activities that will assist. I have also seen a growing number of educational games stores that parents of young children should investigate.

Of course, there are many experts who, in contrast to some of their peers, strongly endorse the use of computers in schools. Ann Flynn, director of education technology for the National School Boards Association in the US, is one.

Flynn states, "If schools have access to the tools and can afford them, but are not using the tools, they are cheating our children."

As a psychologist and educator of more than 30 years, I believe the fact that we have schools offering distinctly differenteducational approaches is ideal. What works for some students, won't necessarily work for others.

In saying that, however, when starting Edworks 20 years ago, I implemented a no-computer policy. Studies then, and since, have indicated they offer no educational advantage for students.

On the contrary, computerised learning tends to promote ‘answer driven' learning, which simplifies learning to the point where students only see the answer, rather than the learning process, as the objective. Conversely, Edworks' personal programs, delivered by a tutor at the student's desk, promote divergent thinking (more than one possible answer), which fosters abstract thinking and creative problem solving.

It was interesting to learn recently that one of our top year 11 students was recently given a laptop from his school. He told me that after a few weeks he stopped using it as he found that it did not offer any real advantage to the higherorder thinking that the final years at high school demand.

Essentially, computer-based programs tend to ignore the importance of concrete thinking, deductive reasoning and understanding concepts, and do little to promote the idea of independent learning.




So, while at Edworks we don't quite allow kids to learn fractions by cutting up quesadillas and cake, we do recognise the distractions and limitations computers can have in a learning environment. Therefore, we and opt for the tried and trusted alternative, which promotes the use of imagination and lateral thinking.

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OVERSLEPT AGAIN? NEW RESEARCH LETS YOU BLAME IT ON "GOOD SLEEPER" GENES

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We already knew that stress, alcohol, coffee and mental disorders could affect the quality and duration of our sleep. Research now suggests that genes play a role as well. European scientists recently isolated a gene that may affect a person's nightly siesta by a half hour.



Britain’s “Iron Lady,” Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, needed just four hours of sleep per night, or so they say. Albert Einstein, on the other hand, enjoyed lengthy 11-hour snoozes before returning each morning to rewriting the laws of physics. Was Thatcher a masochist? Einstein just lazy?
Personal preference, it turns out, may not have had much to do with it? A European study published in the scientific journal Molecular Psychiatry has just shown that a particular form of a gene —called ABCC9 — increases the average length of an individual’s nightly sleep by half an hour.
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, questioned about 10,000 people from all around Europe on their sleeping habits. They were particularly curious to know how long people stay in bed on days when they don’t have any pressing reason to wake up early.
By comparing the duration of sleep with the results of a genetic analysis from a blood sample, the scientists found out that sleepers carrying a particular form of the ABCC9 gene typically spent more than eight hours in bed. People without the gene averaged just 7.5 hours. The researchers hope their discovery will lead the way towards more physiologically adapted sleep aids.
This is not the first time scientists have linked specific genes to different sleeping patterns. Tests involving rats and mice, for example, have shown how gene makeup can determine whether the animal is a “morning” or “evening” creature.
Researchers have also linked sleeping patterns to certain health problems. People who sleep fewer than six hours per day are more likely to have diabetes, hypercholesterolemia or cardiovascular disorders.


marilena: More money than sense! What to get those who have ...

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Bio-energy healing, £143



This time next weekend people will be receiving treatments and tinctures, the opportunity to be smeared in algae, nibbled by fish and have wild basil shaken at them or – worst case – injected into them. While some will be delighted, others would prefer to sit naked in snow.
Here to help is The Independent on Sunday guide. From the great to the grisly, we tested this year's most talked-about treatments to see whether they are worthwhile or worse than a cracker joke:.

The Maya egg emotional cleanse and balance detox ritual of holding a chicken's egg while being circled by shaman-trained Roland Torikian, as he shakes basil and carnations, sounds bizarre. Talking through emotional problems, cracking the egg, which is read like tea leaves by Torikian, followed by a massage, are all included in the treatment. Newly launched at Triyoga in Chelsea, it is supposed to make you feel calmer, and more confident.

There's a little less flora in the bio-energy healing treatment from celebrity energy healer Seka Nikolic, who counts the Duchess of York, Joely Richardson and Greg Rusedski as clients. With her hands hovering over the body, she claims to tap into the electromagnetic energy of the nervous system, sensing pain in areas of disease and rebalancing energy levels. Her removal of negative energy is surreal, spinning away invisible threads with clicking fingers. The half-hour treatment is refreshing; but then, lying down while listening to soothing music usually is. Still, Nikolic's advice about avoiding stress and approaching life positively is sound. Christopher French from the British Psychological Society attributes any positive results from these treatments to a placebo effect. "Believing a treatment might work means you may experience a benefit: the fact you believe it is going to work can help relieve stress and anxiety. Over and above a placebo effect, I'm not convinced of benefits of healing treatments."

At Perfect Feet Spa, the deluxe fish therapy pedicure promises to soften feet by having garra rufa fish nibble away dead skin for 45 minutes, followed by a foot massage and pedicure. There have been health concerns over the cleanliness of water tanks in such treatments, but the HPA says any risks are "extremely low". Bevis Man of the British Skin Foundation, said: "For some people with excess skin, including those with psoriasis, having this kind of treatment may help. However, as far as we're aware, actual benefits for this treatment have yet to be proven scientifically." While the tank-bred fish at Perfect Feet Spa give the feet only a polite nibble, the imported wild fish swarm up the legs enthusiastically. Their gnawing toothless mouths between the toes and ankles are ticklish, but leave skin softer.

With feet sorted, the face may need attention. The caviar facial at the May Fair Spa sounds fishy but, disappointingly, no actual caviar is involved. The face mask – made with extracts of caviar – comes as four patches of sticky paper, which melt into a clear gel when massaged, leaving skin dewy for days. But consultant dermatologist Nick Lowe advises against rubbing blinis on yourself. "It is easier to get omega 3, and omega 6, which these caviar facials contain a lot of, through health food stores or in regular creams. The best approach is to eat caviar." By contrast, a phyto-stem cell facial uses plant-derived stem cells to exfoliate and refine skin, eradicating signs of ageing. Dr Lowe believes stem cells are effective. "There is evidence plant extracts help stimulate cell growth, increasing your stem cell production and epidermal cell production." Phyto-stem cell facials have a celebrity following: fans include Jennifer Lopez, Madonna and even Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. At Destination Skin, the creamy mask is applied with a large paintbrush, and dries so stiffly it becomes impossible to speak. But it washes off to reveal a tauter, firmer, tingly face.

As if that weren't enough primping, we give the May Fair Spa's red carpet wrap a whirl. It claims to make your silhouette slimmer and firmer, and celebrities from Victoria Beckham to Joan Collins are reported to have used seaweed and algae wraps. Marine algae is smeared over your body, before you are wrapped in warm bandages, then polythene, for an hour. Mummification isn't a good look, but being bandaged isn't unpleasant. And the proof is in the inch loss – we lost 1.4 waist inches, and an inch off the thighs. However, Dr Lowe says: "The wrap is unlikely to lead to permanent loss of inches: only restricting calories and increasing exercise do that." It might just be temporary water loss, but this would be a tempting, if expensive, last-minute treatment if a dress is feeling a little too clingy.

We move on to the more hardcore treatments: ones involving needles. A Myers cocktail injection is an energy-boosting shot of magnesium, calcium and B vitamins, and a second injection of vitamin C, at the Health Doctors Clinic. The cocktail is supposed to stimulate the immune system, and helps with stress, sleep problems and vitamin deficiencies. It comes in two huge syringes, slowly injected over 15 minutes. The magnesium in the first shot widens blood vessels – some patients call it "the injection that makes you horny". Thanks to the vitamin B complex, it also smells like cat pee. But the vitamin C injection cools things down, leaving a spring in our step for days. But Dr Lowe says: "In general, this is only needed by people who are low in vitamin B12, who have pernicious anaemia and lack an enzyme to absorb the vitamin."

Scariest of all is carboxy therapy, which involves injecting CO2 into the skin. This "tricks" the body into increasing oxygen flow to the area as red blood cells pick up excess CO2 so it can be carried to the lungs and exhaled. Pioneered by Dr Jules Nabet, it is said to rejuvenate and restore skin, as new collagen is formed to improve the appearance of scars. But Dr Lowe is not convinced. "We looked extensively at carbon dioxide treatment in our clinic, and found there was very little benefit." We can't imagine that anyone would find injections enjoyable. But the results may improve over the next few weeks: can all those beauty editors be wrong?