Month: May 2017

Home Schooling Advantages and Disadvantages

There are numerous advantages to home schooling your children. The convenience factor is great. There can never be complications getting to school, missing the bus, being off for snow days that you would have to make up later or having to walk in the rain. You don’t have to buy the often unappetizing school lunch, or get up early to make a lunch to bring with you. You don’t have to worry about what to wear or try to outdo other students with fashion statements if your a girl. And you don’t have to worry about getting into fights, that often “just happen” with adolescent boys. And neither one would have to worry about taking showers in the presence of others after Gym Class. Of course those are things that mainly benefit the students.

There are many advantages for the parents as well. First off, you’ll never have to hear a third hand story about any negative issues that may have happened at school. That’s right, the kind that worries you to death and prompts you to call one of the other kids mothers to see what’s going on. I guess you would call that “Parent Gossip”. You won’t ever have to worry about your kids bringing home bad habits or using foul language they picked up on. No more worrying about lunches. No worry about the possibility that your kids are joining a “Gang” or hanging with the wrong crowd. You will never think your child may have cheated on a test or failed to do homework. And those are just a few of the advantages that the parents can enjoy.

However, as with anything else, there is always “another side to the coin”. There are some disadvantages that a lot of people don’t initially think about when it comes to home schooling. As a parent and home school teacher, the education of your child is your responsibility, and is reliant solely on your ability to do supplemental research to enhance the learning experience. This involves a great deal of extra time investment for the parent. Home schooling may require either parent to stay home and be the teacher, or may put greater stress on parents who both work for a living.

Another disadvantage is that your child may miss out on the benefits of a classroom setting which provides opportunities of socialization and interaction with other students in a learning environment. A classroom full of students with different backgrounds and personal beliefs will provide ideas that can stimulate a child’s mind to think and form opinions.

Opting to home school your children is a big decision to make and requires a huge commitment and self discipline on the parents and child’s behalf. But like anything else that involves a routine, it will get easier over time.…

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A Research Comparison of Western and Non-Western Healing Arts

Alusine M. Kanu, D.A. 

Western healing arts can be compared and contrasted with non-western healing arts. This article identifies the western healing art of multicultural counseling in comparison to non-western healing arts. Research has indicated the Western ideology is embedded in the practices of counseling and development (Daniels, 2007). Western counseling is oriented primarily toward helping individuals help themselves so they can successfully function by adapting to their environmental contexts. Western ideology emphasizes the rational over the relational, the logical over the emotional, competition over cooperation, and independence over interdependence.

 Western ideology is based on individualism, which often leads to self-focused behavior. The goal of western counseling is the strengthening of the self, personality, or ego. The philosophy behind Chinese medicine is a melding of tenets from Buddhism, Confucianism, and the combined religious and philosophical ideas of Taoism. Although there are various schools of thought among practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, five Taoist axioms form its basis. There are natural laws which govern the universe, including human beings. The natural order of the universe is innately harmonious and well organized. When people live according to the laws of the universe, they live in harmony with that universe and the natural environment. The universe is dynamic, with change as it’s only constant. Stagnation is in opposition to the law of the universe and causes what Western medicine calls illness. All living things are connected and interdependent. Humans are intimately connected to and affected by all facets of their environment. The broader conceptual framework on multicultural counseling competencies is based on the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development as described in Multicultural Counseling Competencies (Roysircar et al., 2003). The model emphasizes a practitioner’s awareness of cultural values, beliefs, and biases in order to be aware of the client’s world view and provide culturally appropriate treatment.

 J.D. Kinzie (1990), comparing basic western values with Asian values, illustrates areas of difference between western and non-western healing. It shows that Indochinese patient values focus on interdependence, and western practitioners believe in personal choice and independence. Chinese have structured and appropriate social relationships, while Westerners believe in situational ethics, challenge for authorities, and equality of family relationships. Chinese healing believes one should live in harmony with nature, and Westerners believe nature is to be mastered. Chinese believe that mental illness is caused by imbalance in cosmic forces or lack of will power. Westerners believe that mental illness is a result of mental and physical factors. Indochinese patient values are that treatment should be short and rapid. Westerners believe therapy could take a long time. Easterners believe the healer should be active and give solutions to problems. Westerners see the therapist as often passive, and the best solution is one developed by the patient.

 Another major difference is how the patient is regarded. In western medicine, patients with similar complaints or diseases usually will receive virtually the same treatment. In traditional Chinese medicine, the physician treats the patient, and not the condition, believing that identical diseases …

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What is E-learning

E-learning comprises all forms of electronically supported learning and teaching. The information and communication systems , whether networked or not, serve as specific media to implement the learning process. The term will still most likely be utilized to reference out-of-classroom and in-classroom educational experiences via technology, even as advances continue in regard to devices and curriculum.

E-learning is essentially the computer and network-enabled transfer of skills and knowledge. E-learning applications and processes include Web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classroom opportunities and digital collaboration. Content is delivered via the Internet, intranet/extranet, audio or video tape, satellite TV, and CD-ROM. It can be self-paced or instructor-led and includes media in the form of text, image, animation, streaming video and audio.

Abbreviations like CBT (Computer-Based Training), IBT (Internet-Based Training) or WBT (Web-Based Training) have been used as synonyms to e-learning. Today one can still find these terms being used, along with variations of e-learning such as e-learning, E-learning, and eLearning. The terms will be utilized throughout this article to indicate their validity under the broader terminology of E-learning.


The worldwide e-learning industry is estimated to be worth over $48 billion according to conservative estimates. Developments in internet and multimedia technologies are the basic enabler of e-learning, with consulting, content, technologies, services and support being identified as the five key sectors of the e-learning industry.

Higher education

By 2006, 3.5 million students were participating in on-line learning at institutions of higher education in the  According to the Sloan Foundation reports, there has been an increase of around 12–14 percent per year on average in enrollments for fully online learning over the five years 2004–2009 in the US post-secondary system, compared with an average of approximately 2 per cent increase per year in enrollments overall. Allen and Seamen (2009) claim that almost a quarter of all students in post-secondary education were taking fully online courses in 2008, and a report by Ambient Insight Research suggests that in 2009, 44 per cent of post-secondary students in the USA were taking some or all of their courses online, and projected that this figure would rise to 81 percent by 2014. Thus it can be seen that e-learning is moving rapidly from the margins to being a predominant form of post-secondary education, at least in the USA.

Many higher educations, for-profit institutions, now offer on-line classes. By contrast, only about half of private, for-profit   schools offer them. The Sloan report, based on a poll of academic leaders, indicated that students generally appear to be at least as satisfied with their on-line classes as they are with traditional ones. Private institutions may become more involved with on-line presentations as the cost of instituting such a system decreases. Properly trained staff must also be hired to work with students on-line. These staff members need to understand the content area, and also be highly trained in the use of the computer and Internet. Online education is rapidly increasing, and online doctoral education have even …

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Online Education – The Changing Face of Education

Opportunities in education today would have been impossible even a few decades back. With the popularity of the Internet, easy accessibility to computers and the World Wide Web, higher education has been transformed into a new dynamic entity. With technology progressing at a rapid pace and demands changing almost daily, our lives are only becoming busier. The world around us is left with no option but to change and move along with the times to accommodate to our new schedules and requirements. This is more than apparent in the field of education. As times change, fewer and fewer students rely on the traditional method of attending classes at a college campus. The ‘brick and mortar’ type of education still exists but now side by side with the option of graduating from an online degree program as well.

As the number of people who look for ways to complete their education or improve their skills becomes too large, it is inevitable that a large number of colleges and universities take the necessary steps towards filling that need. But jobs, childcare and other family obligations limit the amount of time people can devote to their education, and thus, alternative arrangements are created. Online education has started gaining popularity and has now completely changed the way we approach education today.

Online degrees are now widely accepted and recognized as authentic educational qualifications. As long as the institution offering the degree is accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, there should be no problem in the degree being accepted and acknowledged anywhere. Fully accredited online degree programs are now available in nearly every field. From management to medicine, law to accounting, there is a wide variety of choices on offer. Even obscure subjects and fields of study have found their place on the Internet. With degrees such as healthcare, students are even given the option of combining the practical aspect of their training at local hospitals or clinics along with virtual classes and studying online.

The flexibility of online education has opened up the doors of education to people from all walks of life. Stay at home moms and dads can now study from their own houses and employees can complete their assignments around their work schedules. There is 24 hour accessibility to the study material allowing for all night study sessions as well as the possibility of returning to subject matter again and again if necessary. And as universities continue to expand their options, the flexibility of online education will only increase. Students will be offered more options with the possibility of a custom created curriculum that suits their individual requirements and interests.

Distance learning also allows people hundreds of miles away to graduate with degrees from the college of their choice. Without spending a penny on gas or transport, students can make the most of a world class education with resources and faculty from all over the world. Through pre-recorded lectures, worksheets, assignments, e-classes, online forums, and …

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Homeschooling a Child with Cerebral Palsy

In 2007 more than 1.5 million students were homeschooled in the US, according to the United States Department of Education. That’s 37{469fbd2a1ee88191e096179cc3b18dcd2f090ab0264e51958993cd96293477f9} more children than were homeschooled only four years before.

Schooling a child at home certainly isn’t for everyone. It requires commitment, determination, and patience. And, if you are the parent of a child with a birth injury such as cerebral palsy, this can be an even more challenging decision.

Nonetheless, homeschooling a special needs child is guaranteed by the United States Constitution. However, although the First and Fourth Amendments do guarantee these rights the state laws for homeschooling a special needs child may be stricter than it is for families of children who do not have special needs.

Many teachers and school officials try to discourage parents from homeschooling their special needs child. Therefore, it is very important that you educate yourself as fully as possible about your constitutional rights.

You can find the information you need by doing a search on the Internet for “Home School Legal Defense Association”.

There are also a number of things you may want to do to determine if homeschooling is your best option.

– Get familiar with all of the laws in your state and in your school district that pertain to homeschooling.

– Locate home school support groups. You may want to do an Internet search for “umbrella schools” and “consulting services” that are in your area as well.

– Find and talk to other people who have home schooled children that have special needs. Ask them what has and has not worked for them.

– Meet your local school officials and establish a positive, friendly relationship with them. Find out if there are any services that are offered by your local public school.

– Your state may permit your child to be enrolled in a home school as well as a public school. If this type of enrollment is available, consider if “dual enrollment” would be right for your child.

How to Ensure Successful Homeschooling

If you have decided to home school your child there are a number of things that you will have to do in order to ensure your success.

You must keep accurate and complete records about how your child is progressing and what you are doing to meet your child’s special needs. You will need this documentation if any legal challenges arise regarding your home schooling.

You should schedule regular evaluations and keep documented records about these evaluations.

You should get assistance from educational consultants, counselors, therapists, support groups, and whoever else can help you to provide the special needs your child has. If you have any question as to whether or not you need any outside assistance do not even think about it. Get the assistance that you and your child need.…

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