Posted: October 24th, 2012 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: REBLOG!, Socially Engineered | Tags: education, homework, primary school education, university education | No Comments »
A new book by a couple of academics claims that homework is of little value to primary school children, and students are regularly given too much. Australian academics Richard Walker and Mike Horsley’s new book Reforming Homework says homework for young primary school children is of little or no value when it comes to academic achievement. The book reviews international research on the subject and concludes that the quality of the homework that is set is more important than the quantity.
Associate Professor Walker, of the University of Sydney, admits that homework can be a touchy subject. He says another point that emerged from the research was the effect of the involvement of parents in homework.
An unrelated - yet strangely related - piece of research has found that people with a university degree is likely to earn in excess of $1 million more over their lifetime than a person who does not finish year 12, according to a new report. The research also shows there is a large discrepancy between how much men can expect to earn during their careers, compared with women who have the same level of qualification :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 24th, 2012 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web, Socially Engineered | Tags: National Marine Mammal Foundation, NOC Beluga Whale, Whale Human-like Sounds, Whale Speaks, Youtube Video | No Comments »
Marine biologists say a beluga whale which was recorded making human-like noises in a US aquarium may have been trying to communicate with its keepers. The whale, known as NOC, had lived among dolphins and other beluga whales in an aquarium in San Diego, California, and was often in the presence of humans.
Scientists who were puzzled by the human-like utterances coming from his pool concluded they were actually coming from the whale himself. An acoustic analysis of the sounds showed a rhythm similar to that of human speech, Sam Ridgway, of the National Marine Mammal Foundation, said. The frequencies were also several octaves lower than typical whale sounds.
The whale seems to have made an extraordinary effort to imitate humans. Experts say he would have had to modify his vocal mechanics by varying pressure in his nasal tract to produce this remarkable sound… youtube video :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 30th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Socially Engineered | Tags: BMI, Chronic Inactivity, Chronic Obesity, Couch Potato, David Dunstan, Dr Lennert Veerman, Eating Well, Fashion of Fat, Fat, Food Politics, Foreign Correspondent, Get Out of the House, Globesity, Hard Pill to Swallow, Obesity, PloS Medicine, School of Population Health, Television, The Lancet, the Lancet Physical Activity Series Working Group, The Nutrition Transition Program, TV, University of Queensland, World Public Health Nutrition Association | No Comments »
I’ve been wondering for a while just how long it would take for Obesity to move from being a medical issue to a social one, it seems we are right now on that cusp. Obesity has had so much bad publicity - deservingly so – over the past 5 years that the obese are striking back, no longer satisfied with the social stigma, and often unable to lose the weight, the obese are becoming a large majority.
Fat activist Jackie Wykes recently posted a volatile question via theconversation.edu.au, asking How Anti Obesity Campaigns Re-inforce Stigma. Ms Wykes says “By focusing on weight as the problem and weight loss as the solution, social and economic inequalities are made invisible.” I’d reckon that in this country at least – and the world generally – supermarkets would disagree entirely, never have groceries – fresh included – ever been so inexpensive, there is literally NO excuse today for BAD EATING HABITS!
According to Ms Wykes, health disparities between groups are blamed on individuals for not making healthy choices, ignoring the ways that the choices available to comfortably middle-class white Australians are often very different to those available to people on low incomes, to recent immigrants, or to Indigenous Australians.
This rhetoric clearly scirts the issue – yes obese people have rights, more rights than drug addicts, less than breast cancer patients, and about the same as rights as smokers – in my mind the formula is pretty simple, EAT LESS! If you wish to make the argument complicated - it’s still diet based for the majority of obesity – then EAT CAREFULLY! :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 11th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Socially Engineered | Tags: Healthy Kids Check, Mental Health, Pre-school Children, The Australian Medical Association | No Comments »
Australian pre-school children are set to be screened for early signs of mental illness as part of an extension to the voluntary Government funded program, Healthy Kids Check. The Department of Health and Aging via it website say that the program aims to improve the health and well-being for Australian children by encouraging early detection of lifestyle risk factors and physical health issues, and facilitating early intervention strategies through the Healthy Kids Check Medicare items. This initiative aligns with the broader policy agenda of optimising outcomes for children through attention to health, learning and development.
The Australian Medical Association – AMA – currently supports the Federal Governments initiative to look for early signs of mental illness in three-year-old children. Though this hasn’t always been the case. In 2010, the then AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce said via statement that the AMA supported the principle that parents should be given greater incentive to take personal responsibility for making sure that their children have a healthy start to life, but the Healthy Kids Check program was not the right way to achieve this outcome :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 3rd, 2012 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Socially Engineered | Tags: Greed, Lower-class, Middle-class, Psychology, Self-interest, Society, Upper-class, Wealth | No Comments »
People from wealthy backgrounds are more likely than poorer people to break laws while driving, take lollies from children, and lie for financial gain, a new U.S. study says. The seven-part study by psychologists at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Toronto analysed people’s behaviour through a series of experiments.
In seven separate studies conducted on the UC Berkeley campus, in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationwide, UC Berkeley researchers consistently found that upper-class participants were more likely to lie and cheat when gambling or negotiating; cut people off when driving, and endorse unethical behavior in the workplace.
“The increased unethical tendencies of upper-class individuals are driven, in part, by their more favorable attitudes toward greed,” said Paul Piff, a doctoral student in psychology at UC Berkeley and lead author of the paper published on February 27,2012 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 3rd, 2012 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Socially Engineered | Tags: Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia, Levenseindekliniek, Mercy Killings, Right-to-die NL, Royal Dutch Society of Doctors | No Comments »
The website is abrupt, describing it’s purpose in true flat Dutch style “The life clinic is designed for people with a death wish“ On February 6, 2012, Levenseindekliniek - Life-end Clinic - announced that from March 1, 2012.will have mobile teams where people who think they comply with the criteria for euthanasia can register,” Right-to-die NL (NVVE) spokeswoman Walburg de Jong said. Six specialised teams will criss-cross the Netherlands to carry out euthanasia at the home of patients whose own doctors refuse to do so, Right-to-die NL – NVVE, a pro-euthanasia group - spokeswoman Walburg de Jong said. ”If they comply, the teams will carry out the euthanasia at patients’ homes should their normal doctors refuse to help them.”
Ms De Jong says the group has teams made up of a specially-trained doctor and nurse who will work part time, visiting patients all over the Netherlands. The Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia in April 2001 – see below – and has strict criteria regulating how such mercy killings can be carried out. Read the full article »»»»