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Quick questions, uneasy answers

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In “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” Harry stumbles upon the Mirror of Erised (“desire” spelled backwards). Looking at the mirror, he sees his greatest desire: to be reunited with his dead parents.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

The easiest quiz in the world

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How long did the Hundred Years’ War last?

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Safeguarding young people’s dreams

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Mendiola at work in Kuwait.

Gelyn Mendiola finished high school with honors in 1999 but she couldn’t afford college. Then Lyceum of the Philippines-Batangas told her about the scholarship program of Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines’ Safeguard and the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET).

Posted: December 9th, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Arts education in Asia

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KIM SAYS arts can enhance self-respect.

“Despite research showing the benefits of arts education in the imparting of transferable skills, there is currently a lack of concerted effort in the Asia Pacific,” said Samuel Leong at the recent 2nd Cross Cultural Asian Art Education International Conference at Miriam College.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Accompany survivors; do not intrude

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“Several ‘Yolanda’ survivors were given food, which is good,” says my psychologist friend. “But while they were eating, social workers peppered them with questions from a list. Can’t they at least wait for the survivors to finish their meal? Many of the survivors didn’t even want to talk, but they (social workers) insisted [on getting] answers.”

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Teachers impact students’ future earnings

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Good teachers motivate students. Great teachers inspire. But do good teachers also help their students in a practical way?

Posted: November 18th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

The challenges of teaching

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Right out of university, the first classes I taught were pre-calculus and intermediate calculus for science freshmen and sophomores, respectively.

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Dealing with grief

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“Nothing is worse,” a friend sobbed, “than people telling me that my child’s death was God’s will.”

Posted: October 28th, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Tips for faster, more precise Google search

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In the past, research was laborious, involving several trips to the library to haul out encyclopedias. Now research can be done in seconds, thanks to search engines like Google.

Posted: October 21st, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Technology does not make us smarter

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At the turn of the millennium, Stanford University professor emeritus Larry Cuban studied computer use in several preschools and kindergartens, high schools and universities in Silicon Valley. He concluded that generally, computers were “oversold and underused,” with few lasting benefits.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

A no-gadget school in the world’s tech center

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Since Silicon Valley is the global technology hub, people there must send their kids to the most high-tech schools. Not so.

Posted: October 7th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

The pork barrel: What science says

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To abolish or not to abolish the pork barrel? In 2006, psychologists Katherine Vohs of the University of Minnesota, Nicole Mead of Florida State University and Miranda Goode of the University of British Columbia asked people to think about having big amounts of money.

Posted: September 30th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Learning | Read More »

Coconut oil may help fight heart disease

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Coconut oil does not cause coronary heart disease (CHD), says National Academy of Science and Technology academic and Ateneo de Manila University chemist Fabian M. Dayrit, son of the late coconut oil research pioneer Conrado S. Dayrit.

Posted: September 23rd, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

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