This is just your thinking, if you can call it that, but what do you know, you think we have a great leader. We had a great leader in Bush, and now we have nothing but a person who only cares for his own, ACORN, and others. I wish we had Bush back again, and back to good times, when most, who wanted to work could.
Our schools are still very good, but you would not know, since you don't have children or grandchildren in them. I do, and I check on our schools in my area, and make sure we don't, dumb down, or we can all become Loco's.
mike, mike, mike.. you're so wrong it's not even funny.. how was bush good for this country? please quit kidding youself. he's the one who got usa in this mess with his irresponsible "leadership".
and yes, schools standards in usa have not tightened but loosened in the years i have been here.. that is a fact.. you really can't dispute it.. i mean, you can ignore it if you'd like but the reality is such that it's rather sad to see it.. bush didn't want to "leave a child behind" so instead he left 2. he was the worst president in the 21st century and most likely the worst ever.
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i don't want to mess with you.. you have had health issues and i feel me being me wasn't helpful. besides bush is outta here and i bet Bo and others may also tire of our tirades. but, this by no means, means truce either. ;D ;D
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Polish students win top Euro science prize thenews.pl 16.09.2009
Two Polish students – Aleksander Kubica and Wiktor Pilewski – have won one of three first place prizes in the 21 Annual European Union Contest for Young Scientists and have received 7,000 euro in cash prizes plus a trip to Stockholm for the Nobel Prize ceremony.
Kubica is a student of the University of Warsaw's interdisciplinary mathematics studies program and Pilewski is a second-year student as the electronics department of Poznan University of Technology. The young men worked together, under the guidance of Professor Jan Madey from the University of Warsaw, on a project testing Frensel zone plates.
Fabian Gafner of Switzerland and a team of Irish students, Liam Mc Carthy and John D. O'Callaghan, were also granted first place prizes. The annual science fair, held in Paris this year, draws student's work from all over Europe and from countries like China, Georgia, Japan, Canada, North Korea, the US and New Zealand.
By Emily Ayres The Pathenon Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Marta Zakrewska, junior psychology major from Poland, shows her spirit at the first football game of the season against Southern Illinois.
Marta Zakrewska and Agata Gieroba, junior psychology majors from Poland at the first Marshall home football game.
A group of students pose at the gate of Kings Island Amusement Park to celebrate Agata's birthday. From left to right, Mohammad J. Ahmad, Kelsey McCallister, Michal Zuckkowski, Bintou Diao, Marta Zakrewska, Agata Gieroba and Rachel Kenaston.
Joanna Pruchnicka, also a junior psychology major from Poland, rides her bike everyday in Huntington.
One of the biggest shocks they encountered the moment they came to campus was the silence.
Joanna Pruchnicka, Marta Zakrzewska and Agata Gieroba are from Poland. They arrived at Marshall University a couple of months ago as participants in the Atlantis Program, part of Marshall University's psychology department.
"It was kind of scary," Gieroba said. "(The silence) was the biggest shock. It was really empty."
They arrived on campus Aug. 13, while the rest of the student body didn't arrive until 10 days later. The three students said they felt that they had only the football players to keep them company.
The students have learned about the people and activities of Marshall and Huntington since arriving. They have noticed many differences between Poland and the U.S.
One thing the students said they noticed is they don't eat lunch like Americans do. Instead, they eat breakfast, dinner and supper.
"Dinner is between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and supper is in the evening when you are home after class," Pruchnicka said.
All three students live off campus in a nearby apartment building and have their own kitchen, so they can schedule meals whenever they want.
Something they haven't been able to get used to, however, is the shopping centers. "We're used to small shops right next to our homes," Zakrzewska said. "Now it's just a big store, Wal-Mart. Packages are much larger, too."
The students agreed people from their country don't go out to eat as often as Americans. Zakrzewska said restaurant servings are bigger too.
"Each time we eat out, we get a plate and it's like, oh my, so huge," she said.
When they aren't learning about the ways Americans eat, the students like to do the same things nearly every college student does. They go to the mall, visit downtown and hang out with friends.
"We also take bike rides every day," Zakrzewska said.
She said bicycling was not an activity she was able to do in Poland because she didn't have enough time, but in America she has that chance. She said her class schedule here is less compact and allows for more free time than back home. All three students are in the psychology department and take four to six classes each.
"We have some really interesting classes and some professors are really helpful," Gieroba said.
Class size has been an adjustment as well.
"It's completely different," Zakrzewska said.
She said in Poland they either have lecture classes with 500 students or workshops with 15 students.
And the adjustments just keep coming. The students left the first Herd home football game with some mixed opinions about their experience.
"We don't really have football in Poland, so it was a little boring," Zakrzewska said. "We'd go for the first hour, leave, then come back. We've found that to be really good. The atmosphere was really great though, everybody shouting `We Are… Marshall.'"
While football is not as popular in Poland as it is in the U.S., it gave the students a chance to meet new people. Gieroba said they have met many Americans and internationals. "The first thing we heard here is internationals are like a huge family and we were like `hmm, OK." Zakrzewska said. "But it's true."
In the beginning, the students knew mostly internationals but now have American friends, too. Although they have made many friends, they still miss home.
The students try not to think about home because it makes them start to miss it. "During the day we don't really think about it, we are too busy to, but using Skype and talking to them is worse," Pruchnicka said.
They talk to family and friends back home at least every two days. The time difference is six hours, but that doesn't make it any easier, they said.
"The best time to talk to them is when you come back from a party and it's the middle of the night here and middle of the day there," Zakrzewska said.
Despite a little homesickness, the students said they are not exactly looking forward to the flight back to Poland. The travel restrictions allow only two suitcases that are about 50 pounds each, Pruchnicka said.
"In fact, we don't want to think about it now," she said.
The students are worried they won't have enough room to bring back souvenirs. Despite these concerns and the cultural differences the students have confronted, they agree studying abroad is a good thing.
"I think it's a great experience to get to know new people, a new place and a new system of education," Gieroba said.
"I think everybody should do it," Zakrzewska said.
Polish universities fail out of Top 200 thenews.pl 08.10.2009
Not a single Polish university has qualified to the Top 200 World Universities ranking, conducted by the Times Higher Education magazine.
According to the rating, the world's top universities are: Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Yale University, University College London, Imperial College London and University of Oxford. This year there are 39 European, 36 American and 16 Asian universities in the Top 100 World Universities. In comparison with the last year, the number of US universities in the Top 100 has gone down by six and the number of European universities has increased by three.
In the Top 50 World Universities there are only six universities from the European Union (except UK), mainly engineering and IT universities from Switzerland and France such as ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) .
The rating was based on peer and employer review scores, faculty per students and citations per staff scores and international staff and students scores.
University rankings, which are commonplace in the US and Great Britain as well as in Scandinavian countries, have recently gained popularity in Poland and other new EU member states. Therefore, the European Commission decided to create a multi-dimensional university ranking system. The pilot project is expected in the first half of 2011.
In Poland, popular university rankings are published annually by the weekly Wprost magazine and the daily Rzeczpospolita. For years the two top positions have been held by Jagiellonian University in Krakow (the oldest university in Poland) and University of Warsaw (the biggest university in Poland).
no one I know ever went or wanted to go to Germany to study. I do know some who went to Poland for this.
A lot of young people from Poland study in Germany. Some live i Germany to study and some jusr travel for wordays and live in Poland during the weekends and holidays. Berlin, a great, multinational city of European culture is just 80 km away. A little less but still a lot of young Germans, as you have corectly observed, study in Poland, mostly in Warsaw, Poznań and Wrocław. Additionally there is a Polish-German university Viadrina in one of border towns. Even more than Poles want to study in Germany, a lot of Poles want and indeed they ldo buy houses in Germany, while still working in Poland. Please read this
Only Poles are able to perform such a stunt. Should I be proud or condemn it on political correctness basis? ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Secret teaching in Polish kindergarten preschool classes.
The new reform of education concocted by the present government set the age for primary school at 6, instead of 7 as before. However, for 3 years parents are still allowed to keep their kids in kindergartens where they have been attending preschool classes at the age of 6. And that`s what most parents did - fearing that state primary schools are unprepared for the reform, they decided to send their kids to kindergarten preschool.
However, the new curriculum doesn`t allow teaching kids reading and writing in such classes any more. They are supposed to learn it in the school proper.
According the the below article, some kidnergarten teachers refuse to obey the governments` law. Encouraged by parents, they buy books and teach kids reading and writing. In secret, of course, without copybooks, just in case of an unexpected visit of a local education official.
The education ministry vows to look into such cases and warns of penalties for teachers.
What can I say?
f**k them all!!!!!
I mean those government morons, not teachers, of course. Every teacher who opposes silly law is dear to my heart. I would do the same if I were them. I am a true Pole !!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D Anarchic, disobedient, restive, but independent. ;D ;D ;D
The same applies to first grade, 7 y olds in primary schools. In my middle son`s school the curriculum allows the introduction of the letter A in mid October. The teacher already introduced 6 letters. ;D ;D ;D ;D
Only Poles are able to perform such a stunt. Should I be proud or condemn it on political correctness basis? ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Secret teaching in Polish kindergarten preschool classes.
Proud, of course. This is a demonstration of exactly the inner type of freedom we have. This freedom serves as a buffer against foolishness of political class. But at the same type it make impossible such perfect organization of the country as in some of our fellow EU states So maybe, condemn? ;D ;D ;D
Good yoy are back online again! How was the celebration?
WARSAW, Poland, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A dramatic drop in male enrollment means some Polish universities could face bankruptcy, authorities in Warsaw said.
Just 33 percent of Polish college students enrolled this year are men, a drop from 2003 when men accounted for more than half the students attending colleges, Polish Radio reported Tuesday.
The decline, expected to increase in coming years, was caused by Poland's abolition of compulsory military service, said a government report on finance and management at universities in Poland.
Men often used college enrollment to avoid serving in the armed forces. Now that military conscription has been abolished, many men no longer see the need for a college education, the report said.
The decrease in enrollment is expected to harm universities, especially private colleges that depend on high enrollments to sustain their budgets. Those colleges could face bankruptcy if more students don't attend, the report said.
Politicians want chess classes at Polish schools 11.01.2010 13:47
MPs from Poland’s parliamentary chess club want to introduce obligatory chess classes in primary schools.
Chess can stimulate children’s intellectual and emotional development and children who can play chess usually learn quicker,” claims Maciej Karasinski, former school superintendent and initiator of the project.
“Chess game teaches people patience, creative thinking, responsibility for one’s decisions and courage. In Turkey, Russia and the US, where chess are used as a learning device, children show higher abilities at maths and science.
Karasinski together with MPs from the parliamentary chess club have been collecting signatures under the draft bill on introducing chess classes to schools. If they manage to gather 50,000 more votes, the draft bill will be directed to the Sejm, the lower house, and debated. The club has also sent a petition to the Education Minister on the matter and received a positive answer.
* Peter 11.01.2010 19:05 I thought the headline said "cheese classes". Now that really would be a great idea. Peter * Jasiek 11.01.2010 23:48 Better use the money for the other classes such as civics, English language, health and physical education and home economics to improve people's social literacy and thus democracy and maybe as mathematics and music. Jasiek * mike 12.01.2010 04:35 "Good at chess usually means bad at life". Guo Yi mike * Maciej Skiba 12.01.2010 06:11 Haha Mike, interesting quote never heard it before. Chess is a great game, but making it obligatory I'm not so sure about. Maciej Skiba * Leszek 13.01.2010 09:31 All school syllabi are out of date - they have been developed by those who are following the recommendations of academics who, themselves, were taught in out of date systems. It's, unfortunately the truth, that it takes the latest research about 30 years to become the norm in classrooms. Not that this lag is unique to education, mind you.
Chess classes (and other such activities) would do wonders for some kids; other classes would help other kids. We just need to look at the schools set up by Barbara Arrowsmith to see what truly innovative thinking can achieve. She certainly has inspired me to put quite a bit of money (along with others) into developing educational material based on her work.
Polish schools could do quite a bit worse than teaching chess. Leszek
The negative effects of student suspension from school on both the individual and the community are well documented and relate to a wide range of matters, including school completion rates, homelessness and crime. Two recent, extensive reviews of student suspensions in government and non-government schools in N.S.W. (Gonczi and Riordan, 2002; Riordan and Gonczi, 2003) suggest that variations among schools in rates of student suspension may be best explained by ‘school effects’ and not characteristics of students. This article explores the key issues of principal and teacher attitudes and actions in relation to student suspensions with reference to three case studies. The discussion of these cases raises some key considerations for principals and teachers in difficult schools who wish to re-engage students in learning. Key themes discussed in this article include: the importance of a pedagogical as opposed to a punitive response to student misbehaviour; working in partnership with parents and the broader community to address behaviour and learning problems; and interpreting ‘state’ and ‘school system’ policies on student welfare and discipline through the lens of the school’s local context.
I am not sure but if I was a student misbehaving to the degree of being susoended I would probably like the fact that I don't have to attend the school. However it is hard to imagine for me, since I, as I am, would find the situation extremely awkwards and psychically tiring.
I remember when I was young, there was boy about 11 always fighting with teacher and us. Then teacher report him to principle and his parents. Teacher and principle transferred him to another school for problem children.
Now I heard college students have very strict rules if they misbehaves, they will be expelled from school. Some were caught and sent to jails for crimes.
I don't like to get involve with people like that.
Krakow to open single sex schools? 06.04.2010 13:45
Krakow may launch an experiment with single sex education in September under the hypothesis that co-ed scgools lower educational achievement.
The idea is being championed by a local councilor from the ruling Civic Platform. Malgorzata Jantos is citing studies of an Australian educational research society, which shows that youths who graduated from girls’ or boys’ schools score better at university.
“I am open to this experiment, because it is common knowledge that boys develop differently than girls,” Janusz Zadlo, head of the municipal education section, told Gazeta Wyborcza.
Psychologist Elzbieta Piwowarska argues, however, that co-education is natural. There are differences between girls and boys but it’s better to eliminate rather than deepen them through separation, she says.
There are about 70 girls’ and boys’ schools in Poland, but the majority are lower seminaries for the clergy and sports schools. (kk)
* Maciej Skiba 06.04.2010 20:26 Even though this seems like a little extreme and backwards studies do actually show that boy and girls learn in different ways. So if you have a learning environment that is easier for the boys to learn your hurting the girls and vice versa. But at the same time even if this might hurt student's intellectual development, co-ed education helps with there social development. I guess the best thing to do is incorporate both, have some classes that are separated and some periods of the day like lunch, recess, homeroom (I don't know if you have that in Europe) etc where the children are together.
P.S in case it needs to be said, this should not be mandatory, if parents want to send there children to a one sex school, co-ed school, or one that mixes both these philosophies it should be their choice. Maciej Skiba
Polish students among best in OECD 07.12.2010 13:15 Polish students are better educated than the average in OECD states, shows the Programme for International Student Assessment 2009 (PISA).
PISA examines 15-year-old students’ capabilities in reading, mathematics and science literacy that they acquired during compulsory schooling. According to the assessment, Poland comes ninth in reading, following Finland and Korea. Among the students who managed to complete the most difficult tasks, both in Poland and in other OECD countries, there are twice as many girls as boys.
In the past nine years Poland managed to reduce the number of pupils who did not do well in reading. Currently, only 15 percent of Polish students have difficulties reading, which is the lowest number in Europe. The number of pupils who scored low in natural science has also decreased to 13 percent. Mathematics, however, remains an Achilles’ heel of every fifth Polish student.
As many as 65 industralised counties, which constitute 90 percent of the world economy, participated in PISA 2009 study carried out in March last year.
Comments Eugene Markow 07/12/2010 16:23:11 It's quite ironic that Poland produces the third best computer coders in the world (behind Russia and China according to "TopCoder"Oczko and yet slightly lacks in mathematics skills.