The Schools Transforming Immigrant Education

Katherine Zelaya sits in the front of her math class, leading her table of classmates in a word problem that’s asking them to determine the median and mean for a set of numbers. “¿Por qué?” she chimes in, asking Maria Alejandra to tell her why she came to a certain conclusion. “Jesús, termínalo,” the 19-year-old says a little later, encouraging the classmate on her left to finish his work. The scene in Michael Krell’s probability and statistics class at the International Academy at Cardozo Education Campus in Washington, D.C. is a…

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Oxford student solves JEE question paper in half the time, gets abused by angry Indians

Quora user Jack Fraser was at the receiving end of vicious online harassment after he reportedly solved a Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) question paper in “a third of the allowed time, and with 100% correct answers”. Fraser, a third year Physics student at the University of Oxford, said he attempted the paper after he asked on Quora to solve it. The JEE is an all-India entrance exam held every year for admission into the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Centrally Funded…

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Money Magazine Recognizes the Value of a Michigan Tech Education

In Money Magazine’s latest report on “Best Colleges for your Money,” Michigan Technological University ranked in the top 100 overall and in the top 50 among public universities. Money evaluated 2,400 colleges and universities using 27 criteria and winnowed the list to 711 colleges and universities that the publication considers “best colleges for your money.”  Of those, Michigan Tech ranked 91st among all institutions—public and private—and 46th among public universities. Michigan Tech also ranked sixth in the nation for early career salaries.  Tech’s average early career salary for graduates is $63,400. “It’s…

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How India’s ed-tech sector can grow and the challenges it must overcome

The Indian education system is often the subject of debate over outdated curriculum, rote learning, rising cost, poor quality of teachers and lack of infrastructure. On the positive side, our country boasts of world-class institutes such as the Indian Institutes of Management, Indian Institutes of Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Jawaharlal Nehru University. We are also one of the largest and oldest education systems in the world. Formal education in India is still based on a traditional model or brick-and-mortar classes. Students have to attend schools and…

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Educational game apps for your children for over the school holidays

School holidays are the ideal time for children to unwind and refresh themselves in preparation for the upcoming school holidays. But how often do parents have to hear the classic line, “I’m bored, what can I do?” Well, thanks to technology, there is a solution. Here are 10 educational gaming apps you can download on your tablet for your children to enjoy these holidays. 1. Ant Smasher This is a free application where children can bash away at ants. While it might seem somewhat senseless, this game can be addictive for children…

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Shorba: The Flavourful Indian Soup Perfect For this Nippy Weather

Shorba or Chorba is a kind of a hot soup or stew relished across Middle-East Asia, South and Central Asia, and North Africa. Believed to have originated in the Persia, Shorba is traditionally prepared by simmering meat in boiling water along with salt and flavored with aromatic curry spices and herbs. Over the years, vegetarian variants of Shorba have become popular as well. Shorba is derived from an Arabic term, ‘Shurbah’, meaning soup.  The flavoured broth is served after separating it from the meat and vegetables, as a starter or as part of the…

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The best mental strategies to power through pain

YOUR QUADS SCREAM as you power uphill during a Tough Mudder. Your traps quiver in the last minute of today’s AMRAP. You deadlift to the point of passing out. And, let’s face it: If you’re not at least mildly uncomfortable during your workout, well, why’d you bother showing up? Pain is impossible to ignore—as soon as we feel something hurt we’re wired to start thinking about it to prevent future injuries, explains performance psychologist Jonathan Fader, Ph.D., the director of mental conditioning for the New York Giants. And, sometimes, discomfort is indeed a…

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“Triphala is one of the most effective Ayurvedic herbs”

In India, for the launch of the world’s first ever Genomeceuticals range of products, Dr Dan Gubler, chief scientific officer, Unicity, feels good health is the right combination of nutrition, exercise and science-based supplementation. Diet Modern diet is bad. It is loaded with processed and fast food. When it comes to diet, one should steer clear of simple sugar. A healthy diet is one that has adequate protein and moderate fat. “We also have a copyright on the 4:4:12 diet. It means there should be a gap of four hours between your breakfast…

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No Ordinary Cooks: The Rise and Decline of the Tradition of Khansamas

It is somewhat ironical that in this day of celebrity chefdom, khansamas, the original traditional professional cooks or chefs in many parts of the country, should have so totally disappeared. But this disappearance is perhaps inevitable. The khansamas were a product of a feudal India, of the British Raj, and while their legacy lived on for many decades post-Independence, and post the abolition of the privy purses which dealt a death blow to feudalism in many ways, in the post Liberalisation world, it was inevitable that this legacy would wane which is…

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Endo Pulls Opioid Opana ER From The Market After FDA Request

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. has agreed to withdraw their opioid painkiller Opana ER from the market following the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) request. Though they still believe in their product’s safety, their decision to pull the product was made after careful consideration and coordination with the agency. Voluntary Withdrawal From The Market In a press release, Endo Pharmaceuticals announced that they will be removing Opana ER to combat abuse and misuse of the product. As a result, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. is expecting to incur approximately $20 million in pre-tax impairment charge…

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