The concept of apperceptive mass comes out of the seventeenth century; introduced by German philosopher, George Herbart. No, I am not crazy for suggesting something from four centuries ago would have relevance today. The emphasis on state and national standardized tests is in overkill.Herbart was fed up with philosopher John Lock’s notion of tableau rasa. Remember what that means? Blank tablet. Originally it referenced the human mind at birth and gradually was applied to one’s life. We write our life’s experiences upon a blank tablet. What can you do with a tablet you can’t do with life? Erase what you wrote. You can’t erase an experience. It will linger somewhere in the deep synaptic rivers of the brain. (Please note that some professionals in the field of psychiatric medicines believe that certain memories can now be erased chemically. This especially true in the area of emotional trauma. The success ratio of such treatment is not clear.)Definitions: The process whereby perceived qualities of an object are related to past experience. A second definition reads: The already existing knowledge base in a similar or related area with which the new perceptual material is articulated. Neither one provides an understanding of the task facing the educator.Teachers need to grab two phrases in these definitions-past experience and already existing knowledge base-both of which take on paramount roles in the education-learning processes. Our first question now becomes what past experiences? Everything that the newborn experiences becomes a part of the apperceptive mass. It is the base for tying together concepts, ideas, and relationships. It appears the movement to sing to the unborn child, to read aloud, or to play music during pregnancy has a role here. The unborn is learning about its external environment. Experience has begun. (There are many sites providing information on in utero learning.) Vast quanta of stimuli are absorbed by the child as it grows; all of which impacts its knowledge base. The task of the educator is to build upon that base. The demand for rote memorization of unrelated factual trivia does not improve the learning base. The child’s ability to regurgitate that data on a standardized test is not a determiner of intelligence or of learning. The teacher must help the learner to draw significant relationships between the information.Enumerating the colors on a color wheel does not demonstrate an understanding of the mixing colors to to produce new colors, shades, and hues. Learning the names and years in office of our Presidents does not demonstrate an understanding of what those presidents did to expand the power of the office of the presidency. Memorizing the Periodic Table of Elements provides no understanding of their value or use. To drive the nail just a bit deeper I will use a personal example. During the time of my undergraduate studies I took a course called Art Appreciation and Criticism. The course consisted of memorizing 200 painters and an example of their works. That did not create an appreciation of art and I learned nothing in terms of art criticism.In educational years gone by there was talk about ‘learning the tools of the trade’. Working to build apperceptive mass is providing the tools of the trade: the processing of information to arrive at understanding.Four things a teacher may do to help students in their development of an apperceptive mass:1. Refrain from asking questions that require just recall of information.2. Ask questions that call for interpretation and explanation .3. Ask questions that require conclusions based on given information.4. Conduct class discussions that require demonstration of understandings.
Education is definitely a very important thing to pursue. Many people who are looking to earn a degree but do not have the time to go to school have online education degrees to choose from in order to acquire their dream. Traditional schools will still be the more popular option for the majority but online universities offer the next best thing.The most important allure of online education is its flexibility when it comes to time. The student would be the one to set when and where he or she will provide time for study, as long as he has the given resources at any given occasion. Thus, even those who have a full-time job or those who are tied up with other responsibilities can have the option to further their education. But online and distance studies may not be for everyone. Some students are of more traditional nature; that is, they work and learn best in traditional school settings where students interact with each other and with the teachers, there are laboratory classes, exams are being taken by groups, and opportunities for more social interactions abound. Studying at home requires a lot of discipline and some students feel that focusing with studies would be easier to deal with if they know that there is a schedule that they have to follow – there are classes to attend to at a particular time of the day and the afternoons are for after-school activities. Still, others prefer going to a traditional school because it does offer more internship opportunities and contacts with possible employers eventually after graduation. Another disadvantage is that fields that require extensive laboratory works, like in the sciences (physical sciences, biological sciences, chemistry, etc.) may not be feasible for full-time online studies. Despite these drawbacks, however, opting for online education degrees is still a tremendous opportunity for the others who may be interested in its many advantages.There are several courses available online. For example, an associate degree takes about two years to complete. Whether your interest lies in the sciences, arts and humanities, information technology, or applied sciences and health sciences, there are a multitude of online education degrees choices available. A bachelor’s degree would naturally cost more but it will definitely pay off. As with traditional schools, it normally takes about four years to complete. Those who already have a bachelor’s degree are looking for Master’s degree courses. A master’s degree is usually required for professionals who are in the field of education. To be accredited for teaching courses, a Master’s degree is normally required. It is, in turn, a prerequisite for acquiring a Ph.D. program.Before participating in any online degree program, however, make sure that you are registering for an accredited online school. Diploma mills – online schools that provide diplomas, degrees, and certifications for money without actually providing sufficient and meaningful training and instructions – continue to litter the Internet. Do not waste your money and effort in these schools. Look for accreditation to ensure that you are getting the quality of instruction and education you deserve.
Many people have concern about what is happening with the American educational system. Politicians throw money at it in an attempt to please their electorate. Recently private schools and home schooling have gained ground and in fact produce higher academic numbers on average. But nobody that I know of has taken a look at where we went wrong and when. But first a look at when we were doing well. Noah Webster once known as the headmaster of American education and author of the first American English dictionary 1828. Noah Webster could be called one of the founding teachers. He was an educator himself and wrote many educational texts including the Blue back Speller which was the spelling book of the 19th century which had sold 80 million copies by 1899. Noah Webster said in his dictionary that education “should enlighten the understanding”.But I invite everyone to look at the full definition which can be accessed on the internet. There were others who contributed to the original philosophy of American education namely: Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, the Quakers etc. etc.. Thomas Jefferson stated that “young people should study history to be able to recognize tyranny in embryo and so crush it.” So these were the individuals that were responsible for creating the original American educational philosophy which was successful. So now, what went wrong? And who is responsible? Well, it was actually a very fundamental change in the philosophy. It all started around the turn of the century. There was a new school of thought germinating from Wuntian psychology out of Germany (Wilhelm Wunt father of modern psychology). The philosophy was definitely materialistic and totally opposite of the original meaning of the word psychology – the study and doctrines of the human soul. The new idea was that humans were not spiritual beings but that we were all just animals and that the way you understand human behavior is by comparing us to animals. If you understood how a rat behaved you would then understand how a human behaved. So this philosophy was gradually entered into every university beginning at the turn of the century. It became behaviorism and that became the standard philosophy taught in colleges by 1960 to all teachers as part of there training as teachers. The teaching philosopy was conditioning and not understanding as Noah Webster had stated. A direct date coincidence with the statistics of the failure of American education. So what can we do about this? Well there is private schools or homeschooling both of which are a lot more successful on average than public schools. I am not trying to upbraid teachers as I think it is one of the most important jobs in our society and teachers are, for the most part, well intentioned. I just think they have been misinformed.We need to make education so that young people actually reach for it instead of having it forced upon them. Also education is not for the masses it should be tailored to each student. In other words each student should get the basics reading writing arithmatic. But after that they should have their own personal program based on their goals. They should be made aware of the importance of history but should explore the subject themselves and should read the writings of the people who were actually a part of history rather than somebodies interpretation of it. Example, the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
This is a very important point for teachers and parents. At what point is a computer game educational, and at what point is it just entertainment? What are the critical aspects that make a game educational, and something that would make us as teachers and parents spend our dollars, time and energy on it?In my area of music there are all sorts of computer games: Some of the music game guitar controllers which are available today are nothing more than an evolution of the toy guitar that you’d give a toddler to play with. There are a few that are far more advanced, and are almost close to playing a real instrument. There are a few music theory and aural training games that are very serious, and definitely are an excellent training tool to help musicians and music teachers with aural and theory skills.Where do we draw the line? Music teachers are definitely split on this issue. Most I know still teach the same way they always have, and probably won’t be spending money on too many games. However there is real educational value in some aspects of the game. The question that we need to ask ourselves when thinking about any game activity is: “What is this teaching me (or them, if thinking about your children or your students) that I didn’t know before?”Learning something is the process of taking something which is unknown and making it known. When you learn to play a computer game, are you making anything known that was not known before? If you are simply playing one level of one game over and over again nothing will happen except that you’ll be good at that one thing. You’ll really know that one thing, but nothing else! If however when playing a music game you are constantly introducing new songs, and you use the music game as a vehicle to move forward with skills, then you’ll find this to be a well worthwhile educational experience.Music game developers should consult instrument specialists when building games about specific instruments, so that playing the game does not negatively impact students technique when playing the real thing. Most do, but as usual when there is a big market there will always be cheap imitations who cut down the price and also cut down the educational value by not investing in this quality researched advice.So always ask that question – What is this activity teaching me that I didn’t know before? Then you’ll find that time spent on games will always help… besides being great fun!
The Life Insurance continuing education classes offered online are streamlined and well devised to ensure that all insurance agents meet all the insurance CE requirements as set by the state to obtain or maintain their current licensing status. Life Insurance is the most profitable insurance product to many insurance companies and of course it is one of the most difficult products to sell owing to it long term care feature as well slightly high premiums that go into its policy. Definitely the insurance agents dealing with this product get better brokerage or commission in selling this product owing to its intricate complexities and high cost of premiums.It is but imperative that insurance professionals dealing with this product have competent knowledge and skill in delivering persuasive and appealing sales pitch to sell Life insurance policies to people in the state. Life insurance continuing education classes are being conducted by majority of states either online or through classroom sessions to impart thorough knowledge on the rules, features, business plans, marketability and laws governing life insurance policies. This would definitely up skill the insurance professionals to answer any related queries by the general public without having to fumble for information.It is mandatory that all licensed insurance agents, underwriters and brokers must complete a few courses in Insurance CE on an ongoing basis as the procedures, rules, principles, terms and conditions governing insurance policies tend to change periodically from location to location over a period of time. One has to be well aware of the necessary changes made and sell the insurance products as per the guidelines provided in the insurance continuing education classes. Nowadays insurance CE classes are provided online and as well as in classroom sessions. Alternatively you can also purchase insurance continuing education credits online if you prefer to work that way.On an average every state offers around 25 life insurance continuing education courses in order to fulfill the Department of State requirements to handle insurance products. The training and courses are offered for all insurance trainees, professionals, and property and casualty dealers as well as beginners who wish to start their careers in Insurance sector. There are over dozens of insurance continuing education classes that deal with property and casualty, annuity, risk management, auto insurance, health and life insurances. The catalog mentioning the various insurance products also consist of flood and fire insurance policies which are extremely comprehensive and customized to meet the needs of customers in times of emergency.As insurance industry is dynamic and customer’s expectations from the insurance products also keep changing from time, the rules and regulations governing the insurance continuing education courses are amended from time to time and the insurance advisor has to keep himself abreast with the changes to be able to convince the customers better and suggest a policy that suits their needs. This is exactly the reason why the government has made it mandatory for all insurance advisors to take training session for stipulated period of hours every year.
A classroom nowadays is almost unrecognisable compared to a classroom of 50 years ago. The addition of ‘Smart Boards’ is probably the most noticeable change: interactivity, internet connectivity and high-speed research seem to be essential components of modern-day education. The focus of this article as such: are we better off nowadays with our new approaches to teaching and learning or were we better off with chalk, a blackboard and a rather intimidating teacher.They say GCSE’s are getting easier – whether or not that is the case makes very little difference in my opinion. It is extraordinarily rare for a 50 year old candidate and a 20 year old candidate to be compared on a grade-for-grade basis anyway, so why does it matter? What’s important is whether or not GCSE’s are more useful now than they used to be. Typical political jargon will tell you that education needs to ‘make people employable’ and ‘put people into work’. In this case, the emphasis on ‘yesteryears’ education was discipline, traditional data-cramming and the collection of – in many cases useless – ‘knowledge’. Nowadays, from my experience, there is a much greater emphasis on research and learning-to-learn. Surely this is a much more useful skill to have? I can’t think of many jobs in the real world which need to know when the Battle of Hastings was or what sort of rock the East Coast is made from. I definitely can think of jobs which need their employees to be able to learn new skills quickly, think analytically and in a structured way and be able to research facts efficiently.That is not to say, of course, that subjects like Maths and English are out-of-date. A strong foundation of basic skills (reading and writing properly, good grasp of day-to-day maths, etc) is absolutely essential for any job, whatever the roles and responsibilities.My main assertion is that the standard of education has increased, with increased government funding being focussed on the intelligence of the workforce. Nowadays the UK economy relies on having a highly educated workforce as our main exports are services, research and expertise. We simply don’t have the capacity as a country to be highly-industry based anymore. In addition to this is seems obvious that the change in education has been led by wider social changes. For example the extraordinary increase in the availability of technology such as the internet, laptop computers and ‘Smart Boards’ has meant that educators can increasingly use such tools to their advantage. Furthermore, changes in attitudes towards ‘useful’ education, the role of teachers, (etc) have filtered their way into the system. Has the standard of education gone up? Yes. Has it changed much over the years? Yes. Definitely.
Moodle is a type of content management system (CMS) that is often used for learning and educational websites. Developing a learning website on the internet is very time consuming and the process can be quite long. In order to provide your students with a comfortable environment suitable for learning, you need to develop as website that does not only contain proper content but also easy to use.One of the tools you will need in order to develop a good educational website is a content management system. A Moodle CMS can help you build an education website that will foster learning for all students. Moodle CMS can promote communication between the teacher and the student through the creation of an online community with chat rooms as well as forums. Aside from strengthening the bond between the teacher and student, it can also promote interaction among students. Through the communication tools available in Moodle CMS, teachers and students can always keep in touch.Moodle CMS also has tools for assessing students. Through the student assessment tools, the teacher can easily monitor the progress of students as they go through the different lessons. There are different tracking tools which will help the teacher determine how well each student is doing in each task.There are also multimedia learning tools that enable teachers to use different techniques in their lessons. Aside from using ordinary text, teachers can upload other teaching material such as videos and audio files to enhance learning among students.Moodle CMS also has various plug-ins and add-ons. With the use of plug-ins and add-ons, teachers can create games and puzzles for their students. It is also easier to keep track of task assignments, lesson plans, and schedules.As Moodle CMS is an open source type of content management system, it is easy to tailor it to suit the needs of both teachers and students with the help of a programmer. Education is very important and should not be taken for granted. Moodle CMS helps provide students with an environment that promotes learning without sacrificing fun and enjoyment. Without question, CMS is definitely the best CMS for education websites.
This article will focus on what type of education is offered at private schools, independent schools, and prep schools. The names ‘private school’ and ‘independent school’ are actually one and the same thing, depending on the country you live in. The difference between these and public schools is that they are not funded by the state in any way.This means that parents are paying for their children’s tutoring and not relying on the government to pay. Most private or independent schools offer scholarships or bursaries to children who perform well in certain subjects or sports at public schools. These entitle the successful applicants to receive the remainder of their education, or part of it, for no charge.This is done to provide those children with an opportunity to excel further in the unique atmosphere of a private school. The scholarships are awarded in various categories, e.g. Sporting, academic, or arts. The reasons for scholarships are twofold; firstly, the individual child is afforded a head-start in education and, secondly, the school giving the scholarship is enrolling a high achiever which is good for their image.Although many public schools have excellent reputations, there are definitely some benefits associated with an independent school. The most significant of all is the student to pupil ratio. Classes are small, enabling each child to receive more attention from the teacher. Also, the objective of an independent school is to nurture and develop a child’s natural talents.Furthermore, an independent or private school is able to implement more sophisticated learning programs. Teachers at such schools are not paid a standardized salary like their counterparts at a government funded school. Instead, they are paid according to their experience and abilities in the same way that the corporate sector does. This means that the caliber of teachers is of a high quality and, again, the children receive the benefits.There is also a stronger relationship between teachers and parents at a private school. Parental involvement is considered to be an integral part of their child’s learning cycle. Parents who can afford private schools are certainly making a worthwhile investment in their son or daughter’s education. As mentioned earlier, this is not to say that public schools do not produce outstanding students who go on to achieve in all areas of life.A preparatory school is also called a prep school, or a primary school. Again, the terminology and description varies in countries. In the USA, for example, a prep school is an independent, or private, secondary or high school. In contrast, other countries including the UK, a preparatory school is one that prepares pre-adolescent children for high school. The age-group in this case is 8 to 12 year-olds.When it comes to education, another decision facing parents worldwide is whether to send their children to single-sex schools or those that are co-educational. Lengthy studies done around the world indicate that children who have received education in a single-sex environment learn better and achieve more. A study done in Australia involved 270,000 boys and girls and it was found that both sexes obtained higher results at separate schools.
Who else is tired – dog tired – of fending off request after request from your children for the newest, hottest, blood-splattering and bone-breaking game? Is anyone else exhausted from explaining why it’s okay for a friend’s parents to give the thumbs-up to “Gorefest 2 – the Splattering,” but it isn’t appropriate for our house? Why we choose educational video games for kids, the same reason we don’t watch R-rated horror films. Or, to wit: why I’m unfair, why I’m a tyrannical goon, why I’m dead set on destroying his popularity.Why life is unfair.There’s always second-guessing. Is it unreasonable to deny him a game that, in fact, I’d somewhat like to play? I mean, I’m a gamer as well. I was his age not too horribly long ago, growing up in the infancy of console video games. I can say with little doubt that were the roles switched, were he my old man and I his frustrated son, I’d be begging, cajoling, and manipulating my head off to get the same games he wants. It strikes me as very unfair, honestly, that his friends are allowed to play the games that we don’t allow in our home. It’s unfortunate that parents don’t have some kind of secret pact in place to reach a consensus, a common agreement, on what’s okay and what gets 86ed.Initially, his mom and I agreed to limit his gaming time to educational games for kids. And, at first, he was happy with whatever we gave him. Arthur was a common sight on the computer, telling a story, increasing vocabulary, encouraging reading. Mickey showed up now and again as well, jumping on numbers, helping reinforce the basic mathematics he’d been learning. He enjoyed the educational video games for kids because he saw himself as a kid. He was happy being a kid; in fact, we all were happy with his situation. Juice boxes for everyone!Then, we stretched our rules a bit as he stretched out. He talked me into a baseball video game. He didn’t have to work too hard to convince me; as both a huge Mets fan and a at one point shameless video game addict, the idea of playing virtual baseball with my son was an easy concept to buy into. I turned around and sold the idea to mom. That wasn’t as easy. Baseball, as fun as it might be, was definitely not an educational video game for kids. I weakly mentioned something about the game teaching mathematics – division and averages and such – but we both saw the weak argument for what it was.She frowned, shook her head, and turned back to her book.Slippery slope, she said.I took that to mean “okay.”She put conditions on it, however. Time limits, an imaginary pie chart showing the allowable time with the baseball as compared to his educational video games for kids. This was the beginning, unfortunately, of my son no longer accepting his role as a “kid” any longer. I don’t mean to say that buying him a baseball game caused the change; rather, this was about the time that I noticed him ditching some of the trappings of his kid-dom – the blankey went in the closet, for instance.And though I have some nice memories of beating the pants off his Yankees with my Mets, this was also about the time that he began preferring to play against the computer, rather than his old man. Both in his educational games for kids and otherwise.It wasn’t long before he started testing us, asking for games he knew he wouldn’t get. Spiriting in a copy of a game he’d been told he wasn’t allowed to play, and then throwing a tantrum when he was inevitably caught. He’s at the regrettable age where, no matter how entertaining or fun the game is, if it’s an educational game for kids, it’s rejected out of hand. Where before we could bring home anything from the game store, now we’ve given up buying any educational games for kids as they end up dusty and forgotten in a pile near the television.We’ve come to realize we can’t control what he does at his friends’ houses. We’ve politely asked other parents, whenever it felt appropriate, to keep the violent games from the consoles when our son visits. Unfortunately, there’ve been times when he’s been ostracized by his friends for our requests; his friends sometimes blamed him for his parents’ rules.I’m gladdened by the appearance of more and more Wii and DS titles that incorporate more fun and innovation into their educational video games for kids. It’s a nice thing to see that some of these recently released learning games aren’t getting the same stigma that learning games of recent history suffered. It’s good that the developers are putting the time and money into making them fun enough to forget that they’re learning while they’re playing. Cosmos Chaos, “Brain” games, and “Think” games are changing the lay of the land.For now, though, we’re stuck in the the trap that makes good parenting so difficult. Violence in video games isn’t a problem I’d like to see regulated by government – the ESRB works fine for me. Violence isn’t even really a “problem” to most people. It just means that parents continue to hope for a larger stream of fun educational video games for kids, while we watch the river of violent games continue to rage by.
Distance education is oftentimes referred to as “Distance Learning” as well, and is simply defined as “a field of education focusing on the andragogy and pedagogy, instructional systems, and technology which endeavor to deliver an education to students who are not physically in a classroom or campus setting.” In its simplest terms, it means earning a degree online.The use of electronic (i.e. computers) and printed media enable the student to pursue their education without attending classes on a college or university campus. They are enabled to communicate and study at the times they select, through various technologies that allow them to interact in real time and through many different ways using the internet.Additionally, distance education courses do not require any physical presence on-site for reasons inclusive of taking examinations that are considered to be blended or hybrid courses of study.Advantages and Disadvantages of Distance LearningNaturally, there are advantages and disadvantages to distance education degree programs. However, contrary to varied beliefs and opinions, the distance education advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.The Advantages of distance learning are:1. It requires no commuting – therefore saving you money and time2. You complete most of the classes at your own pace – no pressure3. You can live anywhere in the world, study from anywhere in the world, and pursue your choice of distance education course studies4. Gain extra knowledge while you are learning – taking those computer and internet skills you gain and then applying them to other facets of your life5. The self-paced learning environment can be taken advantage of by the quickest or the slowest of learners – increases the satisfaction level while reducing stress in the process6. Accessibility factors – distance education courses address the physical accessibility issues that people with mobility problems oftentimes encounter while being enrolled in the traditional on-campus classesUnfortunately, you can’t discuss the advantages of distance education without covering the disadvantages. These disadvantages are the following:7. Sometimes the technology is complex and costly – despite the numerous opportunities of distance education, there are always accompanying costs8. Advance planning is necessary – both the instructors and the students oftentimes need to make sacrifices scheduling the times to get things done9. Beware of hidden costs – If you’re in naval branch of the military for example, and you are out at sea, how do you receive your study materials?10. Distance learning does not offer immediate feedback – in the traditional classroom setting, the student’s performance is immediately assessed, whereas with distance education, the student has to wait for feedback while the instructor is reviewing their work11. Distance learning does not always offer all the necessary courses online – students pursuing specific certificates or degrees may not be afforded all the necessary courses that are available through distance education programs so some programs are not suited for all course of study.12. Distance learning may not be acknowledged by all employers – granted, most employers will acknowledge distance education, but there are some who don’t13. Distance learning does not give students the opportunity to work on oral communication skills – students in distance education courses do not always get to engage in verbal interaction with fellow students and professors14. Social isolation – more often than not, you study alone and distance learning students often times feel isolated and miss the social interaction that accompanies the traditional classroom on campus