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African-American studies: Is the future bleak?


With the so much being talked and (and done) about emancipation and consequent empowerment of the black population– a recent report highlighting the dismal “black studies figures” at an Illinois university comes as a rude shock.

All about African American studies and more

Western Illinois University cut its African American studies this year. The graduation and enrolment figures turned out to be notably disappointing. During the 2015-2016, only 13 students chose black studies as their main field of study. What more? Only 3 students had graduated with Bachelor of Arts in black studies this year. The university data thus retrieved reflected a lot on the sorry state of affairs as far as African-American studies are concerned.

Kelly Harris, (the associate professor and coordinator of African-American studies , Chicago State University) has admitted that the struggle of the African American studies to stay afloat in the academic scene has always been evident – since the time it was formed. The African American studies are yet to find acceptance in an environment where universities are increasingly demonstrating a business like mentality as far as higher education is concerned.

Illinois Board of Higher Education: What does it have to reveal?

As per the Illinois Board of Higher Education figure, only 14 students belonging to different public universities and colleges got a bachelor’s degree in this particular field in the state in 2014. 2012 is regarded as the best year for this field when 21 students graduated with a degree and 68 of them selected it as their major.

It was in the year 2015, the IBHE asked the twelve state public universities to submit the changes in academic degree programs. They were also asked to submit their plans for the graduate programs for fairly new students. There were five schools that had listed their four-year programs in black studies. It was quite clear that the Africana studies remained “low-producing” between 2009 and 2013. Here’s more about them.

African-American studies: The inevitable concern

The aforementioned findings raise concerns regarding black studies. What is it that has hindered their growth? Lack of substantial funding is definitely cited as one of the reasons. In fact, there are academic experts who admit that news like this will further affect the future of black studies. Going by the present scenario it is difficult to comment on a substantive future of black studies before 2020. We can only hope for the best.

What does it take to become a scholar?

Young man assisting his little son with some home work

Let us admit it. As much as we are exploring opportunities to unearth, tap into or quantify the impact of unconventional jobs – there have been times when we have all wanted to be a scholar – an academician par excellence who will top school mid-school, high school, college and university. Not all of us are noted academicians and that hasn’t really stopped us from doing great things in other fields of life.

Is it so easy to become a scholar?

Whatever it is- today, however, we will be talking primarily about scholars. What does it take to be scholar? You might already have identified the signs in your kid. He loves to study and is quite interested in exploring his academic opportunities in future. He does well in school as well. However, college is quite a different ballgame from middle school or high school. Only when your child is able to excel in college and university will he be called a true scholar. Given below are tips which will help your child become one. Read on.

How can you guide your child to become a scholar?

Teach your child to question everything which in conflict with his comprehension of a subject, lesson, story or fictional character. Teach him to clarify everything that he does not understand, everything which does not help him secure a complete understanding of his subject. Scholars never take anything at face value even if others around them are doing so.

If your child is demonstrating natural curiosity about everything around then you are in all possibility seeing a future academician in front of you. Make sure you are making an honest effort to fulfill his curiosity without fail. As he grows up, he might as well need a similar ambience at school to ensure that his plans reach fruition. Make sure you’re selecting an educational institution for him which is known to be backed by the services of teachers who are patient with the needs and different academic demands of kids at various stages of education.

Are you selecting the right academic institution?

Choose a school which you think will provide him the right educational tools to help him to make his mark in the modern academic fabric– for example smart learning tools, reliable mentoring, counseling (if needed) and so on.

As he grows up he will be ready to choose the college or university best suited to his needs – all by himself.

Gym Classes: How important they are for Middle School students


Not many of us may have realized it but students do require a certain degree of exposure to gym while in middle school. Middle school (that is when they are 11 to 12) signifies a transition  – which is not only manifested in their  curriculum but also in an altogether different level of academic demand that is best met by confidence and collaboration. No longer are they required to be constantly watched over. They do need a different kind of guidance nonetheless.

Gyms and Education: The much-effective “connect”

Why is there an absolute need for gyms for students in their middle schools? We will try to explore the reasons in the course of the post.

At the core of success as students are three factors:

  • Confidence
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Self-care

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Let us tell you that you a gym can help your child a lot to get a better hang of the whole concept called Middle School. One of the foremost merits of gym classes is that they inculcate confidence in children. Gym classes involve a lot of different activities that help students identify their strengths- from ping pong to basket ball to soccer, expect a lot of opportunities to identify your kids’ niche. He might not be too great in soccer but has great basket ball skills. The ability to discover your strengths itself can turn out to be a great confidence booster. The confidence demonstrated by your kid in his gym class can translate to the classroom as well. There’s a renewed sense of responsibility with which your kid will be able to handle his school assignments.

Gym classes require children to collaborate and communicate at different levels as well. Talk about reaching out to others to help you get your physical exercises right to just participating in team sports, you will need to communicate at every level. We all understand how important it is for students to develop a sense of community as they are growing up.

Even the moderate exercises in gyms require the children to adopt a string of healthy habits. They’re advised not to have junk food at the drop of a hat, to exercise their discretion while choosing their diet etc – all of which contribute to overall health. Your child is less prone to sickness. Plus, Middle School also implies longer hours of sitting on chair. An hour of exercise will help them burn calories and stay fit.

Career advancement: Know all that you should know

Career Growth

Designation hike doesn’t come easy. So doesn’t a salary hike. At times, it gets even difficult for employees to figure out what exactly career growth is. Is it all about periodical pay hike? Is it only about job changes for “better” salary and diversification? What is career growth all about?

Ideally, a desired professional trajectory is determined both by your pay and wider avenues of exploration. You might be stuck with the same company for years – receiving customary pay hikes after every two three years. Would you call that growth? May be not- unless and until there’s an associated designation jump (if not every time but at least a few times) with added responsibilities. Provided below are a few tips for desirable career advancement.

How can you aim for career growth?

When we speak about growth – we are speaking about an all encompassing proposition which includes due retrospection at crucial junctures. We’re talking about career planning here. It is not something which you do only once or twice in your life – in school or in college. You should do this on a regular basis – right from the start of your job life through every one or two year at job till your retirement. Do not treat this as a dreaded obligation but as a fulfilling exercise. The more you retrospect the better will you be able to identify flaws (if any), areas that need improvement, areas that have been ignored and of course the rewarding experiences as well.

Do it before others say it!

Career advancement is also about taking the initiative yourself and doing things before anybody else asks you to do it. For instance, you might as well try to identify your shortcomings while at work and address them as well. Are you too afraid to try out things that are technical? Are you not being able to communicate with your team properly? Are you too afraid to convey the difficulties you’re facing at job to your team leader? You should be able to identify these flaws all by yourself and work on them.

Opportunities: Where are they?

Keep your eyes and ears open for every avenue of growth. Is there an online course aimed at helping candidates overcome their fear of board interviews? Or for that matter, to enhance their digital marketing skills? Do make sure you’re keeping yourself constantly updated with the latest in business to see yourself move up the career ladder.

A high-school dropout? Here’re a few career options!

Career choices

Dropping out from your high school or college doesn’t really have to be the end of your life. Many of us wouldn’t really believe it, but let us tell you that school dropouts just have to find the right niche in their lives to make a mark in their profession and ensure a fruitful personal life as well. There are reasons why people choose to drop out and we are not even getting into those reasons. Today, we will be exploring the top career choices for high school or college dropouts.

The particular piece should also ideally be consulted by those who think that a school or college degree is a must to earn well. Let us read on.

A few jobs suited for dropouts

Dropout is never an easy decision. Confusions, indecision and fear manifest themselves in the worst possible shapes. There are times when individuals choose to drop out of their high school just because they become busy in their creative pursuits- music, dance, painting and the like. Otherwise, people are dropping out primarily without plans- and braving this challenge is an uphill task. Don’t worry; here are the options you have.

You can look for a job in the automotive industry

You can work as a mechanic or technician in this industry to earn your bread and butter. The work entails repairing of cars with the help of technology. You might as well be required to undergo some formal or informal training to make a cut here. You will learn about the greasy handiwork while on job and will only be able to deal with the repair needs of the larger vehicles once you gain some experience in this field.

How about a stint at a construction company?

It has actually been estimated that high school dropouts opting for construction management jobs earn $1.5 million on an average. What more? First line managers in the construction and extraction management companies can even make up to $1.7 million. The hierarchical structure begins with a construction worker and you can expect to rise up the rank with experience and of course your performance.

Try out the restaurant industry

Restaurant managers in the food service industry rake in decent moolah as well. Much contrary to the popular belief – one necessarily does not need a diploma from high school in order to make the cut here.

Make sure that besides the options mentioned above, you are exploring other avenues as well.

Reasons why students should be aware of unconventional career choices

Unconventional jobs

The internet is brimming with articles or blogs bringing all sorts of “odd” but lucrative jobs to the fore. More than 7 months into 2016- and we already know how food styling is already attracting the youth in scores and how social media management is already making its foray in the mainstream vocational scenario. The attitude towards offbeat career choices like food styling and pearl diving is way different than what it was perhaps even five years ago!

Unconventional career choices: Why should school students know about them?

Unconventional jobs are not only about pay and perks but also about identifying your forte and experiencing the vitality of your job- of something you love. We have scaled few notches there! The next step however is to bring these unconventional jobs to the classroom itself. Yes— tell those kids about these off beat jobs on a frequent basis. Let them have a glimpse of how the professional scenario has embraced such pleasant changes over the years.

Tell them that if they have heard about DJs raking in the moolah by playing at discs, there are these fashion or celebrity DJs (playing primarily at fashion and celebrity events) who are laughing their way to the banks as well. Only when our students become aware of the existence of offbeat professions, can we expect a wider acceptance of the same. Here are more reasons documented.

Offbeat Jobs: Hear your idols speak about them!

Why should they have to turn to the television, newspaper or magazines to know about these jobs? There isn’t any harm if they do so. However, we all know the kind of impact teachers are able to wield on students. The moment they hear about something like lipstick reading from their teachers, they are more willing to acknowledge its credibility than what they would perhaps have done if they had read about the same in newspapers or magazines. Lipstick reading entails the prediction of future based on lip prints. Since affluent ladies at parties are mostly interested in getting their lip prints read, the lipstick readers get paid highly for their jobs. Talk about perks and interest – this job offers you the best of both worlds.

It’ll be a tad far-fetched to claim that these jobs can well be a part of classroom teaching but they can definitely be a part of classroom discussions. We have already told you the reasons why.

How to make the best use of parent teacher meeting?

Parent-teacher Meeting

Parent-teacher meetings are designed to evaluate a child’s performance in school by means of discussions. It makes for a collaborative effort (from both the parents and teachers) towards the betterment of a student’s progress. It’s your responsibility to ensure that you’re only making the best use of this opportunity. After all, nobody understands the child better than his own parents and teachers and when both of them unite for his (i.e. the child’s) progress then desired results are sure to come.

Parent-Teacher Meetings: Where parents go wrong and what they should understand

Now, the problem with parents is that they actually fail to understand the true essence of a parent-teacher meeting. To start off with, let us tell you that it is not at all about sitting five minutes before the teacher and just listening to what he or she has to say. It’s more about absorption – and not mere listening. It’s not about listening and answering possible questions but questioning as well.

Which questions should you ask your child’s teacher?

What are the possible questions that you might put forward in front of the teacher? Here’s a look:

  • Is there any particular academic standard that you follow which I need to know about?
  • How can I motivate my kid to spend longer hours at study?
  • Do you have any special suggestion regarding the way in which I should set a study routine for him/her?
  • What do you think are the common barriers to my child’s progress?
  • What are the merits of the learning models used by you (there might as well be several learning methods adopted by different schools including mobile learning, project-based learning among others)
  • How do you personalize your teaching method? How do you suggest we should do it as well?
  • What do you think I should ask you which I am not asking you now?

Are you aware of what your child really needs to progress in class?

It is important to realize that not every child’s requirement is the same- neither are their interests. For instance, the same geographical map might as well grasped differently by two different students. While one might be more driven by colors, another might as well find a background story of each of the places more interesting. Since your child is different from most of the other kids, your questions (concerning his progress) directed at his teacher should be different as well.

Amazing tips and tricks to learn the subjects for students


Studying and learning is the essential things for passing the tests and every student is learning the subjects in a different manner. Some of the student’s brains are not focused on the studies and they feel study is the hard one but it is absolutely wrong. The students have to love the subjects and it is the great tool for learn the subject automatically and also they complete the study work after coming to the home. Some students do not create any planning for studying the subjects but the study plan is very useful to complete your home works and motivate you to study the extra subjects. Create the good study plan is very helpful to reduce your stress and the students do not feel tired of studying the subjects.

How to learn the subjects?

Many students do not use the study breaks during the interval time and they like to spend more time to read the books but it is not good to your eyes because if you spend extra time for staring at your books, you energy can be reduced quickly and so, you have to walk somewhere or talk somebody to boost your brain capacity. Some students can spend only a few hours for studying the subjects and they get a good results in the exams but some students are spending more time on studying the subjects but they get low results in the exam and what is the difference between these two categories is that students have to give the concentrate on your studies otherwise you cannot get the good results even you can spend more time to study your exams.

Every teacher wants to encourage their students in the proper way and the students have some own notes for taking the reference in the classrooms. The own study notes help to show the previous stories even if you forget the chapters and you can take the reference like mind map or flashcards and some of other effective methods can be using the reference for the students.

Good sleep and asking questions

The teacher teaches the students that enough sleep is very important to get the strength of the brain power and also they teach some learning tips to the students. Every student wants to ask the questions to their teachers for developing the learning skill and it helps to improve the student performance level. There are two ways are present for develop the students brain power by the teachers and encourage the learning skills and it includes such as

  • Encouraging the students learning based on mistakes
  • Testing themselves concept regularly

  Busy students do not spend some time to ask the book related questions to the teachers because they do not like to waste the time for asking the questions to the teachers but it is not the proper way to learn the lessons. Teachers have to encourage the students for asking the doubts to them and it is the essential building block of the learning process.

Fantastic ways to improve the education everyday


Education is the most important aspects of each and every person and the good education gives the good career to the people. If you want to become a successful person, the education is the basic thing to climb up the career. There are numerous numbers of schools are present for the children and some of the top schools are teach the lessons in a different manner. The different types of formal education schools are available for the people and such as preschool, primary school, secondary school, higher school, vocational school and special school, education. In some of the schools teach the lessons to the students through the projectile and the students can easily understand the lessons by using the visual lessons. A lot of students think about the study is one of the critical things and that students can get stress easily for their performance.

Wonderful tips to remove the stress while studying

Many students can get stress easily while studying and according to the review in the year of two thousand thirteen, sixty-five percent students feel stressed while studying. Meditation is one of the most beautiful things to give the memory power of studying and all the students can do the meditation for ten minutes at the early morning every day. The breathing system help to the circulation of the bloodstream and the meditation gives the fresh mind to the people. The healthy diet is an essential part for control the body because the extra weight can easily give the tiredness to the body and so, they can stress quickly. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and also drink the fresh juices because it contains vitamin C and it is known as bolster immunity. Students take the correct break times between the studies and the overtime study without rest may also feel like stress.

Online education to the students

The internet is more convenient to all the people and most of the employees, youngsters, students and individuals are use the online education for the purpose of looking for the excellent jobs. In recent times most of the students learn the education by using the web-based education and the online education is very comfortable to kinds of students because they can learn the lessons and chapter at their convenient time.

 The students can clarify their doubts at any time by using the web-based learning and more than forty percent of employees and students improve their knowledge better in recent times. There are various types of online education facilities can be available through the internet and if a person cannot have good facilities to go to college to get the degree for the reason of financial background, they can easily do the free courses through the online education and there are many different kinds of courses are available for the users and the user choose the best course in the field and create a new way for their career.

The Key Factors of Learning Education


Today people are giving more importance for education which really helpful to get bright future with job opportunities and other fields.  The education is now very simple through collages, schools, and even online. The online education is now very popular because it’s impressive benefits. The users need to know about why education is important and its reasons. The education is also important country development so they must realize the importance of quality education. The learning is an art that makes users very talented and dedicated people. The education gives knowledge to people. They can decide any courses to learn from collages.

Why education is highly important?         

Education is only for skill development and skill stimulation of people. The students should select a right path to learn higher level education otherwise they have to face lot of challenges in future. There are number of reasons available to know the importance of quality education.

  • The stable and happy life comes from learning education
  • Money earning opportunities
  • The education can make learner self dependent
  • They can understand the equality
  • The dreams comes true by education
  • Education can simply protect people from worst factors like cheating
  • Nation economic growth will be increased by quality education
  • The education can make people very confident to face challenges
  • The education is also helps to overcome the superstitions

These are the reasons highly important for this modern society so education is extremely important. Actually educated person can easily utilize the chances that may helps to happy life. The secured future is also a benefit of learning education which is also leads to stable life.  The employment opportunity is really high for every educated person so they can simply earn money without taking much risk. The confidence is important to live in this modern world and education is simply helps to bring confidence to face anything. The education just helps people to realize the difference between genders and other social classes.  The education is also helps to turn the learners dream into reality that gives complete satisfaction to them.  The knowledge is a big source to live in this world and it is also protecting people from fooled and cheated people.  The country development is essential to live peacefully and education is also playing key role in growth of nation.  The superstition issues are always hurting people and education can simply helps to overcome the superstitions.

The Contribution of Education in Technology Improvement            

Generally education is a base for every existing and new technology. The education simply acts as stimulant to discover advanced tools and devices. The education is a guide to all innovative discovering so learners need to learn everything with proper focus that makes learners innovative and cleaver. The education is now separated by different number of subjects and departments. However education is always beneficial for people so users can learn any subjects without any issues like hesitations. The technology improvement is also enhanced by education.