Universal Children’s Day: 3 things every child needs for a complete education that we tend to forget

first_imgIn the last few years, the collaborative effort of Indian academia, policymakers, and society has been targeted to provide job skills or employment skills to students. Because of this objective, not just the vocational education institutions but also many schools have started focusing on skills that help secure a job.While there is no harm to start with this goal, it is not okay to think that the only purpose of primary education is to get good higher education to get a job later on.Primary education is the time a kid can be shaped into a future academician, sportsman, singer or a politician.Hence, this Universal Children’s Day, parents and teachers can do something to redefine the larger objectives of primary education. Here are three things you can do to give your child a more complete education:1. Look beyond the syllabus Reading can open up new worlds to children besides having many positive effects on the mental development of a child.This has been said enough. It is time to get this into action. Needless to say, the parents, teachers, and society have been obsessed with the students’ ability to recite and reproduce from textbooks and perform in exams. However, this approach ignores the unique talent that each student may have. Teachers and parents have the responsibility to identify this talent early on and provide the right resources and platform to bring it up.Think of a child who finds it hard to solve trigonometry problems but good at dribbling the basketball. Can we do something to free up the burden of Mathematics so that he can find more time to focus on what he does the best?Read: How one man became so tired of rote-learning that he battled odds and started his own schooladvertisementWhile we have seen many such success stories, there is no system which ensures that such flexibility is always permitted.Given that India is a country with umpteen demographic dividend, a system which allows flexible selection of subjects and skills could unleash a goldmine of talent.Some schools have taken steps towards giving extracurricular activities the same weightage as syllabus by signing up for international sports clubs like Junior International Football Academy or by promoting kinaesthetic learning in their classes through products like Step & Learn.2. Make your kids aware about social causes It’s high time we teach children to become aware of their surroundings — both people and the environment.Be it pollution, population, hunger or illiteracy, the world is facing many challenges which require our attention.Not many of us devote time and resources to these causes. However, we cannot afford our next generation not being sensitive enough about these social challenges.To make the world a better place to live, teachers and parents need to seed the sense of social responsibility among their wards.Read: These Class 11 students from a Gurugram school invented an intelligent traffic light that reacts to real-time trafficThink of things like — let’s limit the use of our car because of increasing pollution, teach your maid’s child because she cannot afford it, or donate your old book because someone needs it but cannot buy.Make sure that they are not as politically ignorant as many of us — the urban Indians — have been.This conscious seeding plays an important role towards ensuring that today’s school students grow up to be responsible adults in the future.3. Make ‘smart’ use of technology Technology can be the biggest child development and education tool if used correctly.Technology will be integral to the lives of the future generation, to the extent that we cannot imagine. However, as the guardians of the future, our job is to educate the children about balancing the use of technology in their day to day lives.So, while spending too much time on a virtual reality game show could hamper productivity, time spent with an innovative book platform like Fiction Express that lets students connect with professional authors and co-create stories could add to the skills.Read: This is how students can move beyond using computers just for texting and gamingParents and teachers should also stay abreast with the latest developments in the tech world so that they may judge the good vs not so good vs evils and prepare the students accordingly.At times, their own wards could be the source of their information. So, they should not hesitate to learn a thing or two from their kids.The above suggestions are only to trigger a thought about some new perspectives. This is only the bedrock from where each teacher and parents should add or innovate more ideas to make education more meaningful for the next generation. advertisementAnd yes, meaningful education certainly increases employability.- Article by By Vikas Sharma, AVP (Marketing), Eupheus LearningRead: Universal Children’s Day: Facts on child developmentRead: 5 activities for children with learning disabilitiesRead: Sky’s the limit: Career options for those with learning disabilitieslast_img read more

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Doctors see spike in limb paralysis in kids following viral infections

first_imgTORONTO – Cases of a rare polio-like condition have begun turning up in some Canadian children, following reports of dozens of cases in the U.S. in recent weeks.Known as acute flaccid myelitis, the condition causes muscle weakness in one or more limbs, and typically occurs after some kind of viral infection.Dr. Jeremy Friedman, pediatrician-in-chief at the Hospital for Sick Children, wouldn’t give an exact number, but said doctors at the Toronto hospital have seen less than 20 cases of limb-based paralysis since the beginning of September — with about a dozen of them confirmed as acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.That figure may seem small, but Friedman said Sick Kids normally sees only about two cases of AFM a year and the condition carries an annual incidence risk of about one case per million children.“The way that it presents in children is with a pretty sudden weakness or paralysis of one or more of their limbs,” he said Monday. “So maybe an arm or maybe a leg or maybe an arm and a leg, and in this particular acute flaccid myelitis, it’s usually on one side.”The trigger for the condition is unknown, but MRI imaging shows that those with AFM have an inflammatory abnormality in a region of the spinal cord called the anterior horn cell.While it’s speculative, many doctors believe those who develop AFM may have an underlying genetic predisposition to the condition.“Even with the spike of cases that we have at the moment, it’s still an incredibly rare condition,” Friedman said.“When you think about how many kids will get a viral infection at this time of year, you’re literally talking about huge numbers. So a tiny, tiny percentage seem to go on to get AFM.“So there does seem like there’s more to this than just the virus infection and there has to be some sort of genetic setup that makes these children vulnerable to that particular virus.”Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported a spike in AFM, with more than 60 cases confirmed in 22 U.S. states in the last several weeks. Since the beginning of the year, 127 cases of AFM were reported in the U.S., including one death. The average age of those affected is four.Friedman said the Sick Kids cases are all among children under 15, with most clustered among kids of pre-school age. A couple of the children ended up being treated in the ICU, but there have been no deaths.A spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada said there have been 25 probable and five confirmed cases of sudden-onset muscle weakness in children reported in the country this year, but current surveillance data have not picked up any recent surge in cases.Friedman said the risk of a child developing the condition “is still incredibly low.”“But that said, because we are seeing quite a few more cases than we would normally see, we certainly want our colleagues … to be aware of what to look for,” he said of other practitioners and hospitals.“The message I would send out is there’s no cause for alarm,” Friedman said, but if a child develops sudden limb weakness or is not moving an arm or a leg, parents should have them seen by their health-care provider as soon as possible.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

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Zola hails Ross Barkley as one of the best in England

first_imgChelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has praised Ross Barkley as on the best midfielders in the Premier League as he prepares to face his former club Everton on Sunday.Barkley barely featured under Antonio Conte after joining Chelsea in January, but has been phenomenal under Maurizio Sarri and established himself as a regular at Stamford Bridge while also earning a recall to the England squad.Chelsea legend and current assistant manager, Zola is full of praise for his development and has tipped him to get even better.“He had a big injury that stopped him from playing at his best in the last few years. That’s something that has to be said.” Zola told Sky Sports.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s been important for him the way we play because it’s making him a little bit more complete.“We always knew he had the ability – physical ability, technical ability. But to play the midfield position, he was lacking a little bit of tactical awareness and defensive awareness.“He’s doing very well right now and it’s making him a better player. All these things, added to what he already had, is making him one of the best midfielders in the country.”last_img read more

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Chula Vista looks forward to major 2018 developments

first_imgMajor developments are in the works all over San Diego for 2018, especially in the South Bay.The Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan is one of the largest waterfront planning efforts in the United States.KUSI was joined by Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas with more. January 17, 2018 Chula Vista looks forward to major 2018 developments Posted: January 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, center_img Updated: 11:18 AM KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: chula vista, Coasterra, Mayor Mary Salas FacebookTwitterlast_img

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