Writer examines elite education’s effects on students

first_imgSpeaking to a maximum-capacity crowd in DeBartolo Hall on Thursday evening, former Ivy League professor William Deresiewicz challenged the status quo of American higher education and the effect it has on students.His lecture, “The Failures of the Elite Education System,” was based on his essay, “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education” and his book, “Excellent Sheep,” which examines negative trends he had seen in his career in academia.“When people say, ‘Where should I send my kid?’ First of all, don’t send your kid. Let your kid decide,” Deresiewicz said.Deresiewicz said towards the end of his 10 years as a faculty member at Yale, he wrote an article titled “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education,” which went viral online.“Students would write to me saying, ‘Thank you for putting what they were thinking into words,’” Deresiewicz said.According to Deresiewicz, the elite education system has led to a culture of empty ambition where students struggle to get to the top but fail to understand why they are trying so hard. Accompanying this, Deresiewicz said, is a counterintuitive strain of anti-intellectualism. Students are too busy studying and jumping through hoops to focus and think about what they are studying, he said.“I tapped into a hunger that so many students are feeling not just at selective colleges, but across many colleges,” Deresiewicz said.According to Deresiewicz, these effects go beyond simple dissatisfaction with college life.“What I didn’t realize was just how much psychic distress, how much mental illness, to be brutally frank about it, this system is causing,” Deresiewicz said.Deresiewicz said it is still important to craft a positive vision of college education. Citing columnist David Brooks, Deresiewicz said education can be divided into three purposes: vocational, cognitive and moral. He said colleges currently focus too much on the vocational and, to a lesser extent, the cognitive. Instead, they should be focusing on the moral purpose: the cultivation of an ability to make choices and self-reflect.Deresiewicz said he sees this purpose from a secular perspective but believes it can coexist and even complement a religious motivation, especially at a school like Notre Dame.“This is a system that forces you to choose between fulfillment and success,” he said.Deresiewicz said University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh and University of California regent Clark Kerr provide excellent examples of how college administrators should act. However, he said the paradigm of public intellectual college leader is dead, replaced by the model of business managers who treat schools like corporations and students like customers.“The classroom and the dorm room ought to be two ends of the same experience,” he said. “The first puts ideas into your head, the second makes them part of your soul.”Deresiewicz said college education should help answer the question, “What is the good life?” and how to live it.Tags: Deresiewicz, education, lecturelast_img read more

Ticks in Georgia

first_imgTick bites will cause an itchy, sometimes-raised spot to appear after the tick is removed. These can be uncomfortable, Hinkle said, but that’s normal. “The (lone star tick) is the most common tick in Georgia, and it is also the tick that makes us itch the most,” she said. “When I get a lone star tick attached to me, I’ll itch for four or five weeks, with a pruritic, indurated lesion (an itchy, hard sore) at the bite site.” “Unfortunately there’s not much we can do about the itch, other than anti-itch creams; it’s our immune system’s way of removing the tick’s salivary secretions over time.” The time to watch for symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever is about a week to two weeks after exposure to the tick. If you’ve been exposed to a tick and experience body aches or headaches, a fever, fatigue or have a spotty rash on your hands or feet, you should visit the doctor and tell them about your tick bite. The disease can be cured with antibiotics, but left untreated, it can be dangerous, especially for children under 5 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information on Rocky Mountain spotted fever, visit www.cdc.gov/rmsf. For more information about preventing ticks, visit extension.uga.edu/publications and search “Georgia ticks,” or see UGA Extension Circular “Protect Yourself From Ticks.” Every summer, Georgians flock to the mountains and forests to escape the heat. Many return home with a few unintended souvenirs—ticks. Ticks are endemic in every part of Georgia. While most tick bites don’t do much more than make you itch, some Georgia ticks can carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever—a flu-like illness that can cause complications for young children and those with suppressed immune systems. The most common ticks in Georgia are lone star ticks, carriers of uncommon diseases called “ehrlichiosis.” However, the American dog tick is also present in the state, and it is known to carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The best course of action to prevent disease is to avoid tick bites altogether, said Nancy Hinkle, a UGA Extension veterinary entomologist. She advocates wearing long pants tucked into your socks or boots when walking in the woods or working in heavy brush. “It does look dorky, but it’s the most effective way to protect yourself from ticks,” she said. “The ticks have to crawl all the way up your boot and up your pants leg before they get to you, and that’s more of a chance for them to fall off or for you to find them before they attach.” Bug repellents that contain DEET to repel mosquitoes will work somewhat, but they are far from bulletproof. Repellents containing the pyrethroid, permethrin, work best to repel ticks, Hinkle said. The key is to apply it to work clothes or hiking gear early and to let it dry completely before an outing. The permethrin will stay on clothes through multiple washes, but the solvent can also deteriorate plastic and some synthetic fibers. If you find that you’re picking up ticks in your own backyard, it may be time to mow the grass and trim the hedges. Keeping things tidy will help knock down tick populations or at least convince them to move. After the woodsEven if you’re diligent with your permethrin and you tuck your pant legs all the way into your boots, it’s important to check yourself for ticks when you get home. For parents, Hinkle recommends a once-a-day tick check for kids if they’ve been playing in the woods or near the woods. If you find a tick within 24 hours of it attaching itself, there is little chance of it transmitting anything that could hurt you, Hinkle said. That being said, sometimes they are tricky to remove. The best method is use tweezers or your fingers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull. Be careful not to squeeze the body of the tick during the process because that can empty the tick’s stomach contents into your bloodstream, Hinkle said. “Fortunately the old, urban myth about not removing the mouthparts is meaningless,” Hinkle said. “If portions of the mouthparts are left behind, the body will eventually work them out—just as when we get a thorn or splinter under our skin.” last_img read more

Children Return To School In Post-Quake Chile

first_imgBy Dialogo March 10, 2010 Hundreds of thousands of Chilean children returned to class Monday as a revised death toll continued to climb nine days after an earthquake and tsunami waves devastated the country. Students’ screams of joy at finding their old friends rang throughout schools, while parents recounted the horror of days scrambling for food and water and sleepless, chilly nights outside their crumbled homes. “It’s good for the children to go back to school, because they will focus on their stories,” a mother said as she dropped off her son at Subcaseaux Junior High School in Santiago. Teachers had received training to receive with “lots of love, lots of willingness to listen” the young ones still in shock from the tremor that affected two million people, Education Minister Monica Jimenez said. “I missed my friends, I’ve been afraid of the aftershocks,” a boy said just before entering class for the first time since the end of the southern hemisphere’s summer. Only children in the hardest-hit regions of Maule and Bio Bio did not go back to school, with their return delayed until late March or late April because so many schools were destroyed in the February 27 quake. During a visit to Subcaseaux, which is hosting students from affected areas, Jimenez said nearly 80 percent of children were returning to class. Patricio Rosende, the deputy interior minister, said 45 new bodies had been identified, bringing the official death toll to 497 as search and rescue crews continued to comb Chile’s decimated coastline. The figure does not include people who have been reported missing and were unaccounted for, and Rosende did not provide a tally of those. Initially the government mistakenly lumped the missing with the confirmed dead for a higher toll. In all, 7,000 children whose schools were rendered unusable by the disaster were assigned to other institutions for a few weeks or sometimes even the whole year, Santiago Mayor Pablo Zalaquet told TVN television. For some students in the capital region, home to more than a third of the country’s population, their return to school was delayed a few days so that their schools could be repaired. In Concepcion, the second-largest city in the country, there was little talks of returning to school for students. The playground was eerily empty at a Methodist high school, one of the quake-stricken coastal city’s largest. The structure seemed to have withstood the shock of the tremor, although the cross atop the chapel was crooked. Workers were busy at work below. “Four of the gym’s beams collapsed, the library is unusable, same for one of the classrooms. And there are cracks everywhere,” one worker said. Elsewhere in Maule and Bio Bio, power outages and the lack of drinking water kept many schools’s doors closed. “Let them take their time,” Jimenez said. Officials, meanwhile, began to get a better handle on the extent of the damage caused by the 8.8-magnitude quake and the giant waves that quickly followed. Public Works Minister Sergio Bitar estimated that 1.2 billion dollars would be needed to rebuild crushed public transportation infrastructure, including around 40 bridges that snapped during the disaster. Rebuilding health facilities and hospitals would cost 3.6 billion dollars, according to Health Minister Alvaro Erazo. President-elect Sebastian Pinera, who takes office on Thursday, said his cabinet was preparing an emergency bill and a reconstruction law so that the 2010 budget could be “adjusted to reflect our needs and the reality on the ground.” Current President Michelle Bachelet was on a tour of ravaged regions, visiting the coastal towns of Dichato and Constitucion. Pinera blasted critics of the deployment of some 14,000 soldiers in quake-hit areas to quell riots and looting — a move unprecedented since the end of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in 1990. “The military is an institution with very useful tools in times of disaster” to guarantee public order and prevent looting, Pinera told DNA radio. “They are Chileans like everyone else,” he said of the soldiers. “This prejudice (toward the military) is absurd, we must eliminate it from our minds.”last_img read more

First Casino on Long Island Debuts in Islandia

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thousands of people flocked to Jake’s 58 Hotel & Casino in Islandia Monday upon the debut of the first such facility to open on Long Island following years-long debates over its location.The mini-casino’s soft opening drew crowds despite only having 265 of the 1,000 games that are slated to be installed by this summer. The gambling parlor’s operators insist that they won’t negatively impact the community, although local civic associations still have a pending lawsuit intent on blocking the facility.“We’ll be a good neighbor,” Chuck Kilroy, the president and general manager of the hotel and casino, told the Press. “I think people will be pleasantly surprised at how the property operates and how we’ll become a member of the community.”The Suffolk Off-track Betting Corp. contracted Buffalo-based Delaware North, a hospitality and gaming company, to operate the casino, which is located on the Long Island Expressway westbound service road at the 227-room hotel formerly known as the Islandia Marriott.The Suffolk OTB, which hopes the revenue from the mini-casino will help the agency emerge from bankruptcy, previously planned to build it in Medford, but abandoned that idea due to community opposition. Nassau Downs OTB had faced similar opposition to planned mini-casinos in Westbury and Elmont before it opted for a revenue-sharing agreement in exchange for transferring its rights to 1,000 slot machines to Resorts World Casino in Queens.When the Village of Islandia passed a resolution approving the casino last year, officials insisted that it would not include the typical big-name casino events.“There will be no Vegas-style shows at the hotel,” Islandia Mayor Allan Dorman said in a statement, emphasizing that the mini-casino will have “minimal impact” on the community. “Tony Orlando is not coming to Islandia.”Jake’s 58—a name inspired by the LIE exit number and Jeremy Jacob, the owner of Delaware North—hired 336 staffers, including dozens of security guards, to start, with more hires to come once the construction is complete. The figure does not include construction jobs.Among games such as Wheel of Fortune, Friends and Titanic, are penny slot machines and a high-limit room with bets up to $25. The casino is open until 4 a.m. and reopens at 8 a.m. daily.Once it’s completed, there will be electronic table games, as well as a bar and “grab-and-go” restaurant on the casino floor, Kilroy said. The hotel also has dining at Bistro 58 on the ground floor.Technically, the machines are Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs), not slot machines, but the difference lies in its connectivity. User operation of a VLT is the same as a slot machine.“I’ve been in this business almost 40 years, I can’t tell the difference,” Kilroy said. “They look the same, they act the same.”Regardless, as one group of gamblers walked into the lobby and laid eyes on the casino for the first time, several yelled “Finally!”last_img read more

Berger in The Hill: Time to repeal the Durbin amendment

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger slammed the ongoing negative impact of the Dodd-Frank Act’s Durbin interchange amendment in an editorial in The Hill Monday, emphasizing that the amendment has not passed on savings to consumers.“We know the amendment hasn’t helped American families. It’s been seven years since retailers promised consumers that they’d pay less at the checkout counter if Congress put price caps on debit card fees,” Berger wrote. “Analysis of Federal Reserve data shows retailers have pocketed about $42 billion during this period, and shoppers are still waiting for those rollbacks.“Federal Reserve data also shows that the Durbin amendment’s price cap negatively impacted small financial institutions,” he continued. “Despite the exemption for institutions under $10 billion, interchange revenue to credit unions and community banks has dropped, with a 16.6 percent decline in revenue from PIN transactions and 5.2 percent decline in revenue from signature transactions.”Berger noted that while the amendment’s provision concerning who chooses a network for card transactions “might sound like splitting hairs,” it has real consequences for credit unions and their members. “Having more than one network on a card was possible before Durbin, and many credit unions exercised that choice,” Berger wrote. “Now, it’s a government mandate, even if it’s not the best solution for cardholders.” continue reading »last_img read more

Buza’s Christmasland sparks holiday spirit

first_img“The little children who are looking out the windows in awe, and just the excitement and wonderment that they have and the innocence they project is what Christmas is all about,” said Buza. The house, features dozens of inflatables, messages spelled out in lights, and even a nativity scene. It didn’t start this way, though. Buza’s Christmasland is also collecting donations for Catholic Charities and Mother Theresa’s Cupboard. If you would like to help, you can drop donations off at the home while you’re enjoying the decorations. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Driving around town, you might see a few homes decorated with Christmas lights. This home, however, doesn’t have ordinary Christmas decorations. “We’re probably around 70,000 lights. That’s probably a conservative estimate, but when it takes 15 days to set up, we don’t have time to count every lightbulb,” said Mark Buza, owner of 285 Lower Stella Ireland Road. “It was really very modest, it was just a string of lights and a Santa Claus. It just grew, year by year we added stuff and doing more and more with it. It is what it is today,” said Buza. The home is a popular spot for Christmas light viewers, drawing hundreds every year. “This is a tradition our family has, so each year we go to these Christmas lights because they give us free candy canes and it makes us all happy,” said Kiley Davis, a resident of Binghamton. Just in time for Christmas Eve, Santa Claus even stopped by to collect some last minute gift requests. last_img read more

FISCALIZATION CONTROL: Restaurants and facilities for food preparation and serving are supervised by the tax until 19.02.

first_imgIn the period from 13. – 19.2.2020. Supervisory activities will cover all taxpayers of fiscalization, especially taxpayers who perform the activity: – I 56.10 – Restaurants and mobile food service activities. The Tax Administration supervises taxi drivers, restaurants, florists and specialized pet equipment stores for another 4 days. The Tax Administration, in cooperation with the Customs Administration, continues to carry out fiscalization controls throughout the territory of the Republic of Croatia.  – G 47.76 – Retail sale of flowers, plants, seeds, fertilizers, pet animals and pet food in specialized stores, As reported, the results of the risk analysis and procedures for monitoring the issuance and fiscalization of invoices showed that there are still a significant number of taxpayers who either do not issue invoices or do not fiscalize the issued invoices, committing the most serious tax violations.center_img # We would like to inform taxpayers that, as part of their regular supervisory activities, the Tax Administration, in cooperation with the Customs Administration, continues to carry out fiscalization inspections on the entire territory of the Republic of Croatia. – Х 49.32 – Taxi service and Supervisions of fiscalization are performed by inspecting the business premises of taxpayers, checking the issuance of invoices in real time via mobile devices and other supervisory activities.last_img read more

West Java extends PSBB in Bodebek to October 27

first_imgThe West Java administration has extended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Bogor, Depok and Bekasi (Bodebek) until Oct. 27.West Java COVID-19 task force secretary Daud Achmad said that according to the governor’s decree on the PSBB extension, the regional head of the Bodebek region could implement the PSBB proportionally depending on the risk status of each region.”The PSBB can be proportionally adjusted to regional vigilance at the district, subdistrict and village levels in the form of micro-scale social restrictions (PSBM),” said Daud in a written statement on Wednesday. Read also: Jakarta extends PSBB for two more weeks to ‘break the chain’ of virus spreadDaud went on to say that the PSBB extension in Jakarta’s satellite cities was aligned with Jakarta’s decision to extend its PSBB to Oct. 11. Besides, he said, an extended PSBB was needed as Bodebek had contributed significantly to West Java’s daily spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases.According to West Java COVID-19 Coordination and Information Center data on Tuesday, the Bodebek region has seen 3,212 more confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past seven days.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has also issued another governor’s decree to extend the implementation of the Adaptation of New Habits (AKB) in the province, except for the Bodebek region, until Oct. 24.During the AKB, people in the 22 cities and regencies in West Java must adhere to the health protocols to curb the transmission of the coronavirus.Topics :last_img read more

There is a renewed push to sell the Hamilton home of once notorious businessman Christopher Skase

first_img36 Dickson Tce, HamiltonIT’S list of features is extraordinary, not least of which, that is was built by one of Australia’s most notorious businessmen, but that still hasn’t been enough to find a buyer yet for the Hamilton home once owned by Christopher Skase.The house, known as Bromley, at Dickson Tce, has now been listed with its third agency since July 2016.It is now owned by Dr Soo Hian Beh. It was bought in 2001 for $6.5 million. 36 Dickson Tce, HamiltonHis listing describes the home as a “lavish portrayal of an extraordinary era in Australian history’’.The 2759sq m estate is on Hamilton Hill. It has nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The opulent home on Dickson Tce in Hamilton is up for sale. Picture: Claudia BaxterThe nine-bedroom home was most recently listed for rent on realestate.com.au with an asking rent of $12,800 a week.Want to see more dream homes? Here is one we found earlier:Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:30Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDream Home: Chandler01:30It is now listed for sale through Stephen Weber of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty through an expressions of interest campaign. Dr Beh is selling her opulent family home in Hamilton. Picture: Claudia BaxterDr Beh’s estranged husband, Sir Yii Ann Hii, is being pursued by the Australian Taxation Office which accused him of paying no tax between 2001 and 2009.He claimed he was not a resident at the time.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago 36 Dickson Tce, HamiltonIt has a circular staircase and an internal bell tower, the boundary fence of the home is made from one metre thick concrete and reinforced steel.Skase also famously had bullet proof glass installed in parts of the home.last_img read more