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Veteran Educator and Headmaster Paul Cummins Reveals Secrets of Engaging Education through “C/Hope” Program
WASHINGTON, October 12, 2016: Edwin Rives calls the C/Hope program, “metaphorically speaking, like a car for me to drive from hating school to having a big interest in education and knowledge.”
C/Hope is one of the programs developed by Paul Cummins, a veteran educator who has dedicated his career to creating models of successful schools and programs.
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Cummins said all kids deserve equal opportunity in education. In his book “Confessions of a Headmaster,” he shares his journey and his vision on creating what he calls progressive learning and achieving social justice through education.
“We have excellent educational programs and independent schools in upscale neighbourhoods, but in many of our inner-city schools in low-income neighbourhoods, the quality of education is just not as good. … It just doesn’t seem fair,” he said.
To help bring high-quality education to kids of all backgrounds, the educational visionary founded and helped set up several independent schools with a progressive curriculum.
“What I find is that the quality education is the holistic education, you’re educating the mind, body and spirit,” he said. “In our schools, we tend to measure only the five so-called solids: English, history, math, science and foreign language. But there are five other solids that are equally important.”
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They are human development, outdoor/environmental education, community service, physical education and arts.
“Music, art, dance, filmmaking, theatre classes – for many kids this is where their talent lies, but they never discover it because the school doesn’t have the programs. And they’re the kind of things that kids are waking up in the morning looking forward to going to school for,” Cummins said.
Through his nonprofit, the Coalition for Engaging Education, these five elements are translated into programs. Working with others in the private sector, these programs are offered to public schools students in after-school courses and workshops.
Education as a second chance
Cummins has also extended these programs to at-risk students including those in foster care and juvenile justice facilities, like Camp David Gonzales in California, where Edwin Rives is a C/Hope counsellor.
“We try to bring the arts and fun classes where students are able to write a play and act it out in front of the camp,” he explained. “Teaching life skills is another important component of the program.”
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Rives notes that most kids in detention facilities don’t care about getting an education. He knows because he was once one of those kids. “By the age of 13, I was pretty much in the street all day long getting into trouble with the police, doing drugs and losing myself.”
When Rives was introduced to the C/Hope program at Camp Gonzales, he started to become more serious about learning. Through free writing classes, he discovered his passion for telling stories.
“This class actually gave me a venue to express these ideas, frustrations that I was living,” he recalls. “I started up with this newspaper class. The newspaper was distributed on the camp and people read my articles. People liked my ideas and came to talk to me about it. It felt like this was an actual newspaper that I was writing for. So I felt like I’m an actual reporter.”
That’s how he started to discover that education is important and enjoyable.
Role model, inspiration
After graduating from college, Rives decided to work with the C/Hope program. To most of young men in the camp, he is a role model and an inspiration. He gives them hope that they too can turn around their lives if they pursue education.
Educator Cummins said Rives’ success proves the program is working, and that achieving social justice through education pays off.
“Look at your curriculum, if you don’t have the classes that engage your students, that’s one of the reasons they drop out. So if a young person who loves art or music or filmmaking or whatever has no opportunity for that and has to sit in an overcrowded class all day and at 2 o’clock or 3, when the school day is over, and there is nothing to do after school except go back to the gang infested neighborhood … you wonder why he’s dropping out,” he said.
“But if that kid were staying at school from 2 to 6 to put on a production of ‘West Side Story’ or staying for the school orchestra or staying for an after-school environmental-ed program or robotics class – the kind of thing the kids love to do, then you’re going to save money in the long run for the society.” (VOA)
By TS Kler
COVID-19 has led to complications and health risks manifold for patients with non-communicable diseases. Almost 75-80 percent of the COVID patients don't require hospitalisation and can recover at home with teleconsultation, but COVID-19 infections can leave the patient with long-term side effects. There are many instances where symptoms of COVID-19 have persisted for several months. Apart from damaging the lungs, the virus can also cause acute myocardial injury and chronic damage to the cardiovascular system.
According to research published in the European Heart Journal, Covid-19 patients who suffer cardiac arrest have a higher possibility of dying as compared to those who are not infected with it, and especially women are at an increased risk of death for the same reason. The virus may directly breach the ACE2 receptor cells, within the myocardium tissue and cause direct viral harm. COVID can result in inflammation of the heart muscles which is known as myocarditis and it can lead to heart failure over time, if not taken care of.
People with a pre-existing heart problem need to be extra cautious. A significant number of patients have suffered cardiac arrest during the recovery period, often resulting in death. Expert suggests that even though the COVID virus wanes, the immune response continues to be hyper-active and that often ends up attacking other organs. It has been observed that almost 80 per cent of these patients have had cardiac arrests 2-3 weeks after testing COVID positive.
Covid-19 patients who suffer cardiac arrest have a higher possibility of dying as compared to those who are not infected with it | Photo by benjamin lehman on Unsplash
We tend to ignore some of the warning signs and due to lack of awareness, sometimes, we fail to prevent certain cardiovascular issues during COVID or even after recovering from COVID. After someone has had COVID-19, if that patient is experiencing a rapid heartbeat or palpitations, it is recommended to contact the doctor immediately because even a temporary increase in heart rate can signal a lot of different things, including the aftermath of being very ill, prolonged inactivity and spending weeks convalescing in bed and even dehydration.
It is necessary to make sure that the patient is drinking enough fluids, especially if the fever persists. Sometimes, people who are recovering from COVID may show symptoms of a condition known as POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). However, the link between the development of POTS and COVID is yet to be established. Although, POTS is a neurologic problem, and it is not directly a cardiac issue. It affects the part of the nervous system and may hamper the heart rate and blood flow. The syndrome can also cause rapid heartbeats while standing up. Some of the symptoms of a rapid or irregular heart rhythm may include:
*Feeling of a rapid or irregular heartbeat in the chest (palpitations)
*Shortness of breath
*Feeling lightheaded or dizzy, especially upon standing
*Rapid ups and downs in the pulse rate
COVID-19 has led to complications and health risks manifold for patients with non-communicable diseases.| Wikimedia Commons
Several instances of cardiac arrests post COVID recovery has emphasized the importance of frequent monitoring of heart health. As per experts, cardiac tests like ECG, X-Ray Chest, and lipid profile should be repeated every six months in high-risk individuals with pre-existing conditions like diabetes and hypertension in order to understand whether there is any damage to the heart. Apart from regular monitoring, post-COVID patients must stick to a healthy diet consisting of all the essential nutrients and spicy, oily, canned, artificial sweeteners and processed flavours, or junk food should be strictly avoided. Taking out time for physical exercise, cutting down on alcohol and smoking is necessary. Even the smallest of the symptoms should be taken into consideration and should be immediately addressed by an expert doctor. (IANS/ MBI)
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By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
The festive season is a time of joy. Some people truly love it, but for many, it can trigger feelings of loneliness and anxiety. Feeling lonely is common and completely normal -- whether or not we're living through this pandemic. The social pressure to "be happy" can be relentless, but it is important to take a proactive approach to meet not only our emotional needs but also to maintain our mental stability and well-being. With the pandemic, holidays are likely to be challenging, instead, meet them head-on with a renewed dedication and a proactive mindset to avoid 'holiday blues'.
Kanchan Rai, Mental and Emotional Well-being Coach, Founder, Let Us Talk, mentions ways to turn your loneliness into action this season:
Say yes to socializing: When we are experiencing loneliness, it can be easy to slip into the habit of saying no to social activities. Seclusion can make it challenging to feel driven and the mere thought of physically seeing people can lead to stress. Hence it is recommended to saying yes to mingling to help build your confidence. Something as simple as going for a walk with a friend or chatting with your loved ones over the phone can make a huge difference.
It is recommended to saying yes to mingling to help build your confidence | Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash
Devote your time to others: An effective way to beat loneliness amidst the holidays is by helping others who are less fortunate. The good cause will remind you of all you have to be appreciative for. This will help you to be a part of something larger, thus immersing yourself in the true spirit of the holiday season.
An effective way to beat loneliness amidst the holidays is by helping others who are less fortunate. | Photo by Damir Spanic on Unsplash
Make the most of technology: For those with distant loved ones, technology can prove to be an enabler in helping to keep family traditions alive. For instance, celebrate the festive cheer virtually or opening festive gifts on video calls amidst all family members. Taking a moment to network with someone, communicating about shared interests or fond memories, even if it's online, can play a major role in reminding us of the good times.
Taking a moment to network with someone, communicating about shared interests or fond memories, even if it's online, can play a major role in reminding us of the good times. | Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash
Get distracted with healthy coping strategies: Distraction can be useful when it's done with the intention of proactively giving yourself a break. For instance, it is recommended to watch a movie to take your mind off stressful thoughts instead of drinking many glasses of wine to forget aloofness. Taking a break will help prevent burnout and will enable you to deal with problems better.
Taking a break will help prevent burnout and will enable you to deal with problems better. | Photo by Johan Godínez on Unsplash
Don't be afraid to speak up: Confiding in reliable friends or relatives about how you feel can often lift the weight off your shoulders, thus making you feel less isolated. It can also be helpful to consult your counsellor if the seasonal isolation has been impacting your emotional well-being. Counselling can help in building your confidence and will facilitate you to discover coping strategies to process any issue. (IANS/ MBI)
Confiding in reliable friends or relatives about how you feel can often lift the weight off your shoulders, thus making you feel less isolated. | Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash
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Ahead of the Windows 11 launch, Microsoft is rolling out some updates to Edge that include the addition of tab groups. Users will be able to assemble collections of tabs to make their browser a little less chaotic.
To create a group, hold the control button and choose the tabs you want to include, then select "Add tabs to new group" from the right-click menu, Engadget reported on Friday. Users can customise the label with a different colour for each group. When users hover over a tab, they will be able to see a preview of the web page as well.
Microsoft Edge is also getting some handy shopping features, the report said. The browser can give swift access to reviews and ratings for more than 5 million products. When users are on a product page, they can click the blue tag on the address bar and see expert reviews from reliable sources, as well as the average consumer star rating from various retailers.
When they do figure out what to buy, Microsoft aims to help them complete the transaction a bit faster. The new personalised news feed called Microsoft Start is integrated into the browser. Users will see headlines and articles relevant to their interests from a range of publishers when they open a new tab. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: microsoft, edge, update, tab groups, browser, shopping, address bar