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Re: Agriculture Education: Research (week 5)

Mr. Mburu (Admin) ·
You're right. The agriculture classes normally cover the theory which is translated into practical skills in the farm. Ordinarily this would be the best approach. .. we're it not for shortage of time versus a bloated quantity of curricula to be covered. In your country, it looks like agriculture is handled like a snack! Meanwhile it's really not the amount of work covered but how thorough it has been covered. Both ways, there are merits so I would urge that it's handled as recommended by...
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Re: Agriculture Education: Research (week 5)

Fadhili Katana (Alumni) ·
I also wonder how can a student learn without doing practical activities?Any way you can not blem for the government because it is a tradition.If the government will accept your idea then it could be a very good thing for the students.For us in Kenya we don't only relay on curriculum we also do farm activities.For example in the exam the invigilator supervises the students in the farm in order to give them marks.This method enables the learners to acquire enormous skills.It teaches the...
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Re: Agriculture Education: Research (week 5)

Samuel Kariuki (Tigithi) ·
Desi,its good seen your approach on agriculture education in Kenya but come to think of home science,art and craft and music.Nice topics,aren't they?But they no longer exist in public schools.They preferred agriculture to them.Its so ironic that agriculture is a composery in some schools.Why should i go by agriculture when my passion is arts that don't exist in my sch timetable
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Re: Agriculture Education: Research (week 5)

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Originally Posted by Mr. Mburu (teacher): You're right. The agriculture classes normally cover the theory which is translated into practical skills in the farm. Ordinarily this would be the best approach. .. we're it not for shortage of time versus a bloated quantity of curricula to be covered. In your country, it looks like agriculture is handled like a snack! Meanwhile it's really not the amount of work covered but how thorough it has been covered. Both ways, there are merits so I would...
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Re: Agriculture Education: Research (week 5)

Joy Evans Wangui (Loise) ·
too bad that you guys dont have agricultural classes like we kenyan students do to get more information about agriculture activities
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Re: Agriculture Education: Research (week 5)

Hezekiah Maina (Thome) ·
agriculture helps very much because it involves practical and we learn how to grow our food.I wonder how you people glow your crops without the knowledge about agriculture.
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Re: Canadian&Kenyan Social Values:Education

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
When we went to Kenya and visited the schools, I was shocked by the ratio of students to teachers. I think it's unfair to the teachers and the students to have such large classes and a limited supply of teachers to teach them. Have you found any information on how the Kenyan government is trying to remedy this situation? Also, where are your sources? I'm interested to know if you got your information from the people we met on our trip or if it's mostly from the internet.
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Re: Week One Research: Imagination

Taryn Gendron (LFAS) ·
Thanks for all the input everyone, you guys bring forward some really interesting thoughts!
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Re: Week One Research: Imagination

Wow! That's a really cool view point on imagination. What comes to mind for me is dreaming. When I'm dreaming I've always experienced that specific feeling you mentioned of not being wrong, no matter what. Everything that happens while I dream is right,because I define the universe of my own dream. I know this is straying off your topic a bit, but I'm super interested in how dreaming does or doesn't contribute to the development (and degradation!) of imagination. Have you come across...
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Re: Week One Research: Imagination

Taylor Testini (Alumni) ·
I never thought of imagination like that, in the sense that we grow out of it due to the education system telling us that being incorrect is the worst thing. You mentioned that the imaginative parts of school are not being treated the same as the academics. Just a thought, but what if they are being treated the same, in the sense that, in both, we are afraid of being incorrect. I've noticed that quite a few people are nervous about having the "wrong" type of creativity, or an imaginative...
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Re: Week One Research: Imagination

Wow. I've been thinking about this for a while; it's cool to have it been put into words.
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Re: Week One Research: Imagination

Joy Evans Wangui (Loise) ·
I really couldn't imagine how imagination is really helpful in enhancing our creativity. I think that you guys are right since also here in Kenya students are more subjected into the academic world therefore we always tend to be afraid to do the wrong thing......but I would also agree with Taylors comment because I also think some people are afraid to imagine things or be creative this is because they are afraid that theirs would be of much less significance than the others.I wish you all...
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Re: Week One Research: Imagination

Samuel Kariuki (Tigithi) ·
Jessica, i think i bumped my head and now i changed my mind,creativity does not come through education but education come through creativity,people like Steve Jobs with Apple,Michael Dell with Dell gadgets,Bill Gaits with software,Richard Bradson with virgin group of business;they all are college dropouts,dropped out to venture into creative business of techs,William Shakespeare was not so good in learning but emerged to be great man in the history of the world!
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Re: Week One Research: Imagination

That's an interesting point Samuel. I think we're all excited to see what research Megan and Taryn do!
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Re: Week One Research: Imagination

Samuel Kariuki (Tigithi) ·
I thought that creativity come thorough education .and according to your way of observation it is opposite to my way.
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Re: Week One Research: Imagination

Samuel - perspective is important remember. Maybe for you, inspiration and creativity is spurred from all the things you learn in school, but that's not necessarily true for everyone. I love that you brought that up though. I hope Megan and Taryn incorporate your views into this.
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Re: Kaylie Maughan (Mentor)

Audrey Heath (Charles Best) ·
Welcome to the Butterfly Effect! right now my question which is, Why do people enjoy sports even though it is a lot of work? Doesn't really touch on your areas of expertise, but I'm sure with your help and knowledge other people will really benefit.
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Re: Kaylie Maughan (Mentor)

Jerry Chao ·
Welcome to Butterfly Effect, and thanks for joining! I'm a new member as well. I'm very interested in psychology, criminology, as well as law. I'm currently researching about law enforcement as well as other aspects of the enforcement part. If possible I'd like to use your expertise to learn more and maybe we can start a chat!
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Re: Kaylie Maughan (Mentor)

Welcome, Kaylie! Excited to have you on board.
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Re: sports vs academics

Karlie La Rose (Alumni) ·
You have found a lot of flaws within the way schools encourage athletics. Have you found any research supporting that giving student the opportunity to be athletic during school will enhance their focus? It would be really interesting to what the positive outcomes of having sports in schools were. Possibly looking at ways to blend sports into the schools curriculum? Good luck with the rest of your project! Here are a few links if you decide to look into any of those ideas...
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Re: sports vs academics

Onesmus Mwangi (Thome) ·
This Is a good topic Jordan i think You Can research on research on the advantages of sports on a child brain
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Re: sports vs academics

Amos Muriithi (Thome) ·
A good project you are doing there Jordan.Your progress is actually nice and, keep it up.
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Re: sports vs academics

Karlie La Rose (Alumni) ·
A very interesting update on what the school system is planning to do. This type of school division into academics, athletics, trades and arts is something I personally really enjoy. Going to an arts school really caters to most of the students interests to music, art, dance, photography, drama and writing. This gives a leg up into the reality of living your passion more than the average student. Students that go into trades programs usually come out going into carpentry, plumbing welding...
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Re: sports vs academics

Victor Mageto (Alumni) ·
This is super awesome! Am glad to hear that the government is about to start such a curriculum, this will work out out pretty fine, bearing in mind that one will be able to directly work on what he or she wants. This will boost one's talent
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Re: sports vs academics

Wow that is really interesting. I really like the idea of having four different curriculums, I think it will really help some people to get experience in more areas of work and study, and to give them a chance to explore what areas of study they are most interested in. I'm really looking forwards to learning more about this topic, good luck!
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Re: sports vs academics

Jordan Macharia (Thome) ·
this post entail the various problems faced by sports professionals before the get to their level bests
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Too much math and not enough exercise is hurting our children - The Globe and Mail www.theglobeandmail.com › editorials Jordan: As a Vice Principal and as a mother of an athlete, I am very intrigued by your question. Try and find the article above. It was published on April 22nd in the Canadian newspaper "The Globe and Mail" and is all about how brains work better if they belong to bodies who exercise more and that research shows that Canadian children are fatter, less strong and less fit...
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Re: sports vs academics

Jordan Macharia (Thome) ·
The blog is taking of the new curriculum( to come) and its benefits to the young Kenyans.
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Re: sports vs academics

Amos Muriithi (Thome) ·
Yeah, its quite a good project.I suggest that you may also look at how the two interrelate. May be how beneficial it would be to have both education and competence in sports. You may also contrast the two by weighing which one is better compared to the other one and by what. Otherwise, you are moving on well. Keep it up.
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Re: sports vs academics

Audrey Heath (Charles Best) ·
This is really interesting, and my teacher was actually talking to us today about this. Everyone has their academic courses and provincial exams, such as Math, Science, English, and Social Studies. Some people think more creatively, and because they do badly on these tests they are thought of as stupid. Different people have different strengths. So if you aren't as good at math, but better at coordination and athletics, you have a chance to prove yourself. I think your project is really...
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Re: Burn

Theresa Geider (Alumni-LFAS) ·
With compassion, I think its somthig we are wired and born to do. Take love for example, we cannot be artificially programed to love someone/something. I think emotions such as love, compassion, empathy and gentleness has to come from within.
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Re: Broaden Your Thinking

Anika Zak (Alumni) ·
I think animation is an especial form of PSA as it effectively conveys a message in an amusing manner. Awareness is made all the more impacting when it is intertwined with a beauteous score, colorful imagery, and intriguing setting. We've all, hopefully, had the experience of witnessing a moving piece of film/animation/documentary that forever imbues our minds with certain facts.
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Re: A shift in my inquiry...

Chelsea Ross (Alumni) ·
I was just reading a blog based from a book called "More Than Footprints". A huge topic on the site was if volunteering time and building relationships with these young kids, than leaving completely and cutting ties with them caused more harm than good. I'm interested to see what comes from this, hard not to go straight to a personal place.
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Re: Broaden Your Thinking

Flora Xia (Alumni-LFAS) ·
I think any PSA film, regardless of its medium has the possibility to draw attention. It would be more about finding a way for the audience to connect/care about environmental issues. You might want to look into advertising psychology if you want to learn more about it.
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Re: A shift in my inquiry...

I think that this is a better and more understandable question than your last one. I didn't really get what your question was, or what it was leading to before, but now its much clearer. I have never thought about the effects that the volunteers have on people after they leave. Looking forward to seeing where your new question leads.
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Re: Broaden Your Thinking

Audrey Heath (Charles Best) ·
I think this is a really cool idea. Putting ideas into the form of entertainment, which is sad to say but it will make people more interested. People would be aware of what's going on and it can educate kids who don't think about these things. As long as the info isn't put into text to discretely, otherwise they might not even realize the big idea. Where as if you add it in to harshly they might see it as purely educational and won't want to watch it.
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Re: Broaden Your Thinking

I think this is a super cool idea, and I really like how it ties the two projects together. I think that even if people do see it as entertainment, it will still be having awareness raised about it. There are many different ways to do this, and I think that it could work if it's done in the right way.
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Re: EFFORTS PUT TO PROMOTE GIRLS EDUCTION

Victor: Have you looked on websites from countries yet where women are protected by laws that promote gender equality? It is sometimes to take a look at the research from the opposite paradigm. For example, you are doing your research from the point of view of countries that need to improve their laws and practices to protect women. This is excellent, and the UN sites you have looked at, support this research. Sometimes, however, it is also good to look at "best practice" in a country that...
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Re: EFFORTS PUT TO PROMOTE GIRLS EDUCTION

Paige Hunter (LFAS-Alumni) ·
Just thought I'd mention that I always love reading your posts, as they're so well-researched and informative. However, it'd be nice if you put down some of your resources at the end of your post. It's not just so thet we know where you got your information from, but so that if we're interested in what you're saying we can look into it ourselves. I'm particularly interested in what you had to say about the UN allowing women to go back to school after giving birth. How is the UN planning to...
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Re: EFFORTS PUT TO PROMOTE GIRLS EDUCTION

I like the note about equality in sports between girls and boys. There are some sports that are directly advertised towards one gender when they should advertise to everyone. I play flag football and being a girl it is more difficult. We are the only girls team in the league playing all guys teams. I am okay with playing against guys, but more girls should try out. Where I live here in Vancouver there are also only girls volleyball leagues not boys, so unless you play in school boys don't...
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Re: EFFORTS PUT TO PROMOTE GIRLS EDUCTION

Eunice Lui (Alumni) ·
I really like your view of gender equality. Nowadays, people often mistake feminism for women having something against men (when in reality, it originated from women wanting equal rights as men). The research you've done is very eye-opening and the statistics make the situation look really bad. But then again, we as Canadians often take our rights for granted.
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Re: EFFORTS PUT TO PROMOTE GIRLS EDUCTION

I really like the part about eliminating gender bias from textbooks, and also from not letting girls answer the questions in class. I think that it is really important that girls and boys be given equal opportunities to learn and even have equality in things like sports. It isn't fair that a group of people should get less chances to learn just because they are different. I hope your research continues to go well!
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Re: EFFORTS PUT TO PROMOTE GIRLS EDUCTION

Maya Nue-Lee (Alumni) ·
Wow! It is so amazing and inspiring to see so much data and information! On the other hand, it's scary to look at some of the stats against women. I agree that we need to see girls and boys equal in every field!
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Re: INQUIRY QUESTION: How can I use a water-pan to solve water problems in my home and school

Paige Hunter (LFAS-Alumni) ·
Amazing project, Newton! One thing I like about your project is that you're conducting your own experiments rather than gathering information from someone else's trials. Here is another site with some more water collection methods that you might find interesting: http://survivor-magazine.com/water-from-condensation/ One thing you're going to have to work around is the problem of the collected water evaporating once it's been in the sun for a while. You'd have to find a way to collect the...
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INQUIRY QUESTION: How can I use a water-pan to solve water problems in my home and school

Newton Mwangi (Tigithi) ·
A water pan is a small dam constructed to conserve water for irrigation and domestic use. A water pan unlike a dam which collects water from a river, collects water from run-off. (Water flowing on the ground after rain) (fig 1) A water-pan Inquiry question . How I can solve water problems in my community? Introduction I come from a place called Sweetwater’s and the area is sometimes very dry so I want to come up with a solution for the problem. We normally grow maize and sometimes it dries...
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Students in Canada living in poverty

Karlie La Rose (Alumni) ·
1/9 children struggle in Canada while living under the poverty line. This is caused by living in a family of addiction, the increase of population,the decrease in jobs available, living in single parent household, living with a guardian that has a disability, having a disability yourself or what your race is. More than one third of children in Canada, living in poverty are in a household with a family member that has full time, year-round employment. Almost 1 in every 5 households experience...
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Re: Students in Canada living in poverty

I think that this is some really interesting research! Everything that you said is true, and it's very sad. It's very upsetting that families that live among us live in these conditions. It's very hard to think about.. I think this topic is very cool! Good luck with the rest of your project!!
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Re: INQUIRY QUESTION: How can I use a water-pan to solve water problems in my home and school

Your idea of a water pan is very inventive. If you make it work out in the end, I think that a lot of people would appreciate it and it would definitely help out your home town. I found this video about water pans and drip irrigation that is based in Kenya. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6m7jLMg9Hc Maybe it will give you ideas for your water pan. Good luck!
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Re: Students in Canada living in poverty

Joy Evans Wangui (Loise) ·
wow it is really touching and kinda sad getting to know that there are such people living under such conditions.some are too young to face some of this challenges but the projects that you guys in Canada have are very helpful and i think that most students are really appreciating that.One should not lose hope because of the circumstances she is in but instead should work hard hard in order to change the situation that she is in.
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Re: Students in Canada living in poverty

Kaylie Maughan (Mentor) ·
Well said. I love how you get to the emotional impacts on these youth dealing with these situations. Too often we focus on academics and these students ability and less on what they are having to deal with in their every day lives. I also think it is fantastic that you are focusing on resiliency. Often these experiences of hardship can develop a sense of internal strength and resolve to overcome. Resiliency is the new darling of much Psychology and Criminology research these days, as many...
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