“"In 1963, the Finnish Parlia-ment made the bold decision to choose public education as its best shot at economic recovery. “I call this the Big Dream of Finnish education,” said Sahlberg, whose upcoming book, Finnish Lessons, is scheduled for release in October. “It was simply the idea that every child would have a very good public school. If we want to be competitive, we need to educate everybody. It all came out of a need to survive.”"”—
A phenomenal and eye-opening article on the state of education in Finland. The article essentially describes how the Finnish Education system works, highlighting differences in pedagogy and emphasizing the quality they seek to put in, as well as the results that have emerged in recent years.
For anyone interested in educational reform and improving current educational practices, MUCH can be learned and possibly emulated from what the Fins have put into place.
“I shall grasp the soul’s skirt with my hand
and stamp on the world’s head with my foot.
I shall trample Matter and Space with my horse,
beyond all Being I shall utter a great shout,
and in that moment when I shall be alone with Him,
I shall whisper secrets to all mankind.
Since I have neither sign nor name
I shall speak only of things unnamed and without sign.”—Attar (via inthenoosphere)
There will be virtually nothing left to fish from the seas by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a major scientific study.
Stocks have collapsed in nearly one-third of sea fisheries, and the rate of decline is accelerating.
Writing in the journal Science, the international team of researchers says fishery decline is closely tied to a broader loss of marine biodiversity.
But a greater use of protected areas could safeguard existing stocks.
“The way we use the oceans is that we hope and assume there will always be another species to exploit after we’ve completely gone through the last one,” said research leader Boris Worm, from Dalhousie University in Canada.
“What we’re highlighting is there is a finite number of stocks; we have gone through one-third, and we are going to get through the rest,” he told the BBC News website.
Steve Palumbi, from Stanford University in California, one of the other scientists on the project, added: “Unless we fundamentally change the way we manage all the ocean species together, as working ecosystems, then this century is the last century of wild seafood.”
“I’ll never forget sitting in [a] sketchy warehouse in Tel Aviv, with $50,000 on my lap, my lawyer by my side and the shipping company on standby waiting for us to make the exchange,” he recalls.
Starting and running a business in a conflict zone comes with its own set of hurdles: political tensions, bureaucracies, trade barriers, checkpoints, telecommunications obstacles, along with many of the other usual difficulties of working in foreign countries.
They add to the challenge for young entrepreneurs already on a steep learning curve.
But Mr. Al Sabawi, who launched the first geothermal energy company in the Middle East, is among the Canadians who have decided to try their hand at setting up business in the West Bank and Gaza, believing in the need to strengthen the Palestinian private sector. They are also savvy enough to know a good market opportunity when they see it.
On taking "divergence" to the next level and "whatever happened to being good to one another?"
I just read a short but heavy post from a sister on here on why Shi’as hate Umar (RA).
Before reading this, one of things that would truly break my heart concerning the state of the Muslim Ummah is the relationship, mainly the lack of love, so much misunderstanding, and the general unsavory bitterness, between Sunnis and Shi’as. For a long time I was able to forget the animosity and discontent and believed earnestly that “it isn’t so bad, we (Sunnis and Shi’as) are brothers and sisters united in Islam, right?”
This post was a painful realization that perhaps it is that bad. There is too much bitterness and discontent between the two sects.
I’m not pointing fingers here either. History for so many is justification for the cultured perspectives and no one is to blame and no one is to be chastised. What i can’t tolerate is the hate and the intolerance (and this, i’m led to believe is something that some claim is something encouraged [may God have mercy on us all]). Islamic teachings have taught us that a difference of opinion is permissible, and as such we should be open to interpretations. If someone feels that the Shi’a path is for them, Alhamdullillah, though it may differ slightly from what you follow and believe in, accept it. All we can do is support one another and help each other get to our ultimate desired destination, no?
This brings me to my Shi’a brothers and sisters: I get it, I think i really do. If you can allow me this much to say, please believe me when i say i can understand your point of view. What i don’t get is the constant cursing and chastising of those whom our beloved Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) openly and passionately loved (if you intend to start flaming me events and cases, know that what you may reference may be heavily debatable). Now, despite the grievances and possible claims we can make about the interpretations of the past, what isn’t debatable about it is the character of our Prophet (PBUH) and how loving, open, forgiving, and cooperative he was. If we are to learn anything from this test before us that is rectifying the relationship we have with our brothers and sisters from different sects it is that we should be good to one another, i mean truly good to one another. That we should respect one another despite the decisions and possible mistakes the people we wish to emulate might have made. I swear, this is one of the biggest tests for our ummah, if we are to hold the lofty title of “Muslim” upon ourselves this is something that all muslims, Sunnis and Shi’as alike, should seriously consider and try and fix.
Alright, that’s my soapbox rant for the day. If i’ve angered or upset any one or sad anything incorrect, forgive me for i’ve only written this with the best of intentions.
Journalist:Do you feel, however, that we're making progress in this country?
Malcolm X:No, no. I will never say that progress is being made. If you stick a knife in my back 9 inches and pull it out 6 inches, that's not progress. If you pull it all the way out, that's not progress. Progress is healing the wound that the blow made. They won't even admit that the knife is there!
Amid fresh arrests, restrictions on fasting and prayers at mosques, Uighur Muslims are suffering under the latest episode of Chinese government crackdown on their ethnic minority in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.
“If any religious figure discusses Ramadan during the course of religious activities, or encourages people to take part, then they will lose their license to practice,” Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the Munich-based World Uighur Congress, told Eurasia Review on Friday, August 5.
“The more serious cases will result in arrests for incitement to engage in illegal religious activity,” he said.
A day before the start of the holy fasting month for China’s Muslims, at least 11 people were killed in a series of attacks in the north-western region of Xinjiang.
Canada mines deadly oil that creates toxic sludge lakes and destroys forests in Alberta — and Harper needs Obama’s help to sell it. Our own government is captured by powerful oil interests, but Obama is wavering on building a new cross-border pipeline. If enough Canadians ask him to protect the world from our deadly oil, we could tip the balance away from pollution.
Within days, President Obama could decide whether to allow a massive tar sands pipeline right through the middle of the U.S. — boosting tar sands production and risking the contamination of major fresh water sources in his own country. PM Harper and his oil cronies have tarnished Canada’s beauty and reputation, but Obama has the ultimate say on pipeline approval and he’s keen to strengthen his green credentials. He could override Harper’s stubborn support for deadly oil.
Harper stopped listening to Canadians about climate a long time ago. Now, we have the chance to lobby the US and cut-off deadly oil for good. When we reach 50,000 signatures, we’ll deliver our call directly to the White House. Let’s save Canada’s tarred image — sign now and forward to everyone you know!
If you believe our Government is doing enough to protect the environment, know that they’re working against it. This pipeline will lock us into decades of further fossil fuel dependency. Imagine if all the money spent on this initiative was to be spent on creating and innovating sustainable energy alternatives? Imagine. Now, if you’re someone that truly cares about the environment in this country and the world, please sign this petition, reblog it, share it with others—whatever you do, just pass it on. The world appreciates it greatly. Thank you!