Global Country Spotlight: Middle East~Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Uncovered (2016 documentary) – YouTube

On Jamal Khashoggi, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Saudi Arabia Tamara Cofman WittesFriday, October 19, 2018 .brookings.edu

Economic Development

Saudi Arabia future $ 1 trillion mega projects 2018 2030

Saudi Arabia launches multi-billion dollar entertainment resort Reuters By Stephen Kalin and Marwa Rashad,Reuters 21 hours ago (4.29.18) yahoo.com
‘..QIDDIYA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attended the ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday of a vast entertainment resort that is at the heart of an ambitious strategy to open the economy and ease social restrictions.

Qiddiya, about an hour’s drive from Riyadh, is being built on a 334 sq km (8,400-acre) site, making it 2-1/2 times the size of Disney World.

It will include a Six Flags theme park, water parks, motor sports, cultural events, and vacation homes. A spokesman said Qiddiya expects to attract 1.5 million visitors annually when the first phase opens in 2022…”

Jeddah City

travel to saudi arabia jeddah city/السفر الى السعودية مدينة … – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ROo70lopiA
Mix Masala
Published on Feb 21, 2017

travel to Saudi Arabia Jeddah city/السفر الى السعودية مدينة جدة جزيره العرب
is a very beautiful video who want to visit Jeddah.Jeddah is a very beautiful city of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Ocean, historical places , markets , desert and all kind of places are available in Jeddah city. “

-Kingdom Tower

Jeddah Tower construction reaches 63rd floor
Alexander Walter By Alexander Walter
Feb 8, ’18 3:05 PM EST /archinect.com
“..Progress on the soon-to-be tallest structure on earth has been troubled for a while, with the main contractor (and partial owner) Saudi Binladin Group going through a financial rough patch and, more recently, several project officials and royal family members being targeted by the country’s anti-corruption crackdown.

Despite the challenges, work is going ahead on the 1,000 m/3,281 ft Jeddah Tower (formerly Kingdom Tower) designed by Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, and construction recently reached the 63rd floor.
..”

Jeddah Tower
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org

“..Construction history

In May 2008, soil testing in the area cast doubt over whether the proposed location could support a skyscraper of the proposed one-mile height, and MEED reported that the project had been scaled back, making it “up to 500 metres (1,640 ft) shorter.”[45]

Reports in 2009 suggested that the project had been put on hold due to the Global financial crisis of 2008–2009 and that Bechtel (the former engineering firm) was “in the process of ending its involvement with the project.”[46][47] Kingdom Holding Company quickly criticized the news reports, insisting that the project had not been shelved.[48]..”

Jeddah / Kingdom Tower ( On Hold ) World’s Tallest Building – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vbkVLFMvRI
“..As of April 2018, the building has reached the 66th floor and Building has placed on hold due to investigations and imprisonment of its chief financiers…”

-Al Balad

Al Balad District Jeddah – YouTube

“Old Jeddah Al Balad” tripadvisor.com

-NEOM

Is Saudi Arabia About to Build A Mega City Atop Mount Sinai? By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz January 23, 2019 , 2:14 pm breakingisraelnews.com
“..As researchers debate the location of Biblical Mount Sinai, the Saudi Arabian government is moving forward with plans for a mega-city built on top of one of the prime candidates. ..

Mauro will be posting a website with a petition calling on the U.S. State Department and Saudi government to preserve the sites and have them put on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Due to Saudi restrictions on visitors, the site is difficult to research and if the Saudi plans go through, it will be impossible…

Rabbi Harry Moskoff, the author of the A.R.K Report, concurred that Mount Sinai is in Saudi Arabia but disagrees with the theory that Jabal al Lawz is Mount Sinai.

“The theory that Jebel al Lawz is the location of Sinai is very low on Biblical facts,” Moskoff told Breaking Israel News. Moskoff explained that the theory was first made popular by a book, The Gold of Exodus, published 20 years ago. “Other researchers followed that lead but there were a lot of errors in that theory. In order to research this subject, it is necessary to go back to the original sources which are Biblical and Jewish.”

SACRILEGIOUS SAUDI NEOM EXPERIMENT! Kingdom Of … – YouTube

“PRAECURSATOR
Published on Jan 10, 2019
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The NEOM project is a subject of major importance that we do not talk about and whose stakes are high to the degree that the Zahra center France make it a point to alert you to the danger it represents.
Egyptian President El Sisi, a strong ally of Israel has formed strong alliances with Saudi Arabia to be a part of the NEOM project. A budget of $500 billion has been allocated for the construction of this mega-city, and the brightest brains of our time will come from all over the world to participate in its development. Indeed, according to its designers, NEOM must “bring together not only the best of Arabia, Asia, Africa, but Europe and America as well.”
There’s big preparations underway for NEOM 2030.
Israel’s transport minister Yisrael Katz made a statement in April 2017 on a state-of-the-art railway project linking Israel to Jordan and Saudi Arabia. A arailway linking the Mediterranean to the Red Sea: the “RedMed” project, between the ports of Eilat and Haifa, via Dimona.
As a result, the city of NEOM would be accessible to Israel, the Mediterranean and, more broadly, Europe.
It will also have access to Africa by a bridge linking it to Egypt via the famous islands of Tirane and Sanafir.

Donald Trump chose the Saudi kingdom for his first official outing as president of the United States. All of this is symbolism.
During this move, Trump signed a nearly $400 billion investment contracts with Riyadh.
$100 billion were allocated to arms contracts.
The remaining $300 billion was largely devoted to investment in NEOM.
Remember that the estimated budget of this mega project is $500 billion and that part of these funds comes from the famous “purge” that recently took place in the kingdom.
A series of spectacular arrests, which affected many princes and businessmen, some of the richest in Saudi Arabia. The choice proposed by MBS was simple, release by means of payment. This massive, large-scale, racketeering operation collected nearly $100 billion.


First phase of NEOM construction underway Updated 26 October 2018 arabnews.com
“..Work on the first airport in the development is expected to be completed before the end of 2018 with the first bi-weekly flights operating at the start of 2019, NEOM said in a statement…”

Construction Week In Focus | S02E24: Saudi Arabia’s Neom in 2018 …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTJYEaLK8c4
“..Construction Week
Published on Oct 22, 2018
Neom is one of Saudi Arabia’s and the world’s most impressive construction schemes, but how has the project progressed in 2018?

The $500bn (SAR1.9tn) Neom City was revealed at the Future Investment Initiative 2017 conference, organised by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. The fund is led by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and is developing, alongside Neom, ‘gigaprojects’ such as Qiddiya and Amaala to further the kingdom’s economic diversification.

Neom has seen major progress since its launch last year, with reports emerging in February 2018 that contracting heavyweight Saudi Binladin Group, led by Bakr Bin Laden, had won initial contracts to work on the project. In July, Saudi Aramco veteran Eng Nadhmi Al-Nasr was named to lead Neom. ..”

-Tourism

Top 11 greatest places/points to visit in Jeddah Saudi Arabia ……must …

I CANT BELIEVE THIS IS JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA

King Abdullah Economic City

Archaeology

*see Good News Archaeology facebook.com

Paul said Mt. Sinai was in Saudi Arabia: Gal 4:25 bible.ca

The Real Mount Sinai Found in Saudi Arabia

EXODUS REVEALED!!- Hard Evidence in Red Sea of Israel’s Escape From Egypt

Finding the Mountain of Moses: The Real Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia sinaiinarabia.com
“..The most commonly cited location of Mount Sinai or “Jebel Musa,” meaning the “Mountain of Moses,” is at St. Catherine’s in the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula in modern-day Egypt. While there are prominent proponents of the accuracy of that designation, many others find the evidence to be lacking and have chosen to either dismiss the Exodus account as a myth or to search for other possible locations…”

Viral online film argues Exodus went into Saudi Arabia, Mt. Sinai located in Muslim nation CP CURRENT PAGE: WORLD | SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2018 christianpost.com
“..A new online documentary video has argued that Moses and the Hebrews went into Saudi Arabia during the Exodus, with the famous Mt. Sinai being in the Arabian Peninsula.

Ryan Mauro, a national security expert, director of the Clarion Intelligence Network and former professor at Liberty University, uploaded a nearly 25-minute long film to YouTube on Dec. 17.

Created with The Doubting Thomas Research Foundation, Mauro’s film argues that Mt. Sinai is the modern day Jebel al-Lawz.

“For generations, we have been taught we had to believe the story of the Exodus on faith alone. We were taught that Mount Sinai was located in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, but there was barely any evidence found there to make the story of Moses and the Exodus believable,” reads the video’s description…”

*see Movie Reflection: Ten Commandments goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com/

Saudi Arabia’s Mysterious “Stonehenge” Bible and archaeology news Biblical Archaeology Society Staff • 12/19/2011 biblicalarchaeology.org
“..The roughly-hewn stones, some of which stand nearly 10 feet high and are often arranged at different angles, are thought to date to the Chalcolithic period (c. 4500–3500 B.C.E.), although their meaning and function have remained a mystery. Based on their alignment, some have argued the stones were erected to help observe certain astronomical events, while others believe they served as territorial markers or landmarks along well traveled routes…”

Sociology

Human Rights

Women are trying to escape Saudi Arabia, but not all of them make it | Four Corners

ABC News (Australia)
Published on Feb 4, 2019
Many Saudi women are wealthy, well-educated and told they have everything, but when they disobey their male guardians, life can be more like a Handmaid’s Tale dystopia.

Good News Middle East
https://www.facebook.com/groups/412038085564637/

Neutral Perspective: World Trade Center buildings were destroyed by Airliner Planes or Detonation on 9-11?

Destroyed by Airline Plane

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2 World Trade Center
The September 11th Attack
911research.wtc7.net
9/11 Attacks, from history.com
“Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in … to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major …

-Documentary

History Documentary – World Trade Center attacks, Rise and Fall of the twin towers


“Published on Aug 20, 2014

History Documentary – World Trade Center attacks, Rise and Fall of the twin towers”

The Secret History of 9/11 – Full Documentary

Jets Impact the Twin Towers from 911review.com

Detonated

-Documentaries

Zeitgeist – The Movie: World Trade Center (Part 1 of 4)

9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out (Free 1-hour version) AE911Truth.org


ae911truth
“Published on Sep 6, 2012

This is the 1-hour version of our 1 ½ hour groundbreaking documentary 9/11: Explosive Evidence — Experts Speak Out which is available for purchase as a DVD in our online store at http://shop.ae911truth.org/DVD-Cased-… or as a download at http://www.911ExpertsSpeakOut.com.

See also the video of the Pledge Breaks by Shari Bernson and AE911Truth’s Richard Gage, AIA – interviewed on air in Denver, CO during this historic TV premiere of 9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out”. http://www.youtube.com?watch?v=sksg5w…

Colorado Public Television (cpt12.org), has courageously thrust themselves at the forefront of our nation’s public service media network. CPT12 aired this powerful and controversial film as a featured premium during their Summer fundraising campaign. The PBS national website then posted the re-broadcast which quickly became one of their “Most Watched” as well as “Most Shared” programs on PBS.

As millions of people are becoming aware that they haven’t gotten the whole story on 9/11, over 1700 architects & engineers are leading the way at AE911TRUTH, with dozens of these professionals giving testimonials in this documentary, putting their careers on the line in their demand for a new independent investigation. High-rise architects, structural engineers, scientists, physicists, chemists, scholars, educators, firefighters, forensic fire engineers, demolition experts and others also testify in this ground-breaking scientific assessment of the events at the World Trade Center.

The sudden, complete collapse of the third skyscraper,WTC Building 7 at 5:20pm on 9/11 at free-fall acceleration, is now being seen around the world as “the smoking gun” which disproves the official story about 9/11. These experts also introduce additional “overwhelming evidence” for a controlled demolition hypothesis of the three World Trade Center highrises – which raises many disturbing questions.

The film does not speculate – but does empathize with viewers by also introducing the professional perspectives of eight psychologists who explain some of the reasons why it is so hard for people to face the scientific evidence. This is the most scientific and compelling 9/11 documentary film to date….

http://rethink911.org
http://911blueprintfortruth.org

-Missle

HERE’S WHAT REALLY HAPPENED ON 9.11 — James Perloff

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Published on Sep 10, 2017
On the 16th anniversary of 9/11 author James Perloff joins me to explain what REALLY happened on 9/11/2001.

“9/11 Was a False Flag to get into illegal wars” – Former FDNY Rudy Dent

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-Witnesses

9/11 Eyewitness rare unfiltered / unaltered amateur footage | What was NOT shown on TV


FreedomRebel
*”explosion from downstairs”???

CIA Agent Confesses On Deathbed: ‘We Blew Up WTC7 On 9 11’


#SeekingTheTruth
“…Published on Jul 14, 2017

79-year-old retired CIA agent, Malcom Howard, has made a series of astonishing claims since being released from hospital in New Jersey on Friday and told he has weeks to live. Mr. Howard claims he was involved in the “controlled demolition” of World Trade Center 7, the third building that was destroyed on 9/11.

Mr. Howard, who worked for the CIA for 36 years as an operative, claims he was tapped by senior CIA agents to work on the project due to his engineering background, and early career in the demolition business.

Trained as a civil engineer, Mr. Howard became an explosives expert after being headhunted by the CIA in early 1980s. Mr. Howard says has extensive experience in planting explosives in items as small as cigarette lighters and as large as “80 floor buildings.”

The 79-year-old New Jersey native says he worked on the CIA operation they dubbed “New Century” between May 1997 and September 2001, during a time he says the CIA “was still taking orders from the top.” Mr. Howard says he was part of a cell of 4 operatives tasked with ensuring the demolition was successful.

Mr. Howard says the World Trade Center 7 operation is unique among his demolitions, as it is the only demolition that “we had to pretend wasn’t a demolition job”. He claims he had no problem going through with the deception at the time, because “when you are a patriot, you don’t question the motivation of the CIA or the White House. You assume the bigger purpose is for a greater good. They pick good, loyal people like me, and it breaks my heart to hear the shit talk.”

[John Kerry Admits WTC 7 Was Brought Down By Controlled Demolition]

But even he admits that now, looking back, “Something wasn’t right.”

“No good has come from this. This isn’t the America we envisioned.”

Explaining how the building was bought down, Mr. Howard says, “It was a classic controlled demolition with explosives. We used super-fine military grade nanothermite composite materials as explosives. The hard part was getting thousands of pounds of explosives, fuses and ignition mechanisms into the building without causing too much concern. But almost every single office in the Building 7 was rented by the CIA, the Secret Service, or the military, which made it easier.”

Mr. Howard explains that WTC 7 was “loaded with explosives in strategic places” in the month leading up to the day that changed the course of American history. On September 11th, while the North and South towers burned, fuses were ignited in World Trade Center 7, and nanothermite explosions hollowed out the building, destroying the steel structure, removing the reinforcements, and allowing the office fires to tear through the rest of the building, hollowing it out like a shell.

World Trade Center 7 collapsed into its own footprint at 5:20pm, seven hours after the destruction of WTC 1 and 2. The building shocked witnesses by coming down at the speed of freefall, indicating that it encountered zero resistance on the way down.

Mr. Howard and his colleagues had done their job.

“When the building came down, it was such a rush. Everything went exactly to plan. It was so smooth. Everybody was evacuated. Nobody was hurt in WTC 7. We were celebrating. We kept watching replays of the demolition, we had the whiskey and cigars out, and then all of a sudden the strangest thing happened. We all started to worry that it looked a bit too smooth. We watched the tape again and again and again and we started to get paranoid. It looked like a controlled demolition. We thought shit, people are going to question this. And then we heard that people from the street were reporting that they heard the explosions during the afternoon. When we were told that the BBC botched their report and announced to the world that the building collapsed 20 minutes before it actually did… At that point we really thought the gig was up.”

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What are some “solutions” to the challenges in our public schools?

I decided to write a blog on this topic after reading a post a “friend” (former high school classmate) shared on facebook concerning our former high school alma mater..

Distrust and Disorder: A Racial Equity Policy Summons Chaos in the St. Paul Schools
By Susan Du Wed., May 27 2015 at 3:00 AM
Comments (44)
Categories: Education, Longform, St. Paul
http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2015/05/a_racial_equity_policy_summons_chaos_in_the_st_paul_schools.php

Many memories from 91'-95' :) Anyone else have stories and what year?

Just from my “personal experiences” (e.g. job with physically-mentally challenged youth-adults), I personally don’t think the teacher should’ve “touched” that kid that wasn’t supposed to be walking around the hallways…

“A student walks down a Harding High hallway wearing headphones, chanting along to violent rap lyrics. Teacher Erik Brandt taps him on the shoulder. Turn it down, he gestures.

The kid stares at Brandt with chilling intensity. He points at the older man, fingers bent in the shape of a gun, and shoots. Then moves on….”

Just from my personal experiences with the work I do, I’ve learned to “try” to be seen and “verbally” gesture the individual first. Later in the article, the student replied during a
dialogue
(very important after any “misunderstanding” that could’ve led to a “physical” serious confrontation) ..

“…The boy and Brandt sat down together face to face. Brandt expressed how he’d felt disrespected. The student explained his own perception of “respect” — he doesn’t like being touched….”

I don’t know the “exact” background of this boy, but people who have been “abused” in the past don’t like this either.

CHALLENGES

10 Major Challenges Facing Public Schools
Updated March 03, 2015 | by Grace Chen publicschoolreview.com
“Are our public schools in a state of crisis? Learn about the 10 biggest problems with public schools today, both from the perspective of the administrators and the teachers…

The rank of the 10 probably varies region to region of the state, nation, or world. How would you rank the 10 the author of the blog above gives? Would you add or subtract any?



“..Identifying Numerous Challenges

There are numerous challenges threatening the stability and survival of public schools across the country. ..

Hardship and Family Issues

…One of the biggest problems though is the refusal of parents to collaborate with school administrators and teachers to provide for needs of children. ..

The Biggest Challenges Facing Students Today

*teacher role is to not teach students “what” to think, but “how”!

Challenges Facing Schools in the 21st Century

Social Issues

-Abuse of Teachers

Violence Against Teachers – An Overlooked Crisis?
By Tim Walker
February 19, 2013 • 11:16AM neatoday.org
“According to a recent article published by the American Psychological Association (APA), 80 percent of teachers surveyed were victimized at school at least once in the current school year or prior year. Violence against teachers is a “national crisis,” says Dr. Dorothy Espelage of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who served as chair of the APA task force on Classroom Violence Directed at Teachers. And yet, the issue is generally ignored or at least underreported by the media and given inadequate attention by scholars – a deficiency that has widespread implications for school safety, the teaching profession and student learning….”
Teachers experience a growing number of angry, abusive parents

September 14, 2013 kansascity.com
“..Whether they work in poor urban districts or affluent suburban ones, experts say, teachers and administrators are increasingly becoming punching bags and targets of verbal abuse by students as well as their parents…”
9th Grade Student Attacks Teacher For Giving Her A Failing Grade from youtube.com

-Abused by Teachers

When the teacher is the bully
Bullying has become a national issue. But what do you do if the school bully is your child’s teacher?

by: Jessica Kelmon greatschools.org
How Many Kids Are Sexually Abused by Their Teachers?
Probably millions.

By Brian Palmer slate.com/

-Discipline?

Violence Against Teachers and School Staff April 14th, 2008 7:09 am ET blogs.cdc.gov
“..Because of an increase in the prevalence of school-based policies aimed at reducing violence in youth and recent reports suggesting that teachers and other school staff may face daily threats of workplace violence, NIOSH was prompted to examine risk factors and prevention polices and practices for workplace violence for K-12 school staff. Recent data demonstrates that teachers experience 39 crimes per 1,000 teachers (25 thefts and 14 violent crimes) and the true rate may be much higher since most incidents go unreported. As recent media reports have illustrated, this is a troubling problem affecting school personnel in elementary, middle and high schools across the nation…

Violence in Schools Comes From Teachers Too August 20, 2014 By Samantha Cowan takepart.com
“Research has shown corporal punishment to be ineffective and even harmful, yet 19 states still allow teachers to spank students…”

Q: As a teacher, have you been “abused”? Feel free to share your story (anonymously or non)…

-Family Structure


Family Challenges: Divorce, Blended Families & Family Violence

Chapter 11 / Lesson 5 study.com
“..The following lesson covers some of the more challenging issues a growing number of families are currently facing, including divorce, blending of families, and abuse. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding…”

Health

Students Aren’t Eating Healthy School Lunches, Despite Availability; How Cafeterias Fail To Improve Student Health
Nov 17, 2014 12:00 AM By Samantha Olson medicaldaily.com
Fast Food May Be Linked to Slow Progress in School abcnews.go.com

-Immigrant/Refugee Families

Children from immigrant families ‘face significant challenges’ in UK schools theguardian.com
“…The phenomenon is illustrated by statistics in the latest Education at a Glance report, which found that 80% of children of immigrant families in the UK were being taught in schools with large numbers of other immigrant or disadvantaged pupils – the highest proportion of any country in the survey and significantly above the OECD average of 68%…”

Education challenges for Syrian refugees Andrea Mitchell Reports 12/22/14 msnbc.com
“NBC’s Keir Simmons spent months documenting the lives of Syrian refugees who’ve been displaced by the civil war, and shares more of their stories in his continuing series, “Faces of War.” Duration: 5:29

-Poverty

Combating Poverty: Understanding New Challenges for Families By: Ron Haskins Testimony | June 5, 2012 brookings.edu
“…Figure 1 shows poverty trends since the 1960s for the elderly, children, and all people. After some initial progress in the 1960s, and continuing progress for the elderly, the nation has made surprisingly little progress against poverty. The nation’s inability to reduce children’s poverty is especially troublesome. A review of the leading causes of poverty shows why trends in the economy, demography, and education make progress against poverty so difficult to achieve. ..”

-Special Ed


The Special Education Problems We Aren’t Solving

Monday, July 23, 2012 – 04:28 PM

By Laura Klein wnyc.org
“…Danny failed his state exams, which consigned him to summer school this year. In all likelihood, he has a learning disability, but without parental consent he was never formally evaluated. Our documentation of interventions and testing didn’t lead to him getting the Individualized Education Program that he likely needs.

This is a sad story, but it is a common and untold one; students who should be classified as having a disability and eligible for services that support and assist them often aren’t.

In my school, the most common reason is a lack of parental consent. And so the years go by, and students slip further and further behind, struck down daily by the barriers that have not been adequately evaluated…”

Autistic 8-Year-Old Child Arrested, Brought to Jail & Put In Straight Jacket Over School Outburst

By Cassandra Fairbanks on January 17, 2015 thefreethoughtproject.com

SOLUTIONS?

-Abused

Schools ‘failing to expel students who bully teachers’ as verbal abuse in the classroom soars by a third

By Javier Espinoza, Education Editor telegraph.co.uk

12:01AM BST 04 Apr 2015
Schools must push for “zero tolerance” policies on teachers being bullied by students, a top schools union has said
“.. “Verbal abuse is one of the most devastating things that teachers can face. It can be incredibly abusing: from swearing, to comments on their appearance and it is not being taken seriously by schools.”

She said practical steps need to be taken to tackle this form of abuse. Ms Keates said: “Every school should have a zero tolerance policy on verbal abuse. As soon as pupils abuse teachers verbally, they should be summing the parents to the school and make clear to them it could lead to permanent exclusion.

“There is only a small step from being verbally abused to being physically abused.” ..”

Bullying

How to prevent & stop bullying in schools – uTip Bully Buster from bully-buster.com
Back to School: How to Stop the Cycle of Bullying
Paul Coughlin Contributing Writer, Author, Speaker 2011 30 Aug
“…Bystanders should treat cyber bullying the same way they should treat face-to-face bullying. They should stand against it. Imagine if two or three people saw a classmate being bullied on Facebook and they intervened with assertive but non-violent words such as, “That’s wrong. Leave her alone.” Bullies aren’t planning on dealing with multiple people. They are likely to stop what they’re doing…

A Severely Bullied Child Will Inspire You With His Courage Against Bullies from saraserves on GodTube.

-Discipline

6 Start children off on the way they should go,    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2022:6&version=KJVGood News Childrenhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/562167770461262/

Family

Financial

Articles on School Fundraising for Parent Volunteers and … from afrds.org

Support (volunteer or financially donate) your local schools as “many hands makes the work easier”..

I won the Twins hat!!!Go Twins!https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.467877696691593&type=1

Sal: I started as a volunteer in 2004 at the local school (see Morris Literacy Project) where I’m at helping teach GED and ESL students, which has become a part-time job now after going back to school to get a “Teaching Certificate” for ESL.

Health

How Nutrition Affects Learning
https://youtu.be/197eUaQQkhQ
“…
• Make sure your child eats breakfast before going to school. This will give him energy to start his day and help reduce hunger throughout the day.
• Prepare a healthy lunch for him to take to school if you feel the school menu is not providing good choices for your child to maintain a healthy diet. Check the school menu daily to be sure your child will eat the choices provided. Discuss the menu with your child.
• Send your child to school with healthy snacks like natural fruits, vegetables and nuts he can eat between classes.”…

Feeding the Brain for Academic Success: How Nutrition and Hydration Boost Learning healthybrainforlife.com
“..Nutrition and hydration are part of a foundation for healthy learning. Helping students make healthier choices is an essential part of their education and well-being. What can educators do to help create an optimal internal environment?..”

Studies: Fitness Improves Kids’ Academic Performance , from
Carol Pearson

July 01, 2014 6:54 PM voanews.com
“…That’s why schools across the U.S., such as Lincoln Elementary in Redondo Beach, California, have instituted programs like the “walking school bus,” in which kids carry a large cardboard cutout of a school bus and join other kids along the way.

Parents see it as a way to get the kids exercising in the morning, while kids see it as a way to have fun and talk to their friends on the way to school.

Experts say parents and schools have to find ways to keep kids active, even if they are participating in interactive exercise programs, like the WII Fit jogging program…”

-Immigrant/Refugee Students

A Look at Immigrant Youth: Prospects and Promising Practices, from ncsl.org
“..The United States is facing an unprecedented challenge in serving immigrant youth. Today’s immigrants arrive from widely diverse source countries, and are increasingly likely to resettle in nontraditional states and in rural communities, areas that often have the least experience and/or infrastructure to help students learn English and adapt to their new schools and neighborhoods. With immigration levels sustained at well over one million arrivals per year, immigrant students are entering public schools in record numbers. This has tremendous implications for program development, curricula, and funding…
]A Resource Guide for Educating Refugee Children … p12.nysed.gov

-Misc

->Music

Music Education Improves Students’ Academic Performance, But Active Participation Is Required
Dec 16, 2014 04:00 PM By Dana Dovey

The Benefits of Music Education -Riff Academy Homeschool Music Curriculum

-Model Schools (more positive?)

Public education success story for inner-city kids
CBS NewsJanuary 21, 2015, 7:00 AM cbsnews.com
“…At the Bronx school, every student’s day begins with breakfast and a town hall meeting where students get to discuss with administrators school announcements and any issues they are having — one of many things that sets Eagle apart from other public schools….

Sheridan, the oldest of six, lives in a violent and crime-ridden neighborhood in the North Bronx. Like 67 percent of black children in America, he has grown up in a single-parent home….

Students must wear uniforms, each boy gets paired with a mentor from the community, school days are longer to avoid idle time on the streets, and the kicker:

“No girls, and it makes a huge difference,” Banks said. “I think to be able to come to a place where they don’t have to worry about competing for girls, or getting dressed up for girls, they can be very focused on their school work. Many of our young men, other schools would shy away from. But we admit all of these young men and we say we will put all of them in there together and will get everybody to the finish line.”…

New Orleans to be home to nation’s first all-charter school district, April 4, 2014 8:00AM ET Updated April 9, 2014 12:28PM ET
by Dexter Mullins america.aljazeera.com
‘…He has been teaching for two years and teaches eighth grade, working with students in a special education program. He opted to work with Teach for America — a program for recent college graduates — and the organization placed him in a charter school. He said his job would have been much more challenging if he had to work in a public school because, he said, he wouldn’t have had the same level of financial and professional support.

“The biggest difference is that the teachers [in charter schools] are more motivated and there are more resources” to get the job done, Brown said.

He acknowledged that it is common for a charter school to be allocated more money than a traditional public school, since charter schools often receive private funding from wealthy foundations or major corporations while public schools rely on funding drawn from the local tax base. He would like to see a better balance between the two systems…”

-Poverty

Model Schools empowers marginalized students — and their parents, too By: Louise Brown GTA, Published on Fri Jan 23 2015 thestar.com
Model schools are rethinking how they engage with the community to help enhance the lives of the students and their parents.

“…

Fate had dropped Palmer’s son into the TDSB’s award-winning Model Schools for Inner City program, which fills many of the gaps facing students in the city’s most high-needs neighborhoods.

“They have a medical centre on-site once a week, which is amazing when you’re on a strict budget, because sometimes you can’t afford the $10 to take your kids back and forth to the clinic,” said Palmer.

Her son signed up for free basketball, soccer and martial arts offered after school. All kindergarten students received social skills training in workshops offered by a child development agency.
..”

Prayer

San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation from nbcnews.com

“..Silence isn’t something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen minutes. ..”
Canadian School’s Solution to Daily Prayer: Just Put Non-Christians in a Separate Classroom
May 6, 2012 by Hemant Mehta patheos.com
“…They will continue to recite the Lord’s Prayer… and just segregate all non-Christians into a different classroom.

No, really….”

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A9-13&version=KJVTeachings http://smu.gs/1O6DZuZThe Gospel of Matthew - [4/26] http://youtu.be/RWOpPj9gr_w?t=6m27smore..http://prayer.goodnewseverybody.comPrayer grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/609542502392314/

School Prayer Both Sides of the Coin freepages.religions.rootsweb.ancestry.com
“…I thinks kids should continue to pray at their desks if they want. If kids want to have a pre-school prayer group, they should be allowed to. There is plenty of time before and after school for them to organize into their own groups unsolicited or unpromoted by the school system. If kids want to hear a crusade and permission slips are given by the parents I feel it should be allowed. But be prepared for religions other than Baptist and Methodist to ask for the same opportunity to reach these kids. ….
How to Get Prayer Back in Schools ebony.com
[OPINION] Jamilah Lemieux responds to critics who blame ‘lack of prayer’ for the Connecticut school tragedy
*see school Shootings
“…In all seriousness, my personal spiritual beliefs make it hard to reconcile the idea that God is launching an attack on children at school because they don’t take the time to pray as a class. People who pray, worship and serve a higher power as they see fit are often the victims of violence, illness, tragedy and strife. We can’t say that the Sandy Hook killings would never take place at a Baptist or Catholic school….
No, the teacher isn’t going to announce “Prayer time!” after recess, but your child can absolutely take a moment for personal worship during the school day. He or she may also read the Bible (or Qur’an or Torah or any other religious text) during personal free time.
If your child knows how to pray, she doesn’t need the teacher to require her to do so. In fact, many children from religious backgrounds pray throughout the school day. If you so desire that your kids take the time to do so everyday, then that should be a conversation for your household. Perhaps you can send your little ones to school with a small notebook where they keep track of their daily prayer times and/or you can pencil it in on their daily schedule organizers.

The separation between church and state is too often ignored by those who feel that the freedom of others to practice that which they take moral issue with is a violation of their sacred texts. What we must remember is that this a nation of Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, etc, etc. And even within the major religions, there is no universal agreement about how God moves or what is required of His followers. For us to peacefully co-exist in this country, we cannot waste time demanding that federal law bends to accommodate our spiritual ones. The Constitution provides you the right to worship as you see fit and protects your ability to do so. Instead of blasting our country for failing to force religion upon its citizens, be grateful that you have the freedom to practice the one of your choosing. You want prayer in schools? Teach your children how to do it.”

Special Ed

Solutions in Special Education-
Smart districts use tech-based approaches to keep special education requirements from draining staff

By:
Lisa Fratt
District Administration, Jun 2005 districtadministration.com
“…Technology-based special education management certainly improves special education; however, the next level of software implementation promises to have an even greater impact. “The most exciting part about this is where we are headed,” Dempsey says. The software gives the district the ability to link instruction to special education outcomes. If research indicates a given curriculum is a good approach for high-functioning learning disabled kids, the district can analyze standardized test results to determine how students taught with that curriculum perform compared to kids taught with other methods. As test results are linked with instructional practices the district can connect the dots and use data to deliver staff development and training and make budget decisions based on student outcomes. ..”
Learning Strategies, Teaching Solutions, Taking Learning to the Next Level: Found Here!

Top 10 Resources for Special Education Teachers online.sju.edu
“..In addition to advanced training and professional certification, there are plenty of helpful online resources for new and creative teaching tools and techniques. Here are ten of the best resources for special education teachers today:..”

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