GeekHub is a social project (community / movement / courses), which aims at free education of young people with practical knowledge in the field of IT for the specialty. Through this event, young people acquire practical skills, which are so often lacking after receiving academic education. Specialized education is not required – you need only general skills in IT and a strong desire to acquire new knowledge. Successful completion of the course means that graduates can apply as a junior developer at any company, where they can start their career as a real IT-person. Continue reading
“Summerhill” School has a lot of enemies and a lot of well-wishers. Founded in 1921, it has gone through a lot and is said to have “so far ahead of its time”. BBC shot a feature film about the school that left a few to impress. What are the principles of this school?
“The purpose of the child is to live his/her own life. Not the one about the dream of his/her troubled parents, and not the one that a teacher offers while he/she thinks that knows better”. These are the words of Alexander Sutherland Neill, the founder of the “Summerhill” School, the school based on democracy and freedom.
Prior to 1965, Singapore was one of the poorest countries in the Third World. The city-state without any natural resources, forced to bring in fresh water, and the only wealth of which was a hard-working population. In a short period of time, Singaporeans have created an economic miracle, and the country of underdeveloped and economically backward states has turned into a flourishing state. “How did they do it” – you ask? And do not believe the answer. Remember the words of Michurin: “We cannot wait for favors from nature, take them from it is our task”, – possibly someone of the leaders of this state was also familiar with the works of Russian biologist and breeder, and one day decided to treat his words in a new way.
Since 1871, when a high frequency of family left-handedness among left-handed subjects was found the model of genetic determination of left-handedness is discussed. Currently, two genetic models are the most widely used. According to Ms. Annett, the asymmetry of the brain is determined by the presence of a single gene, which was named by her the “right shift” factor. If this factor is the individual, the latter is prone to be right-handed. If the factor is absent, the person can be either left-handed or right-handed depending on the random circumstances. However, a greater importance is given to brain damage in the prenatal and early postnatal period, which may affect the phenotypic implisicity of “right shift” factor. Continue reading
The education system as it currently exists – is a classic example of the past … Of course, we all sometimes desire to be a graduate of a prestigious university, preferably with a hundred years of history. Prestigious, expensive … and not very effective. Time goes by fast, knowledge becomes obsolete, and there is a constant need to learn something new – to complete education, to be retrained.
Distance education should not be considered in general – on this subject there has been written many articles and other things. Let’s talk about the “small forms” of a new education architecture – the webinars. Especially, they perfectly complement the classical education, helping to make up for lost time and just learn something new. Continue reading
Directory of World Records, created by Sir Hugh Beaver, in 1955, commissioned by the Irish brewer Guinness, originally was planned as a serious publication. Most of the articles in the Guinness Book of Records were scientific, not given the fact of provision in a simplified way, but over time far from science humorous facts were started to be included into the Book.
The target audience of early editions of Guinness Book of Records was habitues of pubs, quite often because of disputes due to drunken fights. To resolve disputes on “Who is better?” peacefully was Book’s calling.
I have a theory about the human mind.
A brain is a lot like a computer.
It will only take so many facts, and then
it will go on overload and blow up.
There are children who are not able to make a basic action – catch the ball, reach the left ear by right hand, etc. Often you can see how a man brings cell phone by his left hand to his right ear or vice versa – the right to the left.
The obvious connection of the body and the brain has received a scientific explanation only in the middle of the XX century in studies of American scientist Paul Dennison. Continue reading