How can American high schools move away from rote learning and testing and help students become critical thinkers ready to take on the challenges of modern life?Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) professor Jal Mehta, Ph.D. ’06, and educator and scholar Sarah Fine, Ed.D. ’17, spent six years researching the issue at 30 U.S. high schools for ideas set forth in their book, “In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School.”For their breakthrough research, the pair was awarded the 2020 Grawemeyer Award in Education.“Powerful learning occurs when learners are trying to do something consequential and when they see purpose in what they’re doing,” Mehta and Fine argue in their book. “The core problem is that the way American society organizes schooling does not align very well with what we know about learning.”To learn most effectively, the research concluded, students must have regular opportunities to gain meaningful knowledge and skills, connect to their learning on a personal level and use it to produce something original.Mehta and Fine, who observed classrooms for hundreds of hours and interviewed more than 300 students, parents, teachers, and school administrators, also found extracurricular activities and elective classes can offer additional ways for students to experience deep learning.“High schools often become different places after the final bell,” they said. “We saw students who are passive learners in core classes show real purpose in taking non-required classes, becoming involved in school clubs and pursuing student leadership opportunities.”Schools should start by slowing down, giving students more choice over what they learn and empowering them to work in subjects that interest them.The Grawemeyer Awards, based at the University of Louisville, pay tribute to the power of creative ideas, emphasizing the impact that a single idea can have on the world. Five awards are given annually — in music composition, world order, psychology, education, and religion — and each includes a prize of $100,000. The 2020 winners will visit Louisville in April to accept their awards and give free talks on their winning ideas.“Mehta and Fine have provided a fresh, in-depth view of learning environments that offers hope for those seeking to create deeper learning in academic settings,” said award director Marion Hambrick.
47 Blue Hills Drive, Bunya.The large outdoor entertainment area has a built-in barbecue and pizza oven.Mrs Wilson said a lot of time was spent outdoors during both the summer and winter months.“We often have a fire going in the winter time,” she said.The pair hope a family with older children buy their home and said there was the opportunity to transform a room into a nursery. 47 Blue Hills Drive, Bunya.Mrs Wilson said they had lived on acreage before, however this property was closer to the CBD.“I don’t think a lot of people know where Bunya is. It is close to Arana Hills and Everton Park,” she said. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Mrs Wilson said the single-storey home had multiple indoor and outdoor entertainment areas.She described the home as an “entertainer’s paradise”.Their kitchen was awarded Master Builders Kitchen of the Year 2012 and features sleek carbon black cabinets. 47 Blue Hills Drive, Bunya. 47 Blue Hills Drive, Bunya.Linda Tilson and Dianne Wilson are ready to downsize to a smaller property.Their four-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 47 Blue Hills Drive, Bunya, is too big for the couple, both health care workers.After designing the home herself, Mrs Wilson said they moved into the property in 2011.“We had a really good builder who worked closely with us. It took about seven to eight months to build,” Mrs Wilson said.The property, on a 4004sq m block, features an in-ground swimming pool with an outside shower. 47 Blue Hills Drive, Bunya.Mrs Wilson said they considered the concept of dual living when designing the home and created plenty of space for people to spread out. The couple has a fantastic view of the green corridor and say their neighbours are out of sight.“It’s very private here,” Mrs Wilson said.
Stuff co.nz 9 June 2014A Hamilton couple are being noticed by key government figures for taking a stand against child sex trafficking in New Zealand.A report about the subject by Shimal Sataiya and Mark Calderwood was recently referred to in a general debate in Parliament and awaits further discussion by MPs.In its 2012 Trafficking in Persons report, the United States Department of State said New Zealand was a source country for underage girls subjected to internal sex trafficking, Sataiya said.The Ministry of Justice website states the New Zealand definition of trafficking requires international movement.New Zealand is likely to categorise forcible movement of people within the country as kidnapping, slavery, or other related forms of offending.Sataiya said evidence from Supreme Court Judge Susan Glazebrook said about 200 under 18-year-olds were working illegally within the sex industry in New Zealand.“My argument is, so many people are ignorant about it happening in New Zealand – it makes it even more of a danger,” Sataiya said.The US report also said a number of Pacific Island and Maori children were being trafficked within New Zealand by gang-controlled trafficking rings.Sataiya said child sex trafficking in New Zealand was an issue that needed addressing. “The law can’t do much, so change needs to come from people being more aware of this.”She said the pair would also like to see harsher penalties for trafficking and for the Government to redefine the terms surrounding the issue to ensure nothing slipped through the cracks.Minister of Immigration Michael Woodhouse spoke last week at the Prevent People Trafficking Conference in Porirua. He said the Government “remains alert to the possibility of trafficking occurring here”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/10135752/Fighting-against-NZ-sex-trafficking