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    Homework in class, the lesson at home

    By - 12 Apr 2011

    Teachers typically spend 80-90 percent of their time in class to teach the lesson. The lesson must be the same for all the students. Both the good and the bad students are taught the same content and are expected to learn the same. Students do their homework at home, where they must carry out the assignment without the guidance of a teacher.
    Wouldn’t it be better to do the lesson at home and the homework in class? I think so!

    And this is the proposal of Sal Khan, founder of  “Khan Academy” graduate of MIT, former analyst for an investment fund, and now a true visionary of how technology can change education. Khan has developed more than 2,100 videos with lessons in not only arithmetic and calculus, but also finance and history. All are available online for free.

    Students can view lessons on the Internet as many times as necessary before coming to class. The class then becomes the place where kids consolidate and apply what they learned. The novelty is that during class they don’t work on their own: ​​the teacher and classmates (especially the most advanced) are available to help.
    Doing homework in class and lessons at home is somewhat counter-intuitive for those of us who went to school in the 20th century, but it will be a reality in schools in the 21st century. “Watch. Practice, and Learn almost anything — for free” –this is the motto of the Khan Academy. It’s time to have one for Latin America.

    2 Responses to “Homework in class, the lesson at home”

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    • RE: Partnering with Great American Heart
      education in haiti his the big problemes like the country side haiti great american heart We looking for donation partner like IADB to build like 5-10 school in the contry side northen haiti ? pilato northen borgne limbe milo wanamiehe tibouk borgne in more thos area education is will touch please help us build the school for the poor kids

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      Great American Heart is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt not-for-profit organization that serves orphan and homeless children in Haiti. Great American Heart is seeking partners to help with meeting the needs of these children.

      Our client base is the orphans and homeless children in Haiti who need emergency help for food education, and shelter. The organization plans to operate a shelter and school facility in Rural Haiti. It is estimated that the number of children in need of the humanitarian services from Great American Heart provide will increase during the next five years due to the persistent poverty among the adults affected by the January 2010 earthquake .

      Our services are to improve the ability of children to achieve goals of self-sufficiency. Great American Heart’s services now are a small investment in comparison to cost of ignoring the problem of hunger and homelessness in Haiti and the influence it has on a number of health issues.

      Great American Heart is committed to serving Haitian children through innovative programs that span the field of agricultural job training, health services, and academic education. . We also strive to uphold the following values:
      • Providing quality services to orphan Haitian children regardless of age, sex, religion, mental or physical disabilities.
      • Showing sensitivity and caring.
      • Being accountable and responsive.
      • Pursuing professional excellence.
      • Offering a fulfilling learning experience and social development for the children we serve.
      • HIV Awareness Training, and other health awareness training
      Great American Heart is made up of six programs that serve the various needs of the community, including:
      Agricultural Training: The primary initiative that the organization plans to implement, while we are establishing our facility in Haiti, is to offer agriculture training to young people in rural areas. This program will consist of education in the skills necessary for productive planning, farming, and ranching. Through this program, individuals and families with children will utilize their own land. Organizational representatives will go out to areas of land owned by program participants and demonstrate to them the techniques that will produce the best results in farming and/or ranching. Acquisition of these skills will be vital to economically disadvantaged individuals and families having the opportunities to provide for their families and ensure future self-sufficiency.

      Shelter: The organization plans to initially rent a facility at which to provide residential care for orphan children in Haiti. Once the leased facility has been secured, we will undertake a capital campaign through which to fund the construction of our own facility. At the center, orphans (many of which will be found begging on the streets) will be provided with full time holistic care. We anticipate our initial center will have the capacity to house 50 to 100 children. Each child residing at the facility will be provided with adequate clothing and furnishings.

      Education: At the residential facility, children will receive quality education in order to provide them with the skills needed for future success in life. The school offered at the center will accommodate children from 4 to 14 years of age, and will incorporate grade-level appropriate activities and curricula for children of each age group. To compliment academics, the children will be provided with the opportunity to participate in recreational sports, as well as cultural activities. It is our goal that each student become fully integrated into all aspects of society through the programs offered by the organization.

      Nutrition: Each child at the facility will be provided with nutritious meals and snacks, and will be educated on the importance of proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

      Worship: Within our planned facility we plan to incorporate a church that will be open to all residents, as well as to the general public. Worship services will be focused on Christianity, and will be overseen by an ordained Baptist minister. We will have regularly scheduled worship services as well as Sunday school, and will perform weddings and baptisms as necessary.

      Health Care: Children residing at the facility will have access to a private nurse who will be employed by the organization to provide all residents with general and preventative care. If any child faces an illness for which the nurse is unable to provide care, the children will be referred to the services of a physician.

      We sincerely request your consideration on this project with great positive outcome. If you need to discuss in details about the project projection plan, we could meet at a later date for a complete review.


      Ermiliu Flerinvil
      Chief Executive Officer

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