Celebrating Birthdays – The Only Way to Go!

There are two days I wake up especially early on ~ Christmas and my birthday. They’re both really special days, and I don’t want to miss a minute of celebrating. This is the way for celebrating birthdays – the Only Way to go!

As soon as my birthday month begins, I can feel the anticipation building to my day. It’s such a fun feeling.

And it’s not even about getting gifts. No, not at all. It’s about me being me and how on that day, I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to.

Yeah, that’s the rule in our house ~ there’s no shoulds or have tos. And I get to pick what I want to eat.
You see, we’re all so unique. There’s only one me, one special me in this huge universe ~ and that’s worth celebrating! Dr. Seuss says it best:

You see, we’re all so unique.  There’s only one me, one special me in this huge universe ~ and that’s worth celebrating!  Dr. Seuss says it best:

Today you are You, that is truer than true. 
There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

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School Uniforms – The Continuing Melodramatic Debate

The other day, I was reading a blog post how Texas schools are considering forcing students who violate the dress code to put on a prison jumpsuit. While that doesn’t directly relate to school uniforms, it got me really thinking more and more about the ever-continuing debate about whether or not school uniforms are worth the trouble. Also here in Ireland, there’s much to do about school uniforms – the continuing melodramatic debate.

One thing I’ve noticed about the school uniform debate is that parents tend to be more in favor of it, and kids tend to be more opposed. Being young, I’m against it. I went to a private school where uniforms were required from kindergarten right through 6th grade, then I went to public school where free dress was the norm from then on.

I have to admit, when you’re at a school where uniforms are already a policy, being told what to wear doesn’t seem like a big deal at a time. But if a school were to switch from a free dress policy to a uniform policy… that wouldn’t go over so well.

The school uniform debate is undoubtedly a complex issue, but here are some commonly discussed pros and cons and what I make of them:

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Study in Ireland?

Many Irish Americans read recent articles on how easy it is to find a job in Dublin in one of the American Tech companies such as Google or eBay or Hubspot. It’s almost impossible to get hired by one of these companies in America. The competition is insane. So some people consider doing an MBA in Ireland to get an even better chance to get hired by Google. So let’s see what it’s like to study in Ireland for a higher degree.

You would not believe how inexpensive it is over there. Right now, I’m studying at the University of Limerick, or rather, I’m getting ready to do so, but there are so many more options in Ireland. This country is also really a great destination for experienced business professionals looking to earn an MBA degree. Let’s take a closer look.

Studying in Ireland

All over the world, Ireland’s extensive and famous history of academic excellence is acknowledged. Reaching back as far as the Middle Ages, Ireland always has been known for its strong educational strength and has one of the best academic reputations in the western world.

Despite economic situations during the past decade, respective governments have persisted in regarding quality education as a crucial objective, and they have continued to invest heavily in the educational areas. This attitude has generated one of the greatest schooling participation levels across the world. According to a recent IMD World Competitiveness Report, the education system in Ireland belongs to the very best worldwide. (more…)

Excellence in Education: The Making Of Great Schools

Consider just a few of these issues: safe schools, how to better integrate technology into the curriculum, extending the school day and the school year, how much homework is too much, figuring out successful strategies to develop community-based schools, finding foreign language and science teachers, managing gender disparities in achievement and coping with testing. So let’s take a look at Excellence in Education: The Making Of Great Schools.

Sound familiar? These concerns have been the stuff of staff development meetings and educational administrator conferences here for years, as teachers, principals and superintendents struggle to adjust to an ever more demanding, and swiftly changing educational environment.

What’s different in this comprehensive and scholarly book, obviously destined for academic and policy-making circles, is that the educational system in question is that of the United Kingdom, which has in recent years been as convulsed by upheavals as our own system.

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