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Education and Down Syndrome: Methods and Strategies

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There are many different types of learners all over the world. In certain cases, the learner has a disability whether from birth or incident. Today, Faculti Media discusses learners with Down syndrome.

What is Down syndrome?

In medical terms, it is a chromosomal disorder wherein the person who has the disorder developed an extra 21st chromosome. A usual result would be impaired cognitive and behavioral development. The range of the impairment can vary from mild to extreme. While it is possible to diagnose Down syndrome while the child is in the womb, it can also go undetected until the child is born.

As there is an impairment of cognitive development, it is wholly understandable that learning ability of a person with Down syndrome is also affected. When this occurs, extra care and effort is required in their education. It can be difficult but it is wholly rewarding.

Today, we take a look at some methods and strategies on how to tackle special education.

Be Visual

Learners with Down syndrome often respond well to visual cues. This must be taken into account when establishing their learning space. Make use of colors and big bold letters that mark the space for learning.

If you are going to start teaching them, it would be important to make use of many visual aids. Make them attention grabbing and pleasant. They should be indicative of what lesson is being taught. Often, the concepts of the lessons can be difficult in coming. However, with the proper utilization of visual aids like colorful characters with clear emotional determiners, learning is completely achievable.

Keep the visuals simple as to not to overwhelm the learner. Too cluttered visual space can end up confusing the learner. There has been some discussion as to whether or not reading comes sooner or later for learners with Down syndrome. However, reading words often comes quite well to them.

When you plan your visuals place written word representations that correspond to the names of the things being used around the classroom. This will help them to closely associate the name of the object with the object itself. Visual cues can help the improvement and development of retention.

Be Engaging

When teaching someone with Down syndrome, it is important to keep in mind that they respond better to social interactions. This is why the concept of inclusivity is so important to those with Down. Engage them appropriately and encourage them to respond in kind.

Always speak directly to them in a clear and concise voice. Do not make use of long sentences. Economize your words. If there is anything that you can say in around six words or less, the better! Utilize your facial expressions to make sure that they can see what you are feeling.

In your lessons, utilize exercises that give them an opportunity to interact with the materials. Once again, remember to utilize visual cues in developing your materials. If you can make your materials bright and unambiguous, do so.

Be Patient

Those with Down syndrome will need some time to process all of the information that they are being given. It may not even stick for first several attempts. What is important is that your reign in your frustrations and facial expressions.

The learning environment must be a positive one that promotes growth for all involved. You cannot help a flower bloom if you stand there glaring at the seed for not growing fast enough. Even if you do not have a disability, learning takes time. Patience is not just a virtue in this scenario; it is a critically necessary thing.

Make it Social

Learners often absorb lessons better in a group setting. This also dissuades from the development of an over dependency of the learner on the educator. Learners with Down syndrome are typically known for their good social capabilities.

Putting them in a social setting will help them learn and slowly develop their own social cues.

Be Aware

Learners with Down syndrome may have triggers that can send them into an outburst. It is important to carefully take note of what upsets them and keep it out of sight until they have developed enough to tackle it on.

When there is more than one learner, give them space but watch them closely. It is important that the educator be on a heightened sense of awareness whenever the learners are about. This is to ensure that their needs are being met appropriately and that they do not pose any harm to themselves or others.

This is something that most people do not want to address but we are telling you this head on. Each learner will have their own developmental profile. It is important that the educator be aware of each learner’s profile. This can help the educator adjust the lessons or exercises accordingly.

The developmental profile will also include the motivations of the learner. The educator can make use of this to plan which activities are best suited to a particular learner.

Phonetics Friendly

There is a significant amount of learners with Down syndrome that have language delays. This can make it difficult for them to express what they want verbally. Having your lessons with an emphasis on phonetics can help stimulate the mind of the learners toward full words and expressions.

In Conclusion

Down syndrome is no longer the horrible thing that they used to refer to it as. Many learners with Down syndrome go on to lead full and successful lives. The world is changing to a better and more inclusive one so more and more opportunities for people with disabilities are being made available.

What is important that early on in their lives is that they get the necessary help that they need in order to learn what they will require to function independently. Whenever it gets a tad difficult, it is always important to remember that they did not ask to be born with Down syndrome. It is a genetic anomaly that could have happened to anyone.

Why is it Critical for Us to Enact Sustainable Fashion Practices?

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This website, as you may know, is dedicated to raising awareness for education. We also take time to discuss rather important concepts that serve to enlighten and empower our readers into understanding more about our world and what goes on in it.

Fashion and Humanity has long had a relationship. However, modern fashion practices leave much to be desired. Today, Faculti Media discusses the concept of sustainable fashion practices and why we need them.

Fashion is something that humans make use of to express their identity. Back in the day, nations used to use fashion as a way to establish their cultural identity as well. When the monarchies were alive and well in Europe, each monarch had their own particular style. They also dictated the style of dressing that their subjects would wear. When the monarchies were deposed, people then had the freedom to establish their own styles and trends.

In today’s world, fashion is a multi-million dollar industry. There is a constant demand for what is new and what is considered as the height of a fashionable trend. As such, manufacturers sought to produce more clothing at a fraction of the cost. As a result, fast fashion was born.

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What is Fast Fashion?

These are the pieces of fashion or clothing that is easy and cost effective to mass produce. It is the brands like Forever 21, H&M, and several others that continuously pump out more and more fashion sets and produces at a high rate.

Fast Fashion pieces are also notoriously bad regarding their quality. In the haste and affordability of the materials meant that it was something that could break easily. Not that it mattered to those who patronize fast fashion. As the prices of production were quite low, there was very little need to put on incredibly high prices on the product. As a result, fast fashion is often highly affordable.

How Does Fast Fashion Affect Consumers?

Fast Fashion is built on the need for “more”. More new outfits! More photos with these outfits! It caters to the concept of “FOMO” or Fear of Missing Out that is heavily subscribed to by the younger generations.

Fast Fashion builds a cycle of purchasing that is fairly consistent as fast fashion outlets will nearly always be on sale. This is due to the fact that their production is fast and they will need to clear out old stocks before the new stocks will come in.

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There will also be a fabricated sense of urgency in order to get rid of certain stock. There will always be “limited edition” pieces in order to stimulate the fashion addiction of many in our society has ended up developing. Fast Fashion consistently puts out substandard pieces because they know that no matter what, people will buy their clothes. It is after all, what is hip and trending.

How Does Fast Fashion Affect Our Environment?

Fast Fashion is all about what is new and trendy rather than what can last long and be timeless. In doing so, consumers now buy and throw out clothing at a really high rate that they are now filling up landfills faster than ever. Fast fashion is quickly becoming a reason why more and more of our resources are being depleted.

The burden of production often leads to massive factories rife with outsourced labor. These places do place the environment as a high priority. As such, a majority of the materials used are new and not recyclable. Thousands of pounds of fast fashion pieces find themselves thrown away in a month. Imagine that number after half year. Now imagine that number after a full year. Eventually we are going to run out of space. Not to mention the fact that the materials that are harvested for the production of fast fashion are depleting. It can mean an ecological disaster for our planet.

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What is Sustainable Fashion?

A concept that sprung in the 1980s, sustainable fashion is all about fashion and fashion design utilizing sustainable materials. Sustainable in the sense that it hails from a system or a source that can continue to replenish itself naturally without putting any additional burden on our resources.

Sustainable fashion is all about minimizing the harmful effects of fast fashion upon the environment. Sustainable fashion is also all about the rise of ethical shopping and social responsibility.

Why Do We Need Sustainable Fashion?

Much like the concept of fast food, too much of the stuff is ultimately bad for your arteries. This is why home cooked meals are such a popular thing. Home cooked meals are far healthier in terms of quality and substance. The same concept applies to sustainable fashion.

Sustainable fashion prides itself on clean production. This means that the way sustainable fashion pieces are manufactured does not make use of any aids or chemicals that are highly harmful to the environment.  We need sustainable practices in order to have a healthy market of consumption. Humans will not stop consuming things—that much is true.

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What must be done is to change what we consume and how we consume it. Sustainable fashion is often made of fibers which are gotten from all natural materials like Alpaca wool. It is something that remains in abundance and will consistently grow in a fast rate. The farmers that keep them will have a consistent source of income. It is a healthy market that benefits all.

As sustainable fashion is considered slow fashion, there is a natural cycle that is kept that does not force sources to strain their production. As such, if the source of the materials is animals, they are treated more ethically as opposed to fast fashion.

Sustainable fashion is highly recyclable. In the event that it is thrown out, it will decompose naturally unlike the synthetic fibers that are often found in fast fashion. Many celebrities and fashion establishments are moving away from fast fashion after seeing the harm it does to people and the environment.

Will you make the much needed move to sustainable fashion?

The 7 Literature Pieces That Continue to Energize Humanity

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Ever since humanity discovered writing, there have been some high energy pieces that continue to energize humanity. Today, Faculti Media takes a closer look on seven particular literature pieces.

What is Literature?

Literature is what is referred to as published written works that are normally considered to of a higher standard. They are even considered to be some of the oldest forms of art. There are many genres that fall under literature and many of them have affected people throughout the ages.

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Literature, particularly the truly classic ones have a different sort of power in their ability to inspire thought and illicit opinion. Literature even has a way of dividing people without meaning to. It is this energy that continues to affect people. Battles have been fought and governments have been formed because of ideals that were gotten from pieces of literature.

Without further ado, here are seven literature pieces throughout history that continue to energize humanity:

1.)  The Republic
Plato

It was in about 380 BCE, Plato had published The Republic. It was here that observations regarding the concepts of justice. It discussed heavily the concepts of politics and how it affected how justice is viewed and meted out.

This literary piece inspired many a budding leader back the annals of history. It even continues to this very year in our history. The thought provoking precepts in Plato’s book continues to inspire and provoke conversation and discourse. Many historians make use of the words to paint a clear picture of how life was in Greece back when Plato was still alive and highly active in philosophy.

2.)  The Rights of Man
Thomas Paine

Everyone has heard of the French Revolution. Before the people of France overthrew their anointed king, it was utterly damnable to revolt against the standing government that had prevailed upon for centuries. It was not until the publishing of “The Rights of Man” that this changed.

This piece of literature presented the idea that political revolution was completely allowable when the standing government fails to protect and serve its people. It was truly a revolutionary piece of literature. At the time, it was the entire country that served at the leisure of their monarchs. The idea that the monarchs had to serve their people was a concept so utterly new and welcome that it roused the people from their misery.

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3.)  Moby Dick
Herman Melville

This great white whale is no stranger to everyone. While it was critically panned when it was first published, it has since been hailed as a true classic. The tale of one man’s all-consuming hunt for a creature of the sea was rife with symbolism that provoked many a conversation about the book.

It also presented a rather candid look upon how the whaling industry thrived at the time. This piece of literature has been a constant part of many summer reading lists for many students through the decades since its publishing.

4.)  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Harriett Beecher Stowe

If there was any form of literature that drastically changed the view of many upon the concept of slavery, it was this one. This book opened the eyes of the American public to the inhumanity of the concept of having slaves. It was credited for laying down the groundwork for the American Civil War.

The concept of slavery was something that was thought as normal. It was not until this book that a truly frank perspective was given about how slaves were treated. It was a harsh reality. It sparked conversations that needed to be had and eventually galvanized people enough to fight for the liberation of the slaves in the Southern part of America.

 To this day, it continues to remind people of the evils of slavery.

5.)  On the Origin of Species
Charles Darwin

For as long as humanity was capable of analysis and existential thought, we have always wondered how we came to be as a species. At around the early 1800s a scientist by the name of Charles Darwin published a book that discussed some revolutionary ideas about the evolution.

It was through this book that scientists developed the theory and evolutionary model that they used to study animals and even humans.

6.)  The Interpretation of Dream
Sigmund Freud

The term “Freudian slip” exists because of this book. Sigmund Freud is hailed as one of the fathers of psychoanalysis and psychology. It was through this book that the concept of subconscious was described.

The analysis of dreams continues to this day—touted as messages from the mind or even maps to the person’s deepest thoughts.

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7.)  The Bible

Was there ever such a book to inspire nations to go to war within themselves and others? The Holy Bible is the basis for the religion of Christianity. It continues to be translated and republished to this day. This book has been used to calm, soothe, and in even the negative used as an excuse to dominate and discriminate against others.

Many a hot discussion is usually held when the teachings and certain passages of the bible are discussed at some length. People will always have their own interpretations of what it meant and the misunderstandings have long been the spark for revolutions and even crusades.

Literature and Education

Literature will forever play a role in the field of education. The lessons and worlds that they transport readers to continue invigorate and stimulate the growth of students everywhere. This is partly the reason why some of these books have become subjects of summer reading lists for primary and secondary schooling. Some of these have also had courses dedicated to them in university.

Literature will always have a special part in educating many. We are certainly glad for the role that they play in our own journey of enlightenment and discovery. What continues to be clear is that literature has a certain power that all discover somewhere in their lives. Looking through the literature pieces above, which ones have you read? Which are the ones are you planning on reading?

Are They Invisible? Helping Out Those Who Cannot Afford an Education

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Education is everyone’s right. This is a truth that no matter who will tell you otherwise. Today, Faculti Media will talk about those who cannot afford an education and how you can help. In the earliest history of the world, there have been records of how our ancestors ran their communities. Everyone had a role.

There were the hunters, there were the gatherers, and there were those that took care of the children. In these early communities, it was clearly understood that in order for the community to survive, the education of all the children was of paramount importance. This carried on for many centuries. Regardless of what part of the world you were in, it was a universally accepted fact that the education of the youth is critical for the survival of the community.

However, later on in the more “civilized” forms of society the message got lost. Education was now for those who came from families with money. What was worse is that someone had the terrible idea to keep education solely for the male population. The girls were kept at home and taught how to sit and look pretty. Their sole purpose was merely to attract a husband and bear children.

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Our journey as a society has warped so many concepts that once bound us all together. There are millions of children the world over who are not able to afford an education. Worse yet is that there are those who cannot even seek an education even if they tried. These are the youth caught in the middle of wars and have to flee.

While there are the established organizations like those in the UN that try to lend a hand, they have their own rules and regulations that often keep them from being able to fully help. Even if they could, there are far too many to successfully help at the same time. For the most part, it seems that the people caught in wars or bad economic straits are invisible. They are the ghosts of the system that everyone knows about but only a few get to see.

There needs to be a massive change. We all need to do our part. What is sad is that in your own very community, there will be those that are unable to afford a proper education. Here are some of the ways that you can help:

Volunteer

There is nothing that is as strong as the heart of a volunteer. In your local communities, it would be best if you try to find any organizations that are wholly dedicated to helping out the disenfranchised and those who are dedicated to helping those who cannot afford an education. If you can and are able to, volunteer some of your time and your skills to tutoring or putting a class together.

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Just a few hours of your time can mean a world of difference for those who normally would not be able to receive an education. Before you choose an organization to volunteer with, it is important that you make sure they have:

Necessary Paperwork

If you are looking for an organization to work with, it is important to see if they have proper documentation. The last thing you would want is to work for an organization that turns out to be sketchy. Check first and foremost if you are working with a non-profit or for-profit organization. Each has their own rules on handling events and projects.

Organized Effort

While it is great to talk about ideals and what plans there are to help out. It is an entirely different thing to enact the plans into quantifiable action. See if the organization you are planning to work with has clear representation. Who is at the head? What projects have they enacted before? Having a clear understanding of the history of the organization can help you get a stronger idea of the positive change you can enact.

Donate

If you do not have the time to volunteer your time or your skills, it would be good to donate toward organizations and charities that have education as their core mission. You do not even have to give a large sum. Every little amount helps. It is just important that you check out the organization that you give your hard earned money to. You need to make sure that they have:

Transparency

Money is no joke. It is not easy to earn and it is a highly precious commodity to those who do not have it. Even a few bit of money can mean the world of difference to those who are going to be receiving grants from charities or organizations. This is why it is critical that the organization that you choose to donate to has transparency.

There needs to be a clear paper trail on where the money is going. It is best if you do due diligence before you part with your hard earned money. Find out if the organization you are giving your money to can be trusted. While it would be great to simply hand over the money directly, taxing laws can be quite a hindrance to it.

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Raise Awareness

If you want to do more, it would be important to get the word out about the cause that you are supporting. If you have found any good avenues to provide your skills or money, it would be great if you were to spread the word about it.

In order to be able to truly help the needy (particularly when education is involved) it would be great if more people can be part of the solution and not the problem. We all need to work together in order to raise everyone up and provide good educational opportunities to those who have not been fortunate enough.

Knowledge is power. The more people know about the issue of those who cannot afford and education and how they can help, the better. What ways do you plan on helping those who were not fortunate enough to receive an education?

The Vast Importance of Parents to the Concept of Education

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When it comes to teaching the young, the first line of engagement will always be the parents. This is a universal truth that has not changed one bit. Today, Faculti Media looks deeper into this concept. When a child is brought into this world, it is pretty much expected that the parents will the primary source of care for the critical years of the child’s life.

Care is not just about keeping the child alive. It is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that the child is given a proper education. This does not simply mean enrolling the child with a good school. This involves preparing the child before they even start school. Here are a few basic things:

  • Color recognition
  • Basic alphabet
  • Complete sentences
  • Finger counting

These are a few things that any parent can teach. Education of a child is not limited to what is listed above. Rudimentary skills like being able to hold a spoon or fork is under the jurisdiction of the parents. It is the parents that build the foundation of the child’s future learning capabilities and skills.

The Role that Parents Play

Everything starts with the parents. Psychologists and pediatric doctors will all tell you that what the child grows up to be is heavily reliant on what the parents are like. Here are some of the things that parents have a hand in developing in their children:

Study Habits

Parents lay the foundation for the study habits that their children will have. No one is born wanting to study—that would be ridiculous. Instead, we have parents enforce dedicated time to study lessons. These can turn into established habits for when the child is grown.

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Study habits are important as this will be the foundation of other habits like the ability to commit to a task or an agreement. It does not even have to be a full on study session. It could be something as simple as setting aside a bit of time each day for reading or doing an educational activity together.

If there is no such enforcement, children’s study habits end up suffering as a consequence. Studies have shown that children that have no taught study habits often have trouble coping with the progression of lessons. Everyone needs support at the start. If the parents do not provide this support, the child can end up behind their peers.

Educational Preferences

Every person has something that they prefer personally. A parent needs to be able to keep an eye on what their child seems to prefer. A parent is at the perfect position to spot any particular preferences and carefully cultivate it.

Parents need to take an active role in spotting what their children like to learn about. It is something that should not be left for the educators to discover. The first three years of life, the child is primarily with the parent—that is a LOT of time to spot what interests the child.

Again, everyone needs help at the start. You can have the raw materials in your grasp but if you do not know what to do with it, nothing will happen. A parent can carefully guide and nurture their kid’s favorites. Remember, behind every successful child athlete or musical virtuoso were parents who spotted the talent and helped the child cultivate it.

Information Filter

The sad truth about the world is that there are things that you will rather your child not learn about. As parents, you will be at the forefront of what your child will and should learn. A parent must filter out the information that is appropriate for children of a certain age.

This is particularly important as more and ore parents make use of gadgets to help keep their children entertained. They even make use of it for educational purposes. YouTube is a popular way to expose kids of educational videos. However, there are unscrupulous people out there that put harmful content in the guise of educational videos.

For example, there was once a group of adults that would wear costumes of Spiderman and Elsa of Frozen and have them act out mature scenes. There has been many a child that has seen their work before it was brought to the attention of YouTube executives. While YouTube does have a liability toward the content that they allow on their platform, the primary responsibility is toward the parents.

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If parents took the time to pre-screen what their children will be exposed to—especially when they are still young—can mean the world of difference to what they will end up seeing. What parents do need to understand is that this role changes over time. Parents cannot and should not continue to control information when their children are past a certain age.

Play-oriented Learning (for young children)

No matter how good your educational materials are, if your delivery is not well received, there is no positive learning that will occur. Instead, the child will correlate any ‘learning’ as a chore and a hassle rather than something that will be looked up on as a new opportunity to discover something new.

Children have a natural instinct for discovery which should be utilized appropriately.

The Challenge Continues

Parents still continue to play a role in the education of their children no matter what the age will be. It is a fact of life that no matter how old children get, they will still turn to their parents for wisdom. The focus may no longer be the things that you can pick up in the classroom but the learning still continues.

What the parents need to find now would be the balance of finding just how to present that information. The parents also need to be able to judge when it would be better to let their child learn the lesson through practical experience.

Speaking directly to the parents out there today: what challenges with your role in education have you faced?

History Perspective: What Went on After Napoleon Bonaparte Lost?

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After Napoleon Bonaparte’s dictatorship of France and several other parts of Europe, everyone had a lot to do to restore the peace. Today, Faculti Media takes you through history and back to post Napoleon Europe.

Who was Napoleon Bonaparte?

There have been a lot of short jokes directed at this notorious history figure. Everyone has probably heard of the French Revolution. This was a time in French history wherein the masses had finally had enough of their terrible living conditions.

At this point in history, France was severely bankrupt. This was in part due to the many wars and small skirmishes that the monarchy had launched against the other European superpowers, Spain and England. It was also because the monarchy and the nobility were not at all paying taxes. Instead, they continued to live lavishly and ate plenty.

So the people took up arms and abolished the monarchy. The First Republic of France was established. While France was supposed to be recovering from the monarchy and rebuilding themselves, an enterprising young General took over the Directory via a coup d’état. While Napoleon tried to maintain a farce as “first consul”, it was plain that he was establishing a dictatorship.

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As if it was not bad enough, Napoleon had a history of bad military strategies that had ended up in several failures while he was previously in Egypt. It was in 1802 that Napoleon was “voted” as First Consul for Life.

Several years later, he was once again ‘voted’ but this time it was for the post of Emperor of France. That was something was pretty odd given that the people had already abolished a monarchy yet “voted” an Emperor into power. If you study the annals of history you will know that these elections were heavily rigged by Napoleon’s supporters and even his brothers.

It was a thoroughly deplorable time in history. In the years that followed, Napoleon went on to conquer and enter into wars with other surrounding countries. At the very height of his rule, Napoleon had nearly conquered most of Europe. It was not until 1814 that Napoleon suffered massive and critical losses and was isolated to the island of Saint Helena.

What happened after Napoleon?

Europe underwent a recovery period and shaky peace. The rulers and government leaders of other European nations all unanimously agreed that they did not want another Napoleon situation on their hands. It was the year after Napoleon’s downfall that the great powers of Europe all convened at the Congress of Vienna.

It was during that congress that they all renegotiated and established the boundaries between nations. They also negotiated treaties where nations agreed to help each other and pull together if ever a single nation were to get out of hand again.

France

In France, Napoleon’s successor was King Louis XVIII. This Louis was the brother of the previous king who had been executed following the French Revolution. At this point in time, it was still quite fresh in the mind of the new king what had happened to his brother. As such, he focused on the idea of starting over as a fresh nation that did not have any of the stain or frivolities of the previous monarchs.

A sort of Bourbon restoration had occurred after Napoleon’s fall. The people of France were wary of a return of the ways of the old royal family. They were also wary of the negative international opinion that was currently held about France.

The time after Napoleon was tough as there were the factions that wanted to restore him to power. There were also those that wanted to make sure that he never came back. It was a tumultuous time and everyone seemed to be on edge.

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Poland

Poland was a nation that was deemed non-existent by Napoleon. However, it was reinstated by the Congress of Vienna and was put under the control of Czar Alexander I. While he tried to do right by Poland, he quickly came to realize that liberal reforms were only good in theory and not in actual practice—at least, not the way he saw it.

The Polish people were quick to grow tired of the Czar’s style of ruling and Polish Nationalism started to gain traction. It was something that was to be expected, if you really think about it. After losing their identity, they are now captained by someone that was not Polish. It was during this time in Polish history that the concept of secret societies began to gain traction.

Great Britain

Britain was undergoing massive reformation and revolt after Napoleon was deposed. Parliament was primarily composed of the aristocracy and they were rather tone deaf toward the needs of the masses. It was during this time that the Peterloo Massacre occurred—a national scandal that had rocked the country.

Britain was undergoing a palpable shift in its masses. The people, seeing some of the merits of the Napoleonic code of liberal thinking, wanted to apply some of the rights that were made available for the everyday person. This, of course, was perceived as a threat by the aristocrats who still held a majority of the power in terms of politics.

The Path to Peace

The road was not easy and would continue to be rocky for many years to come. A majority of Europe’s leaders were all wary about triggering a revolt. At the same time, they also did not want to return to how things were prior to Napoleon. The masses, in general, were more aware of their ability enact change upon their countries and their governments.

Those who wielded political authority remained within a constant state of anxiety. They worried about imposing their own rules and successfully striking a balance with the awakening masses. It was during this point in history that peace was tenuous and eventually the withdrawal of Britain from any further congress activity by 1822 certainly put a damper on the peace.

Napoleon certainly left a more liberal minded world after his rule.

Education and Technology: The Struggle and Eventual Partnership

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Since the development of technology, there has been a massive debate on how it can impact the field of education. Today, Faculti Media takes a look at the history and struggle between the precepts of technology and education.

The world of education has had massive shifts throughout history. It always managed to adapt to what technology was available. Back when there were no things available to write upon, educators made use of the Earth. When paint became available, they used that. Since that adaptation has always been the sort of norm when it came to the evolution of education, why was it when technology came into the picture there was a massive struggle on how it was to be utilized?

Was it Because of Odd Fears?

When computer technology first came about, it consisted of large blocks of hardware. These were primarily utilized by scientific bodies and government organizations. The hardware required large rooms and incredible consumption of electricity. In order to port this for educational use would cost a large amount of money.

From the view point of a school and an educator, it wholly impractical and truly out of budget! When the computer systems eventually started to improve, they became smaller and more powerful. It seemed that they were now wholly compatible with private home use and by extension, use in schools.

So why did it take so long? There are a few frank reasons behind this:

Money

One of the answers is fairly simple: money. Technology has never been truly friendly to the wallet. This is a very real fact of life. The newer the technology, the more expensive it often is. This is because manufacturers need to offset developmental and productions costs. What happens is that usually it is only the older forms of computers that end up reaching some public schools.

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Instead of being truly helpful as they were expected to be, some students end up with often obsolete or technologically inferior hardware to try to learn from.

Computer Literacy

As computers were fairly new and were not as easily accessible, even educators were not truly prepared to utilize computers for their lessons. There has always been a sort of disconnect between older generations and newer technological advancements.

This is also one of the primary reasons behind the resistance against using computers for education. How were educators expected to teach using a conduit that they themselves did not understand? In order to really make use of computers for education, there first needed to be a massive need for educators to undergo training.

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Once again, though, not every educational institution out there had the funds to individually train their educators. Mostly, they ended up hiring people who were already computer literate but were not actually educators. There must be a balance between the two. You cannot just be full-on educator without being computer literate. The reverse is also true.

How Has Computers Changed Education?

The field of Education has truly changed since computers were introduced to it. In the recent decade alone, learning has changed in leaps and bounds. Here are a few solid examples of the positive changes:

Communication and Feedback

Back in the day, if you wanted to get in touch with your professor or teacher, you needed to either camp outside the faculty room or wait for Parent/Teacher day. Computers have changed this greatly. Now students are able to send email or messages with their concerns or questions regardless of the time. With the development of mobile gadgets (which are pretty much self-contained computers), no matter where you are, you can be reached as well.

This opened up a whole different avenue in which educators can reach out to their students.

Lessons and Storage

If there was anything important, it would be on a chalkboard or a white board. These were temporary and would be erased for the next class. Not everyone can copy what is written in a fast and efficient manner. So there has been more than one instance where some students do not end up with the notes that they need.

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Computers enabled the storage of all the necessary notes and effective disbursement to all the students. Not just that, computers have also changed the way students could turn in their assignments and projects.

Multimedia Utilization

This is particularly useful for younger students. Lessons can now be made using a computer. You can create animated content which can involve the lesson or curriculum. Come the next class, the teacher can simply project the video or the content on through a projector.

Multimedia in class is nothing new. However, it is now truly great how educators can create their own multimedia lessons for their students. Not only is it more personalized, it helps educators get a better understanding on how to effectively utilize computers.

How Has the Struggle Stopped?

Educators, Educational Institutions, and even local communities all gathered and discussed the merits of modernizing education. They understood that while it would cost a bit of money or that even the teachers would need proper training, modernization would have massive benefits for students regardless of age.

It was through exchanges like these that communities found ways to equip their local schools and libraries with relatively up to date computer systems. While there are now new issues like using computers too much and not really going out for physical activities, this does not remove the benefits of computers. The thing is the struggle has not completely stopped. There are still some educators in developing countries that do not was to make use of computers in their classrooms. Not only is this detrimental to their students’ competency, it also sets their students decades behind others.

As long as there are still instances wherein technology is not being utilized in terms of education, more conversations will need to happen. We will certainly continue to keep watch on this particular issue. We believe that technology is critical in helping the newer generations take in learning in ways that we never got to experience.