On What Education Should Do

When I refer to education, what I’m talking about is more than just what schools do. That is just one part of it. I’m expanding education to include how a culture, a society, or a country educates the newer generations on the culture itself. Schools, as we know them now, teach reading, writing, arithmetic, history and science. In universities we learn logic, philosophy, etc. How a society educates its young not only defines its identity but also the way it defines itself for the future. If a society recognizes the importance of education to its existence, then it will make sure to place education high on its list of priorities. Unfortunately, that has not been the case in the United States. Other priorities have been distractions, and this has robbed several generations, of an education that should be worthy of free society, and a country like ours.I have always been more of a pro-process education vs. content education thinker, and have felt that the first and foremost goal of schooling should be focusing everything on teaching the child the skills to teach himself. It is not at the expense of the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic. It’s simply filtering everything through that goal.The learning centers we have are the parents (family), the schools, religion, and later the external world (without supervision). The parents give us our first glimpse of the world and our first impressions of it. The schools begin the socialization process along side the religion which presumably deals with spiritual and ethical values. Then we are grown up, and expected to go out into the “external world” and not only survive, but be contributing members as well. This is where it’s determined whether a society has been successful or not in teaching its younger generations.What parents can do is initially set the stage and create the best possible foundation for the child to enter the society via the school system. They can first instill that all-important perception that the world is a trust-able place (and also identify the parameters of that trust). They can also encourage curiosity, imagination, and the ability to observe what is going on around them, assess risk all of which will enable the child to make better choices.All these things are positive things but the one that is most important is instilling in children the gradual ability to be independent of their parents. The parents should want their children to grow to be independent, so they can feel comfortable that their children will survive and do well when they are no longer around.Schools can do other things too. They introduce the child to his first social group situation. But they can also include skills like anger management and further the development of risk assessment as part of the child’s growing cognitive abilities. They have the potential for greater cultural education, skills such as logic and ethics in addition to the basic reading, writing, arithmetic skills, at a much earlier age than is now considered possible through schooling.Religion or Spiritual institutions, can also teach morality, ethics and things related to the spirit.One subset to all this is Sex Education. What happens in real life is that the parents are split about wanting the schools to teach it, at least within certain parameters. Religion doesn’t really teach anything about sex except to abstain until marriage. When the schools attempt to teach it, the parents get more ambivalent about what the parameters should be, while religion insists that the schools should only be involved in teaching abstinence. So my conclusion is that the parents should be the ones who have the ultimate responsibility, and should put aside their embarrassment and discuss it with their children, or else they will learn it from the external world without any supervision.The US government should put education high on the priority list, because if they don’t, future generations will not be able to compete with those that have been educated in other countries and are more equipped to compete in the world market. My approach is simple: focus more on education, because the future survival of our culture depends on it.

Travel Tips To Avoid Hassles And Inconveniences

Traveling is not entirely rest and relaxation. You might also experience some hair-pulling situations that will leave you feeling frustrated and disappointed. But you can minimize or even completely eliminate common travel hassles and inconveniences if you know what to do.Here are some of the travel tips you would want to know:Tip 1: Choose the right luggage bag. Make sure it is made from sturdy materials so you will not lose garments along the way because of holes or gaping seams. Moreover, you should choose the right size. When checking luggage, it should have the right size and weight. Also choose a good carry-on luggage. It should have pockets and compartments for your hand-carry items such as toiletries, wallet, passport and some gadgets.Tip 2: Be sensible about the things you are bringing with you. Make a list of the items you need. Browse over the list a few times so you can edit it out. Plan your outfits and bring sensible shoes. One pair of shoes is enough if you are going on a three-day trip abroad.Tip 3: When packing liquid belongings, make sure you seal them properly. Place them in clear plastic bag and seal them tightly with masking tape or duct tape to avoid leaks.Tip 4: Weigh your luggage after packing. This will give you a rough idea of how much your checked luggage will cost when you check it in the airport.Tip 5: Confirm flight tickets, especially if you have a long trip ahead. You would want to call the airline company and confirm your flight at least 3 days before your scheduled flight.Tip 6: When traveling to a non English-speaking country, you should bring books and paraphernalia that can help you translate the things you want to say in the vernacular. Also learn more about the culture of the people there. Do your research before booking a flight.Tip 7: Call the hotel you are going to stay and ask if they give car service to pick you up at the airport. This way, you wouldn’t have to spend a lot of time finding your hotel.Tip 8: Make an itinerary. When visiting amusement parks, make sure you know the days that they are open. Most amusement parks schedule day offs and maintenance days during Mondays.Tip 9: Plan your trips early especially if you want to go during peak seasons. During holidays, festivals, sport fests and other special events, most hotel establishments and Airlines are fully booked.

Wedding Photography: Capture The Heart Of the Moment

A camera can stall the entire world. It captures the world as we see it and also the world beyond it. I feel photography as a painting with colors and light. Weddings are the most beautiful happenings on earth and wedding photography is the photography to showcase the activities during weddings (Pre and Post wedding).Weddings are a grand affair and the only sweet memories that remain with us for the rest of our lives. The wedding pictures should come out as amazing as the wedding happens. Wedding photography has different shades, as weddings are always colorful and filled with emotions. Weddings are not about emotions and sentiments, a lot of fun and frolic play an important role in brushing the canvas.According to history, the concept of wedding photography came into existence after the Second World War. Earlier, photography was a bulky task where they generally used films, negatives and later came the analog cameras and now we see professional photographers using digital SLR’s.Analog cameras provided only low quality photographs but with SLR’s we have high quality pictures and can also manipulate ambient light which is always a challenge for a photographer.We have different approaches to wedding photography, but mostly we see Traditional, Photojournalistic and Contemporary wedding photography.Traditional photography as the name suggests provides traditionally posed pictures taken on the Big Day and Photojournalistic photography comes from editing and adding up extra technical options to the wedding pictures. We have many software options for photography editing and enhancing the pictures. Mostly, we see photographers blending these styles. Contemporary/fashion-based Photography is complete poles apart to traditional photography where the photographer takes the ambience and the plot from the day. Contemporary photographers are professionals who provide indoor and outdoor photography and also photojournalistic features required to enhance the photographs.The wedding photography market is unorganized and welcoming many styles, ideas and experts. With the latest technology now in hand, people randomly get into wedding photography without prior experience. It is important that one has a lot of patience and interest as it is back-breaking work and one has to be attentive throughout the ceremony for long hours and one should be able to predict and capture emotions. People aspiring to become wedding photographers can get professional training from reputed institutes. There is always a good demand for wedding Photographers and hence what is important is to maintain exceptional quality in work.