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How to Become a Good Hair Stylist

Becoming a good hairstylist isn’t an easy feat and you will need an eye for fashion, creativity and some serious skills in order to excel in it. A good hair stylist is one who can give his clients exactly what they ask for even if it is a makeover where the person is given a completely unique and fresh look. Hair styling is the art of adding elegance, grace and beauty to a person’s appearance or personality in order to make him look even better. Fashion is an important concern these days due to which everyone wants to look their best and it is all thanks to this spurt that the path of hairstylist and beauty salons has been paved.

A lot of people aspire to become good hair stylists and if you are one of them then the first prerequisite which you need to have is hair cutting tools. These are absolutely essential because these will be the tools which will enable you to earn your daily bread. Among the many careers of the fashion industry, the styling career is the most demanding and it does have great earning potential too. So that is why so many people are trying to become good hair stylists.

Hair styling is for those who like to experiment with different kinds of hairstyles on different people. During your initial weeks or months you might have a lot of trouble catching up, especially if you do not have any prior experience at all, so you will have to take things one at a time. First, get your set of hair cutting tools and learn the basics of hair cutting. Apart from learning about the techniques and getting yourself some brand new hair cutting tools, you will also need to understand the various kinds of hair in terms of their texture, quality, density and other factors.

If you are new to it and would like to seek assistance then you can visit any hair dressing school where you can develop and nurture your talent. At times simply knowing how to use the hair cutting tools isn’t enough and you will need to have a passion for your talent in order to excel in the trade and stand out from the crowd. Depending on what type of training you are going for, the training period can be anything from 6 months to even a year or more. It is advisable to start small and go for small sessions and then slowly build it up to a longer training program in order to help you multiply the earning potential.

Different kind of training schools offer training on different aspects such as hair coloring techniques, basic haircuts, variation in basic haircuts, lessons on how the face shape can affect the hairstyles, hair styling techniques, hair highlighting techniques and so on. Once you have covered all the essential aspects you will need to start off by looking for a job in an actual salon so that you can put whatever you have learnt into practice. Remember, no matter how much training you have acquired if you do not apply your knowledge practically then you will never be able to master the art of hair styling and cutting.

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One of the most frequently asked questions that new internet marketers have is “Why am I not getting enough traffic to my website?”

And the answer is always the same- “Because you are not posting enough content out there”. That’s it.

Content= Traffic= Sales

So… What’s this rush about social networking?

Well to quickly tell you exactly how you can get tons of free targeted traffic for your website using social networking, I need to emphasize here that social networking is a daughter of Web 2.0 . OK son too… Whatever!

So to begin with, let’s talk about what is web 2.0 . Well Anything beyond text and images is web 2.0. You might recall the earlier days when internet was just new and ordinary people had just started using the internet, the websites were mere collection of static pages. By static I mean, the pages were created and edited by owners of the site and the visitors or the end users had no access or control over the content of the website. All they could do was read and see the images.

But people started realizing that more is the amount of content on websites, more is the amount of traffic they would get. And then the geniuses figured out that the best way to have fresh, quality content in large volumes on to a website was to “allow” the users to post content.

That’s where it all began.. The web 2.0 thing.

Talking about traffic. Well there are tons and tons of methods of getting traffic to your website. But all these methods can be classified in terms of buying traffic, borrowing traffic or creating traffic. You can either buy traffic, borrow traffic, or create traffic.

Let’s talk about buying first. PPC, Solo ads, email campaigns, banner advertising etc are all the methods of buying traffic. It simply means paying to get traffic to your websites. Now, if you are just starting out, I would NOT recommend that you start by buying traffic. Because buying traffic is not easy. Its a total art. Why? Simply because of the enormous amount of competition out there. But unfortunately, this is the way most people start. They try to buy traffic to get rich and end up losing the overall game.

Now let’s move on to borrowing traffic. Borrowing simple means leveraging the other peoples’ traffic. It refers to JV promotions where a person who has some existing traffic to their website redirect or channel their traffic to your website in return of a cost. You can pay them on a pay Per Sale basis which is the most common. But JVing is impossible unless you have your own products by which I mean the products that you have created. Now if you are just starting out on the internet then naturally you do not have your own products. And that is fine. Before you have your own product, you need to be an expert and that is impossible if you are a new internet marketer. So borrowing is also out.

And the last thing that remains is creating your own flow of traffic…ie your own basic stream of free targeted traffic that is coming over to your website all the time. Even while you sleep. Having a small yet constant stream of free targeted visitors visiting your website is the best thing that can happen to you. And this is the thing that you need to focus on. Because that way you will be constantly making sales here and there and that will keep you going with your spirits high and momentum of content creation large.

Now creating your own traffic is not that easy. It requires some groundwork. You need to work. You will need to create content. And you might have to wait for a few days before you start seeing any traffic even if you are constantly putting out content out there. While I recommend you do create a lot of quality (fresh, original and valuable) content to post out there, it’s definitely not the fastest route to getting traffic.

So then, what is the fast way? Has it got anything to do with creating content?

Well, creating “relevant” content and posting it at “smart” places with “wise” usage.

Let’s Talk about it now.

Relevant content = content that is related to the kind of products that you are selling. Content that is valuable and entertaining and educating for any person interested in your niche. Content that is personal… That involves you speaking to the reader or listener directly as I am talking to you right now. Content that shows and personifies you and demonstrates your beliefs.

So remember the four keywords whenever you are creating content… Humorous, Heartfelt, Helpful, Honest. If your content satisfies all these four adjectives, then its great content as far as getting traffic and marketing is concerned.

Now lets talk about smart places … Post your content at those places where there are people who are looking for the kind of information that you are telling. (Or selling or whatever! Internet Marketing- Selling=telling the right things to right people that’s it.)
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Social Networking websites are great places to find millions of people (OK.. I will take that down to thousands, Fine?) who are potentially looking for the kind of products that you are promoting and selling. These are also the places where you can start getting traffic as quickly as in fifty minutes. And these are sources of fast, free, targeted traffic that converts like crazy… All for your websites. So if social marketing is not a part of your overall traffic mix, then I recommend you make it.

Now let’s talk about “wise” usage of your content. Well, all I mean to say here is that you do not need to create new content every time you feel the need to post it. All you need to do is to repurpose all your content. Repurposing your content simple means this-

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Book Review: The Bridge to Neverland by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

A mysterious old letter hidden in a secret compartment of an antique desk leads Sarah and Aidan to a startling discovery: The story of Peter Pan is not fiction after all! They end up on the adventure of their lives as they flee from the police, the FBI and a very persistent private detective – all to keep the starstuff from the evil Lord Ombra and protect Never Land from the outside world.

Harmless stuff? Or will the villain who possesses ravens to pursue our two heroes – and even possesses people at times – be too scary for your child?

Let’s take a look at what’s really inside “The Bridge to Never Land.” (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)

The Good Stuff

Sarah and Aidan are the typical sister and brother. They have their disagreements, but their love for each other is obvious. They stick together through thick and thin and try to protect each other when things get dangerous.

Characters also put their own lives on the line for others. For example, Sarah gets mortally wounded trying to save Peter Pan’s life. And Peter risks his life to come to Sarah’s world to save Aidan – knowing he may never be able to return to Never Land.

Violence

“The Bridge to Never Land” is a real page-turner. Sarah and Aidan go from one perilous situation to another as they follow clues to the hidden starstuff – and then run for their lives from the police and Lord Ombra.

For example…

– Sarah and Aidan are attacked by a pack of hungry wolves in a cave and barely escape injury – or worse.

– A young professor who helps them – JD – gets punched by a policeman.

– Sarah almost drowns – but is saved by a mermaid.

– Hook captures a flying Peter Pan in a net and later tries to kill him.

– Sarah is speared in the chest with Hook’s hook – and almost dies from her injuries.

Magic, Sorcery and Spirituality

Needless to say… any story about Peter Pan has magic. The boy can fly, for pete’s sake! And when Sarah and Aidan discover the box of stardust, they are also able to fly. They even use the stardust to make a police van lift off the ground and float away. When Sarah is injured, the starstuff heals her – and saves her life.

But then there’s Lord Ombra. Sarah and Aidan’s first introduction to him is in a flock of ravens that attack their hotel room window. But who is this guy?

Near as I can tell, Lord Ombra is part man, part shadow. He can steal people’s shadows. And he can possess a person to read their thoughts and/or manipulate them. He possesses several characters in the book to achieve his goals – including Aidan.

What does he want? The starstuff, at all costs. It will allow him to destroy all of creation and cause the world to be in darkness. To get the starstuff from Sarah and Aidan, he pursues them as a flock of ravens and possesses people at times to try to get close to them.

Sexual Content

None.

Drugs and Alcohol

None.

Foul Language

Mild stuff. There are about a dozen exclamations of “oh my god” – mostly by Sarah and Aidan.

Other Negative Stuff

Sarah and Aidan lie to their parents as they pursue clues to the location of the starstuff. They also run away from home. They did it to protect their parents from Lord Ombra, but still… they could have left a note.

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That’s the principle: if you have it in any area of life and don’t use it (or use it rather foolishly)

If you are looking for a change, and you want a way to improve your own life and take control of your own destiny, then the Science of Quantum Abundance is for you. Read on to find out about how you can use this new science to change your destiny.

The Science of Quantum Abundance is the practice of using the power of your subconscious to drastically change your level of success in life. By using your mind to guide you and with laser-focus towards a particular goal, you will learn when to act on certain opportunity impulses that you notice each day.

Quantum Abundance teaches us how to know when you should focus on certain opportunities and when you should avoid them, all based upon your goals. The universe likes speed, so it is critical that you act on your ideas as soon as you get them. If you wait too long, your brilliant idea will be used up by someone else.

In order to get exactly what you want in life, you first must have specific, measurable goals. You have to live, eat, sleep, breathe these goals and want them so bad that you would almost do anything to achieve them. The Science of Quantum Abundance will not work if you are not 100% committed to your goal. Once you have these goals, and keep them in your mind at all times, what you think about becomes your reality. You will start to notice new opportunities in your life that you need to act upon immediately in order to continue working towards your goal. As you complete your goals, you can add even bigger goals and continue to use the Science of Quantum Abundance to achieve each one.

Have you ever wondered about that scripture in Matthew 13:12 that reads: “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them” (NIV)?’

I think some people may feel this has to do with the needy and the poor, and it really doesn’t. I also think some people see this as a sentence of condemnation, and it’s totally not. It’s a very empowering word of encouragement for us to become more excellent.

This scripture first has to do with us receiving the word God gives and the gifts he gives with an attitude of “YES, I receive that and I will produce from it“! (So when you read it, say “Yes” to it- even if you don’t fully understand it- and ask God to show you how to grow from it.)

It also applies to the kinds of stewards we are and should be with the things we’ve been given. If we are wise with our blessings, we will get more, both from the way things naturally work, as well as from God.

Just think of it as good managers being rewarded, and doors of greater opportunity opening up to those who have made the effort to go through previous doors.

If we want more (more wisdom, more opportunities, more money, more key connections, more branches of our ministry), we have to be wise and responsible with what we have now. If we are not wise, our own frivolous actions will cause us to lose what we have.

In addition, if we are inclined to throw precious resources away, why would God throw more at us? Those who use resources wisely, he blesses with more.

Let’s say for example someone has a lot of money to give to a nonprofit, a ministry, or a community service group. They will likely give to an organization that is doing important, responsible, and noteworthy things with their resources, and making those resources go far.

In the same way, God will fully bless us personally when we are responsible and trustworthy with what he has already given.

By the way, as an aside, the scripture above is not a tool to use to judge whether or not we should help those in need. We should always do that; and the poor are always with us. The quote above has to do with us personally and our everyday walk in this world.

When we are wise and responsible with our resources – including friendships, jobs, money, opportunities, clients, customers, family, material things- more will come to us. It’s a natural law of sowing and reaping. It’s also a spiritual law of excellence.

On the other hand, when we are irresponsible with our own money, friendships, material items, resources, etc, we seem to lose them easily and squander them senselessly.

Do you want to prosper so you can bless many? Be an excellent steward of what you have now.

You were created for excellence, and you certainly have the grace available to be excellent in all that you say and do. Start small, believe it’s for you, and you will grow in excellence, meaning more will be added to what you already have.

Simple Action: Take a loving, unjudgmental look at your life to see where you are not being fully trustworthy, fruitful, and responsible with your personal resources.

In the areas where we see we can improve, let’s up-level quickly, so that we will be blessed with more, for the purpose of blessing, influencing, and helping more and more people.

So much of what we produce in this life depends on our choices each day and on how we partner with God. The “taken away” part of this principle is not necessarily God taking something away; our own foolishness, laziness, and squandering will cause us to lose ground and forfeit the resources we’ve had right in our hands at one time (and there are plenty of foolish “birds” around to help us do it).

The bright hope in all of this is that we can START NEW, RIGHT NOW.

TODAY you can live your life more purposefully and gratefully, and you can ask for a new seed (a new resource) with which to showcase your diligence and appreciation. I’m sure you already have a few of these seeds lying around. Plant them so more will grow. It’s not too late.

– If you think you need a new car, it’s not too late to clean up the one you have now and check the oil.

– If you think you need a new job, it’s not too late to do your best at work today.

– If you think you need more money, it’s not too late to give a little of what you have now to your church or a person in need.

– If you think you need better relationships, it’s not too late to show sincere love to those in your life now, and quit keeping score or judging all that they do.

– If you think you need more influence and impact, it’s not too late to NOT talk behind peoples’ backs or cut down the good works of others.

– If you think you want more success, it’s not too late to DECIDE to be sincerely happy for the small and great successes of others.

– If you think you want health and well being, it’s not too late to take a five- minute walk today or eat some veggies instead of doubling down on potatoes or bread.

– If you think you want to be full of joy, it’s not too late to love others, even those who tend to be annoying or somewhat controversial.

That’s the principle: if you have it in any area of life and don’t use it (or use it rather foolishly), you will begin to lose it until one day it’s gone. If you have it and begin to use it, little by little it will increase.

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Starting Your Project Management Career

Getting started in project management can be tough. When starting out, there are many questions and challenges to face, and they are different based on your particular background and situation.

People who struggle with this come from various backgrounds:

Project Newbies – You might be a recent graduate or switching careers. If you have no experience whatsoever with working on or managing projects, it can seem almost impossible to get your foot in the door.

Technical Gurus – You have been on project teams and been “in the trenches” getting things done. Now it seems that managing these projects is your calling, but you have to go through a paradigm shift and learn new skills to make the transition.

People Managers – You have been managing people and are good at it. Now you want to expand your horizons and switch from the day-to-day management of functional teams to the dynamic environment of delivering unique projects.

You might be trying to break into project management, or you may be an “Accidental Project Manager” who looked up one day and asked, “What have I gotten myself into?” A project fell in your lap somehow. How do you get good at managing it?

The questions I get most from these groups center around expanding knowledge, gaining experience, and planning your career path. Answers change based on individual circumstances. Your personality attributes and background play heavily into the path forward.

Hard and Soft Skills

Natural aptitudes vary from person to person, but you can acquire a level of competency for nearly all project management skills through education and experience.

Hard Skills refer to competency with the tools and techniques of formal project management. If you are analytical by nature, hard skills are relatively easy for you to acquire and master.

Soft Skills or “people skills” include competency in communication and relationships with other people. Outgoing “people persons” have a natural aptitude to be comfortable in this arena, but can also engage in many ineffective approaches when lacking in knowledge and experience. Do not confuse personal attributes with soft skills. I cannot influence personal attributes and aptitudes, but I can teach soft skills.

Building Knowledge

Regardless of which group you belong to, you will need to expand your knowledge base.

Technical Gurus will likely pick up the hard skills quickly, but many of the soft skills practices of managing people effectively and politics may be somewhat new. People Managers will find soft skill nuances in project environments and many of the hard skills will be new territory. Project Newbies may be familiar with some of the theories in project management, but are going to need a lot of real-world knowledge, experience, and coaching to land that first job and formulate their project manager career path.

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Samsung Brings New Mobile Phones For You

Samsung is the world’s leading brand in the whole mobile phone market. Every launch of its new model draws thousands of users towards it. If you want to feel the enchanting effects of some attractive gadgets then do try a couple of new and innovative Samsung upcoming mobile phones.

Some of the names of the upcoming Samsung mobile phones which you can buy are the Samsung S9402, Samsung T459 Gravity and Samsung T919 Behold. These phones would soon come in the market with wonderful features which you might not have used till date. The Samsung S9402 has a camera of 5 mega pixels which enables the users to click beautiful photos at an image resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixel. In addition, it has also got other tools like auto focus and image stabiliser which would help you to get better photographs.

The Samsung S9402 would appeared in the Samsung mobile market in the most popular black colour. The dimensions of this handset are approximately 115 x 48 x 16 mm. You can carry this phone easily as it weighs 140 grams only. This widget is packed with advance entertainment features. With the help of its Mp3 player and stereo FM, you can tune in to all kinds of music.

The Samsung T459 Gravity would be soon available in two attractive colours : Aqua and Lime. It offers a good camera capable of taking alluring photographs. This widget is equipped with Bluetooth v2.0 and USB v2.0 features. These tools let you transfer data to other handsets. Samsung fans who like to play mobile games can ignite this passion further with this new Samsung phone. With the help of its phone book, a user can store around 1000 numbers of contact entries. It has a brilliant memory which can easily store data.

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How to Monetize Your Tech Blog or Site

If you are an owner of a tech site or blog then you already know that next to porn the biggest market on the internet is Technology. There are a lot of searches everyday for technology related terms and many tech blogs and sites are out there offering a wealth of information and opportunity for their webmasters..

The problem for tech webmasters is that viewers of technology sites are often blind to ads and just focus on the articles or news that they are reading. Most people will tell you that if you have a story dug you will likely not be able to make any money off all of that traffic because Digg users are “ad blind”.

There are many factors to think about when monetizing your blog but I thought that a list of tips that you can focus on and implement in the next hour would probably be the best thing that I could offer so here they are:

1. Don’t use Google AdSense at all

If there is any type of advertising that tech people are actually blind to it has got to be AdSense. We see AdSense ads everywhere and usually the exact same ads because the topics we will look at are similar. Don’t waste the space on your site with this.

2. Keep ads as close to the content as possible and blend them

Try to get into the head of your reader. Let’s say someone is looking through Google for a solution to some problem and hit your page. That user will scan the article looking for keywords and if it is interesting will continue to read through the rest of the text. You need your advertising close to get an eyeball close enough to see the ad even.

3. Find content specific advertising

Go off to Tiger Direct or Think Geek and join their affiliate program and then in your pages offer specific items that your viewers will be interested in. One of the best ways to offer these products is through text hyperlinks within your content.

4. Offer articles with solutions

Stories of problems and the fixes that you offered as a solution are a great topic for you to use as content and in my tech blog I have done this as well in the past. As well as being a very satisfying way of sharing your knowledge it also offers you the opportunity to show a solution using a product that you are an affiliate for.

5. Write good solution based reviews

No one likes to just be sold in a review for a product. If you can review a product using solutions to problems that if offers as well as strengths compared to other products on the market then your review will mean a lot more to your readers.

6. Study the market

Now that you know this information look around. With other sites, what looks like it would work? What products would be great ones to promote or affiliate with? Do the research to see if you can offer products that you like somehow.

As you can see I have used none of these tactics so far on this blog. All that I ask is that you subscribe to my tips and hopefully one day in the future I will have the opportunity to steer you to a product that you can buy through me.

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Fatal System Errors in the US Education System

7 Reasons the U.S. Education System Is Failing!

Recently, today actually, I saw a post of a video on Facebook that detailed simple questions posed to university students regarding BASIC social and historic facts, events and the people who govern our country. The results were astounding to say the least! Abject failure and an inability to name or identify ANY of the people, places and events. Let me repeat… NONE.

The formal education system in the U.S. was designed to meet the demands of the industrial revolution by providing basic education to the masses. Pretty simple right? So why is it that we fail to recognize or refuse to acknowledge that the demands are different today? There has not been a calculable redefinition or evolution of the educational system since. This is scary as it will define the failure of our country step-by-step and bit-by-bit until we are reduced to a social collection of ignorance.

Let’s examine the cause and solutions.

1. Closed for Business!

Schools find their existence tied to community standards and financial restraints based on the community support… or lack of. The result is that schools are closing at an alarming rate across the country. The decision to close a school rarely reflects the needs of a community or, more importantly, the needs of the students!

There seems to be less concern for the needs of the communities children’s education than the economic demands of the location of the school or the resources available. Where is the federal government when this happens? Well, they are partially to blame. The government rhetoric details the need for affordable, quality education while they demand that school systems adhere to specific federal mandates that tie the school administration’s hands to comply with political wants. So much for federal support.

2. Two-Gallons of milk in a one-gallon jug!

So, how many kids can you cram into a classroom and still teach effectively? That depends on whether you are looking to teach the children or be a daycare service. I know, pretty harsh but look at the function of schools today. They take your children and house them and feed them for about 6-7 hours a day. Mostly providing them with basic discipline and food that they rarely get a t home! Oh yes, admin it. Teachers are required to discipline your children in a crowded atmosphere where safety is no longer guaranteed and education takes a back seat to providing basic needs that parents are unwilling to, uneducated to or unable to provide. Wait, what about education? Well, there is so little time for that that caring for them takes priority over teaching them.

Secondarily, because of the constraints of federally-mandated guidelines, the children are taught in a cookie-cutter style standard of personality-limiting, creative-minimizing and individually-restrictive processes to get them to their adulthood. Basic education with basic performance that aligns children to basic standards that align with everyone else’s basic needs. Sad because it is done in crowded classrooms where teachers are forced to “teach” more children than one person could attend to. How effective is that?

3. If You Do What You’ve Always Done… You’ll Get What You’ve Always Gotten!

How can we expect our children to excel when their parents are minimally educated. One must understand that this cycle of poor education will produce more poorly educated children who will produce more poorly-educated children and so on and so on. Parents are so busy struggling to make a living today because of a poor economy or a lack of opportunity that there is little time to attend to their children’s education at home let alone at school. Involvement is also critical especially when the parents are minimally educated because they lack the foresight and experience to guide a young person to the right path. The result is a continually-repeated system that fails students and undermines this country’s future. It matters not whether you are poor and struggling to make a living that doesn’t allow for time to teach your kids at home OR whether your well off and struggle to maintain a career that doesn’t allow for time to attend to your kids at home. Either way, the education suffers.

4. Once Stated Always Abated!

I was once told that I was stupid. I was told that I could never learn because I lacked the basic ability to understand or comprehend anything that a normal person was expected to know. Can you imagine? Well, today I am in pursuit of a doctorate in education. Highly educated holding several degrees and formally recognized for my teaching abilities and performance as an educator. So there, take that!

If a child is to be challenged then the child has to recognize their worth and value as an individual. EVERY child is talented and gifted in something and should be recognized for it immediately and consistently. Oh yes, failure happens but that is part of the lesson as well. Individualized learning platforms and initiatives are crucial to the support and future of educational success. The talented and gifted programs require that a child be recognized and advanced because of their special gift instead of the initiative being available to ALL students. I believe that EVERY child has the opportunity to reveal their gift if given the opportunity to allow it to reveal itself. Why limit other children’s opportunity to excel because someone didn’t recognize their talents? Beyond me.

This lack of diversity in basic education is driven by personal prejudices and the nuances of social conformity and economic availability in a school district. Shameful that every student doesn’t have the same opportunity to be recognized for their inevitable contribution to society.

5. There’s a Step to the Prep!

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Education Department, 80% of all high school students graduate and student graduation rates are at an all-time high. This sounds great doesn’t it? Well, no it doesn’t because about 80% of high school seniors cannot pass basic proficiency exams or read at a basic level. The fundamental and core foundation for a successful future lies in their ability to read and comprehend and it is failing miserably. Because of a politically-correct mindset and an unwillingness to admit that we are failing we are passing kids without prejudice. What is the dynamic here? Money, acknowledgment, standards, social constraint?

With fewer than 40% of graduating students able to perform basic reading and math skills, what will their future look like? Poor at best because they are set up for failure and aren’t educated enough to know it. They are not prepared for any part of life let alone future education without the basic skills to learn. It seems a path to socialism.

6. Teacher to Preacher!

With the lack of people who are willing to sacrifice their future for low-paying academic careers there is little to choose from in the way of well-educated teachers. Enter teachers. As student education becomes more technology-supported so must teacher innovation education. A once-proud career, teachers are opting for more industrial careers using their basic educational achievements because it pays more and is less restricting. A lack of qualified teachers translates to a lack of quality education from under qualified teachers. The cultural shift in classrooms demands an academic shift in recognizing and utilizing qualified teachers who must meet higher-level standards before being allowed to teach.

Alas, distance learning take the personalization from the process, individualism from the practice and allows for lesser-educated teachers to perform office-like academics instead of teaching-like practices. Poorly educated teachers who are not held to the highest standards will produce poorly-educated students who will perpetuate the same. Pay teachers better and demand more from them and we will produce quality educated people. There is something askew when ball players make millions and teachers make nothing! Time to rethink this one.

7. Girls Will Be Girls and Boys Will Be Boys!

Or will they? There is a huge nationwide divide in the gender makeup of the student population today in schools. The STEM program is experiencing a narrowing range of student diversity as of recent examinations of student diversity in education. Formerly male student dominated academics and careers are changing to a more female dominated academic showing. Women are now able to perform as well or better than their male counterparts in science, technology engineering and math… previously neglected and they have always had the ability but unrecognized or acknowledged.

A globally competitive market demands equal and qualified individuals to perform and defend the right of opportunity regardless of gender, race, creed or social standing. As we develop our more-diverse communities, so should we develop our academically-driven future with better-educated people… no matter what!

By Dr. Mark Zupo

“The best lessons learned come from the hardest lessons earned.”

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Is it Worth Investing in Cheap Gadgets?

If you are looking to buy cheap gadgets then the best answer for you would be gadgets made in China, as these are the most cheap gadgets world over. Any gadget you might be thinking of right from the smallest one to the biggest one as well as from the least popular gadget to the most popular gadget are all manufactured in China. Tons of gadgets are being manufactured in China at one go, as result of which they are able to manufacture gadgets very cheaply. There are lots of websites which offer a huge range of Chinese gadgets in the internet. In case if your looking for a special gadget to show off among your friends and not want to spend a lot o money on it, there are enormous variety of cheap gadgets which can be bought from various websites.

These days there are many European as well as American websites which offer cheap gadgets from China. These gadgets are very addictive and you can not just take the hands of it at least for first couple of weeks of buying them. They may not be as worthy as the normal gadgets you would get in America or Europe if you are actually putting a lot of thought into it. But if you do a calculation based on the number of hours these gadgets work in comparison with normal gadgets actually these gadgets it is quite worthy in terms of hours and the number of dollar you pay. You must say “by and large” they are worth for every bit of dollar you have paid.

If the amounts of variety of cheap gadgets on the American and European websites are lesser to your expectations, then the best places you should look for these cheap gadgets should be the authentic Chinese websites. There quite a huge number of companies from China that manufacture these gadgets. A lot of these companies have their own websites but most these are in Chinese. Having said that most of the large companies have slowly but surely started opening websites in English as well. One most important factor you should keep in mind is to find out the amount of customs duty you have to pay for ordering these gadgets from these Chinese websites. In case you have plans to make a larger order it would make a lot of sense to contact the nearest customs office to find the amount of duty you have to pay and proceed with the order if you paying the duty. Otherwise you might well be in a state of shock when you get to know the customs duty you have to pay while receiving the goods.

When ever you are ordering for these cheap gadgets from these Chinese websites you must be aware that you do as much as research possible before buying them as Chinese gadgets do not come with much of guarantee. These cheap gadgets are not like American or European gadgets which come with adequate guarantee period for replacement or money back (in some cases).

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Cheap International Travel – Peru for All Types of Tourists

Peru has been featured a lot of times in various articles, videos, images and other materials. Most of these materials were produced by Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO) and tourism sites. Although majority of the reasons behind making Peru more popular to the worldwide audience are related to making profit, Peru is really a country that can “sell” itself.

Thanks to the easy to use do-it-yourself online travel sites, it is now easy to find cheap flights to Peru and purchase the airfare within minutes without having to leave the comforts of your own home. In addition to this, the increasing number of competition in Peru tourism has resulted to Travel Blog competitive prices. The once expensive Peruvian trip has become more affordable, especially since the country’s tourism is booming rapidly. Airline have been competing for the attention of Peru visitors resulting to amazingly low prices on airfares. Hotels and activity providers are going through this tough competition as well. To the delight of many visitors, professional travel agents can help them find the lowest rates online. Large travel agencies can even work their wonders in cutting the prices of the fares for as much as 40% to 50% due to their special business arrangement with the travel suppliers such as airlines and hotels. Promotional travel deals to Peru keep on appearing everywhere online, secret discount coupon codes are sent to email subscribers, travel rewards are given to loyal customers – the list of exciting perks goes on.

The locals in Peru have opened their cities, communities and hearts to the tourists who want to discover more about their rich culture and gifted land. Generally, visitors to Peru claim that they feel safe when walking along the streets of Lima, Cusco and other cities even without a guide. Artisans from different parts of Lima, Cusco, Andean Mountain ranges, and Arequipa are now showing the world their craft. Stalls, stores and shopping malls have been erected to provide a shopping spree experience for anyone who wants to take advantage of the very affordable pots, pans, and alpaca products.

Interesting hotels, inns and lodges are now open for business. By visiting Peru, you’ll realize how different their hotels are compared to the facilities of the large hotel chains we are used to. Most hotels are designed to reflect the look of the Colonial times merged with the rich Peruvian culture. Although there are five-star hotels in Miraflores Lima and in Cusco, most travelers prefer the more affordable hotels, hostels and inns because those types of lodging help them experience the culture of Peruvians – a simple yet passionate and colorful way of life.

Numerous travel blogs and forums also reflect on how travelers enjoyed their visit to the popular destinations and tourist spots in Peru. The infamous Inca Trail which is about a 5-day trek to the popular Machu Picchu is just one of the things that get travelers excited about their visit. Unknown to many people, there are a lot more things about the country that will certainly steal the hearts of many, stir the scientific minds of some, and excite the imagination of others. From the archeological discoveries, ancient temples and intriguing mummies that can make any ordinary person feel like they are either Lara Croft or Indiana Jones, to the mysterious giant lines that form the geoglyphs in Nazca which have caused experts and theorists alike to wonder if extra-terrestrial beings have visited and made friends with the ancient people of Peru, the country boasts a wide range of odds, adventures, wildlife, weirdness, mysteriousness and exciting adventures enough to entertain any type of traveler.

J. Mariano is a marketing manager and a trained travel specialist writing for established and reputa