Lego will be opening its own school this summer fusing traditional teaching with its own brand of play-centred learning.Brainchild of billionaire owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, it is hoped the new institution, based in Billund, Denmark, will put its rural surroundings on the map and become known as the “Capital of Children”.The fee-charging establishment, named the International School of Billund, will combine the international baccalaureate, Danish school system and Lego’s emphasis on inquiry-based learning.“Allowing time for creativity, play and getting into a state of flow is at the centre of Lego’s philosophy and we’ll be experimenting with this and other ideas in the timetabling,” the school’s British head teacher Richard Matthews told The Guardian.“But we also have a responsibility – the children’s education comes first and sometimes the old methods will be best,” he added.One prospective parent seemed convinced by the merits of teaching in Denmark telling the paper: “In the UK you’re taught how to pass exams. In Scandinavia you’re taught how to think.”The new school is the latest in a long line of projects set up by the international toy manufacturer in owner Kristiansen’s home town.Previous investments included the construction of an airport, the second largest in Denmark, as well as libraries, churches and theatres.While the school will originally be opened to three-to-seven-year-olds in August, pupils up to 16 will be invited to apply from 2015 onwards, with a half and half split between Danish nationals and international students.Those parents wishing their children to attend will have to cover a third of the fees, totalling 3,000 Danish kroner a month (£344).The Lego group was founded in 1932 by the Kristiansen family, is the world’s third largest manufacturer of play materials and provides toys and teaching materials in more than 130 countries.
At a recent town hall meeting, a 4 year old boy told Governor Christie that his favorite cartoon was Scooby Doo and wanted to know what his favorite was. He told the boy that when he was 4 his favorite was Scooby Doo also.
Fact checker website Politifact was all over our presidential hopeful. They pointed out that Scooby Doo didn't air until Christie was 7 years old. I guess his "untruthiness" regarding education, unemployment, and taxes was not so bad, but forget how old you were when you sat eating your Quisp cereal while watching Shaggy and Scoobie catch a dastardly criminal, and they will call you on that.
How Does Jersey Shore Town of 93,000 Outstrip Newark?
federally backed program subsidizing Internet access for low-income students has committed more money to schools in the heavily Orthodox Jewish town of Lakewood, N.J. in recent years than to schools in any other municipality in the entire state.
Yet after several years of participating in the E-Rate subsidy program, Lakewood’s schools report having far fewer Internet-capable devices per student than any large New Jersey city, according to a Forward analysis.
Schools in Lakewood, a town of 92,000, have received more dollars per student than those in any other significant city in New Jersey. In 2011, schools in Lakewood received $282 in E-Rate commitments for every student served by the program. Schools in Newark, the largest city in New Jersey and one of the poorest, received just $82 per student that year.
The White House says President Barack Obama supports a bill to give states more authority to collect sales tax from Internet retailers.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says the Senate bill would level the playing field for small businesses and brick-and-mortar retailers that are undercut by online companies.
Carney says that governors and mayors have overwhelmingly told the White House the bill is needed. He says states are losing out on revenue that could go to education, law enforcement, infrastructure investments and health care.
Birdsall Services Group has been charged with violating the state’s pay-to-play laws. Over the years, the large engineering firm has served as an equal-opportunity campaign funds contributor.The reported campaign finance records show several lawmakers and campaign committees – Republican and Democrat - receiving thousands of dollars in the nearly three decades for which records are available.
The Scandal surrounds allegations that Birdsall gave large amounts of contributions illegally through their employees in amounts that did not need to be reported. In turn politicians gave Birdsall Enfineering lucrative contracts, and suspiciously unnecessary looking jobs. While Singer was on the Township Committee Birdsall replaced our own in house engineering crew against the suggestions of many people, and billed the Township and builders hundreds of thousands over the years.
Gov. Chris Christie endorsed more than 30 ideas Friday that he said would reduce gun violence, including enhanced criminal penalties for gun crimes, making it easier to force people to receive mental-health treatment and limiting minors’ ability to obtain violent video games.
The package of bills Christie is sending the Legislature includes only a few that are direct gun-control measures. One would ban future purchases of the .50-caliber Barrett semi-automatic rifle. Others would enhance the instant background check done when a gun is purchased, including a new requirement that a government-issued photo identification be shown.