Nykora aims for the bucket … and misses. The man’s bright red nose lights up, and a buzzer sounds. Nyakora jumps, and his friends laugh. Luckily for Nyakora — and the patient, Operation’s “Cavity Sam” — the surgery is only a game, part of a stress-management workshop for freshmen and sophomores in a program for underrepresented students here at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The idea, said Ann Swartz-Beckius, interim director of student achievement, is to teach students how to remain calm under pressure, “to tune out the noise in their heads.” The program’s larger goal is much more ambitious: eliminating the nearly 30 percentage point graduation gap, on average, between white students and black and Latino students at this campus of 13,000 undergraduates, 85 miles southwest of the Twin Cities. Minnesota ranks among the most educated states in the country, with nearly half of adults aged 25 to 64 holding an associate … [Read more...] about Minnesota’s persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?
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A final decision on whether Lancashire County Council will stop supplying non-stunned halal meat for school meals will now be taken by all of the authority's members. The long-running controversy appeared to have been settled last month, after cabinet members voted through a plan to provide only meat which had been stunned prior to slaughter.There are differing interpretations in the Muslim community of what constitutes 'halal' and the Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM) threatened legal action when the proposal was first put forward last year.County hall then carried out a further consultation, but cabinet members came to the same conclusion.Now, all councillors will have their say at a meeting of the full council in October. That will see the re-staging of what was an ill-tempered debate held a year earlier, which was also approved the policy change.During that meeting, council leader Geoff Driver was accused of causing "a religious bun-fight" and he said some opposition … [Read more...] about Halal school meals plan to be put to all councillors
When you bring home a newborn baby, your world gets turned upside down and the daily routines that you took for granted are no longer a given. Meals fall by the wayside as you learn to navigate your new life with this little miracle. It’s hard to eat healthy when you’re constantly worried about keeping a tiny human alive. And, if you’re a breastfeeding mama, eating is even further complicated by the fact that you are responsible for keeping two people nourished. But eating during those first overwhelming weeks with a newborn doesn’t need to be complicated. As long as you keep it simple, you’ll get through the fog of those early days and onto a new routine where (spoiler alert) your new challenge will no longer be that you forget to eat, but that you’re eating your child’s meal and your own. Here are four easy nutrition tips for new parents: 1. Stock up on healthy snacks If I were a nutritionist, I would tell you not to skip meals. … [Read more...] about A nutritional survival guide for sleep-deprived parents
I get reminders every day about how important many Vietnamese see mastery of the English language as a key stepping stone to future success. The other day I got hit right between the eyes with reality: I followed a documentary on television about two young school kids left on a rural farm by their parents to fend for themselves while the parents work in the big city. The kids struggle like hell with daily life – school, housework, hiking to and from school, cooking, and studying. They survive by combing the fields adjacent to their little farm looking for solidified cow dung that they can sell to be used as fuel. One of their biggest challenges is to decide whether they would buy meat to eat or an English-language textbook with the pittance they earned selling the cow dung. Otherwise, they survive on rice and fish sauce with the odd vegetable thrown in. With no Internet or television, or anybody to practice with, the kids are stuck in a vicious cycle unless they can learn … [Read more...] about English language skills are a necessary evil
Does having a week’s worth of dinners planned out in advance sound appealing to you? It always has for me too. But with so many different meal planning blueprints out there to choose from, the process can seem a bit intimidating. The good news is it doesn’t have to be. In fact, meal planning couldn’t be easier! What Are Your Meal-Planning Goals? Before you start meal planning, you should decide on your goals. Meal planning can accomplish many things, from cost savings to cutting down on food waste. But it’s difficult to accomplish all of them at once. Decide on your top two or three reasons as these will help drive your recipe choices. Common reasons for meal-planningIntroduce some variety into your mealsSave moneyEat healthierCut down on food wasteSave time and reduce stress while planning dinner Once you decide on your meal planning goals, this easy, three-step process is a great place to start. Allow yourself enough time to make a list, shop, and prep your … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about meal planning