Scripps National Spelling Bee 2016–”美拼字賽 兩印度裔男孩奪冠”–from UDN

May 28th, 2016

A video is presented in the following webpage.

http://udn.com/news/story/6812/1724739-%E7%BE%8E%E6%8B%BC%E5%AD%97%E8%B3%BD-%E5%85%A9%E5%8D%B0%E5%BA%A6%E8%A3%94%E7%94%B7%E5%AD%A9%E5%A5%AA%E5%86%A0

美拼字賽 兩印度裔男孩奪冠

2016-05-28 03:19 聯合報 編譯陳韻涵/報導

史克瑞普斯全美拼字大賽廿六日晚間舉行決賽,兩名印度裔美國學生十三歲的賈蘭姆.哈塔瓦和十一歲的尼哈爾.江賈歷經史上最多輪的激烈對決,並列冠軍。尼哈爾首次參賽就奪冠,成為歷來最年輕的冠軍。

My comments: But according to Bee Blog below, “multiple 11-year-olds have won the bee.”

今年拼字大賽的單字題目更難,決賽進行更久,結果仍由兩位印度裔學生並列冠軍。這是拼字大賽連續第三年出現雙冠軍,也是印度裔學生連續第九年稱霸

My comments: How did they make it? How I want to interview them! Read the rest of this entry »

Stay Healthy

May 27th, 2016

This evening, at a vegetarian restaurant, George and I bumped into a friend of George’s who works in a hospital. He told us a shocking finding that a third of the patients in the hospital suffer from cancer. Why? Because of the food taken in, with so many harmful additives.

Furthermore, he mentioned the importance of keeping healthy. He said that most people don’t know its importance until they lose their health, when it is too late.

“Pisa tests to include ‘global skills’ and cultural awareness”–from BBC

May 26th, 2016

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36343602

Pisa tests to include ‘global skills’ and cultural awareness

By Andreas Schleicher OECD education director

25 May 2016

Pisa tests, an international standard for comparing education systems around the world, could include a new measurement of global skills in the next round of tests in 2018.

The OECD, which runs the tests in maths, reading and science, is considering adding another test which would look at how well pupils can navigate an increasingly diverse world, with an awareness of different cultures and beliefs.

The OECD’s education director Andreas Schleicher explains why there is such a need for new rankings to show young people’s competence in a world where globalisation is a powerful economic, political and cultural force.

Education leaders around the world are increasingly talking about the need to teach “global competences” as a way of addressing the challenges of globalisation. Read the rest of this entry »

Reading Competition–”中山國中自辦閱讀PK 獲教部磐石獎”–Liberty Times

May 25th, 2016

http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/local/paper/993294

〈台北都會〉中山國中自辦閱讀PK 獲教部磐石獎

2016-05-25

〔記者梁珮綺/台北報導〕台北市中山國中長期在校內推廣讀報,每年仿照益智節目,針對七、八年級生舉辦「好讀I Do! 閱讀PK競賽」,各班可推派五名代表答題,並有「同學卡」,當參賽代表答不出來時,可向班上同學求救。題目包山包海,莎士比亞、虛擬實境、茲卡病毒、兩性平權、臉書符號等皆入題,扣合時事也考知識底蘊,今年獲教育部「閱讀磐石獎」,也是全北市唯一獲獎國中。 Read the rest of this entry »

Life of No Regrets–”日本醫生 大津秀一,在臨終病房 紀錄1000個人離世前的遺言:這15件事,你不看會後悔終生!”

May 24th, 2016

My sister-in-law passed away at 5:15 this morning. The whole family is sad; however, she finally ended all her suffering. A booklet I read last Saturday mentioned that we can ask the dying about their unfulfilled wishes and tell him/her we will help to accomplish them. This reminds me of an article on a bulletin board in the hospice my sis-in-law stayed, part of which I shared thi past Sunday.

http://www.cmoney.tw/notes/note-detail.aspx?nid=21891

日本醫生 大津秀一,在臨終病房 紀錄1000個人離世前的遺言:這15件事,你不看會後悔終生!

美國版:人們臨終最後悔的 5件事有哪些?

最近,一個“臨終前你會後悔的事”的帖子在國內外網站上被瘋狂轉載,

瞬間點醒了數萬人。

它的作者是美國一名叫博朗尼·邁爾的臨終關懷護士,

文中總結了生命走到盡頭時 人們最後悔的5件事

第一:“希望當初我有勇氣過自己真正想要的生活

第二:“希望當初我沒有花這麽多精力在工作上錯過了關註孩子成長的樂趣,錯過了愛人溫暖的陪伴”

第三:“希望當初能有勇氣表達我的感受,而不是長期壓抑憤怒與消極情緒”

第四:“希望當初我能和朋友保持聯系,而沒有因忙碌的生活忽略了曾經閃亮的友情”

第五:“希望當初我能讓自己活得開心點,而不是習慣了掩飾,在人前堆起笑臉”

 

日本版:1000名患者向護士傾吐臨終遺憾

無獨有偶的,

在日本也有這樣一位年輕的臨終關懷醫生 大津秀一Read the rest of this entry »

More Than a School–”小野/我們要辦的不止是一所學校”–from Liberty Times

May 23rd, 2016

http://talk.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/992668

小野/我們要辦的不止是一所學校

2016-05-23 06:00

小野/作家、電影人

那天晚上我去寶藏巖的瓜棚下參加和當地居民溝通的座談會,這場座談會是在議員要求下舉行的。其實寶藏巖的住戶只剩下二十幾戶,而且他們是向文化局承租的,他們最關心的是十二年的租約到期後他們的權益,還有房子漏水的修理可不可以快一點?顯然在這裡「辦學校」並非他們最在意,甚至能理解的。 Read the rest of this entry »

Diego, Nice to See You Again!

May 22nd, 2016

Time: 6:30pm~9:10pm

Place: A Japanese restaurant in Taipei

At every gathering, I learned a lot from Diego, a former student who graduated in 2006.

 

Regrets of the Dying–”臨終前你可能會後悔的五件事”–from CommonWealth

May 22nd, 2016

Today, I stayed at the hospice with my sister-in-law from 2pm to 10:15pm. Seeing a life withering, of course, I felt very sad. When explaining to us my sister-in-law’s condition, the nurse said it would be my sister-in-law that decided when she would leave the world. Is it really so?

I came across a post on the bulletin board in front of my sister-in-law’s ward. It mentions two articles, which remind its readers how to live. I found one of them online as follows:

http://www.cw.com.tw/article/article.action?id=5071176

臨終前你可能會後悔的五件事 Read the rest of this entry »

Gap Year–”歐巴馬女兒休學 哈佛鼓勵「暫停一下」”–from UDN

May 21st, 2016

http://udn.com/news/story/6951/1709115-%E6%AD%90%E5%B7%B4%E9%A6%AC%E5%A5%B3%E5%85%92%E4%BC%91%E5%AD%B8-%E5%93%88%E4%BD%9B%E9%BC%93%E5%8B%B5%E3%80%8C%E6%9A%AB%E5%81%9C%E4%B8%80%E4%B8%8B%E3%80%8D

歐巴馬女兒休學 哈佛鼓勵「暫停一下」

2016-05-21 08:20 聯合報 記者陳韻涵/報導

美國總統歐巴馬的大女兒瑪莉亞已被哈佛大學錄取,但今年高中畢業後會先休學一年,待父親明年卸任後,才會跟隨父母的腳步進入哈佛就讀,過正常的新鮮人生活。瑪莉亞的選擇,掀起休學是否已成為趨勢的話題和兩大疑問:學生在「空檔年」(gap year)做些什麼?校方如何看待提出空檔年休學計畫的學生

My comments: I didn’t know about “gap year” until around 6 years ago when I bumped into this term in an English writing book. In the book was a writing topic: “How would you spend your gap year?” I then had my students write on this topic. Read the rest of this entry »

“Taiwan, the place to be a woman in politics”–from BBC

May 20th, 2016

Today, Taiwan’s new president and also the first female president, Tsai Ing-wen, is going to be sworn into office.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36309137

Taiwan, the place to be a woman in politics

By Cindy Sui BBC News, Taipei

19 May 2016

Tsai Ing-wen will on Friday become Taiwan’s first female president.

It has never been a burning ambition of the cat-loving former law professor to be president, and she is virtually unique among East Asia’s female leaders. Read the rest of this entry »