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Students Thrive Delta During The Pandemic

September 13, 2021 // by ijit

Students Thrive Delta During The Pandemic

COVID-19 is asserting itself with the Delta variant of the virus posing a grave threat to young people. Physical distancing has become a new reality in post-secondary education. Universities continue to offer courses online, despite the pandemic. Research has shown that mindfulness training can be deliver online and is effective, providing benefits previously undiscovered to science.

Students are starting to show signs of wear one year after the pandemic. 2020 Student Experience Survey indicates that post-secondary students are less engaged with learning. Respondents stated that they were 4% more likely than others to drop out because of stress or other health issues. Universities face with a pressing need for students to cope. Online mindfulness training is a promising resource.

Mindfulness refers to the act of paying attention to present experience and focusing your attention with an open, curious, and accepting mindset. It usually taught in person. Online mindfulness training is becoming increasingly popular due to the benefits of online delivery during a pandemic.

What Was The Result Of The Delta Study?

A slew of studies has proven that mindfulness can use to alleviate symptoms of mental suffering such as anxiety, depression, and stress. Our study, published in Academy of Management Learning & Education shows that online mindfulness training can help more than just alleviate these symptoms. It can even help students thrive.

Two-thirds of the 227 graduate students were surveyed on their psychological well-being after they completed online mindfulness training. Half of the participants took part in an online, evidence-based program. For eight weeks, it involved mindfulness meditation for 30 minutes per day, five days a semaine, for 30 minutes each.

The placebo control was the half that took part in the same amount of training known to improve health and well-being, namely physical exercise.

Both groups saw an improvement in the psychological well-being. These improvements were based on criteria such as self-acceptance and personal growth, meaning and purpose, positive relationships with other people, and self-acceptance.

Online mindfulness training has a distinct advantage. Online mindfulness training helped students develop authenticity, which improved their psychological well-being.

What Is Delta Authenticity?

Authenticity is one powerful indicator of psychological health. Individuals who are authentic are self-aware and in touch with their emotions and thoughts. They live in harmony with their beliefs and values.

Our findings echo Socratic exhortations know thyself as well as Shakespearean exhortations to your own self be true. Since long, educators have extolled authenticity as a virtue for character and leadership. They have not had evidence based, practical ways to guide students in authentic living up until now.

The study found that students who took online mindfulness training were more authentic. This was achieved by increasing students’ self-awareness, and secondarily aligning their actions with their values.

Some Students Are More Fortunate Than Others

These findings are encouraging, but not all students saw the same benefits. Online mindfulness training increased authenticity for nearly 60% of students, but not for others (although they still enjoyed other well-being benefits).

What made the difference? Personality is the key to understanding. Every educator understands the importance of personality in student performance. Every psychologist understands that the most important aspect of student performance for personality is conscientiousness. High-conscientious students are more successful because they have self-discipline and attention to detail. They also show reliability, thoughtfulness, persistence, hard work, and dependability.

Conscientiousness is more important when students are not able to access the same learning space or shelter from distractions as classrooms

Our reasoning was supported by the results: Online mindfulness training only benefits highly conscientious students in terms of authenticity, and the psychological well being that follows it. Students who had low levels of conscientiousness did not receive the same amount of training. However, authenticity was evident. This suggests that online mindfulness training is more effective when students are conscientious.

It Is Not A Panacea For Delta Student Well-Being

This is the first study to demonstrate that online mindfulness training can have its benefits for students who want to cultivate authenticity and thrive in remote learning environments.

This research provides timely evidence to support the incorporation of online mindfulness training into higher education, as universities are financially stretched and educators are struggling to provide engaging content that is effective and engaging online.

These findings caution educators to not view online mindfulness training in isolation as a panacea to student well-being. It should be seen as part of a larger strategy to help students deal with the psychological effects of distance education in a COVID-19 era.

Djab Wurrung Trees Australian Academics

September 13, 2021 // by kang

Djab Wurrung Trees Australian Academics

We are Australian academics writing to condemn the Victorian government’s destruction of the 350-year-old sacred Djab Wurrung Directions tree. We urge the government to immediately stop all work and protect. The Djab Wurrung trees from being destroy. Geographers, lawyers and sociologists are all part of this group. We are unite in our anger and sorrow at the colonial violence that the Victorian. Government is using against the Djab Wurrung and all First Nations peoples in Australia.

All trees have value, but especially in times of climate crisis, Djab Wurrung trees offer more than just just trees. They are living entities that hold significant historical, cultural, and spiritual meaning. They are an integral part of a songline and have been physically shape over. Hundreds of years by First Nations culture and ceremonial practices.

For example, take the Directions Tree. It was fell with a chainsaw last Wednesday and tow away on the back of an unmarked dump truck. The 350-year-old Yellowbox tree, which is massive and stunningly beautiful with its distinctive swirling bark, was plant with placenta from the birth of a Djab Wurrung infant. Its branches were then actively shape and direct over the years.

Forever Changing Australian

It would have been hard to look at the tree and be a true witness to it without forever changing how one views trees and our interconnectedness to nature.

The Birthing Tree, also known by the Grandmother Tree, is 800 years old and in imminent danger of being destroy. There is a hollow at the base of her tree where more than 50 generations of Djab Wurrung children have been born. The fluids of their births merge with the root system, and the tree literally becomes part of them.

Nearby, the Grandfather Tree is leaning towards them. It is believe that it was plant around the same time as the Grandfather Tree and connect via underground root system. There are many other important trees and artifacts around them, many of which have yet to document.

Victorian Australian Government

It was completely unnecessary for the Victorian government to remove this Djab Wurrung land in order to allow for a certain version of highway routing that will reduce travel time by two minutes. This is the continuing violence of the colonial state, and its disregard for First Nations culture. This renders any talk of a Treaty With First Nations Victorians, completely implausible.

As academics, we condemn the destruction of sacred trees and artifacts and the removal of the Directions tree. We are concerned about the timing of the destruction. It was done under COVID rules that prevent defenders from travelling to the site. Also, it was done under media attention and the public’s focus on Melbourne’s long-awaited release from lockdown.

We condemn the Victorian government’s apparent attempts to create doubt about which tree was destroyed and its significance, and to imply agreements with one group of government-recognised stakeholders amounted to respectful consultation. Also condemn the use by police and security to forcefully expel the peaceful Djab Wurrung Ambassador, which was established in order to protect the site by elders. We ask the Victorian government not to destroy this important site.

Open Letter Signatories

  • Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Indigenous Studies, RMIT University
  • Irene Watson Law, University of SA
  • Professor Bronwyn Fredericks Education and Health, University of Queensland
  • Dr Vicki L Couzens, Media, RMIT University
  • Dr Gary Foley History, Victoria University
  • Tiriki Onus Fine Arts and Music University of Melbourne
  • Dr Lou Bennett AM, University of Melbourne, Social and Political Science
  • Associate Professor Chelsea Bond, University of Queensland, Social Sciences and Health
  • Alison Whittaker Law, University of Technology Sydney
  • Amanda Porter, University of Queensland Law

Rife With References Education Debates

September 13, 2021 // by fransiskus

Rife With References Education Debates

Former Education Secretary Arne Dunne took to Twitter as President Joe Biden supervised. The transfer of remains of U.S. soldiers who were kill in a suicide. Bombing attack at Afghanistan’s Kabul Airport on Aug. 26, 2021. Duncan appeared to comment on the controversy surrounding mask mandates for public schools. He compared anti-mask and anti-vax people to the suicide bombers in Kabul’s Airport.

Duncan post a tweet that has since been deleted. Have your noticed how strikingly similar the mindsets and actions between the suicide. Bombers in Kabul’s Airport and the anti-mask or anti-vax folks here? They both explode themselves, inflict damage on others, and believe they are fighting for freedom.

The tweet by Duncan drew negative responses. Many people reacted negatively to Duncan’s tweet. Some ridiculed his timing and judgement, while others gave sarcastic advice. They criticised him for politicizing a tragic incident. Duncan’s use to make a point using a war metaphor is notable. In this instance for reasons beyond the fact it drew sharp criticism.

As an academic who studies rhetoric in policy. I am well aware that war analogies are a common feature of U.S. public discourse on education.

There Are Many References Education To War

Rudolf Flesch, an author, began Why Johnny Can’t Read in 1955 by declaring that. Just as war was too serious a subject to left up to the generals. So is teaching reading too important to left up to the educators. In a similar vein, an influential federal report from 1983, A Nation at Risk, said that if an unfriendly power tried to impose upon America the mediocre education performance that exists today, we might have considered it to be war.

Both cases used war analogies in order to stress the importance of reform. These are just a few examples of war metaphors in the everyday language education. Classroom teachers are the frontlines of many aspects of education. Many school officials are embattle. Teachers unions go into war with school superintendents. Public education is under siege according to some.

Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education, stressed the importance to win the fight against pandemic. In his remarks about the reopening schools for the nation this fall. He also compared some aspects of with war aids, which he explained clearly and effectively.

Quest For Dominance Education

Modern federal education is an extension of another kind of war. The Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first artificial satellite into space in 1957. This triggered the Sputnik Crisis, a panic over America’s failure to produce enough engineers and scientists.

The crisis refocused the nation’s attention on schools, and led to the passage of the 1958 National Defense Education Act. This law invested large amounts of federal dollars in education for the first-time.

Rhetorical Battles

What is Duncan’s tweet saying about war metaphors in policy rhetoric? It doesn’t like to compare education with war in the abstract. Instead picks out particular individuals and events to compare. It is possible to pass legislation by using war as an analogy. Such as the war on drugs and the war against terror. As communication scholar David Zarefsky showed in his study on the rhetoric of War on Poverty. Such metaphors can distort implementation of laws. People they meant to help may recast as enemies if their problems prove to difficult to solve.

Although abstract comparisons to war can be interpret, Duncan’s comment refers to specific actors who died or were killed in war. This is clearly an unpleasant subject.

Although some war metaphors employ hyperbole, others don’t have the punchline format as Duncan’s tweet. It is not clear that Duncan meant to be funny, but opening the tweet with have your noticed the classic setup of observational humor is a strange way to frame a tweet regarding a suicide bombing.

Metaphors In Education

Last but not least, war metaphors in education can be a powerful way to unite people, especially if they are used by ex- or current public officials. Secretary Cardona summoned the nation to Baltimore in August 2021 to open its schools. “A Nation at Risk” asked Americans, even though it was a sarcastic title, to view the difficulties of the nation’s education system in a collective responsibility that should lead to a collective response.

Duncan’s tweet, however, was divisive. It described people opposed to vaccines and masks as enemies, not fellow Americans who could be persuaded to change. As I’ve written, the secretaries of education are responsible for leading the American education discourse. President Jimmy Carter created the Department of Education to improve the national conversation on schools and elevated its secretary into a cabinet position.

Duncan, who is also a former secretary of education, continues to work to influence education policy as an educator and member of education non profit boards. His role as a leader in education rhetoric continues.