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Homeopathy Education: Swine Flu Preparedness and Learning by Distance
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When School is Out What Happens to the Students?
When they begin to shut down High Schools and Colleges there are alternatives to keeping up with course work, testing and homework. Because we live in the "Age of the Internet" we have the option of communicating via computers, cellphones, and all the applications and technology that goes along with the hardware.
Colleges have been using Distance Education for a long time. Teachers upload course work and lists of readings. Students take exams on the internet and submit reports and term papers.
Due to the recent outbreak of influenza so many high school students have to stay home that administrators are beginning to utilize the same advantages as college administrations. The students are well prepared because they have been brought up with this technology and it is second nature to them.
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Education Week reports: Nearly 300 schools around the country had closed as of April 30 as a result of the flu, according to the Associated Press. States with closings include California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, New York, South Carolina, and Texas. In addition, all high school sports in Texas and Alabama were suspended, according to Associated Press reports.
“Schools at all levels should be using this time to prepare for a possible swine flu pandemic, with online instruction being an important option to consider,” Thomas E. Chandler, the manager of technology and educational applications for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, said in an e-mail. “And if swine flu does not materialize as a major pandemic, having an online distance-learning plan in place will always be useful, in the event of the next [crisis].
I believe recent events will push schools into a new format. More and more classes will be totally distance education, even in high school. Perhaps this will enable those with disabilities, handicaps, and discipline problems to graduate from high school because they won't be tied down to a regular school day schedule.
If you've been reading my Hubs you know that my passion is homeopathy. I think everyone should have a home remedy kit in case of emergencies and that includes getting the flu!
- If you do have a home remedy kit then it is very important that you know how to use it properly. The very best thing you can do is take a distance education learning course on the basic remedies. You need to know how, when and where to use the remedies in the kit.
- You need to learn basic principles of homeopathy and when it is appropriate to call a doctor or go to the emergency room. There are simple steps you can take for bumps and bruises. But if you are ever unsure then it is best to speak to a professional.
- I believe taking a beginner course will make you a much better patient, as well. You will see how much skill it takes to discern which remedy is best to use in each situation.
First, you will need a remedy kit so you are ready when you need to move into action mode.
There are some great self-taught on-line courses. Mary Aspinwall provides a completely free course on her website Homeopathy World.
Module 1 - The two golden rules. The Law of Similars and The Law of the Minimum Dose. Essential information to give you a really solid foundation to work from.
Module 2 - First Aid (Arnica, Calendula, Cantharis, Hypericum, Ledum, Ruta, Rhus tox, Silica and more). Danger signs. When to seek professional help.
Module 3 - How to take an acute case. Useful remedy chart for you to print out and work with.
At the end of each module there is a chance to review what you have learnt with a short quiz and the answers to each quiz are given in the subsequent module.
As this is a new course we very much welcome your comments and feedback. Please check our future newsletters for details of further modules and our upcoming on-line courses which will be on childbirth and travelling to exotic climes.
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Debby Bruck, CHOM believes that homeopathy is the wave of the future that provides hope and healing to those who have tried every other approach. Follow Debby on Twitter
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- All around the world they are turning to Distance Education. A report from "University World News" from Egypt (now deemed a dangerous banned website) reports with the new academic year set to begin on 3 October 2009, Egyptian universities are planning a shift to distance learning in an effort to prevent the spread of the swine flu virus on campuses. Television and the internet will be used extensively to broadcast lectures to students in many of the country's 35 public and private universities, officials said.
Egypt has reported nearly 900 swine flu cases and two deaths since April. The authorities have culled the country's 35,000 pigs amid fears that the virus will spread in crowded places, such as lecture halls and cinema houses.
Earlier this month, the government postponed the start of the new academic year from 6 September to 3 October to better prepare schools and universities to keep swine flu at bay.
"Attendance will be cancelled for irregular students," said Ashraf Hatem, a representative of Egyptian universities on an ad-hoc committee for the prevention of swine flu.
The decision had been taken to protect the large numbers of 'irregular' students - students who score low grades in the school-leaving examinations but are allowed to attend classes in certain institutions, in return for usually high fees. If 'irregular' students perform well in the first year of university they are allowed to continue as 'regular' students.
Several public universities have outlined their anti-swine flu measures.
"As part of our efforts to cut class density, Cairo University has embraced several alternatives, including broadcasting lectures on the two satellite TV channels owned by the university," said Adel Zayed, Vice-president of Egypt's largest public university.
He added that the university plans to lease a third TV channel to present lectures to 'irregular' students in the faculties of arts, law and commerce. These schools usually accommodate the largest numbers of students in state-owned universities - up to 3,000 students a class. This, said Zayed, "is undoubtedly fertile ground for the spread of swine flu".
Officials at Helwan University, a public institution south of Cairo, have said classes will operate in two shifts - first and second-year students will attend lectures in the morning, and third and fourth-year students in the afternoon.
Atef Al Awam, Vice-president of Ain Shams University, Egypt's second largest public university, said: "Some lectures will be recorded and relayed on the student union's radio and the internet. This is one of the measures to be taken by the university to prevent the spread of swine flu among its students."
The Ministries of Higher Education and Information Technology recently intensified cooperation to boost distance learning facilities, according to local media reports.
"Information technology can play an influential role in reducing class size in lecture halls," Ahmed al-Sherbini, an aide to the Egyptian Minister of Information Technology, told the press. "It can be used in transmitting lectures on television and the internet.
"But the problem facing us is the short time during which such facilities have to be made available to education institutions," al-Sherbini added. "In addition, we need to make sure that students will have access to the internet and television channels on which lectures will be broadcast."
While admitting that time is running short for installing distance learning facilities, the official said that television, introduced in Egypt in the 1960s, would at least help irregular students access lectures at home.
"Universities have to expedite efforts to upgrade the content of their syllabi and make it available in an interactive way to students to ensure that the education process will not be negatively affected by swine flu," al-Sherbini said.
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One fantastic advantage to taking distance education courses is that there may not be an age limit. Therefore, you can learn more about self care through homeopathy at any age. You may be in middle school, high school, college, graduate school or at home taking care of a family or even while pursuing your career.
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There are no limits! It's all up to you. If you want to learn more about boosting your immune system, and self care for you and your family classes are available every day of the week at any time.
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- By staying home we can stop the contagious disease in its tracks.
- We can prevent any future pandemic through this partial self quarantine method.
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