華小創電子課本告別重書包

(新山6日讯)柔佛五间店平民华小于本週开始实施电子课本措施,全校近1800名学生正式与沉重的书包说再见,今后无需再携带课本到校上课,也是全马首间「拋」书包的华小! 平民华小校方于本月4日(週日)向全校学生发出通告,指为了解决学生书包过重问题,校方已在所有的精明教室里安装电子课本系统,全校一年级至六年级的学生即日起无需携带课本到校上课,学生只须在2018学年结束前將借贷课本归还。 一名学生家长昨日將有关通告上载面子书,引起各地的学生家长和该校校友相互转载,引起热烈討论,网上一片叫好,不少家长期待自己孩子就读的学校也开始这项新措施。 《东方日报》尝试联繫校长郑丝鸿,然而她身在柔州教育局参与会议,不方便受访。 平民华小家协主席汪建佑接受《东方日报》访问时说,老师使用精明教室的电脑投影设备,將电子课本投影在荧幕上,让学生们的视线都往前方看,更能专注地上课。 他说,校方和家协都一直积极探討如何减轻学生书包重量,校方也在去年底就开始做准备。   Source...

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10 Ways to Get Rid of Back Pain for Good

One of the worst things about our fast modern life is that we have so much time to be on social media, hang out, and work our heads off, but we rarely take proper care of our health. According to the American Chiropractic Association, almost 80% of the population experiences back pains at some point in their lives. We at Bright Side collected some time-tested remedies for this very common condition. Stretch and relax. Stretching and relaxation, as well as regular training, release endorphins into your brain. This creates the feeling of happiness and also reduces tension in your body, all while building stronger muscles. Keep your feet warm. Take note: Back pain can be attributed to more than your muscles or vessels. Certain abdominal inflammations, like peritonitis, will cause you back pain — and you definitely don’t want to apply heat straight to your back in such a case because it will cause the inflammation to increase. To avoid it, you need to keep your feet and bottom warm and certainly see a specialist since those inflammations can only be cured by antibiotics. (1 — pain is ususally caused by muscle strain and tension, 2 — pain may be caused by peritonitis)  Apply hot and cold pads. This mostly works if you’ve suffered a trauma in the past, and cold pads are best to use within the first 24-48 hours after an injury. After 48 hours, you can switch to heat if it’s more comfortable for you, but always remember to give your skin some rest between sessions. In addition, always protect your skin with clothing or a cloth. Change your sleeping habits. Bad mattress support will cause back pain. You may also want to vary your sleeping positions and add a pillow between or under your knees to reduce the tension on your knees and back.  Try yoga and flexibility training. Very often, pain is caused by tension and tightness. By increasing your flexibility, you will release some of it, and the best method for this is yoga because it works on your flexibility along with muscle relaxation. An important part of it is that it also calms your mind, which will transfer to your body. Stretch your hamstrings. Tension in the hamstrings is a largely overlooked cause of stress in your lower back and sacroiliac joints. So stretching them out several times a day may reduce your lower back pain sufficiently.  Reduce or quit smoking. Smoking doesn’t just affect your lungs, blood, and chances of getting various cancers. It also causes blood vessels to constrict all over your body, and the blood flow to your soft tissues is reduced. Nerve stimulation and acupuncture. Ask your physition to impliment nerve stimulation — it proved to be sucsessful in several treatments of chronic pain — and if you want to avoid a trip to a hospital — use acupuncture or acupressure.  Train your core. Your back and abdomen have a lot of muscles, and training them creates a “muscle corset” that supports your upper body. If this “corset” is not strong enough, it puts a lot of pressure on other parts of your body, which causes pain. By training your core...

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From next year, Karnataka school kids will have lighter bags

BENGALURU: Schoolchildren will no longer have to trudge with a heavy load on their shoulders from the next academic year. New rules which fix the weight of their school bags based on their body weight are expected to be notified soon. The maximum permitted weight of the school bag will not be more than 10% of the student’s body weight and they will also have a ‘no school bag day’ every week. These are some of the recommendations submitted to the Primary and Secondary Education Department by an expert committee in the first week of January. Committee chief Dr Niranjanaradhya said, “We have submitted the final report along with a set of recommendations which will be issued as guidelines by the department. The report is with the Department of State Education Research and Training (DSERT).” Bag must weigh less than 10% of body weight Students should be allowed to keep their bags at schools  up to Class 2 ‘No Bag Day’ to be observed once a week Students must be provided space to keep their class work at school Pure water should be provided in classrooms so kids don’t have to carry water bottles Healthy and hygienic canteen facility should be provided at schools so that carrying lunch boxes is avoided   Source : http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2018/jan/25/from-next-year-karnataka-school-kids-will-have-lighter-bags-1763077.html...

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How to organise your child’s school bag

Your children’s backpack is an important link between home and school. Over time, their backpack can become a mess of junk and crumpled papers. If they can’t find what they need inside, the link breaks down. The www.understood.org website can help you help your children organise their backpack and keep it under control to last the whole school terms. * Find a backpack that matches your child’s needs. Organising your child’s backpack begins with finding the right one for your child. Make sure the backpack you choose is sturdy and has multiple compartments and zipper pockets. However, if your child gets frustrated looking for things or has a hard time with zippers, don’t go overboard on the compartments, opt for Velcro and fewer pockets. * Start with an empty backpack. If your child has a brand new backpack, you are ready to organise. If you are starting with an old backpack, empty it out and start from scratch. Have your child sort everything that was in the backpack into three piles; one for school supplies, one for papers and books, and one for things they take back and forth like lunchbox. * Sort and group school supplies. Sort school supplies clearly into defined categories — put pens, pencils and highlighters together. Assign each category to a compartment or zipper pocket. Big compartments can be for books and another for notebooks and folders. Choose a smaller pocket for writing tools. You may also need a compartment for things that change every day, such as gym clothes. * Make a “letter and consent forms” folder. Give your child a folder for all the school letters that the teacher passes out. Remind your child to always bring the folder home and to tell you if they received a letter from school. Sign consent forms, put them in the folder, and have your child put the folder in the backpack for the next day. * Schedule a regular time for backpack checks. Set aside a regular time to check your child’s backpack to avoid getting disorganised. Task this every Sunday night, fortnightly or monthly. This is a good time to get rid of all the crumb and tissues that build up inside the bag.   Source...

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Heavy school bags

Sir: In our country, school children are left with no other option but to carry heavy school bags to school these days. According to the research, this leads to strained backs and necks in growing children. Carrying heavy bags make students not only undergo psychological stress but also develop health issues. It is beyond understanding why the school administrations have failed to organise the time table for carrying books. Whatever the reason, this for sure adds another failure to the already stale education system in the country. World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that the weight of school bag must not be more than the 10pc body weight of the student. However, hardly is it followed in Pakistan, with school children above 5 to 10th standard averagely carrying as heavy bags as 10kg. Parents should also be held responsible for not realising when their kids complain of pain. This often happens when children undergo growing phase. Effect of heavy bag on students should be a cause of concern for them. School administrations need to customise the time table of the course stuff in such a way that reduces the needless weight of school bags. If schools fail, government must intervene and fix the weight limit and penalise school management in case they fail to meet the international standards. RIAZ MAHAR Sukkur   Source...

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Traveling That Won’t Cause Back Pain

Turns out, there is a science to the way we carry our things. Waking up sore after a hurts-so-good workout = fine. Waking up sore after a day of trudging through the airport? Something we’d like to avoid at all costs. Often, the reason you hurt after a day of travel—or a day on the trails—has to do with what you’re carrying. Some bags are friendlier to your body (your arms, your shoulders, your back) than others. So before you commit to another trip spent hauling luggage through airport terminals or lugging an ill-fitted pack up hills, consider splurging on a new bag—with these pieces of pro advice in mind.  (Related: Gifts for the Adventure Traveler with Constant Wanderlust)  Spinner Bags While they were dorky in middle school, spin bags are everywhere. But nowadays, just being on wheels isn’t enough. “A four-wheeled roller bag tends to be easier on the spine than a two-wheeled bag,” says Mike McMorris, P.T., D.P.T., O.C.S., an assistant professor of physical therapy at UNC-Chapel Hill. Think about it: When a bag’s tilted down sideways, it can pull on your arm and back, which can equal wear and tear—not to mention pain. When it’s standing on its own? You’re just rolling it along with a minimal workload for your body, he says. Just be careful about pushing a four-wheeler. Because this position doesn’t allow for great grip strength, it’s likely going to feel a heck of a lot harder than rolling it behind you would, says Gary Allread, Ph.D., C.P.E., the director of the Ergonomics Institute at The Ohio State University. Form matters when rolling a bag behind you, too. Bend your arm a little. “Every muscle in your body has an optimal length,” explains McMorris. “The biceps muscle has optimal length-tension when it’s at 60 degrees. You can put out maximum force output.” Other details to keep an eye out for: Choose a taller bag with a handle that comes up to about waist height, says McMorris. “The more that you’re bending closer to the ground, the more load that’s going to put on your back,” says Allread. Then, consider the handle. An inverted “U” shape (instead of a “T” shape) likely lends itself to a stronger grip, notes Allread. Make sure your hand fits on the handle, otherwise you will be more likely to fatigue, he says. One-Shoulder Bags One-shoulder bags aren’t exactly great for your body. “Any time you’re loading...

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Ab Exercises For Women

When you think of a fit person, I’m willing to bet you picture someone with a sleek waist and a beautiful six pack. Visible abs muscles are, to many of us, the best way to tell just how fit someone is. The more pronounced their six pack, the fitter they are, right? Well, that’s not entirely true… A beautiful six pack denotes a very low body fat percentage, but that has little to do with overall fitness. Someone with killer abs could be totally inflexible and have limited muscular endurance and strength. Still, we all want a six pack, which means spending a good deal of time working our abs. If you want to get that washboard look, read on to find out about the best ab exercises for women to do. As a bonus, we’ll teach you which exercises are a total waste of time! The 6 Worst Ab Exercises For Women You’d be amazed by how much time you can waste on ineffective exercises! There are lots of exercises that you may think are good (such as isolation exercises), but in the long run, the reward isn’t worth the time invested. They may yield limited results, or they increase your risk of injury. Either way, they’re a waste of time. Here are a few of the abs exercises you should avoid: 1. Leg Throws — This exercise (lying on your back and having a partner throw your legs forward) has the potential to be excellent, but for most people, it just increases the risk of injury. It can place serious strain on the lumbar spine as those with insufficient abs strength have to rely on their back to arrest the motion of their legs. 2. Sit-Ups — This timeless exercise is another one that places a strain on your spine. The movement pushes your body beyond your abs’ range of motion, taking the attention off your gut and placing it on your back. Performing this exercise can increase your risk of bulging spinal discs and lower back strain. 3. Hanging Leg Lifts — The biomechanics of this exercise just don’t make sense! The raising of your legs engages your hip flexors more than your abs, and the fact that you’re working against gravity only increases the strain on your hips and spine. 4. Bicycles — This classic exercise may be ready to go the way of the dinosaurs. The twisting action engages your obliques slightly, but it’s...

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Parents feel reducing weight of bags is important, fear for health of kids

In institutes like Gurukul for instance, students do not have to carry books to school.  Some city schools are coming up with alternatives like giving lockers to students in school. Mumbai: Parents of school children in the city feel that reducing the weight of schoolbags is the need of the hour. Rising instances of back problems and low stamina among students are definite indicators that heavy bags are literally crushing them. There are many educational institutes that are trying to find a way out of this problem. In institutes like Gurukul for instance, students do not have to carry books to school. “I have seen my child panting when he climbs the staircase of our building. We stay on the second floor and this is our situation. Something has to be done about the bags now. We have told the schools to use only one notebook instead of six-seven, to reduce the burden,” said a parent, who did not wish to be named. Rajesh Shetty, another parent said, “During the parents-teachers meeting, we often discuss this issue. The school authorities understand our concern and so they give us a proper time table, detailing what books have to be brought to school. We feel that schools should invest more on lockers or storage systems which will lessen the burden on students.” Daisy Gaikwad, a retired school teacher from a Kalyan school, feels the current generation of students goes through a lot of trouble as they carry a lot of weight on their back. “It is funny that the weight of the child’s bag is heavier than the bags their parents carry to work. It is not the school’s fault. Parents are equally responsible as they give fancy tiffin bags and water bottles, which are very heavy. Moreover, have you seen the schoolbags? It is itself so heavy! Parents should understand what is more important, the child’s back or fancy items?” Choosing alternatives Some city schools are coming up with alternatives like giving lockers to students in school. Then there are alternative schools like Gurukul in the city, which believe in thinking out of the box and the concept of heavy schoolbags does not exist for them.    Source...

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Students suffer as the weight of school bags are not being checked

Students suffer as the weight of school bags are not being checked

Mumbai: Students continue to suffer as the weight of school bags are not being checked by the state education department. Vinod Tawde, state minister for school and higher education, revealed that schools with boards other than the state board curriculum are not allowing the department to conduct these checks or interfere in any form. On the contrary, Tawde claimed the checks are completed in 95 per cent of state board schools. But when the Free Press Journal visited the state education department which is responsible for these checks, the concerned officers revealed survey reports which did not contain any details of schools in Mumbai and Thane. The reports mentioned survey details of only civic-run schools in other regions of Maharashtra but there was no data of a single school of Mumbai. The weight of a school bag should not be more than 1/10th of the weight of a student as per a government notification of July 2015. This means if a student weighs around 40 kilograms then the school bag of that student should not weigh more than 4 kg. In order to maintain this policy the department is responsible to conduct constant checks and physical inspections in schools. Tawde mentioned schools with other boards and international curriculum should be open to these checks. Tawde said, “CBSE or ICSE or even international board schools are not allowing us to interfere with their curriculum at all so we are unable to conduct these checks. We have limited staff for these checks. We have completed 95 per cent of checks in state run schools.” Tawde has informed Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development (MHRD), to resolve this issue with schools. In opposing this, state schools mentioned they have not witnessed any physical inspection to check weight of school bags. A principal of a SCC school, said, “We have not seen any physical inspection or any officer coming personally to our school for a survey. The education department has asked us to maintain a register and enter details of the weight of school bags on a monthly basis. Isn’t this the job of the department?”  ...

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