School gives kids bag-free, fun-filled day once a month

MYSURU: Every second Saturday, the students of Vijaya Vittala School of Mysuru can skip into school, unburdened by their weighty school bags. It is also a special day in other ways: they have chess, yoga, short movies, memory games and many other refreshing activities. In a novel gesture, the school is following ‘No Bag Day’ on this day since July. With an overwhelming response from students, the school is now mulling introducing it twice a month from the next academic year. Seeing students carry a weight of 5-6kg on their shoulders every day, R Vasudev Bhat, secretary of Vijaya Vittala Educational Institutions, took the initiative to lessen their burden at least once a month. The initiative, implemented in July this year, got a good response from both students and parents. No Bag Day is applicable to all students studying from Class 1 to X. The school has classes from 9am to 3.30pm on a regular working day, and from 9am to 12.30pm on Saturdays. Bhat told TOI, “Year after year, the burden on schoolchildren is increasing. Every day, they have eight periods and have to carry a large number of books. After a discussion with staff members, we decided to introduce No Bag Day. The initiative is helping them in overall personality development. For all students, chess and yoga is mandatory — chess for the brain and yoga for the body.” SP Asha, headmistress, said the students eagerly wait for second Saturdays. “Though there is a timetable, children have the habit of getting all their books. After seeing this, our secretary Vasudev Bhat decided to unburden the children on at least one day in a month. Hence, we decided to come out every second Saturday. On this day, we have various programmes like screening short movies which they should reproduce, singing, dancing, educational picture compositions, one-minute games, various memory games, cooking without fire, variety games, drawing, art and other games. Apart from this, to remove exam fear from students, we are also planning to make them prepare the question paper themselves. So in the days to come, instead of exam fear, they should feel it is a festival.”Manjula, DDPI, Mysuru, was appreciative of this initiative. “Lessening the burden on students is a really good initiative. We will speak to them and also bring our officials. It needs a lot of planning, we cannot make such changes in the middle of the academic year,...

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汉民小学生减负重3公斤 书包瘦身计划奏效

报道、摄影:康灯海、王淑珍、李佩佩、黄佩珊、陈友晋 我的书包不超过5公斤重,你的呢? (槟城13日讯)轻盈书包装儿童节恩物,汉民小学书包瘦身计划奏效,书包重量从之前的13公斤减至目前少过10公斤! 教育部副部长拿督张盛闻日前透露,在全国小一至小三禁作业簿指令发布后,各州教育局于不久之后将正式接获教育部通知,在明年强制执行这项指令,避免学生面对作业簿多的求学压力。   其实,早在今年3月,为了减轻学生每天背负过重的书包而身体疲劳,进而影响学生骨骼健康成长,丹绒道光汉民小学通过家教协会募款协助,为每一间课室安置开放式学生橱柜,让每一个学生都拥有自己的橱柜,储放厚重的课本及作业簿,有关措施成功减轻了每个学生至少2、3公斤重的书包负担和压力。 过去,汉民学校学生们的书包达13至15公斤重,这还不包括学生们带来的水壶及餐具,这即使对一个重量20至30公斤重的小学5年级学生来说非常吃力,学生一般则使用拖式书包上学。 汉民小学设储柜计划落实之后,学生们的书包纷纷变轻了。今天上午,汉民小学庆祝教师节,学生们一样带着他们轻盈的书包来上课,一个个把儿童节礼物装入书包,开心无比,意犹未足,仿佛书包里的东西不够多,礼物还可以再多一点。 汉民小学设学生个人橱柜格子,储放厚重的课本及作业簿,书包瘦身计划见效,减轻了学生们的书包过重压力。 姜志坤:潜移默化 训练学生责任感 汉民小学书包瘦身计划发起人之一,姜志坤家协主席说,过去他每天载3个孩子到学校上课,发现每个学生都背着或拖拉着沉重的书包上课,对孩子的身心健康都不好。 姜志坤指出,书包本身的重量、课本的数量和孩子不爱整理书包,是书包超重的3大原因。 他说,董事会名誉主席丹斯里陈国平也主动提及学生书包超重的问题,并承诺会协助赞助落实减轻学生书包计划,董家教经过讨论及考量后议决实行安置学生橱柜格子以减轻书包重量这项计划。 姜志坤说,该计划于今年1月推行,3月落实,通过商家及董家协理事们的赞助,耗资6万令吉,为该校24班课室安置开放式的学生木橱柜格子,鼓励学生把不常用的厚重课本及作业放置在写着他们名字的柜子里。这样的话,学生就不须每天背着一大堆课本及作业簿来学校上课。 姜志坤说,装置减轻学生书包橱柜计划,除了减轻学生书包重量之外,这项计划还能带进一些教育意义。例如,学生每天整理书包时,潜移默化训练着他们的责任感。 他说,把物件置放在开放式木橱柜里,意味着学生都在培养诚实的态度和行为,这还能发挥守望相助的精神。除此之外,每位学生还得定期整理和抹干净本身的橱柜格子。 朱仲嘉:获师生家长支持 汉民小学校长朱仲嘉说,汉民小学设学生橱柜格子计划实行之后,做到了每个学生的书包平均不超过10公斤重,获得全校师生及家长们的支持,也希望可以把这个概念推广到其他小学。 加入额外作业簿后,才加重1公斤。 仅加重1公斤 禁额外作业簿治标不治本 额外作业簿才重多1公斤,大部分家长认为,禁作业簿来解决学生书包过重问题,治标不治本。他们认为,仅靠由教育部准备的课本及活动练习本不足以应付目前的教育纲要。 根据威省一华小一年级学生的上课时间表,平均一天上6堂课,6本课本加活动练习本,以及簿子的重量约2公斤,若是加上额外作业簿,重量仅是上升一公斤即3公斤。 因此大部分家长认为,废除额外作业簿对减轻书包重量影响并不大,反之更担心的是,教育部实行的教学纲要以及课程改革,越来越高思维。 王进财:拉长各科目课时 少带课本更有效减轻书包 高巴三万家教协会主席王进财认为,将每个科目的课时拉长,减少学生在一天内需上的科目,或会比禁用作业簿政策更有效减轻书包重量。 他举例,原本一天需上8个科目,若改为一天5科,即可减少学生需携带的课本,进而减轻书包负担,毕竟作业簿对学习进步很有帮助。 邝俊杰:弥补正课知识不足 禁作业簿政策非明智决定 侨光小学家教协会主席邝俊杰认为,作业簿有助于弥补正课知识的不足,政府禁作业簿的政策对于成绩优秀的学生并非明智的决定,反之应伸缩性处理才能达到学习的效果。 至于书包重量,邝俊杰认为不是主要问题,因目前大多数学校都会提供橱柜供学生放置课本,不需每天将书本带回家,可减轻书包重量。 陈福昇:助实践课本理论 实行“禁作业簿”不可过量 明德正校家教协会主席陈福昇认为,“禁作业簿”政策可以实行但不可过量,特别是语文科依然要应用作业来加强。 他说,作业簿有助于让学生实践课本上的理论,也帮助教师更容易指导学生,只要不过多使用作业簿,不形成学生压力即可。 杨式丰:可适当减少 学生仍需要作业簿 询问及教育部重申1年级至3年级的学生禁止使用作业簿一事,麦曼珍华小董事长杨式丰表示,勿要因家长投诉学生书包过重而耽误学生学习进度。 他说,学生书包过重一事,可通过各种方式解决,如每日按照课堂时间表整理书包,或在校内安装橱柜等。 他以麦曼珍华小为例,指该校自去年安装橱柜供学生使用后,学生可把书本留在橱柜中,减轻了学生书包的重量。他认为,当局或校方是可适当减少学生们作业簿,但作业簿于教学上还是需要的。 不添学生负担助教师备课 林洛瑢:使用成效才是重要 北海光华学校林洛瑢校长认为,学生作业簿是见仁见智的问题,不同的区域有不同的需求,不同的家长亦有不一样的要求,完全不用也不行。 “作业簿有写的作用,有助于协助学生巩固听读写技能,当然不否认一些学校的作业簿太多。我认为作业簿以不加重学生负担,同时可帮助老师备课为前题,同时重质不重量,作业簿使用之后的成效才是重要。” 他提及,现今的电脑教学也是减轻学生作业簿的方式。他称,是否需要作业簿还是需要经过详细讨论,再交由课程委员会决定,以便达到最佳作业簿使用成效。   Source...

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School is back, but don’t let it burden your children’s backs

School is back, but don’t let it burden your children’s backs

CINCINNATI — School is back, but it’s your kids’ backs that should be on your mind.  Studies show some children carry backpacks weighing some 30 pounds, so we’ve got tips to keep their backs light and zip those worries away. Dr. Marc Orlando is a physiatrist at Mayfield Brain and Spine and suggests that some schools may offer double books so kids can have one for home and one for school. He also said backpacks should weigh no more than 15 percent of your child’s weight. “Let’s say a 100-pound sixth-grader, really should have a backpack that doesn’t weigh much more than 10 pounds — maybe 15 as a maximum,” Orlando said. In a New York City study, second- and fourth-graders had backpacks as heavy as 5 pounds. By sixth grade, the weight went up to 18.4 pounds on average. It’s more common than you would think, Orlando said, citing some 15,000 reported backpack problems yearly in the United States. Most injuries are sprains and strains to the neck and mid- or lower back. As a father himself, Orlando said not only to think of the weight of the backpack, but also the size. “Kids who haven’t hit their growth spurt yet, they probably need a bag that’s shorter, more condensed and keeps their weight typically in the mid-thoracic area.  If possible, Orlando suggested using a rolling bag or using the clasp at the top of most backpacks. If kids do wear the bag on their back, he said to use both straps.  “You’re distributing forces more evenly so that your spine can handle the extra load,” Orlando said. Source...

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Prof blames parents for heavy school bags

Prof blames parents for heavy school bags

They allow schools to sell workbooks because they want their children to score As, says UCSI’s Tajuddin Rasdi. PETALING JAYA: A university professor has blamed parents for the large number of workbooks children have to buy from their schools. Tajuddin Rasdi, who teaches at UCSI, said many parents wrongly believed that children needed those books in order to do well in their studies. His comment follows a news report about parents alleging that some school heads were in cahoots with publishers in pushing workbooks to pupils and thereby burdening them with heavy school bags. The report quoted parents as saying through social media that schools were taking commissions from the sale of the books. Tajuddin told FMT he believed parents had not protested against schools for making their children buy more books “than they actually need”. He said this was why schools had continued selling them. “Parents want so much for their children to excel that they have accepted the idea. Once you accept that this is what your children need to get many As, the issue about whether or not the headmaster gets a commission becomes irrelevant.” Tajuddin said the notion that children needed many books to get good grades was false. “When I went to school, we didn’t have these books,” he said. “Teachers never asked us to get extra books. I left school with a lot of As.” He said he was not against the idea of buying more books. “It is not wrong to use these supplementary books. I’m only establishing the fact that you don’t have to make it compulsory. “If you think it’s so necessary, then there’s no point in having practically free education. What’s the point of having free education when you have to cough up several hundred ringgit per child for these supplementary books?”   Source...

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8 Everyday Activities That Can Damage Your Spine

8 Everyday Activities That Can Damage Your Spine

The spine is literally the backbone of your body that keeps it together. It’s important that you take care of it at any age. Bright Side has made a list of everyday activities that, as it turns out, might harm your spine. 8. Brushing your teeth When we stand, the pressure on the spine is much higher than during a long walk. If you have to stand for hours every day, you should find a way to mitigate the harmful influence on your spine. How to avoid it When you brush your teeth, lean on the wall or the sink with a free hand. 7. Washing up When washing up, we usually stand in a half-bent position with strained arms. Because of this, the intervertebral discs of the thoracic section quickly wear out, which leads to pains between the shoulder blades. How to avoid it Put a chair or a stool under your knee when you wash up. This will help lower the pressure.   6. Changing a car wheel Every second car owner has faced this challenge that can give you a pain in the back for the rest of the day. How to avoid it Don’t bend over to the wheel. Sit on the ground next to it instead so that your eyes are on the same level as the car’s fender. 5. Carrying bags from the supermarket Despite the depressing reality where supermarkets make millions yearly selling disposable bags, never skimp on a second bag. A few extra cents will save your spine from extra pressure. How to avoid it Remember that heavy objects should be lifted with your knees bent. For most women, a heavy object is something weighing more than 5 lbs (2 kg); for most men, more than 11 lbs (5 kg). Always remember that you should carry bags only with their weight evenly distributed in both hands.   4. Washing the floor If not every day, at least once a week we clean up our houses and brutally torture our spines. Strained legs and back, active arm movements, weight lifting — that even sounds dangerous. How to avoid it Don’t wash the floor with your hands and a floorcloth. Use a mop or a brush instead. 3. Lacing up your shoes Everything we do in a bent posture harms our intervertebral discs. Under constant pressure, nutritional substances leave the spine, and it flattens. This results in pressing and jabbing pains in one area or another. A new supply of necessary elements is only refilled when our bodies feel comfortable — for instance, in sleep. In light of this, it’s crucial that we monitor the sensations in our backs during the day and don’t put them to a strength test. How to avoid it It’s recommended to lace your shoes when seated and with your leg pulled up. Don’t do it crouched on the floor or standing and bending over.   2. Carrying a backpack Backpacks aren’t just popular with school students. We often...

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Kementerian Pendidikan kaji beban buku dibawa murid ke sekolah

Kementerian Pendidikan kaji beban buku dibawa murid ke sekolah

BATU GAJAH: Kementerian Pendidikan akan pergi ke beberapa sekolah rendah di negara ini untuk mengkaji jumlah buku yang dibawa murid setiap hari ke sekolah. Menterinya, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid berkata, langkah itu dilakukan bagi memastikan jumlah buku yang dibawa murid sekolah tidak terlalu berat seterusnya membebankan mereka setiap hari. Menurut beliau, jumlah buku latihan tambahan yang dibawa murid itu bergantung kepada guru serta sekolah dan kebanyakan aduan yang diterima membabitkan pelajar dari Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SRJKC). Beliau menambah, dikatakan ramai yang mendakwa guru di sekolah terbabit banyak memberikan buku latihan tambahan. “Bagaimanapun saya tidak pasti dakwaan itu sama ada benar atau tidak dan maklumat lengkap mengenai masih belum peroleh,” kata kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Persidangan Perwakilan UMNO Bahagian Batu Gajah di sini pada Ahad. Beliau yang juga Ahli Majlis Tertinggi UMNO diminta mengulas laporan muka hadapan sebuah akhbar berbahasa Inggeris mengenai bebanan buku tambahan yang terpaksa dibawa pelajar sekolah rendah di negara ini. Katanya, terdapat garis panduan berhubung jumlah buku dan berat yang dibenarkan terhadap murid dan jumlah maksimum yang dibenarkan adalah 10 buah buku sahaja.   Source...

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一人一柜书包瘦了 新光学生上下楼不再喘

(双溪大年14日讯)小学书包太重!双溪大年新光小学董家协,体恤学生背着沉重学生书包上学,继装置食水机后,再落实学生一人一书柜计划,作为收藏书本及辅助作业用途,减轻学生书包重量。 书包越来越超重,不只成为小学生的负担,也对正在发育的学生骨骼带来的伤害。新光小学的这项减轻学生书包重量计划,有望在5月前全校落实。 杨思源:花10万购置 家协主席杨思源说,一人一小柜计划是董事会及家协去年开始提出,书柜经于上周运抵该校,第一批将让课室在三楼的四、五及六年级学生先使用。他说,该校有1200名学生,每个班级约有240名学生。为落实这项计划,该校预算花费10万令吉购置小柜。  许初俊盼减轻一半 许初俊校长希望该校学生书包减轻至50%,也就是说每个学生的书包会减至7公斤到10公斤之间。 他说,他是与董家协成员到吉华S校及麦曼珍小学取经,由于面对书本收藏在小柜问题,该校决定让学生在放学的10分钟前收拾,以把不需要用到的书本或作业薄收藏在小柜里。 杨金福鼓励带小水瓶 董事长杨金福表示,该校在此之前,很早就已经装置食水机方便学生装水,这也是书包减重计划措施之一,所以校方鼓励学生带着小水罐上学即可,不够水饮用,可到校务处外面及食堂附近装置饮用水。 他表示,该校会时刻关注学生福利问题,将会为该校的硬体设备及需求作出完善策划,让学生在良好舒适的环境下求学。 吴锡昭感谢林嵘达推动 家协副主席吴锡昭感谢前校长林嵘达的推动和建议,才能让这项措施顺利进行。 他说,在上个星期正当小柜货源运到时,家协主席杨思源与董家协成员格外兴奋,大家协助进行搬运小柜到三楼装置。 伍伊雯:方便上下楼 家协财政伍伊雯表示,书包瘦身计划不只让学生方便上下楼,更减少背着沉重书包,一不小心跌倒时所带来的危险性。 杨荔诒:肩上轻很多 对于学校实施书包瘦身计划,6USM班杨荔诒爽朗的表示很轻松,肩上轻很多,不必再背着沉重的书包上学。 她说,每天背着沉重的书包上学,每当要步上三楼楼梯,都会觉得很气喘,现在有了小书柜,可以把没用到的书本收藏在小书柜,上楼时不会气喘,情绪也会变好。      Source...

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6 Natural Ways to Heal Back Problems Through Massage, Food & Yoga

Back pain is a common ailment that affects at least eight out of ten people, with the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) reporting that at least 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time. But why is it so common? Among the most common culprits are poor posture, poor physical conditioning facilitated by inactivity, obesity, psychological/emotional stress, osteoporosis, and internal diseases like kidney stones, infections, and blood clots. The structure of the back is complicated, to say the least. Made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, there is much opportunity to sprain, rupture, and irritate the inner workings that make it strong and supportive. After ignoring the pain and taking it easy for some time, many people resort to popping painkillers to continue with their day-to-day life pain-free. But this often becomes habit and doesn’t actually treat the underlying issue, and longtime use can lead to liver damage, ulcers, and kidney damage, and potentially worsen problems with blood clotting, too. Preventing or treating disease is absolutely possible without the intervention of medications, and the same can be said for back pain. Getting to the root of the cause by way of lifestyle changes, and implementing scientifically-proven remedies, should be your first resort. Yoga Triangle pose, cobra pose, cat pose, and bridge pose are all incredibly beneficial asanas to help prevent as well as cure back pain safely and cheaply. Research has shown that the practice can reduce the severity of chronic low back pain, boost serotonin levels, enhance mental health, and promote better sleep. Iyengar yoga has also been shown to reduce the need for pain medication. Exercise Therapy A common misconception when dealing with back pain is that bed rest and inactivity are the best cures. But being physically active is actually much more beneficial for strengthening the muscles of the spine in order to significantly reduce back pain. “Why are we not prescribing an inexpensive, effective treatment? Some of it is, I think, we don’t think of exercise as being a treatment the way a tablet or a procedure or a physical therapy treatment might,” says Dr. Tim Carey, an internist at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. “We’re a fairly pill-oriented society. Pills are easy to take, and as a doctor, pills are easy to prescribe.” “What we do understand about the back it that the more you use it, the more...

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Heavy bag? Split books in parts

Heavy bag? Split books in parts

Orissa resident Sanjay Kumar Patnaik has forwarded a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioning about the steps to be taken to reduce the weight of school bags. At present children carry heavy bags to schools which cause heavy strain on their back. Parents have often raised the issue of heavy school bags carried by children and even filed a public interest litigation with Bombay High Court for regulating the weight of bags carried by students. According to Mr Patnaik, “The weight of school bags can be reduced if the book publisher splits the course into two parts i.e one part could be used by students for studying the syllabus of mid-term exam and another for annual exams.” Today students carry many items in their bags like books, compass box, tiffin box, crayons, craft materials and water bottles which create huge discomfort to them. Those students who walk to schools by carrying bulky bags are more affected as compared to their counterparts travelling in school buses. Many students often carry two lunch boxes to schools. Some of them forget to unpack their bags after reaching homes as they often carry previous days’ time table books to schools which further increase the burden. Sometimes parents too don’t bother to check their children’s school bags due to their busy work schedule. “The total number of teaching days varies from 180 to 220 days per year (excluding summer vacation, winter vacation, annual function, sports, puja holidays, half yearly and annual exam days). Each class generally is held for 45 minutes. A teacher takes four to seven days to teach a single lesson (including teaching, question and answer session, correcting note books). Number of lesson varies from 10 to 20 for each subjects excluding general knowledge. Proper lesson planning and scheduled time table will help both teacher and students,” added Patnaik. For example (No of days classes held per year) X (no of periods per day) = (total no classes of the year) / (total no of lesson in all subjects) = days required to complete each lesson. 180 X 7 = 1260 / 140= 9 days to complete one lesson “Seven classes per day are enough to complete the courses. Remaining one period could be allotted for cursive writing, drawing, dictation, story, telling activities, games, library etc to help students become smarter,” said Patnaik. “Government schools must follow English language as a medium...

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