Discovering the Best Colleges in Oregon

Oregon is a state known for its natural beauty, its strong lumber and fishing industries and its commitment to eco-friendliness among other things. The state is also home to almost 100 different higher education institutions, from community colleges to prestigious private and public four-year colleges and universities, which all together offer educational offerings to suit any student, no matter what their academic interests. Although all of these schools are excellent in their own way here is a little about five of the best colleges in Oregon:

Best Colleges in Oregon – Oregon State University (OSU) – This prestigious co-ed university was founded in 1856 and is located in Corvallis, Oregon. The school is especially well known for its research opportunities offered to students at all levels – OSU’s programs in nuclear engineering, ecology, forestry, public health, biochemistry, zoology, oceanography, food sciences, and pharmacy technology are all consistently ranked amongst the best in the nation.

You can learn more about OSU by visiting the school’s official website at

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The Real Meaning Of Education

Education does not mean that a person has a folder full of degrees, it means having an appropriate disposition towards life, towards fellow beings, towards your country. Does this statement seem ambiguous to you? If yes, keep reading this piece of writing to understand what we mean by this statement.

There are a number of so-called educated people around us who boast of having the best of the degrees from the best of universities around the globe but when it comes handling the problems of their life, they fail to do so. They keep complaining about the problems of their life and can not make out how to tackle that problem.

If a person can not do this simple task then what the purpose of education is. An educated person is the one who is appreciative of the turns of the life and understands that it is a common phenomenon of life and problems are also a part and parcel of life, and most parents do that excellently.

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Parents: The Best Teachers of Their Children

Parents are enjoying a revival of respect from authorities as significant contributors to their children’s learning. For many years parents suffered from low self-esteem and lack of confidence in their ability to teach their children.

Much of this was promoted by well-intentioned educators. Fortunately, this is changing, thanks to current research. The experts are now proclaiming what many people intuitively knew all along — that parents are the most significant people in their children’s lives.

It has been assumed by some people that the way children are educated is through contact with a professional in a classroom or a center. Burton White of Harvard says that is not the way it is going to happen, nor is it the way it should happen.

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Newspaper reading in class

Letter from a teacher in Hyattsville, Maryland

I have two classes – one of the 5th-7th graders and one of the 8th-12th graders – in which I use newspapers to strengthen the speaking and reading skills of my students. We do a shared reading activity where each student chooses an article of interest, summarizes it for the entire class and then shares his or her opinion on it. The other students give their input and add their opinions. This is a great exercise in strengthening their speaking and listening skills.

To strengthen their writing skills, I give them the opportunity to write creatively. They select an article to read, and then they write a ledger, a short story or an essay about it. Other times I cut out appropriate headlines from the paper and give them to my students, challenging them to write a short story based only on the headline.

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How we teach reading at our Kansas high school

Letter from Immaculata High School, Leavenworth, Kansas

Quad-peat! Yes, we have done it again. For the fourth straight year Immaculata High School, Leavenworth, Kansas, has achieved the Kansas State Standard of Excellence in Reading. What an achievement! We have tried many different avenues to help our students become better readers.

About ten years ago we installed a 15-minute reading period into our schedule on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. During the period we do nothing but read. And for the third straight year, one of the materials read is a newspaper. The students, faculty, and staff love to read it. And obviously, it has helped us reach our Standards of Excellence. Thanks to all of you at the paper, USA TODAY, for helping us reach our goal.

The creation of relevant, effective high school electives is a challenge principals often face. We aim to provide electives that complement the existing educational program, are meaningful to the students, and reflect the overall philosophy and vision of the school.

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Use the news for education purposes

Letter from a teacher in Florida

As a veteran teacher, I had heard these comments numerous times during the course of a day from students in classrooms throughout the school. I would commiserate with my colleagues daily asking them for suggestions on how to get our students involved in reading with the hope that at some point they would even enjoy it. Through the course of my career, I had seen so many reading programs come and go, but the results never met my expectations.

Two years ago, I had an opportunity to see a presentation of an education program by one of America’s leading newspapers and really liked everything about it. I went back to my school and wrote a grant which partially funded a project that I had been wanting to implement for a long time.

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Use newspapers in class

At the beginning of each class, I give my students about a half an hour to look through a newspaper[er to find out what’s going on both locally and nationally. I then use the Today’s Issues teaching guide with the Experience TODAY lesson plan to discuss a topic such as risk-taking.

I have students look through the paper for examples of people in the news that are taking risks or placing themselves in difficult situations. We have been talking about Topic 2: HIV, AIDS and other STDs this week, and we use the paper and the case study from Today’s Issues to determine what a person could have done differently to avoid taking the sort of risks that result in negative repercussions. Students discuss what they would have done differently, or where a person could turn to, e.g., a state health agency, for help or support.

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Making Choices

Anything in the news that involves choices – what you buy, what you eat, even going to the movies – is about making choices. Economics is really about people making choices – not merely about making money. The definition of economics is the “science of choice.”

Most importantly, I want my students to know that when you make a choice, you give up something else. For example, when you purchase something, you have to give up money or another product or activity because of your choice.

I like USA TODAY’s features on lifestyles and food in the newspaper’s LIFE section, and the entire SPORTS section because they highlight stories involving choices that children are interested in. The stories on food involve making several choices to determine how much it costs to create a meal.

The lifestyle material is effective because we can talk about, for example, which movies they like. We read the reviews and compare them to other opinions, or write our own reviews. We also discuss why kids and adults like different movies.

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Reading newspapers in class

Fifth-grade reading levels are not high enough to completely comprehend a newspaper, yet students have thoroughly enjoyed and been able to learn from what we do with papers. By the end of the year, they are comfortable using the paper and look forward each week to having their own copy.

I have a math activity where we look for fractions, percentages, whole numbers and statistics in articles. Students cut out graphs found in, for example, USA TODAY, write a summary paragraph and then display it all on a chart.

We have a set of over forty reading and phonics activities that require cutting-edge examples from a newspaper. I use newspapers often to illustrate or write about phonetic and structural analysis. With a partner or individually, students practice the skill of skimming and choosing a favorite article, summarizing it on a 3 x 5 card, and then giving an oral report to the entire class. This is a favorite activity of my students, and many of them end up discussing the articles at home with their parents, and having a copy for each child really makes a difference.

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Teaching Current Events

Recently I read an article on monuments in the USA and how Americans have become engrossed in monument building. I had my students design monuments that would be good on our school’s campus. They drew pictures of their monuments and then wrote dedications to the school. They used reading skills to read the article and writing skills to create the dedication.

I also have my students write a weekly journal. In a recent editorial in a newspaper, the debate was about starting the school day later. This couldn’t have appeared in the paper at a better time because we were discussing study skills and learning styles. I had the kids write in their journals their opinions on starting school later.

Another uncanny link was the science section article about the peregrine falcon. We had just done a unit on animal survival. In terms of tying a newspaper into my math class, about three weeks ago, there was an article on the median income in the USA. The article lent itself to teach the students all about median and what it means. The children were amazed at the poverty level in the USA.

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