Spouses of patients receiving hospice for three or more days more frequently reported reduced depression symptoms, compared to surviving spouses of patients who did not receive hospice, a new report concludes.
Summary from Brain Fitness News, May 2015:
End-of-Life Hospice Care May Reduce Depression of Surviving Spouse Medical providers have long known that hospice care provides excellent care and comfort to patients; now there is evidence that the care extends to the surviving spouse as well. Recent research has found that spouses of patients who receive end-of-life hospice care experience fewer depressive symptoms than spouses of terminally ill patients who do not receive hospice.
CCC says Canada's labour market information is not good enough A report released last week by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) says that "the federal government is delivering a poor performance" when it comes to providing labour market information. Canada earned its highest grade, a "B," for information on labour force needs by geographic area, a slight improvement since 2014. Elsewhere, the verdict is not as positive. Areas of particular weakness include information on future labour force needs and on workforce training. The CCC says the government should make data more accessible and user-friendly; coordinate and aggregate sector-specific projections with its broad-based projections; and support a publicly funded, arm's-length agency to prepare labour market information for public consumption. Globe and Mail | CCC News Release | Full Report
There’s no question that white Americans prefer white neighborhoods. As I noted in a Wednesday column, “20 percent of whites said their ideal neighborhood was all white … [a]nd only 25 percent of white respondents said they would live in a neighborhood where one-half of their neighbors were black.” At...
A law suit in the US highlights the question of just how much employee surveillance is permissable
"Have you ever felt that your employer is watching you? In the US, it seems some employers have taken monitoring of their employees to a new level. A US sales executive is suing her employer for invasion of privacy, alleging she was fired after deleting a mobile phone app which tracked her movements – both inside and outside of work.
The app was called Xora and, according to court documents, employees were instructed to download it to their phones in April 2014. Xora’s website says the app can help bosses “automate the process of tracking employee and job time” and allows them “to see the location of every mobile worker on a Google map”. In the lawsuit the employer admits that the worker would be tracked off duty and that it would even know how fast she was driving at specific moments."
"What should schools teach, and how? And how do we know if we’re doing it well? These are astoundingly important questions–ones that must be answered with social needs, teacher gifts, and technology access in mind. Now, we take the opposite approach. Here’s what all students should know, now let’s figure out how we can use what we have to teach it. If we don’t see the issue in its full context, we’re settling for glimpses."
How did a young man born into a high caste in India come to free 83,000 children from slavery? Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi offers a surprising piece of advice to anyone who wants to change the world for the better: Get angry at injustice. In this powerful talk, he shows how a lifetime of peace-making sprang from a lifetime of outrage.
Markus Gielser is a marketing professor at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto
"A while ago, I participated in a panel on the future of the MBA. Here is a summary of my arguments about flexibility, specialized programs, and the power of technologically networked research faculty.
The MBA is in a significant crisis. You study markets as social systems and you are also working in an MBA school. What’s your theory? I look at market creation as a sociological network-building process that requires the harmonization of multiple stakeholders. And that’s where I see many schools these days already falling short – making the mistake of honing in too quickly on one group of stakeholders.
You probably think I am talking about the student now. But I am actually referring to the media. Industry wants to hire the best managers in order to stay competitive. Students, in turn, want to acquire the most competitive set of skills. But listening too much to what the media defines as “the best” and “the most competitive” on behalf of industry and students, that’s where the problem has started historically.
It’s like allowing one stakeholder group to redefine the entire game. And in the process that game has invariably become theirs. That’s, in essence, how the Financial Times and other business media players came to own the MBA."
The report blames discovery or experimental learning approaches that have students explore different ways to solve math problems instead of using a single standard algorithm
Summary from Academica Top Ten - Friday 29 May 2015
Report blames decline in math skills on discovery learning A new report from the CD Howe Institute says that discovery-based learning methods are to blame for a decline in Canadian students' math skills. University of Winnipeg professor Anna Stokke, who wrote the report, says that discovery-based learning "makes kids feel stupid." Her report notes that compared to 2003, most provinces saw a "statistically significant" decline in math scores in 2012. She says that experimental learning methods overwhelm students' memories, making it difficult for them to quickly solve complex problems. Moreover, teaching of some key operations, such as adding and subtracting fractions, is being delayed too long. The report recommends an 80/20 split between direct and discovery instructional methods. National Post
Researchers at Kansas State University have looked into how vegetables take up different soil contaminants. They also considered how different gardening practices could reduce this uptake. They found that, in the majority of examples, eating vegetables grown in the contaminated soils studied was safe.
Scandals involving drugs, financial impropriety and lavish lifestyles have tarnished the reputation of the country’s dominant religious order
"Think Buddhist monk, and bodyguards and bomb threats probably don’t spring to mind. But that’s exactly what Phra Buddha Issara is dealing with as he mounts a campaign to overhaul Thailand’s religious institutions. The activist monk has earned plenty of enemies since he launched a campaign to clean up Buddhism in Thailand, urging the country’s 300,000 monks to be more transparent in their financial dealings and the religion’s governing body, the Supreme Sangha Council, to crack down on wrongdoing."
Making Canada a global leader in R&D may not be worth it
In a commentary piece published in the National Post, Stephen Gordon argues that transforming Canada into a world leader in private-sector research and developmentmay not be worth the investment. He argues that creating a global-scale R&D cluster in Canada would be very difficult, given that other clusters already have a significant head start. Moreover, attracting a large number of researchers to build the cluster would be prohibitively expensive, especially given that R&D is an inherently risky activity. The costs, Gordon says, would quickly outweigh any social benefits of investment. National Post
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