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Education Feedback

by Ron Kurtus

Each day readers send in questions and feedback concerning the various lessons in the School for Champions website. A total of 116 letters have been answered.

List of most recent 15 letters




Why were Clinton years not good for honesty? Bennett Teaching Virtues Congo
Wants to project pictures for class General USA
Wants to project pictures for class - 2 General USA
Suggested resource Resources USA
Discuss sociology of education Process Tanzania
Suggested Education resources Resources USA
How many people took this survey? Student Survey USA
Why is Philosophy of Education important? Philosophies Zimbabwe
Suggested resource General USA
Wants material to for students General South Africa
Motivating children to like mathematics General Kenya
Suggested resource Resources Ireland
Suggested resources for teachers Resources USA
Educational resources General USA
Web address for student survey Student Survey USA

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Bennett Teaching Virtues

Why were Clinton years not good for honesty?

March 9, 2017


Why does William Bennett say that the Clinton years were not good years for impressing the virtue of honesty on our kids ?

Lucy - Congo (27934)


Although former President Clinton showed dishonesty during the Clinton-Lewinsky affair, I don't think that Mr. Clinton or people in his administration were basically dishonest.

Mr. Bennett's view of the Clinton years is somewhat biased by his political views, since he is a Conservative Republican and Clinton is a Democrat.

I hope that helps in your understanding. Best wishes for success in your studies.

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Wants to project pictures for class

July 27, 2016


I read stories to children and I do not have enough pictures. Can I find other pictures scan them and flash these pictures on the wall? Please name the equipment I will need. Thanks

Reedia Mae - USA (27174)


Walmart has a multimedia projector for about $65. You can project scanned pictures, and connect the projector to your computer or use a thumb drive.

I hope that helps. Best wishes with your class.

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Wants to project pictures for class - 2

July 27, 2016


Can I turn pictures into a film and use a projector to flash pictures on to a wall? When reading a story to children I look for extra pictures. This is my second idea to you. Please answer as soon as possible. Thanks

Reedia Mae - USA (27175)


You can use a digital camera or even your smart phone to take photographs of pictures in books or such. You can then connect to your projector or use a thumb drive to input the pictures.

I hope that helps. Best wishes with your class.

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Suggested resource

July 23, 2016


Suggest a site


TITLE: Good Calculators


DESCRIPTION: This website provides a variety of online calculators, some math, engineering and conversion calculators.

Andrew - USA (27164)


Thanks for the suggested resource. I added a link at Education Resources.

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Discuss sociology of education

May 16, 2016


Discuss some research things in the sociology of education

mary - Tanzania (27010)


You can see Education Resources for a good list. However, there isn't much on the sociology of education.

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Suggested Education resources

November 19, 2015


Hello fellow educator!

Can’t believe I’m saying this already, but Happy Holidays! (Where has the time gone?!)

I’ve been a cheerleader for math (and, really, education as a whole) for as long as I can remember (in fact - that’s ultimately why I started my own site:!). Over the last several years, I’ve tutored 100s of students to make math more attainable and fun.

Teaching becomes increasingly difficult during the holiday season when thoughts of sugar-plums are dancing in our students’ heads! :) That’s why I decided to put together a list of resources to help educators keep a classroom full of excited children focused and (hopefully!) ensure that learning still happens during this somewhat chaotic time! :)

Please enjoy! And feel free to share with others (on your site:, and any other medium you prefer)!

I hope these resources ease this somewhat chaotic time for learning!

Keep Calm and Teach On!

Stacy - USA (26545)


Thanks for the suggested resources. I added them to the Education Resources page.

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Student Survey

How many people took this survey?

October 21, 2015


How many people took this survey?

Olivia - USA (26463)


Students and teachers answer questions at random. It is not a formal survey.

From the summary of the Education Survey, it looks like about 700 answered a specific question.

Most students entered their opinions in the Good Grades Survey.

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Why is Philosophy of Education important?

May 4, 2015


Why is Philosophy of education important to a school teacher? Give examples

Nothando - Zimbabwe (25973)


There are different views on how to best educate students. It is good for a teacher to know the different techniques and philosophies to be able to apply which is most effective in the opinion of the teacher. But also, school systems select a philosophy to follow, and the teach usually must follow that route.

An example of different philosophies concerns teaching arithmetic. The common way is to have the children memorize the addition and multiplication tables. However, a new philosophy is to teach them more closely related to doing Algebra. This is called "new math" and has created much controversy.

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Suggested resource

March 23, 2015


My name is Erik Seidenberg and I am an Assistant Director for Summer Study Programs. Summer Study has been running pre-college programs for 25 years and our Penn State program is one of the largest and most successful in the country. We also offer opportunities at The Sorbonne in Paris, Colorado State University, and Fordham University. We offer a great mix of college credit and enrichment courses as well as fun and exciting summer opportunities for teens.
I wanted to reach out to you and inquire about placing a link to our site on your website so we may offer these opportunities to young adults. We believe that taking our classes in the summer not only prepares students for the rigors of college, but puts them in a great position to be accepted in to the college of their dreams. Please let me know if this would be a possibility and if you have some time please check out our website at Thank you so much for your time and consideration

Erik - USA (25849)


Thanks for the suggested reference. I added your site to Getting Good Grades Resources under College Preparation

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Wants material to for students

December 6, 2014


kindly send me material study for maths and scince to teach young generation after school programs.

kind regards

jacob - South Africa (25615)


Your teachers and students can access the Algebra and Science lessons to help them learn. I am sorry, but we do not have material to send besides what is on the website.

Best wishes for success in teaching the young generation students.

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Motivating children to like mathematics

October 31, 2014


How can children be motivated to like mathematics?

joseph - Kenya (25492)


Some children seem to naturally like mathematics, while others don't. It is good to get them all to see the value of learning math and to be able to use the subject.

Some teachers use numbers games and puzzles to get the students interested and familiar with parts of mathematics. Another strategy is to use real world examples where math is used. Learning how to deal with money is a good motivator that can also help in other areas of life.

Questions such as how much change would a person have after buying something can get the student to be interested and perhaps motivated to learn more. At the more advanced levels, learning how to calculate interest is useful.

I hope these ideas help. Best wishes in successfully teaching your students.

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Suggested resource

September 29, 2014


Hi Ron,

My name is Anton McCarthy and I am working with to help them announce the launch of their new website. The URL of the site is

I am hoping you will consider including/linking to the site on your Education Resources page

I have included a brief overview of the site below.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Overview CoolKidFacts - fun facts for kids on Planets, Animals, Geography, History, Science and more!

Anton - Ireland (25409)


I added your website to Education Resources and Good Grades Resources.

Best wishes with your website.

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Suggested resources for teachers

August 25, 2014



I’m writing to introduce, a new volunteer-based startup that conducts free research for educators. We put retired teachers and librarians (like me) back into meaningful engagement with other educators.

Would you be open to sharing our Request a Resource page with your education visitors ( Maybe on this page: ? And by the way… thank you for the resources there… we added some to our collection, including the free education resource sites - always such a great type of resource to find!

I’m passing along some resources below that are in the same fun, educational vein as the others we viewed on that page. Please add them too if you think they’d be a good fit for educators:

Fun Facts & Trivia for Kids

Fun Car Facts: Simple Machines in Automobiles

Free K-12 Lesson Plans

Calculators for Kids: Teach Children Math with These Free Calculation Tools

ReadWriteThink Lesson Plans

Discovery Education | Classroom Resources

A Kid's Guide to Forest Fires

KidZone: Worksheets for Children

And, here is the link to our growing resource bank. We hope you’ll find this useful as well! :)
Fun Educational Lesson Plans, Activities and Printables

Let me know if you decide to post these - I will share the good news with the rest of the team!

Thank you for your time!

Rebecca - USA (25320)


Thanks for the extensive list of resources. They have been added to the Education Resources page. I am sure they will help our teachers.

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Educational resources

August 5, 2014


Hi! I started a project at the beginning of summer, which I’ve had a ton of fun with over the last few months. My interns and I have been compiling fun, hands-on lessons to entertain and educate students in summer school (and, hopefully, beyond).

Now nearing the end of the project, we have several to share, in hopes you’ll share them with others on your site. I also wondered whether you had any others you could recommend (other than those you’ve listed here: If not, no problem!

Here is the list so far - I hope you enjoy them as much as we have and that you’ll share them with your other visitors. I’d love to be able to tell my team of interns that you’ve added some (or all!) of these links to your site - it would be such a treat to know their work was appreciated!

Math Activities for Kids[1]=19647&gclid=CKGPkLqe0bwCFYRQ7Aod90AAwQ

Financial Literacy and Real Estate Investment Lesson Plans

Crunch the Numbers: Do More Math, Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

ZoomSci: Science and Engineering Projects for Kids

The Kids' Guide to Simple Machines in Cars

Wildlife and Nature Lesson Plans and Resources for Educators

Forest Fire Safety and Prevention for Kids

Kids Know It Network

An Intro to Logistics for Kids

Astronomy for Kids

K-8 Space Education Resources

Thank you in advance for your time and for sharing these resources on your site, if you find they are a good fit!

Have a great day!

Kelly Campbell :: Cultivating. Connecting. Curating.
EducatorLabs | 2054 Kildaire Farm Rd. #204 | Cary, NC | 27518

P.S. Please let me know in an email response if your inbox is overloaded! If that’s the case, I will make a note not to contact you in the future.

Kelly - USA (25247)


It is great that you and your interns had a good time compiling the resources.

Thanks for the list of resources. I added them to Education Resources.

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Student Survey

Web address for student survey

July 30, 2014


While reading website pages, I saw your survey saying 17 of 33 students said "yes" to the question: "Is arithmetic difficult for you?"j. I need a website address so I can include those results in a paper soon to be published.

Second subject: I downloaded "Gravity & Gravitation", am still reading but like what I'm seeing so far...except for two issues: Phraseology in technical descriptions that misinform people and an opening statement saying how you "hate mistakes in book", yet have clearly publish this without good editorial assistance. If you are interested we may have mutual interests that would benefit by establishing a working relationship. Thank you, DCS

Don - USA (25186)


The web address for Student Survey Results in the Education section is at:

Those results were taken from the Arithmetic section on page:

Since the material is in a database, only the whole list is available.

I hope that helps.

As far as the Gravity book goes, I'm glad you like the material but am concerned about phraseology issues. It was edited but apparently not well enough. I am planning on coming out with a second edition in the near future to smooth out any rough edges. I will also get better editing.

If you see an explanation that is confusing, please let me know about it.

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