Chapeau! Formerly Homeless Vets Return To Streets To Help Others In Need!

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Formerly Homeless Vets Return To Streets To Help Others In Need

By KEVIN FREKING  12/24/13 07:08 AM ET EST AP

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CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — Not far from where the Boston Massacre helped sow the seeds for the Revolutionary War, David Dyer points toward the underpass where he’d score crack cocaine by day and the train depot where he’d sleep some nights.

Now, he has a family, a home and a job — helping homeless veterans get off the streets, like he did.

Dyer is part of a team of veterans, some formerly homeless themselves, that the state of Massachusetts has hired to get veterans off the streets in the Boston area. Typically, they spend one day a week roaming the city’s storefronts, alleys and shelters, which is what he was doing one recent morning outside Boston’s South Station. “I guess you could call this my home…

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Study: Kids understand multi-digit numbers as early as age 3

Study: Kids understand multi-digit numbers as early as age 3 by Staff Writers East Lansing, Mich. (UPI) Dec 18, 2013

Children as young as 3 years old can grasp large numbers and may be ready for more direct math instruction when they enter school, U.S. researchers say.article-2153438-128d772a000005dc-806_964x11331.jpg

The finding in a study funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences has implications for U.S. students who are losing ground internationally in mathematics performance, they said.

“Contrary to the view that young children do not understand place value and multi-digit numbers, we found that they actually know quite a lot about it,” study co-author Kelly Mix of Michigan State University said.

“They are more ready than we think when they enter kindergarten,” said Mix, a professor of educational psychology.

Working with colleagues from Indiana University, Mix tested children ages 3 to 7 on their ability to identify and compare two- and three-digit numbers.

In one task, for example, children were shown two quantities, such as 128 and 812, and asked to point out which was larger.

“There was significant improvement in interpreting place value from age 3 to 7,” Mix said, “but it was remarkable that even the youngest children showed at least some understanding of multi-digit numbers.”

Understanding place value — ones, tens, hundreds — is the gateway to higher math skills such as addition with carrying, and there is a strong tie between place value skills in early elementary grades and problem-solving ability later on, the researchers said.

“In short, children who fail to master place value face chronic low achievement in mathematics,” they said in reporting their study in the journal Child Development.

We are missing You, Nelson Mandela!

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Today we became poor, we are missing You, Nelson Mandela!

Foto: Ma szegényebbek lettünk...szegényebbek egy óriással, akitől csak tanulni lehetett. Mandela-val más lett a világ és nélküle is. Nyugodjék békében. (Photo care of AP)
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Ma szegényebbek lettünk…szegényebbek egy óriással, akitől csak tanulni lehetett. Mandela-val más lett a világ és nélküle is. Nyugodjék békében. (Photo care of AP)
Today we became poor, we are missing a giant, from whom we only can learn. By Mandela our world changed, and now without him. Rest in Peace.

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