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Student well being-revised 3-13-14 (2) Minister Angie Motshekga: Announcement of 2014 matric results. Boys still outperforming girls in matric exams:Tuesday 6 January 2015. In 2014 girls are not only faring worse than the boys in key subjects like Maths and Physical Science, their results are deteriorating at a faster pace than those of their male counterparts.

Boys still outperforming girls in matric exams:Tuesday 6 January 2015

(SABC) Although a high number of girls achieved passes in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) in 2014, boys still outperformed the fairer sex with 77.5% pass rate compared to 74.4%. This is in line with a trend show in the 2013 matric results, where 80% of males compared to females (78%) passed the NSC examination. It was found then that the percentage of males that passed the NSC examination has been consistently higher than the percentage of females that passed.

This trend continues when it comes to the key subjects of Maths and Physical Science. In Physical Science, girls’ performance decreased by 6.6 percentage points (from 65.7% to 59.1%), and boys’ by 5.1 percentage points (from 69.3% to 64.2%). Class of 2014 results drop 2.4 percentage points:Monday 5 January 2015.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announcing matric results in Johannesburg on Monday.

Class of 2014 results drop 2.4 percentage points:Monday 5 January 2015

(SABC) Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced that the national matric pass rate for the Class of 2014 was 75.8%, a drop of 2.4 percentage points from the 2013 figure of 78.2%.

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Single-sex education for girls: what the research shows - AGSA. NASSPE: Research > Single-Sex vs. Coed: The Evidence. Let's begin with two recent studies in which students were RANDOMLY assigned either to single-gender or coed classrooms, with no opt-out.

NASSPE: Research > Single-Sex vs. Coed: The Evidence

We are aware of no other studies in which students were randomly assigned either to single-gender or coed classrooms, with no parental opt-out allowed. Any such study would be illegal in the United States; in the United States, federal statute 34 CFR 106.34 requires that any assignment to a single-gender classroom or school must be completely voluntary. In the first study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania traveled to Seoul South Korea, because in Seoul, students are RANDOMLY assigned either to single-gender or to coed high schools.

The assignment is truly random, and compulsory. Why single sex school education? Preamble: The matter of single-sex education has received increased attention in recent years.

Why single sex school education?

In compiling this report I have consulted and read widely as well as experienced both single and co-education myself in the eight schools I have taught at in both South Africa and New Zealand over the past 30 years. I have also been fortunate enough to attend a number of international conferences over the years looking at best practice. As I am now the Headmaster of a boy’s school, Maritzburg College, it is prudent for me to focus on what is best for boys. The International Boys’ Schools Coalition [IBSC] was founded in 1995 to look at what is best for boys. One recent study conducted by the "gender-neutral" independent New Zealand Council for Educational Research on the "Achievement in Boys' Schools, 2010-2012" does find higher achievement in test scores, University entrance, and graduation rates for all boys, no matter ethnicity or income levels, who attend single-sex boys' schools. 1. 2.

EUDAEMONIA, THE GOOD LIFE. (MARTIN SELIGMAN:) In order to answer the question of what I want to do and what my ambitions are, it's worth surveying what psychology has done and what psychology can be proud of.

EUDAEMONIA, THE GOOD LIFE

The domain of psychology that I come from — clinical psychology, social psychology — has one major medal on its chest: If you look back to 1945 to 1950, no major mental illness was treatable. It was entirely smoke and mirrors. The National Institute of Mental Health essentially invested between $20 and $30 billion — It's never been the National Institute of Mental Health by the way; it's always been Mental Illness — on the question of the relief of mental illness. And by my count, the $20 billion, 50-year investment produced the following two great achievements. The first is that 14 major mental illnesses are now treatable. But there were three serious costs to selling out to the disease model — and it was a sellout, by the way; it was financial.

That's the background. Two weeks later I had an epiphany. Hedonism, Eudaemonia, and the Secret of Happiness. Flickr: Nicki Dugan Pogue cc license As you sit at your console or squint at these letters on a tiny screen, ask yourself this: Are you happy?

Hedonism, Eudaemonia, and the Secret of Happiness

Are your kids happy? And wouldn’t eating Twinkies make you all happier? In a minute we’ll take a deeper look at that last question, but first we have to set the ground rules. First, what is “happiness”? Aristippus, a Greek philosopher who lived in the fourth century BC, thought that if you feel good more than you feel bad, you are happy. Eudaimonia. Discussion of the links between virtue of character (ethikē aretē) and happiness (eudaimonia) is one of the central concerns of ancient ethics, and a subject of much disagreement.

Eudaimonia

As a result there are many varieties of eudaimonism. Two of the most influential forms are those of Aristotle[3] and the Stoics. Aristotle takes virtue and its exercise to be the most important constituent in eudaimonia but acknowledges also the importance of external goods such as health, wealth, and beauty. By contrast, the Stoics make virtue necessary and sufficient for eudaimonia and thus deny the necessity of external goods.[4] Definition[edit] The good composed of all goods; an ability which suffices for living well; perfection in respect of virtue; resources sufficient for a living creature. So, as Aristotle points out, saying that eudaimon life is a life which is objectively desirable, and means living well, is not saying very much. Girls do better without boys at school, study finds. Girls are far more likely to thrive, get GCSEs and stay in education if they go to a single-sex school, according to new research, which reveals pupils who are struggling academically when they start secondary school reap the biggest rewards of girls-only schooling.

Girls do better without boys at school, study finds