For centuries, the formal educational system has been roughly the same. Topics are divided into subjects, and those subjects are taught independently of each other. There are subjects like Math, Science, Language, and Physical Education that are taught by different teachers at different times.
In Finland, a country known for its progressive views on teaching, this method of teaching will now replaced by a new and possibly more effective method. Finnish officials want to remove school subjects from their curriculum.
According to the head of the Department of Education in Helsinki, Marjo Kyllonen,
“There are schools that are teaching in the old-fashioned way which was of benefit in the beginning of the 1900s — but the needs are not the same, and we need something fit for the 21st century.”
Finland seeks to abolish the old system of presenting information to students in favor of a new interdisciplinary method.
Instead of teaching individual subjects, teachers will teach the students events and phenomena in an interdisciplinary format with only small batches of students. For instance, students will be taught about the Renaissance from the perspective of history, geography, math, and science.
This system will be taught to students in their senior year, beginning at the age of 16. Students will be able to choose which topics or phenomena they would like to study in order to shape their ambitions for the future. This will also answer the age-old question of students, “What do I need these subjects for?” With this new method, they are provided with the context they need in order to understand why they must learn what they’re being taught.
The Finnish education system is already working on the transition from the traditional teaching method to this newer method. About 70% of the teachers in Helsinki have already started to prepare for the new system of teaching, and as a result, they will receive a pay increase.
The new teaching model is expected to be completed by 2020.
A Recent Study Explained Why Human Males Don’t Have A Penile Bone
Ever wondered why it’s all meat and no bone?
It is an established scientific fact that human males do not have the baculum, which is also known as the penis bone or penile bone. This anatomical truth has baffled people for years. Recently, however, a group of researchers from University College London decided to find out why human males are missing that one bone.
A study published recently in the journal 'Proceedings of the Royal Society B' explored the concept of baculum evolvement, along with the theory that humans lost it during the course of evolution as a result of monogamous sexual relationships.
The researchers propose that sometime between 95 to 145 million years ago, the penile bone evolved to provide mammals structural support during copulation and to allow them to have sexual intercourse for extended periods, as lasting longer in sex allows the animals to keep up with the increased sexual competition among male rivals. Hence, being able to last longer favors the males as it hinders other male animals from having sex with and impregnating their chosen female.
Virus Evolution May Cause More Severe Infections in Men than in Women
Men beware! The man flu is real!
Men may be more predisposed to more severe infections as compared to women.
In a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications, it was found that pathogens tend to evolve in a sex-specific pattern, thus causing weaker symptoms in women and making them more likely to spread the infection. This means that such microorganisms may be evolving in such a way that will allow it to cause more serious infections in men than in women.
The theory suggests that it is possible for viruses to infect a woman, but not necessarily cause them significant harm, as there is a greater likelihood for women to transmit the infection to others, that is from a mother to a child, either through breastfeeding or giving birth. Men, on the other hand, are not involved in vertical transmission, hence there is a lesser likelihood of transmitting infections to others. This means that viruses can let it all out and wreak havoc on a male host's system, thus causing more severe symptoms.
Scientists Discover the Oldest Evidence of Human Civilization in Australia’s Outback
Artifacts are estimated to be 45,000 to 49,000 years old.
In a recently discovered cave somewhere in the Flinders Ranges, located approximately 550 kilometers north of Adelaide, Australia, lies ancient artifacts estimated to be 49,000 years old. This discovery suggests that humans set foot on the Australian desert 10,000 years earlier than originally believed. This implies that 1,000 years after first setting foot on Australian soil, humans were able to expand civilization further into the continent's arid interior - making this group of humans the oldest known continuous civilization on Earth.
The Warratyi Rock Shelter was accidently discovered by an elderly local who was looking for a toilet.
The cave, known as Warratyi rock shelter, housed a few of what seems to be the oldest quartz and bone tools in Australia and showed evidence of the earliest use of the ochre pigment in the country. Included in the artifacts were burnt eggshells, pointed tools made of bone and stone, and red ochre and gypsum pigments.
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