• Exchange Student

    How the U.S. Benefits From International Student Exchange

    For over a century, U.S. student exchange programs have supported international students interested in expanding their cultural horizons through academic experiences abroad — providing valuable insights for use in both their professional and personal lives. These exchanges have long been a valuable tool for the U.S., serving to expand knowledge of U.S. culture and promote goodwill among allied states and geopolitical competitors alike.  Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently called the enrollment of international students a U.S. foreign policy imperative. Investing in this type of educational exchange is directly in the U.S. national interest, providing long-term benefits to American citizens, even if they don’t participate in the programs themselves. Benefits…

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    5 Benefits of Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

    Late summer is an exciting time for a group of teens who will arrive at the airport ready to begin a ten-month journey of discovery. Through AFS-USA, foreign exchange students from Israel, Bulgaria, Nigeria, France, Germany, Italy, China and more will live with Chicagoland host families, attend local schools and become part of the fabric of a new culture. “These host families are so excited to meet their students and to welcome them into their homes. It’s a really fun thing to be a part of,” says Kelly Fitzgerald, regional field specialist with AFS-USA. A nonprofit organization, AFS-USA is a partner in the AFS global network that facilitates cultural exchange…

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  • Home Schooling

    Schoolio Addresses Mental Health Benefits Associated with Homeschooling

    (YorkPedia Editorial):- Toronto, Ontario May 17, 2021 (Issuewire.com) – May is mental health month, and students and parents across Ontario are struggling with virtual learning and continued lockdowns. Schoolio, a Canadian education startup, addresses the importance of both parent and student mental health struggles through a holistic approach to education.  Mental health is of utmost importance to the developmental growth of a child. Unfortunately, students often associate stress, anxiety, and other mental health concerns with a traditional schooling system. Parents across the province are reporting increased mental health issues in themselves and their children, associated with virtual learning. Studies show that students in school settings experience stress and distress 21{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} more than…

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  • Online School

    Southeast Minnesota teen benefits from online setting

    NEW RICHLAND, Minn. (KTTC) — Distance learning has been a nightmare for a lot of students this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, for one New Richland teen, online school is a dream come true. “He has what we call developmental delay or an intellectual disability,” said Christina Petsinger about her son, Eric Arvis. “Through other studies with the Mayo Clinic, we found out that his frontal lobe did not develop correctly. That’s what gives him most of his issues.” A friend of the family gave them a little advice. “She said, ‘Hey Chris, check this out,”‘ Petsinger remembers. “I said, ‘Online? Are you nuts?'” They even gave the brick…

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  • Home Schooling

    Local parents share benefits of homeschooling | Progress

    ENID, Okla. — Rashell Bridle’s 6-year-old daughter Maya learned to read her first sentence in a hotel room in Austin, Texas, after the family had to evacuate their home during Hurricane Laura in August 2020. Their Texas home was without power for a few weeks, so the family made the most of it and kept on with schoolwork, and since Bridle homeschools Maya, it wasn’t difficult to work around the chaos brought on by the hurricane. “We evacuated near the Frio River and the Guadalupe River, which have beautiful blue waters … It was gorgeous, so we just made a vacation out of it — took our schoolbooks and swam…

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  • Science

    What science is discovering about the risks and benefits

    Kratom, a traditional Southeast Asian herbal medicine from the leaves of the tropical tree Mitragyna speciosa, has gained favor in the U.S. as a legal high over the past decade. Almost two metric tons of kratom are imported from Southeast Asia monthly. A typical dose of kratom consists of three to five grams, suggesting over 15 million users in the U.S. Kratom, a traditional Southeast Asian herbal medicine from the leaves of the tropical tree Mitragyna speciosa, has gained favor in the U.S. as a legal high over the past decade. Almost two metric tons of kratom are imported from Southeast Asia monthly. A typical dose of kratom consists of…

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  • Science

    4 science-backed benefits of peppermint oil and how to use it

    Peppermint oil may help relieve headaches, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, and itching. The essential oil has muscle-relaxing properties, which are responsible for many of its benefits. It’s important to pick an organic peppermint oil for treatment since it’s free from synthetic pesticides. Visit Insider’s Health Reference library for more advice. Mint plants have been used in traditional medicine for centuries, stretching back to at least ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, when it was used to calm upset stomachs.  Today, peppermint essential oil, a highly-concentrated form obtained by steam distilling the leaves, is recommended by the medical community for treating a host of everyday ailments. Here are four conditions that may…

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