Țara lui Andrei at Bran Castle

This weekend, Ligia and I participated at an event called "Tabăra lui Andrei", put together by the team at Țara lui Andrei. They organize these wonderful camps for underprivileged children every summer in the village of Bran, in order to provide training, employment opportunities and personal development courses for these children. Each camp lasts about … Continue reading Țara lui Andrei at Bran Castle

The real role of education

As debates about the direction of educational systems take place in the US and other countries, it's worthwhile to take into consideration the possibility that we're teaching the children too much theory and too many arcane concepts rather than practical things which will prepare them for real life. There's nothing wrong with knowing physics or … Continue reading The real role of education

Condensed knowledge for 2008-03-08

World’s first 2.5'' half-terabyte mobile hard drive and 22X DVD burner from Samsung http://tinyurl.com/2n2xp3 # Sony reportedly in talks with Microsoft on Blu-ray for Xbox 360 http://tinyurl.com/2tkb8h # Friday Is For Crazy Steve Ballmer http://tinyurl.com/3ce4k2 # Sun Plans JVM Port to The iPhone http://tinyurl.com/2skotg # Yahoo Maps adds new information, better resolution http://tinyurl.com/2cg9sk # How … Continue reading Condensed knowledge for 2008-03-08

Condensed knowledge for 2008-03-07

16 Bit Versus 8 Bit Mode http://tinyurl.com/2snass # Is Silverlight 2 catching up with Flash? http://tinyurl.com/362kcc # BlueArc's Titan is Flexing Petabytes http://tinyurl.com/3a357r # About a company that really knows how to leave a mess http://tinyurl.com/3cxwhn # California court threatens homeschoolers http://tinyurl.com/3abrco # Ziff Davis Media Files For Bankruptcy Protection http://tinyurl.com/28eocr # Where a Dollar … Continue reading Condensed knowledge for 2008-03-07

Romania's orphanages still a bad place for children

The IHT carries an opinions piece from the NYT today on Romania's orphanages. The gist is that conditions are still deplorable. The problem is that once Communism ended, the big, mega-orphanages were closed down, and the children were distributed to smaller orphanages, who have to battle with pauper's budgets, which means limited staff and even … Continue reading Romania's orphanages still a bad place for children