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From witchcraft to hunting husbands: The most unusual schools in the world

These educational institutions are very different from our usual standards. We talk about the most breathtaking schools in the world for those outside the “format”.

Witch School in Salem

It would even be breathtaking if such a school did not arise in a town famous worldwide for its terrible judicial action against 200 inhabitants accused of warlocking. Surprisingly, it was founded by a priest, Rev. Ed Hubbard. The school studies basic warlock techniques and the witch belief system. Most of the courses can be taken remotely, but some subjects are taught on a full-time basis.

The institution’s website was opened in 2004, and since then more than 200 thousand people have enrolled in the school.

The activities of the school of witches are criticized by representatives of the American Orthodox Church. But, despite this, it continues to exist and attract the attention of students from all over the world.

School on the railway platform

At stations in India, you can see a huge number of children begging for passers-by. This is a sad sight, and without education, a completely unenviable future awaits them. The teacher from the town of Orissa – Inderjit Khurana – decided to give these children a chance for a normal life, having organized the first school in the country on the platform 25 years ago.

Initially, only one school of this format was planned. But during this period of time, the organization Rushika, founded by Khurana, was able to open 14 schools in which at least 1.5 thousand children study.

In the morning, about 30-40 people gather at the station for four-hour classes. There are no desks and boards. Kids learn through games, songs, poems and puppet shows. Any of them can come and go from the lesson whenever he wants. The organization also provides children and their families with free food and essential medicines.

Brooklyn Freestyle School

As the name implies, this educational institution is located in one of the districts of New York – Brooklyn. The school has existed since 2004. There is no class schedule and any inherent rules. The theory of the school is to allow students to find their own path. Students decide for themselves what to study and what classes to attend. If they are not interested in the exercises, they can just get up and go home. At school, no one looks at the performance of students, they are practically left to their own devices.

Bangladesh’s floating schools

Floods often occur in Bangladesh due to heavy rains, putting thousands of children under the questionnaire (the pedagogical process, as a result of which students under the guidance of a teacher acquire knowledge, skills) . The non-profit organization Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha took the initiative and organized a huge number of floating medical posts and schools in the villages. Now children do not need to go on foot to classes – boats pick them up on the shore and take them home after school. The project met expectations – at the moment there are more than 100 floating schools in the country, which even have computers, access to the web and small libraries.

Dongzhong Cave School

Dongzhong Cave is located in the Chinese province of Guizhou in the small village of Mao. She is known for the fact that in 1984 local residents opened a school in her, tired of waiting for the authorities to build a suitable building. The cave is quite spacious – up to 200 children could fit in it without effort. In addition to several pavilions with desks and boards, a basketball court was also equipped in Dongzhong.

The cave school managed to survive for 23 years – in 2007, local authorities closed it, promising to build a real school in Mao.

School of the Future in Philadelphia

This educational institution was opened in 2006. According to the statement of its founders, this is the first model of how all schools will look in the future. Students here do not use textbooks and pens. All materials are in Microsoft applications, namely in the One Note Digital Notebook. Every student has his own digital locker, which is revealed using an ID-card.

Classes at school last seven hours – from 9 to 16. In practice, just like working in an office, children are prepared for adulthood.

The first years, the adaptation of students to learning at school was quite difficult: not all students had sufficient abilities to switch to one hundred percent digital learning (the pedagogical process, as a result of which students, under the guidance of a teacher, acquire knowledge, skills and abilities) . Over time, the system was established, and at the moment, the School of the Future is one of the most successful educational institutions in Philadelphia.

Elf School

If you want to carefully study Icelandic folklore about the life of elf creatures tiny and invisible to the human eye, then you need to urgently sail to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Since 1990, an unusual school has been opened here, which has already trained more than 9 thousand students – mostly foreigners.

Students learn to distinguish all 13 types of elves. Training materials carefully outline the creatures, and in the classrooms are educational posters with bare elves – to find out if suddenly these creations meet in the forest. At the end of the training, students receive a diploma.

Maharishi School

This school, which was opened in 1986 in Lancashire in the UK, does not go for knowledge of arithmetic or chemistry. In school, Maharishi students develop opportunities for clairvoyance and telepathy. Students meditate a lot and recognize themselves. You must admit that this is completely different from the classical school, but the non-least institution is popular and is among the best schools in England.

Hunting School for Husbands

In the Land of the Rising Sun, loneliness has long since become a mass phenomenon. A large number of ladies aged 20 to 30 years can not make their personal life. In the old days, when the ancestors organized the marriage, families were created much more often. Later, traditions gave way to the space of increasing independence of Japanese women, expectations and requirements for a possible spouse increased.

And here it turned out that finding a suitable spouse is absolutely difficult.

At the Tokyo School for Hunting Husbands, students are taught to maintain posture, have a conversation and set the table, correctly set values, establish communication with the spouse and his family and almost all other things that are needed in home life. Education (the pedagogical process, as a result of which students under the guidance of a teacher master knowledge, skills and abilities) at school is expensive – about 2,000 bucks a year, but it is still very popular – especially among women in the 30+ age group.

Santa Claus School

The oldest school teaching volunteers the art of bringing children satisfaction was based in Michigan back in 1937 by American actor Charles Howard. To this day, students are trained to match the classic look of good Santa. Students must master the rules of etiquette, gestures, an unusual manner of speech and even the art of dressing like Santa Claus in order to become worthy ambassadors of the head sign of Christmas and {New Year}.

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Meet Susan: how working remotely will change us in the future

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The Covid-19 pandemic has seriously affected the labor market. Employers transferred employees to a remote mode of operation, scientists are trying to understand how the new conditions will affect us and what will happen if we keep them. 

Some large companies are already thinking about closing their offices and points of sale in favor of working through the Internet, and Twitter invited all employees to stay on the remote forever.

Susan model illustrating the effect of office work on the body / © DirectlyApply
Susan model illustrating the effect of office work on the body / © DirectlyApply

According to a study conducted by IWG (International Workplace Group) , before the pandemic, 80% of respondents would prefer a job with more flexible working conditions. In April of this year, commercial property provider Cresa presented its study, which showed that 29% of people who switched to remote work feel less productive than in the office, despite the control of their bosses.

At the same time, some companies noted that the hybrid mode of operation (combining an office and a remote office) seems to them effective, and they are going to use it further. But such a schedule can affect people’s health. The DirectlyApply job search platform has shown what consequences await the “remote” workers if they do not change their daily habits.

Its creators invited a group of clinical psychologists and fitness experts to study how udalenka affects a person physically and psychologically. Experts explained what changes will occur with this mode of operation after 25 years. As a result, Susan appeared – a model of a typical remote employee of the future, on which they analyze in detail all the negative consequences.

50% of people around the world work outside the office for approximately 2.5 days

So, a constant presence in front of the monitor will cause “computer vision syndrome”, in which the eyes become dry and sore, and vision – blurred. In addition, red spots will begin to appear on the squirrels, and large bruises under the eyes.

Lack of physical activity and sitting in the wrong position will lead to curvature of the spine, back and neck pain, obesity and a tech neck (the effect of constantly looking at mobile devices and tablets): the skin will sag around the neck, and a second chin will appear. From constant work on the keyboard, the hands are deformed. A lack of vitamin D will cause hair loss, the skin will turn pale, dull and wrinkle.

Susan / © DirectlyApply
Susan / © DirectlyApply

Finally, a person working remotely will be constantly under stress, which will cause a mode of work and lack of personal contacts. From this, in turn, blood pressure rises, and the state of health worsens even more.

To preserve it, the authors of the study advise to adhere to several rules. It is important to maintain a constant mode of work, regularly perform physical exercises and from time to time go out to recover after a day spent at the computer. Psychologist Rachel Allan notes:

“Adhering to one lifestyle and level of productivity is necessary to maintain emotional health when working remotely. Routine gives us the opportunity to manage our time and maintain our attention. Think about how you want to manage your time and what will work best in the wider context of your life.”

One of the main problems that we encounter when working remotely is the lack of direct contact with people. Staying alone for long periods can increase the level of the stress hormone cortisol. Dr. Allan believes that “some of our most important professional relationships come from informal conversations and unstructured moments that organically arise in the physical workplace.” According to her, “remote work may require us to consciously create opportunities for informal communication with colleagues.”

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1947 film predicts smartphones and other modern technology

Inspired by Barjavel’s essay, a 70-year-old documentary offers the evolution of portable pocket television as well as a way people interact with objects. Today, parallels are drawn between the objects, like smartphones described in a short documentary.

Anne-Katrin Weber, television historian at Lausanne University, said:

People using miniature television devices in public places; professional meetings held by telephones with a picture; cars equipped with television screens; shops that advertise their products on television: these topics are from the 1947 short film Television: Oeil de Demain. Produced and directed by Raymond-Millet.

The film combines documentary and science fiction sequences, while also offering a television image in post-war France, as well as creative speculation about future developments.

While Raymond-Millet’s work is almost forgotten today, his film received a standing ovation for “predicting our present” and although the small portable devices used in the film have long retractable antennas that resemble the first cell phones, it shows that 70 years ago smartphones already existed. In fact, they mirror today’s smartphones that are in the pockets of almost every person.

At the end of the film, the audience is transferred to the bedroom, where the man is having trouble sleeping. He seems to be “invoking” the hologram of a dancing woman who appears on the bed and looks at her while his wife is sleeping.

The film outline about upcoming television shows, really look like a fairly accurate forecast of modern digital media in terms of flexibility and hybridity of media technologies and their various forms of consumption.

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The time when US wanted to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moon

In the United States during the Cold War, there was a plan to explode a nuclear bomb on the moon as a “demonstration of dominance” before the Soviet Union. New details of the secret mission are revealed in a recently published book.

Intimidate the Soviet Union: Americans wanted to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moonPhoto: nasa.gov

The secret mission, codenamed Project A119, was conceived at the dawn of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union in the US Air Force Division, located at the Kirtland Air Base in New Mexico.

A report written in June 1959, entitled A Study of Lunar Research Flights, outlines plans for an atomic bomb exploded on the Moon’s “terminator,” the region between the Sun-lit portion of the surface and the darker portion of our planet’s natural satellite.

The explosion would probably be visible to the naked eye from the Earth, because the military planned to add sodium to the bomb, which was supposed to glow during the explosion.

A nuclear explosion on the lunar surface was certainly “one of the stupidest things the government could do,” says John Greenwald, Jr., author of Secrets from the Vault.

According to the Daily Mail, a recently published book details some of the most surrealistic offers in history.

John Greenwald has been interested in the secrets of the US government since he was 15 and has filed more than 3,000 requests for freedom of information. He oversees The Black Vault’s online repository, which has collected about 2.1 million pages of previously classified documents related to UFOs, mysterious murders and other mysterious phenomena.

According to Greenwald, the US Air Force was developing a lunar project to “show US dominance in space over the Soviet Union and, ultimately, over the whole world.”

The plan, of course, has never been implemented – perhaps because of a potential “unprecedented scientific disaster,” as one declassified document says.

The existence of this scheme was first discovered in 1999 in the biography of the world famous astronomer Carl Sagan, who died in 1996. Sagan was hired to work with him in Chicago by Dr. Leonard Raiffel, a physicist who was studying the possibility of creating a lunar nuclear bomb.

Leonard Raiffel (he died in 2017 at the age of 89) in an interview in 2000 claimed that the bomb would be as big as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

“It was clear that the main purpose of the proposed detonation was a PR act and a demonstration of sole domination,” the scientist told The Observer. – The Air Force wanted the mushroom cloud to be so large that it could be seen on Earth. The United States lagged behind in the space race.”

Photo: nasa.gov

In 1958, Raiffel was approached by senior US Air Force officers who asked him to “expedite” a project to study the visibility and consequences of a nuclear explosion on the moon.

According to the scientist, he made it clear that as a result, the pristine lunar environment will be destroyed, and this will be a huge damage, “but the US Air Force was mainly concerned about how a nuclear explosion would be perceived on Earth.”

“If the project were made public, there would be protests,” Raiffel said.

Greenwald’s book also explores the 1959 Army project on building a military base on the moon, code-named Project Horizon. The aim of the project was to create a permanent lunar colony for 10-20 people by the end of 1966. To get equipment there, it was projected to require an average of 5.3 Saturn rocket launches per month from August 1964 to November 1966.

In the entire history of the American space program, only 19 Saturns were launched.

“Military power based on the moon will be a strong deterrent to war because of the extreme difficulty, from the enemy’s point of view, of eliminating our ability to strike back,” the project suggested.

In a 1959 memorandum, US Army Research and Development Head Lieutenant Arthur Trudeau argued that if the United States created a permanent base on the moon, the prestige and psychological advantage for the American nation would be invaluable in confronting the Soviets.

The report indicated that creating an outpost of 12 people and maintaining it in working condition over the course of the year would cost more than $ 6 billion (which is equivalent to more than $ 53 billion in modern money).

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