Friday, August 7, 2015

African American Quiz Bowl: Honoring the Legacy: Honoring the Legacy - Press Release

Author Brenda Lang-Knapp sheds light on the African-American truths and contributions to American history. After an extensive research, she put her findings together in “African American Quiz Bowl.” This is not a typical book about African Americans. It is an account of the many trials, tribulations, and contributions of African Americans to the United States in particular and the world in general. 

“The African American Quiz Bowl” is a compilation of facts about African American pioneers and leaders who have made an impact on people’s lives through their innovativeness and talents.  Many African Americans never received the recognition that they deserved because school curriculum and media outlets have neglected to include an unbiased accounting of their achievements. It is a resource that reveals the many contributions of Black people that have been omitted from the history books. 

The concept of the quiz bowl format is to enable teachers and students to learn about African American achievements in a contest type setting. Additionally, for teachers who wish to use the book as a contest, there will be a teacher’s guide of educational activities to complement the text. This will also help students become more knowledgeable about the past and use this information in decision making and lifelong learning.

Written in an easy-to-understand question and answer format, this book could make a difference in how African Americans are viewed in the United States and around the world. Readers should be able to see that they have been shortchanged in their learning, and that they would want to acquire a more accurate understanding and knowledge of this hidden past.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Is this Britain's cleverest girl? Ten-year-old is accepted on university course to study maths degree despite not going to school

She spends her spare time in a similar way to many other ten-year-old girls - playing with Barbie dolls and making loom bands.

But the key difference between Esther Okade and other children her age is that she has been accepted to study for a university maths degree - despite not going to school.

Esther, from Walsall, West Midlands, has enrolled on an Open University course months after she passed her A-levels - and wants to study for a PhD before running her own bank.

The girl, who gained a C grade in her maths GCSE aged six, has joined the course which started this month. Her younger brother Isiah is already studying for his A-levels - also aged six.

The siblings are both home-schooled by their mother Omonefe, who has converted the living room of their semi-detached, three-bedroom house into a makeshift classroom.

Mathematician Mrs Okade, 37, said: ‘Esther is doing so well. She took a test recently and scored 100 per cent. Applying to the university was an interesting process because of her age.

‘We even had to talk to the vice-chancellor. After they interviewed her they realised that this has been her idea from the beginning. From the age of seven Esther has wanted to go to university.

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