With Success In Fast Food And Fast Fashion, Is It Time For Fast Education?

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Mila Semeshkina is Founder and CEO @ & Expert in Fast Education.

We may not like the so-called fast industries, but they make our day to day easier and more comfortable. We no longer break our heads when we need a quick bite or new clothes for a teenager. We get what we need, and we get it fast. Fast industries guarantee us accessibility, quality and service standards.

The restaurant business was the first fragmented industry to successfully become fast in the 1960s. It has come a long way. Many consumers now prefer quick-service restaurants over full-service. The success of McDonald’s, the world’s largest restaurant chain, is truly global — even in France, the land of haute cuisine and exquisite products.

In the 1970s, the apparel market followed the path with H&M and Zara leading the market. And once again, we saw rapid success in a fragmented market. Even today, the world’s largest clothes retailer, H&M, controls only 1.6% of the market share and Zara, the second largest, controls 1.2%. 

The digital revolution and affordable internet access arrived in the 1990s and made almost any B2C industry (always fragmented) fast. Grocery shopping became fast due to internet orders and delivery services, Amazon became the largest provider of daily purchases. Our way of buying almost everything from transportation services to flowers has changed.

The educational market has long remained on the sidelines. We see that market fragmentation is a condition for the success of fast industries. Historically, this market is also fragmented. There used to be an independent college or university in virtually any big city in the world and all the educational institutions followed the same guidelines often set by governments, but the bottom line depended on people who taught. And it takes years to get an education: We continuously study from 13 to 25 years of our life. 

As life speeds up, not everyone can afford to learn that long, so we have a trend toward faster education. The first to realize that were businessmen, as time meant money. On-campus MBA programs used to last two to three years, now they can be completed online in just a year. Even the most reputable business schools like HEC Paris followed suit. Global digitalization pushed many educational programs online, and these courses tend to become shorter. So maybe the time is right for fast education to succeed and it surely will, as it offers some indisputable advantages. 

Education That Saves Time

Fast education means shorter lessons. Bite-sized learning is one of the key educational trends of the 21st century that brings comfort. You study at your own pace whenever and wherever you want. Educational courses can be divided into smaller parts so that you don’t need more than 15 minutes a day to study.

Time is even more important for the underprivileged. You don’t have years to dedicate to college if you must provide for your family now. And if you’re unemployed, you usually want a new job fast.


Wisconsin Dells School District will switch cleaning products after students report clothing damage | Local Education

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Wisconsin Dells School District will switch its disinfectant to clean frequently touched surfaces to kill the COVID-19 virus after reports of damage to students’ clothing.

Buildings and Grounds Director Scott Walsh said the school district will switch from using Vital Oxide to a hydrogen peroxide based disinfectant product after reports from parents saying their childrens’ clothing have been damaged from the product. He said the high school will switch products this week while the middle and elementary school will also discontinue the use of Vital Oxide.

Walsh said he received some complaints from the high school level about damaged clothing while some have also come at the elementary school level.

“It hasn’t been a lot of complaints,” Walsh said.

Walsh believed students would sit on the treated surface before it had dried, which might have damaged clothing. The disinfectant also could have affected certain fabrics or dyes in the clothing, he said.

The clothing damage complaints is the only reason the school district is switching disinfectants to kill the coronavirus. According to the company’s website Vital Oxide is an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant cleaner, mold and mildew killer, and odor eliminator and was recently approved by the agency for use to kill the novel coronavirus. 

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month reminds women to get checked; Support Education Matters team | Letters

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Mammograms save lives

Once again it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, like the great comic Lily Tomlin, I’m looking for intelligent life on the planet … or, more specifically, some meaning for my own personal experience with the disease.

It really gives me a warm fuzzy feeling when a woman tells me she got a mammogram because I brought the matter to her attention (sometimes I just bug the hell out of someone until she makes that doctor’s appointment) and once someone told to me that I saved her life. Terrific! That’s as good as it gets.

To all my sister survivors, I urge you to try to get at least one woman, who has not been attentive, to get a mammogram. Of course, I would suggest skipping the scare tactics … just not a good way to achieve your objective. And if you can muster enough physical and emotional stamina, you might find it rewarding to be an advocate for some beleaguered lady who just received the bad news.

And, if you can’t do that, no problem.

One disease does not fit all physically or emotionally, and it’s up to the individual as to what she can or cannot handle. The first article I ever did on this subject years ago emphasized that early detection via a mammogram wasn’t lucky, it was smart. Now, never getting a mammogram and never getting breast cancer is lucky — just like playing roulette.

The late singer/actress Nell Carter was once in a public service ad saying, “Girl, if you don’t get your breasts examined, you ought to get your head examined.” Whoever wrote that bit of philosophy was sooooo right. So, again, as I say every October: Stay well … stay vigilant … and stay alive.

Jeanette Kronick, North Bergen; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research advocate

Re-elect BOE incumbents

When Jersey City schools closed on March 16, I certainly did not expect to be here in early October proctoring Zoom sessions for my 6-year-old twins in between juggling work assignments. But here we are — in the middle of a world health crisis that has altered American lives in ways most of us found unimaginable only seven months ago.

It is easy under these circumstances to point fingers and find faults, but not to single out merits or give credit. But I write to you today to do just that.

Before COVID-19, I was, at best, mildly interested in our Board of Education and the inner workings of the Jersey City School District. With so much at stake, mildly interested was not going to cut it this year.

For the past seven months, I have forced myself to listen through each lengthy JCBOE meeting, gritting my teeth through the minutia, the time-consuming protocols; the unanswered and unanswerable questions; the frustration of parents and teachers alike; and the technical difficulties. I expected contentious interactions, animosity, finger-pointing and unworkability. What I heard was not that.

As I sit here, filling out my election ballot