Uae In The Past And Present Essay

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Education: Past, Present, and Future


Education, without it we would all be mindless wonders wandering around the
globe. Education is an important factor in our lives, but the past, present, and
future of education is changing. And change it will until our education system
is the best in the world.

In the past, Education in America was plain and simple. We've all heard
the stories of how our ancestors used to have to walk to school 5 miles in the
snow in the heat of summer. These shameless exagerations were meant for us to
think that school back in the "good ole days" was very dificult and surpassed
the level of difficulty students today have. In reality, school, although most
early schools were combonation classes with a variety of age groups as students.
Almost each individual was given an equal amount of personal help from the
teacher. Also, life wasn't as complecated as they are now. One teacher would
teach the whole class a limeted variety of subjects such as arithmatic and
english. Education was just eaiser when it first became popular.

Nowadays, in the present, school not only is a place to learn, it's a
place to stress out. As I walk through the halls all students seem to have that
academic nervousness. If you listen to the conversations that go on in the hall
it's always, "Ohh my gosh, Becky! I'm going to have a fat cow! I think I'm
getting a B in my chemistry class, and that is going to ruin my record."
Pressure is constantly put upon students to get "straight A's" It is very rare
when a student will not shoot for an A on a quiz. It's human nature to succeed,
but with the pressure put on us by the teachers, parents, peers, and colleges,
it's a heavy load to handle.

Now, scientists recently did an expiriment. They placed a child in a
room with some brand new toys. They left him there for a couple of hours and he
did not play with them. The scientists puzzeled took the boy aside and asked him
why he did not play with the toys. The boy replied that he did not want to break
them. So, scientists then took another child and placed him in a room filled
with horse manure. The boy was having fun swimming around in it, having a blast
with the horse manure. When the scientists asked the boy why he played with the
horse manure, the boy replied, "Well, with all of this horse manure, there has
to be a pony somwhere." This story best relates to our education system. Now
while students may think that school is a waste of time, it has been proven that
it is really the key to lead us to the pony at the end of the rainbow. While we
may not like school, it will always benifit us in the long run.

The furture of education is changing ever so rapidly. New classes are
starting to emerge from the midst of old traditional classes that many new
students have failed. It may be hard for some of us to face, but some students
just can not learn the same why as our parents did. Today, students need more
hands on projects. They need things they can relate to the real world. Other
then just learning concepts, we should be able to learn how, when, and why we
should apply those concepts into everyday things. Now, i'm not saying we stray
away from traditional methods in the future. I am saying that what we all need
to do as a group is find a way to import those traditional methods in to
futuristic teaching, and use the traditional way of educating as a building base
for new methods in education. It can relate to a table, the new methods of
educating being the legs and the traditional way, the table top. You need both
the legs and the table top before you can have a complete table. If you take one
piece away you are left with a worthless pile of wood, but when you combine all
of the pieces together, the table begins to have some use and worth to it.

Education is something that has the biggest value of anything in the
world. It is an ideal that without it, we would never be able to live the way we
do today. It has come from a small, simple school, to a key to the future in
only the span of years.


 

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DUBAI // The period from 1960 to 1971 was key in the development of Abu Dhabi, when the traditional way of life that had prevailed for centuries gave way to the modern world.

This transition, determined by a team at Harvard University in the United States, was revealed yesterday at a conference in Dubai.

The academics, as part of a major research project, set out to define the period when the past turned into the present in Arabian Gulf cities. They considered population and income growth, the establishment of modern state institutions and many other factors.

"In 1962 we had the first oil exports from Abu Dhabi," Dr Andreas Georgoulias of Harvard told the International Architectural Conservation Conference. "In the 1960s we had mass housing projects, major infrastructure, roads, telecommunications, ports and the modernisation of social infrastructure."

Dr Georgoulias was asked whether the personality of Sheikh Zayed - who became Ruler of Abu Dhabi in 1966 - was a significant factor.

"Absolutely," he said. "This was fundamental in the case of Muscat also with Sultan Qaboos."

The historical transition period occurred at different times in different cities. In Manama, Bahrain, for example, it began in 1935 and continued into the 1950s. In Muscat, Oman, old did not give way to new until the 1970s. In Dubai it happened between 1955 and the 1970s.

"Interestingly enough, the transition to what we might define as the modern period in Dubai happened before oil discovery because of the significant trade and infrastructure aspects that the leadership had envisioned for the city," Dr Georgoulias said.

"In the early 1950s we have electricity, the first airport, the complete modernisation of the education system. In 1956 we have the first concrete building and in 1960 the first master plan."

The turning point came in Kuwait City between 1945 and 1955, in Doha, Qatar, during the 1950s and in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, between 1945 and 1960.

The findings are intended to help conservation officials decide which buildings, monuments and other elements should be preserved.

"This could help with national policy and conservation regulations, especially when it comes to integrating the different policies of different cities in different nations," Dr Georgoulias said.

The study could help to establish the unique identity of the architecture and urbanisation of the Arabian Gulf region.

"From our research we found out that it is a unique historical example and it needs to be acknowledged and studied as such," Dr Georgoulias said.

"We decided to sample major cities by or close by the Gulf, that was our research intention. But this can be expanded, this methodology, and applied to more cities in other countries and the same countries."

He said the argument made in the larger study of which the transition project was part of was that the waters of the Arabian Gulf brought together people, architectural styles and technology.

Another speaker, Stefano De Caro, director general of the international conservation organisation ICCROM, said the region could learn from the way Renaissance palaces in Italy had been updated with lifts and central heating so they could be used as homes.

"There will be a moment when the Arab world will develop a way in which old houses and other old buildings will be used for living, not only for museums or markets," he said, and this would provide a new, inspiring way of life that combined the ancient and the modern.

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