Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Classes Start

"Welcome back students - classes start."  

The first day of school is a Wikipedia entry that traverses the world - starting with the A's - The Americas:  "A common pattern in North America and Europe is for school to begin in September, while in the southern hemisphere mid January to late February is common, with a few countries near the equator having a September start. It is most common in Canada, and parts of the US to start school the day after Labor Day".

And as for Education in Canada - here are the statistics:

"Education being a provincial responsibility, there is no Canadian national standard. In Canada the school year for elementary and high school consists of 178 to 200 days, depending on jurisdiction, but several days may be deducted from this total for professional development and administrative duties, resulting in approximately 187 teaching days per year for most jurisdictions. Elementary students receive approximately 950 hours of instruction and secondary students receive approximately 1000 hours per year".

What about a bit of humour with the statistics:
Q -What food do math teachers eat?
A -Square meals!

Q -How do you get straight A’s?
A -By using a ruler!

Q -What kind of school do you go to if you're:
a surfer? Boarding school
a big giant? High school
King Arthur? Knight school
an ice cream man? Sundae school

We're looking at t a wonderful planting at the Denver Botanical Garden - in the background is Eupatorium capillifolium 'Elegant Feathers' - a new plant for me.  We know the Eupatorium native species here - Joe Pyeweed - an attractor of Monarch butterflies. plant. This would be a lovely display for the Night Garden - dreamy pale yellow and white flowers.

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