Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
People with more serious anorexia need care in the hospital. Treatment involves more than changing the person's eating habits. Anorexic patients often need counseling, so they can work on changing the feelings that are causing their eating problems. These feelings may be about their weight, their family problems or their problems with self-esteem.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Escola Secundária de Felgueiras
Programa para o debate sobre a educação, no âmbito do Debate Nacional sobre Educação”, promovido pelo Conselho Nacional de Educação, subordinado ao tema “Como Vamos Melhorar a Educação nos Próximos Anos?”
Escola Secundária de Felgueiras / GAPE (Gabinete de Apoio a Projectos Educativos)
Auditório da Escola Secundária de Felgueiras
24 de Novembro de 2006 - 21 horas
Representante do Ensino Superior(U. Minho)- Dr. Lino Moreira
Conselheiro de CNE - Dr. Davide Castro Dias
Presidente do Conselho Executivo - Dr. Pedro Araújo
Vereador do Pelouro da Educação e Cultura - Dr. João Garção
Representante da Associação de Pais
Representante da Associação de Alunos
Dr.ª Engrácia Pereira
Dr.ª Rosa Guimarães
Público – Alvo:
Professores em geral, pais e encarregados de educação, autarquia, alunos e outros…
“Medidas e Metas para Melhorar a Educação em Portugal”
Questões em debate:
.Que organização escolar poderá melhorar o processo educativo?
.Como fomentar uma melhor articulação entre Escola / Professores / Encarregados de Educação.
De que forma?
Em que matérias?
.Como promover uma melhor articulação entre a educação escolar e outras formas de aprendizagem para que todos exerçam uma cidadania activa e responsável?
. Que mais podem (e vão) as autarquias / comunidades locais fazer pela Escola / Educação
. Em que medida a actividade do professor é preponderante na melhoria da Educação?
Organização: GAPE – Dr.ª(s) Ofélia Ribeiro - Engrácia Pereira - Isabel Lima - Rosa Guimarães
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
English for Fun...
Saturday, November 11, 2006
"The Devil Wears Prada" is the name of the film I saw this weekend.
The films depicts the world of fashion.
Within this rutheless world of fashion, yes, rutheless as anyone that doesn't fit the looks pattern is immediately discriminated, (" common" women are not right), there is Andy Sachs (Anna Hathaway) that will courageously face the "devil", Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep).
Andy is an intelligent, graduated girl that is looking for an opportunity to get a job. Her chance comes when Miranda accepts her as her assistant, in Runway a fashion magazine, against all odds. She is the opposite of the other women working there.
In a desperate attempt to prove her talent at work, she ends up being transformed in a twentieth-first century Cinderela, wearing Channel, Gucci, Valentino and so on.
Nevertheless, after an initial fascination for the million dollar world of fashion, she ends up recovering her values. She gives up a promising career in fashion to fulfil her dream, that is to become a journalist.
I loved the film. It is easy to follow, with some funny situations although sometimes exaggerated.
Friday, November 10, 2006
"What Values for This Time?"
"What Values for This Time?" was the name of a conference held in Portugal, Lisbon, and in which the french biophysicist Henri Atlan was a speaker.
Here are some of his ideas about the advances of science and genetic engineering technologies.
According to him it is very difficult to draw a line between what is a human foetus or simple cells.
There are some people who try to find out different stages of a foetus development and then decide when those cells are considered to be human or not. There is also the most traditional line drawn in ancient time, from Aristotles and that had been adopted by the greatest religious traditions such as Christianism until Saint Thomas, the Islam and others that say we can't think of a human being unless it is possible to distinguish a human shape, including a human face with the eyes. They suggest this might happen around the forty days. So, to the scientist Henri Atlan, each theory has got its own coherence.
The real question is: When is it that a cell becomes a human foetus?
This is a recent issue because in the past it would be impossible to have a baby outside the mother's womb. Today, we can produce babies without fecundation and whose initial development takes place outside the body of a woman...this is cloning. So we are artificially procriating.
They are only cells, developing without fecundation, that can become a foetus if they are placed in a woman's womb and if they develop there, normally.
The issue is similar when we think of egg women donors, and surrogate mothers. There are as well serious ethical, legal and moral values involved.
The problem is that this process will afect relationships.
Henri Atlan says that this scientific evolution indicates a dissociation between having children and sexuality. According to him, in the future, we'll have the possibility to chose between our womb to have our children or an artificial one.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Lets see what some specialists say about the issue:
Cloning is the process of creating an identical copy of an original organism or thing. A cloning in the biological sense, therefore, is a molecule, single cell (like bacteria, lymphocytes etc.) or multi-cellular organism that has been directly copied from and is therefore genetically identical to another living organism. Sometimes this term can refer to "natural" clones made either when an organism asexual reproduced by chance (as with identical twins), but in common parlance, a clone is an identical copy created intentionally.
Why would anyone want to clone humans? Some reasons include:
To help infertile couples have children
To replace a deceased child
From a technical standpoint, before humans are cloned, we need to have a good idea of the risks involved. How sure can we be that a cloned baby will be healthy? What might go wrong?