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A Brief History of Exams

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Did you know that written examinations didn’t become part of the western educational system until the late 16th century? It’s true. They actually originated in China! Millions of Americans every day take exams, assuming they have always been a key part of our schooling system, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Medieval Universities The western educations tradition, as best exemplified by the university system in the middle ages, looked quite different from the exam and coursework system we know today. That system was actually adapted from the Greek and Roman model, which emphasized debate as the best form..


8 Reasons Why Learning a Second Language Benefits You

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1. Making a Connection Being able to communicate with the people around you is one of the key facets of human society. By doubling the number of languages you know, you can massively increase the number of people you can make a connection with, allowing you to learn about new cultures, traditions, religious and other peoples lives. 2. Advance Your Career The demand for bilingual professionals is rising exponentially. In fact, between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. job postings specifically geared toward bilingual candidates more than doubled. This is unsurprising in a country where more than 60 million..


5 of the Best Internet Resources for Dental Assisting Students

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In dental assisting, as with any other profession, it is important to keep up with advances in your field and stay abreast of the most recent technologies. Dentistry, as with any other field of medicine, is a quickly evolving specialism, with new research and new technqiues coming out all the time. Keeping up to date with such a quickly evolving field can seem like a daunting task until you realize you have one great ally on your side, the internet!   Many research organizations, professional dentists and dental technology provide produce a huge range of written material that can be..


5 Fascinating Reasons to Consider Becoming a Phlebotomist

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If you ask a group of children what they want to be when they grow up, the chances are that not many of them are going to say “Phlebotomist.” There are two reasons for this. Firstly, not many people understand that vital role that phlebotomists play in modern healthcare, with doctors and nurses having far more visible jobs roles. Secondly, it’s a difficult word for children to say! Fast forward a couple of years and more and more people are looking to train as phlebotomists as they look to access a career path that provides interesting, varied work and an..


New Title IV Funds Used to Support STEM

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In order to increase support for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs Congress has recently approved a huge $1.1 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG) program which are outlined in Title IV, part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Compared to the 2017 budget, this is an increase of $700 million.   This new funding, first made available in 2018, authorizes investment on STEM activities in three broad categories: well-rounded education, safe and healthy schools and students, and effective use of technology.   Districts are required to spend 20% of their funds on..


Why Is Gum Health So Important?

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While perhaps not as well publicized as tooth care, the importance of healthy gums to keeping a healthy mouth cannot be overstated. Your gums are the foundation of a healthy smile as they protect your teeth’s roots and the bones of your jaw.   Neglecting your gums can lead to some rather unpleasant health issues. Poor oral hygiene can result in halitosis, the medical term for bad breath. If bacteria builds up in your mouth, the toxins produced can cause your breath to smell.   You may also contract gum disease, such as Gingivitis, which can leave your gums swollen,..


Why Now Is the Best Time to Train as a Medical Administrative Assistant

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If you’re looking to break into the healthcare field without years of schooling, become a medical administrative assistant, also referred to as medical secretary. The need for qualified workers in healthcare is rising, and the medical administrative assistant field is no different.   When you consider the good salary, low level of education needed to enter the career, great opportunities for advancement, and stellar flexibility, it’s easy to see why U.S. News and World Report has placed medical secretary on its list of “25 Best Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree”. It also ranked #7 in the “Best Health..


What Are the Benefits of Becoming a Dental Assistant?

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Being a dental assistant is not only about helping others while receiving an excellent salary. In Nevada, the average salary for dental assistants is over $19 per hour or $39,000 per year. Even higher as you become more experienced and vital to the dental office. But there are many other advantages and reasons for becoming one. If you’re in search of a job where you can intertwine with the lives of others in a positive way, you should highly consider starting the journey towards becoming a dental assistant!   Here are just a few reasons to consider taking that first..


What Kinds of Law Can Paralegals Specialize In?

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Criminal Law What is criminal law? Criminal law concerns itself with finding and punishing people who have broken the law by committing crimes. The goal of criminal law is to uncover the true perpetrator of a crime and exact justice. Criminal law includes a wide range of crimes, from homicides to pirating copyrighted material.   What do criminal law paralegals do? Criminal law paralegals can work for the prosecution or the defense. In both cases, paralegals will help attorneys prepare for trial by gathering evidence, arranging for witness interviews and filing legal documents with the court. During a trial, they..


Medical Billing and Coding Careers: Working in Physician’s Office

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Most professional coders and billers work in the outpatient physician office setting. This is because every doctor needs to send out his or her own bills to insurance companies, government healthcare agencies, or to patients. The number of private physician practices outnumbers all other healthcare facilities combined. When a physician provides services to his or her patient in the inpatient hospital setting, in an outpatient facility, or in an acute care clinic, radiology clinic, or sleep study lab, the physician bill for professional services is separate from the bill generated by the technical service provided by the institution. Professional Medical..