All the health benefits of durian fruit without having to eat it – researchers have discovered its promise as a probiotic

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It may soon be possible to enjoy the health benefits of the King of Fruits without the accompanying stench of rotten eggs or the need to actually eat it. Thanks to a joint study by Chinese and Singaporean researchers, a new non-dairy probiotic drink based on fermented durian pulp could be in the works, reported

The formidable spiked appearance and even more devastating stench of durian (Durio zibethinus​) repels most Westerners. But Southeast Asians consider its fiber-rich flesh such a tasty treat that they bestowed the lofty title King of Fruits upon the large fruit.

That’s why the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the NUS Suzhou Research Institute teamed up to study the effects of the yeast Williopsis Saturnus var. saturnus ​NCYC22 (W. saturnus)​ on the viability of two popular probiotic bacteria.

Probiotics are live microorganisms that are intended to generate health benefits for their host. Probiotic products include yogurt, dietary supplements, and cosmetic products such as skin creams.

For their experiment, the researchers sequentially inoculated the W. saturnus yeast into monocultures of Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis ​B94 and Lactobacillus casei ​L26. Durian pulp served as the fermentable substrate for the bacteria.


The researchers reported mixed results in their study. On one hand, W. saturnus​ died soon after sequential inoculation into the monoculture of B. animalis subsp. lactis. There was therefore no comparison available.

However, the sequential inoculation of W. saturnus ​was proven to greatly increase the survivability of L. casei​ when compared with the original monoculture. The inoculated L. casei bacteria also demonstrated superior use of gluctose and fructose that they extracted from the durian pulp.

The metabolism of organic acids also underwent significant spikes with lactic acid and succinic acid seeing the greatest changes in their levels.

There were also significant hikes in the levels of volatile compounds like alcohols and acetate esters. The former was represented by ethanol and 2-phenylethyl alcohol, while the latter were ethyl acetate, isoamyl acetate, and 2-phenylethyl acetate.

The study considered the increase in alcohol and acetate esters content to be positive contributions to the flavor. However, despite the degradation of the initial volatile sulfur compounds into trace levels, a trace of the scent of the durian remained detectable.

In summary, the researchers believed that combining probiotics and W. saturnus​ to ferment durian pulp could result in a new durian-based beverage rich in probiotic bacteria. (Related: Jack fruit, from the fig family, found to have amazing health benefits)

They also mentioned that the addition of W. saturnus​ exerted no impact on Bifidobacteria, substrate transformation, or metabolite formation. They attributed the early failure of the yeast to the low pH and high acetic acid production of Bifidobacteria.

“The use of a right combination of probiotics and W. saturnus could be a novel strategy for producing durian-based probiotic products,” they concluded.

Durian is rich in fiber, essential vitamins and minerals. It is reputed to be a very healthy fruit that possesses anti-cancer properties, improves cardiovascular health, and aids in anemia alleviation.

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Preachers Jailed for Talking About Christianity Without Getting Police Permission First


West Windsor, NJ — (Rutherford Institute) Two street preachers are targeted, confronted and eventually arrested by transit officers who insist that they stop talking about their Christian beliefs without getting the agency’s permission first, and the courts say that’s all right.

But the Rutherford Institute thinks otherwise, and that’s why it’s seeking a rehearing before the entire 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in a First Amendment case involving preachers Don Karns and Robert Parker.

A panel of the appeals court previously ruled that the two transit officers, Kathleen Shanahan and Sandra McKeon Crowe, were justified in ordering the preachers to be quiet, grilling them over their activities, and then arresting and charging them – all because they were sharing their beliefs in a public location.

“This case sheds light on a disconcerting bureaucratic mindset that wants us to believe that the government has the power to both bestow rights on the citizenry and withdraw those rights when it becomes necessary, whether it’s the right to proselytize on a train platform, the right to address one’s representatives at a city council meeting, or the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute.

“Yet those who founded this country believed that our rights are unalienable, meaning that no man or government can take them away from us. Thus, the problem in this case is not the absence of any specific law allowing free speech on the train platform. Rather, the problem is government officials who have forgotten that they work for us and their primary purpose is to safeguard our rights.”

Rutherford is seeking a rehearing in the case that erupted when Karns and Parker were preaching at a Princeton, New Jersey, train station.

They were charged with trespass and obstruction of justice but eventually cleared of the charges.

They then sued the New Jersey Transit Corp. and the officers over the demand that they “obtain a permit” to talk, non-commercially, with others at the public station.

The appeals court panel said the officers were immune from claims that they violated the preachers’ constitutional rights – under the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.

It was on June 26, 2012, when Karns and Parker began sharing their Christian beliefs with members of the public at the Princeton Junction Station of the NJTC.

“No notices were posted at the station prohibiting or restricting First Amendment activities,” Rutherford explained.

But they quickly were confronted by Shanahan and Crowe, who first demanded identification, then told them they could not speak without the agency’s permission.

When Karns and Parker asserted the train station was a public area, they were arrested.

After they were cleared of those counts, the Rutherford Institute filed a civil rights case against the officers for discriminating against them on the basis of the religious content of their speech.

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead [send him mail] is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. He is the author of A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State and The Change Manifesto (Sourcebooks).

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Broward County Sheriff Says Officials 'Will Not Get Re-Elected' Without Push For Gun Reform

Gun control reform is coming. At least, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is hoping it is.

The top law enforcement officer in the Florida county where a gunman on Wednesday killed 17 adults and students with an AR-15 rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School warned politicians that gun policy needs to change during a vigil the following night.

“If you’re an elected official, and you want to keep things the way they are ― if you want to keep gun laws as they are now ― you will not get re-elected in Broward County,” Israel told a crowd that erupted in cheers.

Thousands attended the Parkland, Florida, vigil held at an amphitheater lit by candles and dotted with 17 four-foot-high angels ― one for each of the victims.

Community leaders spoke to the crowd as parents and students comforted each other, at one point leading a chant: “No more guns!”

Since the tragedy, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas have been some of the most vocal critics of U.S. gun policy, pleading for reform on national television. Florida has some of the nation’s weakest gun laws.

At a news conference earlier on Thursday, Israel urged lawmakers to give police and mental health professionals more power to involuntarily detain people who post disturbing content on social media. The sheriff said accused gunman Nikolas Cruz posted “very disturbing” images prior to the rampage. 

“We need to have the power to take that person and bring them before mental health professionals at that particular time, involuntarily, and have them examined,” he said. “People are going to be rightfully concerned about their rights ― as am I. But what about these students? What about the rights of young kids who go to schools?”

Israel said he wished officials had the legal authority to act “if they see something on social media, if they see graphic pictures of rifles and blood and gore and guns and bombs, if they see something, horrific language, if they see a person talking about ‘I want to grow up to be a serial killer.’”

In a familiar theme, top Democrats have called for policy change in the wake of the shooting while top Republicans ― including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) ― have argued against “politicizing” the tragedy

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How integrative medicine eliminates the threat of cancer, without resorting to toxic treatments

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According to the National Cancer Institute, one out of two men and one out of three women in the United States will develop cancer in their lifetime. (In other words, about 40 percent of the adult population will receive a cancer diagnosis at some point). This statistic (alone) should serve as a wake-up call for every medical professional and concerned individual about the direction we are going in as a society.

And, this (current) ‘direction’ involves poor quality food production techniques and dietary choices; the overuse of chemicals in every facet of life and, of course, the narrow-minded approach to treating cancer, which include radiation and chemotherapy that actually causes secondary cancers.

This is a very important message: Do not weaken your immune system with toxic medical procedures that destroy your ability to eliminate cancer cells. According to integrative physician Charles Gant, MD, PhD, there is a (much) better way. On the next NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Dr. Gant will talk about how to enhance the immune system, improve the detoxification and biochemical systems of the body and the most effective ways to overcome a cancer diagnosis – safely.

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Medical alert: Is your doctor warning you about how environmental toxicity is linked to cancer?

What is behind the rising rates of cancer? (most conventionally-trained physicians avoid this topic – in depth)

Natural health experts have long warned of the dangers of environmental toxins – which seem to be bombarding us on all sides. Heavy metals found in drinking water, air, food, dental amalgams and vaccines; exposure to synthetic pesticides; and herbicides such as glyphosate – all contribute to the body’s toxic burden, and all carry health risks.

For example, triazine pesticides are associated with breast cancer, while carbamate and phenoxyherbicides are linked with lung cancer. Glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup weed-killer – is implicated in the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Other contributors to cancer include physical and emotional stress, unfriendly pathogens, parasites, nutritional deficiencies and poor lifestyle choices like, smoking cigarettes and low physical activity.

According to Dr. Gant, individual genetic vulnerabilities – or oncogenes – can also raise your cancer risk.
However, there is hope. By assessing metabolic, infectious, gastrointestinal, neuropsychological, endocrine, immune, nutritional, toxicological and genomic risk factors, medical disorders such as cancer can be effectively addressed, Dr. Gant reports.

After testing for hundreds of risk factors, Dr. Gant attempts to “piece together the unique biochemistry of each patient,” allowing him to develop a patient-centered treatment plan that can help resolve cancer. And, that’s exactly what we’ll talk about on the next NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour with Jonathan Landsman.

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Good news: Discover an important cancer-fighting tool that never hurts

Chronic inflammation is increasingly believed to contribute to cancer, as well as other devastating health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. (to name a few)

But, certain foods are powerful allies in the fight against inflammation and oxidative damage.

Natural antioxidant plant pigments – such as anthocyanins in blueberries, beta-carotene in squash and carrots and lycopene in tomatoes – have been shown to have potent anticancer effects. Dr. Gant advises all of us to seek out organic fruits and vegetables (as much as possible) that offer many immune-enhancing nutrients to protect our health.

(These cancer-fighting foods are also a source of healthy dietary fiber – which has been shown to help prevent cancer as well). Note: too many people eat a (dangerously) low fiber diet that increases the risk of cancer.

To lower inflammation: try eating more berries, apples, plums, prunes and melons – along with cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale and arugula. Onions, garlic, nuts and seeds also have cancer-preventing effects.

Obviously, there’s much more to prevent (and reversing) cancer. But, the bottom line, when given the right information – you can overcome a cancer diagnosis. Share this news with someone you love and don’t miss the next NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour.

Find out how to eliminate the threat of cancer with integrative medical techniques – Sun. Feb. 18

This week’s guest: Charles Gant, MD, PhD, an integrative medical expert

Dr. Charles Gant, internationally known physician, author and educator, has been a pioneer in the field of integrative, complementary/alternative, functional and precision medicine for nearly 40 years. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Hampden-Sydney College, and his M.D. from the University of Virginia Medical School. He also received postgraduate training in family practice, psychiatry and psychology.

Dr. Gant is currently the Chief Science Officer of the Academy of Functional Medicine, which offers a fully accredited doctoral degree in functional medicine in association with Huntingdon College of Health Sciences. Dr. Gant, the author of “ADD and ADHD: Complementary/Alternative Medicine Solutions,” “End Your Addiction Now,” and “End Nicotine Addiction Now,” uses predictive genomics to find the root cause of disorders and to assist patients of all ages in maximizing their genetic potential.

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Venice Canals Dry Up Following Super Blood Moon And Weeks Without Rainfall

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Boats and gondolas have been beached in Venice, Italy, due to the recent rare Super Blood Moon and weeks without rainfall. As The Independent reports, water levels have dropped by more than 60 centimeters, turning the canals into muddy channels.

The Grand Canal is one of Venice’s major attractions. It remained open for the city’s water buses, which were diverted from channels of lesser size. When the city is affected by flooding, more often than not it is due to high tides — or the acqua alta which occurs in the northern Adriatic. Landmarks, including St. Mark’s Square, are then left submerged. This time, however, the canals have dried up.

This isn’t the first time the city has experienced such a staggering drop in water levels. In 2016, water levels fell by 66 centimeters. In 2008 and 1989, the water levels dropped by 90 centimeters. So, this recent development is by no means a record. The record was set in 1934. An extremely low tide caused the water levels to drop by a whopping 121 centimeters.

On Friday, rain is expected to return to the city. This should normalize water levels. However, Italian residents should prepare. According to a report published last year, Venice is at risk of chronic flooding and may be left permanently underwater by the end of a century. This could occur as a result of climate change, which is causing sea levels to rise. According to researchers, the Mediterranean Sea will rise by up to 140 centimeters before 2100. As a result, 5,500sq kilometres of coastal plains will flood.

To minimize your impact on the environment and prevent climate change from worsening, try to lower your carbon footprint. Several ways to do this follow:

1) Adopt a plant-based diet.

Beans, legumes, seaweeds, greens, fruits, vegetables, and nuts and seeds have a lower carbon footprint than animal products.

2) Instead of driving, cycle or walk places

Not only will this reduce air pollution, it will help you get healthier!

3) Reuse and Reduce

Recycling should be the last effort. Reduce your consumption of non-biodegradable products (such as plastic bags and polystyrene) as much as possible.

Little steps can go a long way. Please share this article and comment your thoughts below!

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Trump Says It Will Be Hard To Unify Country Without A ‘Major Event’

Trump Says It Will Be Hard To Unify Country Without A ‘Major Event’

February 2nd, 2018

Via: PBS:

Hours before his first State of the Union, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wants to unite the country amid “tremendous divisiveness� and hopes he can do so without a traumatic event affecting Americans.

Trump spoke about creating a more united country during a lunch with a number of television news anchors. Trump said the United States has long been divided, including during the impeachment of former president Bill Clinton. Trump also said that Americans usually come together during times of suffering.

“I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity,� Trump said. “Without a major event where people pull together, that’s hard to do. But I would like to do it without that major event because usually that major event is not a good thing.�



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  1. prov6yahoo Says:

    Blowing up the Super Bowl?

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    Anyone else feel it would be a mushroom shaped event?


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A Europe without roots now also demolishes churches

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The bulldozer goes into action, moves inexorably and hits with the hardness of steel the wall of the church of Saint Lambert, a small Catholic temple in the town of Immerath in North Rhine-Westphalia. In two days, the church has turned into a heap of rubble. In its place nothing but an empty space, which will serve to expand the nearby coal mine of Garzweiler. Some say it will be used for a new deposit, others to widen the access routes. And this is the reason for the demolition, decided as early as 2013, when the federal court decided that the rights of the local population, the ecologists and those who fought to keep an old church standing (deconsecrated but in the hearts of the local faithful), were less important than the public interest in increasing the mining capacity of that coal mine. Today, that church built by the local Catholic community in 1893 does not exist anymore.

And with it, it must be said, a little piece of Europe is also leaving, which is slowly taking part to give in to the impetus of modernity, of production, of the frenetic pace of the market. A Europe that prefers to expand a coal store rather than maintain a structure that, after more than a century, remained there, to remember that a religious tradition, but still cultural, existed and should continue to exist:

Unfortunately, this is not the first case of old churches desecrated and demolished by the laws of the market. And in this, it is the Church, the one with the capital “c”, to be somehow complicit. If you make the temples as places subject to the coldest laws of the market, it is clear that a little church of the village, less and less frequented and with few priests available, becomes a cost and not a resource. But can a temple of any faith, as a civil monument, become a market object and turn into a mere question of convenience? Unfortunately, Europe is already responding positively to this question. In this, France is sadly in the vanguard. Despite the presence of Christianity for about 1500 years, many churches, especially the smaller and more peripheral ones, are left to neglect and abandonment.

Faithful, parsons, money are missing and then it is the curia itself that sells churches to private individuals, who decide to cut them down to build something more fruitful like a car park, a shopping center, a cinema, or convert them into gyms, offices, hotels. And if it is not the curia to deal with it, it is the mayors, who for cash or ideological reasons, prefer to demolish the cultural and historical heritage of their city rather than keep it standing as the last symbol of a larger tradition. In 2016 the case of the church of Saint Rita, in Paris, was demolished for parking. The protests of the faithful barricaded inside the church were worthless: it was the policemen themselves who evacuated it and dragged away the parson to allow the destruction. Seven churches were knocked down in 2016 in France. As Giulio Meotti wrote for Il Foglio

“It goes from the chapel of Saint Bernard in Clairmarais to the church of Ferrandière in Villeurbanne. Together with those destroyed, in 2016 the French state, which manages part of the places of worship since 1905, has deconsecrated and put on sale another 26 Christian places of worship”.

This secularizing fury is a symbol of the process of identity loss that is Europe is suffering. The image of a stone church devastated to build asphalt pavements is something that affects not only the eyes, but also the mind. Because it makes us understand not so much the inexorable end of a certain kind of European culture, but the absolute normality with which this happens, as if we were again in obscure periods of history. It is not the barbaric devastation of terrorists or totalitarian regimes, but a more subtle and “politically correct” destruction that, however, leads to the same result. It is hard to say whether this is the cause or effect of Europe’s detachment from its roots. But the fact is that we are losing them. What the other religions do not do instead. It is enough to think of a fact, as quoted by the article in the sheet, the registered mosques, in France, are about 2,390. In 2003, those registered were 1,545. A fact about which to reflect, not for Islamophobia, but for understanding the strange evolution that is undergoing our continent. If a church is demolished because it is useless while selling a few euros for land to build other places of worship of other religions, something, obviously, is happening.



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How To Deliciously Get Plenty Of Protein Without Meat Or Dairy (Video)

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Meat, eggs and cheese are NOT the only sources of protein, in fact they are far from it, where do you think an Ox, Gorilla or Cow gets its protein from? Next, where did we get this idea that we need so much protein and even more of it to maintain proper health? Has anyone ever questioned that? What about the research showing that plant protein might actually be a much healthier option that animal protein? 

 If there is one thing that annoys vegans or those who follow a plant-based diet more than anything else in the entire world it’s that famous question – “Where do you get your protein?” The milk, egg, cheese and meat industries have certainly done a great job of brainwashing us to believe that animal products are the only way to get protein. Yes, meat and animal products – for the most part – have more protein, but why do we need so much? We don’t! It’s another myth. We can actually get the amount of protein we need entirely from a plant-based diet, in the same way an Ox,Gorilla, Cow or Horse would.

Some Science To Back This Up

According to Dr. Deepak Bhatt, a Harvard Medical School professor and Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Heart Latter,

“When it comes to getting protein in your diet, meat isn’t the only option. Mounting evidence shows that reducing meat and increasing plant-based protein is a healthier way to go. A diet with any type of meat raises the risk of heart disease and cancer, when compared with a vegetarian diet.” 

A study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital followed more than 130,000 people for 36 years, monitoring illnesses, lifestyles, diets and mortality rates.

They found that substituting between 15g and 19g of animal protein, the equivalent of a single sausage, for legumes, pulses, nuts and other planet protein, significantly decreased the risk of early death. Replacing eggs with plant-based protein also lead to at 19 percent reduction in death risk.

Researchers found that a 10 percent higher intake of meat was associated with a two percent higher mortality rate and an eight percent higher chance of cardiovascular death.

According to Dr. T. Colin Campbell, mentioned earlier in the article from The China Study,

“What I did during the early part of my career was nothing more than what traditional science would suggest. I made the observation that diets presumably higher in animal protein were associated with liver cancer in the Philippines. When coupled with the extraordinary report from India showing that casein fed to experimental rats at the usual levels of intake dramatically promoted liver cancer, it prompted my 27-year-long study The China Project, of how this effect worked. We did dozens of experiments to see if this was true and, further, how it worked.”

In the study, Campbell emphasized the fact that they used the traditional criteria to decide what is a carcinogen (in regards to animal-based proteins) from the government’s chemical carcinogenic testing program. Campbell also stated that, “this is not a debatable subject and the implications of this conclusion are staggering in so many ways.”

It also showed, among others, that animal protein is very acidic, and leak, and body takes calcium and phosphorus from the bones to neutralize the

Yes, We Need Protein

Yes we need protein, but not as much as you think. We can easily get the adequate amounts of protein from a vegan or plant-based diet. If you are concerned that it won’t be enough, there are some plant-based foods that have more protein than others, nuts, seeds, legumes and dark leafy greens are all excellent sources of protein. If you combine a legume with a grain such as rice, then you create a complete protein.

While under-consumption of protein can be harmful to the body, over-consumption comes with risks as well. In the United States, the average omnivore gets more than 1.5 times the optimal amount of protein, and most of that protein is from animal sources. This is bad news, because excess protein is turned into waste or turned into fat. This stored animal protein contributes to weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, inflammation and cancer.

On the other hand, the protein contained in whole plant foods is connected to disease prevention. According to Michelle McMacken, MD, a board-certified internal medicine physician and an assistant professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine:

“[T]he protein found in whole plant foods protects us from many chronic diseases. There is no need to track protein intake or use protein supplements with plant-based diets; if you are meeting your daily calorie needs, you will get plenty of protein. The longest-lived people on Earth, those living in the “Blue Zones,” get about 10% of their calories from protein, compared with the U.S. average of 15-20%.”

Below, is a video that is not only sure to make your mouth water, but to also showcase some of many plant-based protein sources to give you some inspiration.

In Conclusion

If you are thinking of making the switch to a plant-based diet, but are concerned about getting enough protein, let that be the least of your worries. Getting enough protein is not difficult, there are more important factors to consider when adopting a plant-based diet, but no more important than the factors that should be considered with any diet. Think of the average American diet, no one looks into that to make sure it is sufficient, so why is it that when someone wants to eat more plant-based foods everyone all of a sudden becomes a nutrition expert? Just something to consider!

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Education Without Boundaries: This School In Finland Is Breaking Down Walls & Creating Open Spaces

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Imagine a class where there are no scripted lessons, children are allowed to have fun, giggle and even daydream from time to time.

Finland are known for their repeated success in national education rankings, their approach to schooling is radical and features a number of practices not widely used in the UK or US. Children start formal education at age 7, there are short school hours, light homework and no exams.

“There is a lot of variety in learning situations,” Reino, Tapaninen, chief architect at the National Agency for Education said. “Teachers can decide at the beginning of the month or week, or even at the beginning of the school day, how they want to work.”

Kastelli School and Community Centre located in Oulu, Finland, is one of 100 schools that have decided to take it one step further. They have adopted the flexible mindset that open learning spaces are better than walled-off classrooms. As a result, the school incorporates an open plan model, mixing students of different ages and cross-teaching subjects. The school’s interior features long hallways, soft chairs, big cushions, moveable walls and partitions for private discussions.

Reino Tapaninen, chief architect at the National Agency for Education said: “We’ve given up the old type of school desk and chair and have a real diversity now.” To make sure that there is minimal noise disruption, an acoustic designer works on the layout of the school. “We are using more acoustic materials on the ceilings, while textile flooring has become more popular — the materials are much better than they used to be, and now far easier to clean.” Tapaninen goes on to say that: “We now have what we call ‘shoe-less schools,’ where pupils either change into softer shoes or simply wear socks when they come indoors.”

Will the architecture lead to a better scholastic experience? We’ll just have to wait and see. What we do know is that there are certainly a few lessons to be learned from Finland’s radical approach to learning.

Read more: Finland Will Become The First Country In The World To Get Rid of All School Subjects

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