01 May

About the book

IMG_1574Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia. An eye-opening and penetrating study from the bestselling author and journalist.

Inside the Kingdom Author: Robert Lacey,
Genre: History
Age Group: Adult

What has happened in the Middle East’s while we were looking somewhere else. Saudi Arabia is a nation defined by contradiction. It is up to date state driven by modern technology and huge oil deposits, yet its influential religious institutions have its traditions and practices rolled back 1000 years to match some of those of the prophet Muhammad, says author Robert Lacey.

This book Inside the Kingdom has been banned from distribution in Saudi Arabia by the Ministry of Culture and Information. You can read reviews of this book here. Read More

28 Jul

What about Behaviorism Theory of Learning

I’m quite fascinated by the Behaviorism Theory of Learning and I want to share it with you. This view of learning according to according to the flow behavior, not the other is a change in behavior as a result of the interaction between stimulus and response. Or in other words, learning is the change experienced by students in terms of its ability to behave in new ways as a result of interaction between stimulus and response. The experts are a lot of work in this genre include: Thorndike (1911), Watson (1963), Hull (1943), and Skinner (1968).

1. Thorndike According to Thorndike (1911), co-founder of the flow behavior, learning is a process of interaction between the stimulus (which may be thought, feeling, or movement) and response (which also can include thoughts, feelings, or movement). Clearly, according to Thorndike, changes in behavior may be intangible something concrete (observable), or that nonkonkret (not observable). Although Thorndike did not explain how to measure a variety of behaviours that non concrete (measurement is one thing that became an obsession of all adherents of the flow behavior), but Thorndike’s theory has much to inspire the other experts who come afterwards. Thorndike theory referred to as “flow connectionist” (connectionism). Experimental procedure was to make in order to escape the cage of each animal to the place of food. In this case if a caged animal, then these animals often perform a variety of behaviour, such as biting, rubbing his body to the sides of the box, and sooner or later the animal was tripped on the bar so that the box open and the animal will escape into the food.

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24 Jul

Shakespeare’s Legacy

As much as I’m an advocate for the arts, there were many years that I was afraid of Shakespeare. All those thous and thees freaked me out. I had to choose between vocal and acting for my high school major, and I confess, part of my decision was based on the fact that I was afraid of having to do a monologue by the Bard.
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I used to produce for a local theatre company, and we were getting ready to do Hamlet. I joked, “it’s just Shakespeare.” My director said, “yes, it is just Shakespeare.”
That production of Hamlet opened my eyes to what Shakespeare was all about: the human condition. Shakespeare’s work is about love, fear, greed, insecurity, lust, ambition, and the rest of the most passionate emotions that make us human and, if we’re lucky, humane.

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16 Jul

How many colleges should I apply to?

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As it comes closer to that wonderful time of college applications, you’ll have to start deciding where you’ll be applying to. Even if you already have some ideas where to apply to, it’s usually good to decide in concrete first where you’ll be applying. of course before you apply you need to have a high school diploma, if you didn’t get it yet apply fast for the free GED classes or programs that are available  in every  city. Here is a website that has a huge database of free of charge GED classes.  It should take you about a month or two to get your GED certificate then follow my steps.

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22 Jun

SAT books & preparing for the SAT

The other day I received a question about SAT practice books — which I used and how I prepared for the test.

It may be an expensive way to prepare, but I’ve always believed the best way to prepare for the SAT is to take it, I have done a similar thing when I took GED test, then first I followed for  5 weeks GED class on internet  and then I took a test.

Once you’ve taken it, you’ll have a good idea what to expect — what types of questions are on it, the typical time limits, and so forth. When you come back and take the test a second time, you’ll know much better what to expect and be far more prepared.

Personally, I didn’t use any SAT books — my original plan was to use the test as a practice, then buy a book, study that, and take the test again. However, I got lucky with my test and I was happy enough with the score not to bother retaking the SAT. In the end, I didn’t buy any book, I just “winged” the test and that managed to work out.

When it comes to which book is best, I haven’t experimented with too many. Nate at Debt-Free Scholar wrote a review of the 411 Sat Prep Series, which contains three books with help for the three areas: Math, Writing, and Reading. Based on this review, this series definitely looks like a solid contender.

I believe that using just about any book at all will help. Generally more reputable sources, like Princeton Review, will likely be more beneficial.

The key to preparing is to study your weak areas. If you’re solid at math, then you need to focus on reading and writing to make sure that you’re ready. Take as many practice tests as you can, and look closely at your results to try to find specific areas that need improvement. Study all questions — including the ones you got right — to learn what strategies have and have not worked for you.

One advantage to standardized testing is the multitude of practice tests. I found that practice tests are the best way to prepare for me, and since there are so many SAT practice tests online, it becomes very easy to quickly test yourself.

05 May

Guidelines for students getting ready to study in the USA

Preparing before arriving in the USA. Scholarship grant and private students need to organize themselves prior to embarking on a life-changing adventure of learning overseas by working on these guidelines:

Research about American Universities

  • You should do some research about some universities before deciding on a school. You can find numerous independently owned sites that will support you with this endeavor.
  • International students may additionally obtain information on various other websites and look for specific programs, such as course or study that do not require the GMAT. You can find websites  that list in online MBA studies including the most affordable  MBA programs in the US that are also accredited. 
  • Deciding upon the university: The Directory of US Universities & Colleges Recommended for Study of Saudi Students is actually produced in agreement with specific considerations authorized by the Ministry of Higher Education , that comprise, but are not limited to, regional and professional accreditation by appropriate accrediting organizations in the USA. This directory is kept up to date every year.

Learning the English language

Students are recommended to learn English, understanding the language would help students with the application process to American universities, enhance their knowledge of the American traditions and lifestyle, and organize them for additional studies in English if necessary.

English Language Training: Because English is the language of teaching in American universities and colleges, international students will have to show proof of their language competencies to meet up with admission requirements. The language skills of foreign students are assessed by certain tests for example the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and also the Michigan Test. Read More

01 May

Educational system

The educational system of Saudi Arabia has undergone a stunning improvement. Nowadays, the system consists of 27 private and 25 public universities, and this number is growing. The country has around 30,000 schools, and a significant variety of colleges and other educational institutions. The country’s education platform is available to all citizens and offers students free education, free study books and a care system.

Mohammed Luqman works at King Saud University in Riyadh, and he says that the country needs to concentrate more on higher education. We can find plenty students in undergrad classes, but what we really do need are more students in higher education. Many of our students want to study abroad,  because of scholarships, or decide to become employed as a consequence of the local and regional need for educated workers.  Read More

18 Apr

Newsmax.tv Lacey: Fears of Sharia Law Takeover in West

Robert Lacey, who recently completed a second book about Saudi Arabia, says the country’s government consists largely of pro-Western moderates.

“The moderates in Saudi Arabia would dearly love to push all the bearded extremists on to a boat and send them off into the sea,” Lacey told Newsmax.TV. His new book is “Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia.”

Seventeen of the ministers in Saudi Arabia’s cabinet hold master’s degrees and Ph.D’s from American universities, Lacey said. Read More

14 Apr

Robert Lacey on Morning Joe

The Carter Doctrine was a policy proclaimed by President of the United States Jimmy Carter in his State of the Union Address on January 23 1980, which stated that the United States would use military force if necessary to defend its national interests in the Persian Gulf region. The doctrine was a response to the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union, and was intended to deter the Soviet Union—the Cold War adversary of the United States—from seeking hegemony in the Persian Gulf. After stating that Soviet troops in Afghanistan posed “a grave threat to the free movement of Middle East oil,” Carter proclaimed: Read More

10 Apr

The Saudi Enigma

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evil-doer. Nothing is more difficult than to understand him (Fyodor Dostoevsky – The Possessed)

Robert Lacey chose this famous Dostoevsky phrase to open his new book ‘Inside the Kingdom’ for the reason that he wanted to have an understanding of the traumatic events of 9/11 and the country that provided the majority (15) of the in total nineteen hijackers on the airplanes that were involved in this tragedy. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia never really was the place to be a favorite in the western hemisphere, and to be honest, how could you appreciate a nation that charges $70 or even more for something that is costing them below $10 to produce – and next brings you terrorists at the same time? Read More