Brain Bowl Competition

For session 1, I have been engaging in a lunch-time activity, called ‘Brain Bowl’. It is an activity where general knowledge questions from the following subjects; English, Math, Science, Japan History, World History, Geography, Music & Arts, Literature, an Current Events. You have to be good at memorizing detailed facts, which I am not really good at. I do really good with critical problems that use imagination so when it comes to remembering dates and facts, I really do not do well. From now on, I will try to do my best to remember things so that I win an award for next year’s competition.

The resenting point is that I knew answers to a lot of questions but I was too hesitant to press the button. Also another thing was, I couldn’t under stand some questioner’s questions because their enunciation was hard for me to understand. As I have gained an experience by today’s competition, I would like to capitalize this experience for next year’s competition.


Hand-outs from competition.


  • We were given a lot of snacks on our team table, which toned down my nervousness.
  • I also bought nachos-tortilla chips for 200 yen and it tasted awesome!!
  • The good thing was that, I got to skip school for the whole day.
  • YIS was 4th out of 8 schools and St.Mary won


Government Research Project

Country: Libya

Government Structure: 

Economy: Capitalism

Politics: Dictator ship

Autonomy/Authority: Totalitarian

Revolution of Government



Helpful sources:


“Types of Government.” The Stutz’s Home Page. Web. 12 Oct. 2011. <>.

Pro Natalist Policies

*PRO-NATALIST POLICIES: to increase population
IGCSE Geography
Population dynamics: Pro Natalist PoliciesRead the following article: and read the various European pro-natalist policies described at the botom of the fertility rate table.

Discussion questions:
Are falling birth rates something Europe should be worrying about?

‘Falling Birth Rates’ should be a factor that should be contemplated about very carefully because this can lead to the following problems:

  • Dependency Ratio- it will increase very rapidly over the next 40 years because 1. access to healthcare has improved-> lower death rate  2. low birth rate-> number of workers are less  = lots of dependants relying on a handful of workers
    High dependency ratio could lead to heavy tax-> population will migrate to other countries
  • Population will extinct- if birth rate keeps on declining and declining, it will one day come to ZERO because a woman needs to have at least 2 kids in their life time for stable population but if birth to kids is less than 2, population will keep on declining.
Birth can be controlled but death can not. Europe should consider very care fully to increasing number of births because that is the only way to increase or stabilize population.

Or should countries embrace natural decline?

No because although over all nation population may be stabilized a little by immigrants, population of original race (Native Europeans) should not decrease because continually supporting original people of the place will help sustain and preserve the ancient culture and pure race.

What would persuade you to have more children?

  • Financial Support- Money endowment from government will support (eg. free education, free vaccines, free access to health care, monthly endowment for outcomes such as food and toys)
  • Care Support- Husbands should be allowed by government to take a temporary holiday to help look after child. (as in Japan)

Looking at the various pro-natalist policies in Europe, which one do you find most effective? Explain your answer.

France- full day child care and pre-school programs

As I am not a mother yet, I do not know what it is like to look after a baby, but I do understand that it is not an easy job, very stressful, and no time to wind down as babies are very unpredictable. So I have considered the France government’s assistance of full day child care would be best, as parents could un-wind and enjoy their child rearing life.


One Child Policy Video

China’s one child Policy

1.Why were large families encouraged under Mao?
2.What was the population when Mao died?
3.What was DengXiao Ping’s Policy called?
4.What percentage of the population opposed the policy?
5.Why were boys considered more valuable than girls?
6.What happened to mothers who resisted the policy?
7.How many abortions were carried everyday in 1983?
8.What was the percentage of children dying within the first year of entering an orphanage?
9.What are the benefits of the policy?
10.What are the flaws of the policy?