Did you know?
- Self improvement or education account for 47 percent of the New Year's resolutions.
- 45 percent of Americans usually make resolutions, but only 8 percent of them are successful in keeping them.
Educational resolutions for the New Year:
- Improve educational options for women: Two-thirds of the illiterate people on the planet are women.
- Spread the word about the educational option of unschooling.
- Learn Mandarin for Chinese New Year.
Some New Year's facts to add to your education:
- The tradition of the New Year's resolution goes all the way back to 153 B.C.
- Janus, a mythical king of early Rome, was placed at the head of the calendar (January).
- The New Year begins on January 1 only for cultures that use a 365-day solar calendar. Other cultures, including China, use a 12-month lunar calendar.
- January 1 became the beginning of the (solar) new year in 46 B.C. when Julius Caesar developed a calendar that would more accurately reflect the seasons than previous calendars.