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Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

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Teach With, Not 'To' the Test

Test_well
over 2 years ago

SPECIAL MINISERIESDr. Wang Explains Your Child's Brain.   What exactly is “teaching to the test”? If you’re a fan of the nationwide public school “accountability movement”, which has resulted in more frequent standardized testing at every grade level, it means teaching kids what national ...

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The Dark Side of High Achievement

Citizen_kane
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? It is a familiar tale, one told many times by writers and filmmakers from Shakespeare to Orson Welles. A dynamic thinker sets out on his or her career and makes an impact almost immediately. He brings new ideas to the table, sees angles that others do not, and consequently ...

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Why the Tablet Changes Everything

Tablet
over 2 years ago

"WTF? It's basically a big, $500 iPhone - without the phone." Unless you're an early-adopting technophile, this may have been your reaction to the release of iPad 1. Meanwhile, in the onyx-paneled boardrooms of the electronic media industry, an entirely different kind of conversation was taking ...

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Managing Modesty

Napoleon
over 2 years ago

The idea that “change is the only constant” goes back at least as far as Heraclitus, who first proposed that famous concept more than 2500 years ago. In this age of globalization and free information, his words are truer than ever. People are adopting new values, markets are in upheaval, new ...

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Collapsing and Rebuilding: The Physics of 9/11

Oneworldtradecenter
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? Skyscrapers represent the culmination of thousands of years of physics - the math of Archimedes, the experiments of Galileo, Newton's Laws of Motion – brought together under one very high roof. Like mountains, they can be counted on to impress you when you're looking for ...