School reform efforts across the country hang on the notion of annual teacher evaluations based heavily on student test scores. But if this process isn’t consistently accurate, it will get the wrong teachers fired and discourage talented people from entering the profession.
When the government violates the Constitution, courts should assign blame clearly—not bury it under euphemisms.
Is it ethical to exchange your money on the black market if you are visiting an oppressive regime? Former New York Times columnist Randy Cohen tackles this ethical query.
With the cost of genotyping falling at a rate faster than Moore's Law, genetics could be used to answer some of the burning questions of the social sciences.
Tara Sophia Mohr has a challenge for working women. “You’re brilliant and thoughtful, but could you move a few more inches in the arrogant idiot direction please?” Be an arrogant idiot is rule #5 of Mohr's 10 Rules for Brilliant Women.
What's worse, taking steroids or lying about it to Congress? What the Roger Clemens perjury case tells us about our "national epidemic of lying."
In the case of education, the only question is - and always must be - what skills young people will need in the future to lead happy and successful lives, and how best we can ensure that they acquire them.
How do you reconcile your desire to honor your own values without forcing the people you want to help into more dangerous conduct? Former New York Times columnist Randy Cohen tackles this ethical query.
The Master Chef, part-time Paleontologist, and former Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft, Nathan Myhrvold, offers a scientifically-informed approach to the ancient human art of cooking.
We won't be able to prevent the next major Flood, Earthquake or Tsunami. Kevin Steinberg of the World Economic Forum's Risk Response Network says we will need to be really good at coordinating the response.
Rosetta Stone CEO Tom Adams explains why the best leaders embrace the future now and ask questions later.
Astronomers have been actively searching for extraterrestrial civilizations for the past 50 years, but so far have come up empty. Now a top Russian astronomer predicts the "eerie silence" will be broken by 2031.
With his appointment of Chris Cerf as Commissioner of Education, Chris Christie is rebuilding New Jersey public education using sweeping, data-driven methods that have been tested (and sometimes bitterly contested) in New York City and Washington, DC.
Motivational psychologist Scott Rigby explains why we can't stop playing.
Which country would have the upper hand in a full-scale cyber war between the United States and China?