The Importance of Speaking Up

Forbes' Katie Phillips sets some limits on political correctness and politeness even though obeying her conscience could cost her some Facebook friends.

Having a voice and using it effectively is astonishingly powerful. When people tell the truth, other people listen. Statements that are juicy and controversial and dangerous are alive, raw, fearless—even as simple a proclamation as "no, thanks," if it is precise and true. At the end of the day an admirable person is one who sticks to his or her guns. ... There is no easy solution, and it's an uphill battle, but these recent tragedies have taught me that I've got to become more vocal, that I've got to speak up and speak out and really work toward change if I ever want to see it realized. And that I may even lose some Facebook Friends along the way.

Why a great education means engaging with controversy

Jonathan Zimmerman explains why teachers should invite, not censor, tough classroom debates.

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  • During times of war or national crisis in the U.S., school boards and officials are much more wary about allowing teachers and kids to say what they think.
  • If our teachers avoid controversial questions in the classroom, kids won't get the experience they need to know how to engage with difficult questions and with criticism.
  • Jonathan Zimmerman argues that controversial issues should be taught in schools as they naturally arise. Otherwise kids will learn from TV news what politics looks like – which is more often a rant than a healthy debate.
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Are these 100 people killing the planet?

Controversial map names CEOs of 100 companies producing 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

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Strange Maps
  • Just 100 companies produce 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.
  • This map lists their names and locations, and their CEOs.
  • The climate crisis may be too complex for these 100 people to solve, but naming and shaming them is a good start.
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SpaceX catches Falcon Heavy nosecone with net-outfitted boat

It marks another milestone in SpaceX's long-standing effort to make spaceflight cheaper.

Technology & Innovation
  • SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy into space early Tuesday morning.
  • A part of its nosecone – known as a fairing – descended back to Earth using special parachutes.
  • A net-outfitted boat in the Atlantic Ocean successfully caught the reusable fairing, likely saving the company millions of dollars.
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