Miss-Communication, the problem of diversity in language
I recently watched a news feature that discussed the disappearing language of an obscure inuit tribe. The fear of that language going extinct made national news and I'm not entirely sure why.
I understand that people will argue that their language is part of their culture but that's like saying vision is part of your culture. We all need to see to get around, we need to communicate in order to function in a group... so exactly how is that at all specific to any culture... we all do it.
While the culture issue might be argued as a pro for retaining different languages there are many more cons. The inability for us to communicate with each other is a very detrimental issue. In order for us to work together on any issue it is essential that we be able to communicate.
So why not one language? Why not one common tongue?
Jonathan Zimmerman explains why teachers should invite, not censor, tough classroom debates.
- 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.
Controversial map names CEOs of 100 companies producing 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
- 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.
It marks another milestone in SpaceX's long-standing effort to make spaceflight cheaper.
- 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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