The hits just keep on coming
To quote Casey Kasem: 'the hits just keep on coming.' Only in this case, the hits aren't so good (at least not for American education).
In case you haven't been keeping track, here's a list of some recent reports that bemoan our schools' inability to prepare globally-competitive citizens. Continuing our country's long-standing tradition, committees, commissions, and task forces have been scrambling over each other to issue the latest update on our schools' ineptitude:
- 2005 - Business RoundTable - Tapping America's Potential: The Education for Innovation Initiative
This doesn't include magazine articles, speeches, interviews, and other activities along these lines. We might be in danger of losing our global lead on some measures, but I'm guessing we're still ahead of everyone else when it comes to task force and commission reports!
Did I miss any? Are we seeing similar activity in other countries?
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A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.
- Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.
- Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change.
- All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.
The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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