Schools Are Flunking. You Can Help.
Failing schools are everyone's problem. In his Big Think interview this week, NYU sociologist and education reform champion Pedro Noguera provides clear, no-nonsense advice on how government, teachers' unions, and parents can all help turn around sagging school systems. He even has some unflinching criticism for the President.
Discussing his own experience as a student, Noguera recalls that it was his parents' dogged emphasis on the value of education that compensated for mediocre schools—a lesson he hopes other parents will take to heart. Noguera also addresses the perpetually controversial issue of school violence, explaining how shootings in affluent white schools end up hurting poor districts the most, and arguing that turning schools into high-security "prisons" makes them less safe, not more.
The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?
- History is written by lions. But it's also recorded by lambs.
- In order to understand American history, we need to look at the events of the past as more prismatic than the narrative given to us in high school textbooks.
- Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.
Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
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