To find the peace of mind that alone can replace aimless searching, which has led to an epidemic of stress, anxiety, and drugs, the Dalai Lama is looking to science to convince a skeptical society of the power of contemplation and compassion to change our lives and our world.
Even as we are seeing more schools and educators transform the way they teach and learn with technology, many more are not. Some of the reasons for not embracing technology have to do with several misconceptions.
It is impossible for teachers to do their job in a system where their own assessments of students are inconsequential and their performance is judged on students' execution of questionable and secretly derived metrics.
In these difficult economic times where discretionary funds are diminishing, a scholarship, no matter how small, can enhance the life of a young person. It also carries on the living memory of a loved one.
On Rainbow Day, students are all offered a side salad at the salad bar for free -- whether they are getting lunch from school or brought lunch from home. At the salad bar they are encouraged to choose at least three different colors of the fruit and vegetable rainbow for their tray.
No one will argue that children are naturally creative. But it is our responsibility as parents and educators to nurture their inherent abilities. For the opportunity to knock, you have to build the door.
We now must act boldly to combat the obesity epidemic. There are many opportunities across the lifespan, but it will require a shift in social norms and an unprecedented social movement for obesity prevention.
What was considered so important for artists to know back then now seems vaguely irrelevant. These days, the focus of artist-as-businessperson workshops and classes is not how to apply for money but how to earn it -- how to be entrepreneurial.
Nobody's getting rich working in higher education -- instead, a steady erosion in public dollars being invested in colleges and universities has driven up the cost and accessibility of public higher education.
Think of how the divisiveness in education would decrease if we borrowed from the Bill of Rights and adopted a code of ethics declaring, "No stakes shall be attached to standardized tests without the consent of the student or educator."
You don't have to be a filmmaker to stand up to bullies. We can all do something, as parents, educators, volunteers, students, and schools to help stop them in their tracks, or at the very least, decrease the day to day incidents that put our kids and families at risk.
The Nation's Report Card on Science 2011, released last week by the federal government, showed modest improvement but raised even more concern about America's ability to grow the science-literate workforce needed in the 21st century.