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'Nuqat' Dots the Art, Culture and Design Landscape

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.28.2015 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

They're funky, they're traditional, they're 30-somethings, they're Nuqat (dots), and they're taking the Arab Gulf's art, culture and design scene by storm from Kuwait.

Educating for Democracy: Remembering

Joel Shatzky | Posted 11.29.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

It's been a while since my last blog, but I would like to believe that this was due to a series of fast-moving events nationally and world-wide, rathe...

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Conclusion: Promoting the Course

Frank Breslin | Posted 11.26.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

If you're the type of person who gives a quiet chuckle every time someone tells you that he or she has "the answers"; if you feel a sense of irreveren...

Copy and Paste Syndrome: Nuqat's Probe Into Creativity

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.01.2015 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a breath of fresh air that attracted art, culture, design and creativity aficionados to Nuqat's conference in Kuwait amid a storm of insanity engulfing the Middle East.

Teaching Our Kids Critical Thinking

Michael W. Austin | Posted 11.23.2015 | Parents
Michael W. Austin

Parents should equip their children to develop and practice intellectual virtue, because this is necessary for true human flourishing. But what is intellectual virtue? An intellectual virtue is an excellence of the mind.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Part 6: Keeping Students Uncertain

Frank Breslin | Posted 11.12.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Far from giving students "the answers" to philosophical questions, a teacher should keep students uncertain by making every answer as plausible as pos...

Unleashing Kids' Power; Unleashing Our Own: A Simple Way to Change the Experience of Life

Beth Green | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Beth Green

Think about unleashing kids' power and that could sound like a bunch of 10-year-olds tearing up the house, but actually this is an amazing new campaig...

A Culture of Cheating at the University?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though I will never justify any student engaging in cheating, I also must ask what we as educators and educational policy maker are doing that lowers students' zest for learning.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Part 5: Why is There Suffering in the World? -- Eight Theories

Frank Breslin | Posted 11.01.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

We were dealing with Aeschylus's view of how one might reconcile the goodness of God with the fact that so many good people suffer, as do children and infants, and yet so many bad people prosper.

Stop Marketing Pink Things to Women

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 10.19.2015 | Women
Kate Van Dellen

Could it be these enticing pink pieces are all a marketing trick? To go along with the sensitive emotions of women, they may not want to hear things, like their snoring partners. This is just another way for corporate America to tell women that they are the problem.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Part 4: The Social Sciences as Ad Hominem

Frank Breslin | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

I am not making a case in this article for modern or traditional thought, the existence of the gods, the origin of religion or the afterlife. I am simply pointing out that attempts to refute such beliefs with fallacies are doomed to failure by their providing psychological/sociological answers to what are essentially philosophical questions.

Those Who Say Guns Don't Kill People Are Anti-American Bigots

William H. Harwood | Posted 10.08.2015 | Impact
William H. Harwood

"Guns don't kill people. People kill people." We've all heard this argument. Some think it ridiculous, while others chant it like a mantra--especially every time one of a thousand massacres in the US manages to get airtime, or a kid shoots another kid.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Part 3: Student Reactions to Philosophy

Frank Breslin | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

It was apparent in discussing their reactions to the course that some students found it hard to accept that there are no universally agreed-upon answers to the big questions of life; that a number of plausible answers exist to those questions

100 Days Left to Make Good on Your 2015 Resolutions

Steve Siebold | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Steve Siebold

If you haven't been as successful as you had hoped or didn't even make a dent in the goals you set at the beginning of the year, relax. You have just over three months to make good on those promises. Here are 10 tips for making the most of the last 100 days of 2015.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools - Part 2: Conducting Class

Frank Breslin | Posted 09.19.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Teaching philosophy entails making students aware of what they may overlook -- the emotional advantages and disadvantages of holding a particular viewpoint. This is important because students may not even realize that the emotions can exercise a powerful influence upon thinking.

It's Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History?

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

As students compare the actual Constitution with their classroom-generated Constitution, they realize that the framers took sides. But why these particular sides? Inevitably, most students want to learn who wrote the Constitution and which social groups they represented.

Capitalism Can Defeat Economic Inequality

Steve Siebold | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

If you're one of those people whose financial situation isn't quite where you want it to be, start focusing your mental energy where it belongs: on the big money! Making money is easy once you know how to do it.

The Predicament of Beauty

Maria X. Liu | Posted 09.08.2015 | Women
Maria X. Liu

the most beautiful person is often the most fragile, because their sense of self worth is dependent on a fleeting notion requiring constant affirmation. Someone must judge the beautiful person to be beautiful and other people must agree, otherwise there exists no basis to determine that beauty.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools - Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 09.03.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

What should be surprising is not that a case must be made for philosophy in America's high schools, but that philosophy hasn't already become an integral part of its schools long ago.

Outrageous Acts of Thinking: The Misuse of Science

Deborah Berebichez | Posted 09.01.2015 | Science
Deborah Berebichez

What distinguishes an outrageous idea from a reasonable one? And how are these different from a true or a false idea? I suspect that many people confuse reasonable/outrageous with true/false, which can make it difficult to understand sometimes counterintuitive scientific findings.

Program Yourself for Success

Steve Siebold | Posted 08.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Steve Siebold

Most importantly, and it can't be stressed enough, make the decision today to take responsibility for old programming that does not serve you. It changed my life immeasurably, and I'm sure it can change yours, too.

Why Public Schools Don't Teach Critical Thinking -- Part 2

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.20.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Education is not about being taught more and more reasons about why we alone are right and everyone else is wrong. Rather, it is a process of being given more and more air, a wider perspective that affords us a grander, more Olympian sweep of everything.

Guide to Mothers Raising Teenage Daughters

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

realistically, she wants to be separate from her mother physically and emotionally most of the time. She's a teenager who wants her own identity. So how do you focus your motherhood to maintain a solid relationship with your growing teenage daughter?

How Do Parents Politicize Their Children?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

How do we give our children the ability to think critically, politically? I had the opportunity to hear two very different conversations that showed me how parents politicize their kids.

Why Public Schools Don't Teach Critical Thinking -- Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.07.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

While ensuring students' physical safety is a school's first order of priority, the school should be no less vigilant in safeguarding them from propaganda that will assail them for the rest of their lives.