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Extraordinary Portraits Of Life In The Extreme North Of The World

HuffPost Italy | Arianna Catania | Posted 02.25.2015 | Arts

At 66° 33' 39" -- north of the equator -- there lies an imaginary line, beyond which it is almost impossible to live. Cristian Barnett has been trave...

The Elephant in the School Failure Debate

Joan McRobbie | Posted 02.20.2015 | Education
Joan McRobbie

By all means we need high expectations in our schools. But with the spotlight on income gaps, it's time to draw in the missing parts of the picture. Poverty is real. We need action at the statehouse, not just the schoolhouse, to enable educators to succeed in spite of it.

Food for Thought

Jerry Zezima | Posted 02.18.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

According to an old saying, you are what you eat. Since I am full of baloney, I eat what I am. Unfortunately, I don't know what to eat these days -- especially bologna, which means I am out to lunch -- because I am on three different diets.

Living in (Almost) Perfect Societies with (Other) Average People

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 02.05.2015 | Books
Nancy Graham Holm

It is said that most people can't tell one Nordic country from another. Maybe so, but what they do know is that these nations are exceptional. This collective exceptionalism is worth studying up close and Michael Booth's book is a good place to begin.

A Crayon for Iqra

Celia Buckman | Posted 01.30.2015 | Teen
Celia Buckman

Homework is a challenge for the tutors and kids. It's hard to teach a 12-year-old algebra in forty minutes when they don't know how to count yet. But something has to go down on the worksheet.

Finland Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Reuters | Posted 01.28.2015 | Gay Voices

HELSINKI, Nov 28 (Reuters) - The Finnish Parliament on Friday narrowly approved a citizen's initiative to legalize same-sex marriage. ...

'The Smartest Kids in the World'

John M. Eger | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
John M. Eger

There is no either/or, no STEAM versus STEM.

Sweat Equity: 13 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Finnish Saunas

Pam Grout | Posted 11.13.2014 | Travel
Pam Grout

There are more saunas than cars in Finland and, unlike the rest of us who view a hop in the sauna as a luxury, the Finns consider their weekly sauna as a necessity, right up there with food, rye bread and vodka.

Lingonberries in the Cafeteria? Not So Fast

Lynda Bekore | Posted 01.05.2015 | Education
Lynda Bekore

Finland is the new black. Or so it would seem, from the many accolades increasingly heaped upon it by education experts, who tout Finland's treatment of teachers and education as a model of instructional progress.

Finns: The First and Last

Ellevate | Posted 01.05.2015 | Women
Ellevate

You cannot imagine how surprised I was when I realized that Finland is not the Wonderland I had thought regarding compliance with the Finnish Corporate Governance Code and, in particular, with respect to the transparent selection and appointment of board directors.

The War on Teacher Tenure

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 12.31.2014 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

We need to make teachers feel respected and trusted. Articles like the recent Time Magazine cover story do just the opposite. It is an attack on the profession as a whole and thus makes all teachers defensive, which does not lead to the kind of education we want in our schools.

Finnish Lessons for American School Boards: Are We More Alike than We Think?

Curtis Valentine | Posted 12.21.2014 | Education
Curtis Valentine

As the mid-term elections approach, its important to highlight that the inaction of Congress to address public education has put renewed pressures on state and local governments to act.

Hunting for Red October... in the Stockholm Archipelago

András Simonyi | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
András Simonyi

The Swedish Armed Forces were put on high alert this weekend, as there was an apparent intrusion -- not for the first or the last time -- by a Russian submarine into Swedish territorial waters, in the Stockholm Archipelago.

Apple Charged With The Death Of An Entire Country's Economy

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Technology

Apple is more powerful than you think, apparently -- it is being blamed, in part, for an entire country's economic hardships. "The iPhone killed N...

Get Free International Stopovers on These Airlines

Hopper.com | Posted 11.23.2014 | Travel
Hopper.com

For adventurous travelers, a free trip to an exotic city is a mouthwatering prospect. Stopovers -- connections between flights of more than 24 hours -- provide a sneaky way to do just that, giving travelers two holidays for the price of one.

Balancing Efficiency and Quality in Education

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 11.18.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

To some, making education more efficient is simply a matter of better budget management and improved allocation of resources. But to many others, speaking in these terms at all when talking about a child's right to learn seems inappropriate.

Man Discovers His First Car Covered In Moss, 40 Years After It Broke Down In Woods

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.19.2014 | Good News

Some things must be lost for decades in order for us to appreciate their real value later in life. That was the case for Pekka Nummelin, a carpente...

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Europe Wants U.S. To Do Dirty Work Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Lienesch | Posted 09.12.2014 | World

Residents in a number of European countries strongly support the American air strikes that have been launched in Iraq, but are much less supportive of...

How Hard Is It to Make It to the NHL?

Emily Cornelius | Posted 11.11.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

As hockey fans, one of our favorite things to do is criticize the players. But are we giving these players enough credit? How hard is it actually to 'make it,' to 'go to the show,' to 'get the call?'

Finland Suspects Russia Of Violating Its Airspace

AP | Posted 10.28.2014 | World

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the third such inc...

Strip Down And Get Sweaty At Finnair's Unisex Sauna

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 06.30.2014 | Travel

You've always wanted to strip down and sweat next to your seatmate.... right? In perhaps the most Finnish move ever, Finnair, the country's flag c...

Now's The Historic Moment for the Nordics

András Simonyi | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
András Simonyi

Our Center has been and remains a strong advocate of the importance for the Nordic countries to step forward as individual nations as well as a group...

How Concert Halls Enhance Crescendos

Trevor Cox | Posted 08.11.2014 | Science
Trevor Cox

The intensity and emotional impact of the crescendo might appear to be in the hands on the composer and musicians, but now new research shows that in certain concert halls, the right acoustic makes the crescendo sound much louder at the end and hence much more dramatic.

How Far Will That American Passport Take You?

trivago | Posted 07.30.2014 | Travel
trivago

U.S. travelers might be pleasantly surprised.

Education Reform Has Failed; Here Are Four Lessons From Abroad to Make It Succeed

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

No Child Left Behind, "school choice," "recovery school districts," and Common Core are what the United States has done to solve the education "crisis." Mind you, the "crisis" is that the United States is not number one in education.