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Digital Natives, Or Digital Citizens?

John Merrow | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Schools today must provide opportunities for young people to create knowledge out of the swirling clouds of information that surround them 24/7. You went to school because that's where the knowledge was stored. That was yesterday.

The Pure Essence of a Horse

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.28.2012 | Green
Liz O'Connell

Sometimes there are people who forget that horses, our willing partners throughout the development of civilization, are sentient beings.

WATCH: Welcome To Downton Arby's

Posted 03.26.2012 | Comedy

"Downton Arby's" could easily have been a one-joke sketch, but this thing is funny, everyone. Using an Arby's franchise as a backdrop for the pomp of ...

PBS Says It Will Revisit Maligned Moves

nytimes.com | ELIZABETH JENSEN | Posted 05.23.2012 | Media

Under intense public pressure from independent documentary filmmakers, including a Twitter campaign, PBS on Thursday agreed to find a new home next se...

To PBS, With (Tough) Love

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.23.2012 | Media
Bill Moyers

The team at PBS consists of dedicated people; constantly looking for ways to increase their audience. But there is always a danger, in any organization, of only seeing the world from the top down, and then counting heads to measure whether something is good or not.

Fellow Millennials, Listen Up: The Case for Personal Responsibility

Mari Fagel | Posted 05.21.2012 | Home
Mari Fagel

You can't blame a school because you spent thousands of dollars of tuition money and didn't get the job you wanted because, at the end of the day, it was your own choice to go to school.

Closing the App Gap

Lesli Rotenberg | Posted 05.15.2012 | Parents
Lesli Rotenberg

Some will continue to debate whether apps are appropriate for kids at all -- regardless of income. But we've found that not only are touch screen apps intuitive and age-appropriate for young children, they also have powerful learning potential.

7 Cheese Questions For Andreas Viestad Of 'New Scandanavian Cooking'

culture magazine | Posted 05.15.2012 | Home
culture magazine

Andreas Viestad love for molecular gastronomy shines through in his unique cooking style. Dubbed "Norway's most exciting food writer," Andreas' many talents keep him very busy.

Gillian Anderson: I Was Offered A Role On 'Downton'

Posted 03.15.2012 | TV

Gillian Anderson was offered a part in "Downton Abbey." Yep, Agent Scully almost went toe-to-toe with the Dowager Countess. In a new interview wit...

WATCH: How To Extract Your Own DNA

Posted 03.13.2012 | Science

At 40,000 times thinner than a human hair, our DNA isn't usually much to look at. But if you're curious about your genetic material and don't happen t...

Stunning New Alzheimer's Documentary to Air on PBS March 29

Marie Marley | Posted 05.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

Last night I watched a review copy of a stunning new Alzheimer's documentary, produced and directed by long-time elder activist Scott Kirschenbaum. It's set to premiere on PBS's Independent Lens series on March 29.

Drowning in a Rising Tide of...

John Merrow | Posted 05.07.2012 | Education
John Merrow

The real problem is not the Constitution's limits on the federal role in education. For all its talk of public education as 'the civil rights issue of our time," this Administration, like the one before it, simply does not have a powerful vision of what genuine education might be.

Trouble In 'Downton': Will Maggie Smith Stay Or Go?

Posted 05.06.2012 | TV

Is there trouble ahead for PBS' hit period drama "Downton Abbey?" According to UK tabloid The Mirror, the show's feisty Dowager Countess, played by Da...

Who's Coming Back To 'Downton Abbey'?

TVLine | Posted 03.02.2012 | TV

Heirs shmeirs! Whether it's Matthew or the man without a face who inherits it, the future of "Downton Abbey" is secure!...

15 TV Stars Who've Won Oscars

Posted 02.25.2012 | TV

The Oscars will crown a new crop of Hollywood royalty when the winners are announced during the Sun., Feb. 26 ceremony (8 p.m. EST on ABC); but many p...

'Downton Abbey' Finale Breaks PBS Ratings Records

Posted 02.23.2012 | TV

While it may not have been the Granthams strongest season, the Season 2 finale of "Downton Abbey" earned PBS its highest overnight ratings since 2009'...

The PBS Clinton Series' Lack of Proportionality

Lanny Davis | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Lanny Davis

The PBS presentation spent 75 percent of the four hours reporting on 25 percent of the story, the issue of "scandal," omitting the substance and policy achievements of the Clinton presidency, issues that affected the lives of most Americans and that they care about most.

Why ‘Downton Abbey’ Is Like American Girl Dolls For Grown-Ups

Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Posted 04.22.2012 | Women
Jessica Pearce Rotondi

The fervor around the Crawley sisters is something that calls to mind an earlier historically-themed obsession in my female friends' lives: The American Girl dolls.

Lessons From 'Downton Abbey': A Jewish American Princess Studies the Dowager Countess

Julie Gerstenblatt | Posted 04.16.2012 | TV
Julie Gerstenblatt

The next time your dad worries about who will take over his condo in Boca once he passes on, ensure him that you've got his back. Promptly fall in love with your cousin and gain an immediate heir to the estate.

Why We Must Listen to Young Black Males

John Thompson | Posted 04.16.2012 | Education
John Thompson

The Education Trust's Amy Wilkins used her family experiences as evidence to condemn Tracey and Abby Sparrow's piece, "The Voices of Black Men." No other organization has attacked teachers in a way than has upset me more than has the Education Trust.

Going for the Gold

John Merrow | Posted 04.16.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Who have been the primary beneficiaries of "school reform?" Duh, the for-profit companies! While consultants and think tanks have done OK, the real money has been in testing and textbooks and technology and construction.

Clinton: 'Liberal' PBS Smear

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This nearly four-hour documentary by Barak Goodman, a long-time "American Experience" producer and director, is a smear job, though more the death-by-a-thousand-cuts approach than a straight-ahead takedown.

Adele: The Record Was 'A Lot More Successful' Than The Relationship

The Huffington Post | Crystal Bell | Posted 02.03.2012 | Entertainment

Adele may have had one of the most successful albums of the century, but every chart-topping song is still a reminder of her heart break. Now that's a...

What Do Teachers Do?

John Merrow | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
John Merrow

I am still searching for the one right word to describe teachers today. Reviewing the candidates: competitors, policemen, social workers, surrogate parents, counselors, health care providers, nutritionists and ringmasters.

A Modest Proposal to Save Test Prep

John Merrow | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
John Merrow

When California Governor Jerry Brown recently called for fewer standardized tests and less time on test preparation, he probably expected to be praised. Instead, his proposal has been greeted with cries of outrage from teachers, administrators, and students.