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Tony Wagner's The Global Achievement Gap Is More Relevant Than Ever

John Thompson | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
John Thompson

We have always had plenty of soul-killing, drill and kill instruction. In the past, however, it was seen as education malpractice. Now, it is imposed in the name of "reform."

Fiddling With Schools While Our Nation Burns

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Attacking teacher unions and tenure, high stakes testing, NCLB, Race to the Top, Common Core, charter schools... all these things are just fiddling around while civil society burns.

Child Malaria Vaccine May Be Available In 2015

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact

A malaria vaccine for children may be available as soon as next year. A recent study released by PLOS Medicine and sponsored by GSK Biologicals, fo...

Top 10 YouTube Channels for Leaders

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
Larry P. Thomas

Over the last year I've subscribed to a number of YouTube channels that have consistently helped me identify new trends, understand best practices, and spot high-impact opportunities. Here is a list of my favorites.

Here's Why We Definitely Approve Of This Bill Gates, John Green Bromance

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact

If there ever were a selfie to feel excited about, it's this one of Bill Gates and John Green. The author behind "The Fault In Our Stars" -- which...

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.11.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

The Excellent But False Messaging of the Common Core Standards

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Have you ever wondered about the amazingly effective campaign to sell the Common Core standards to the media, the business community, and the public? How did it happen that advocates for the standards used the same language, the same talking points, the same claims, no matter where they were located?

Replace Arne Duncan with Secretary of Education Bill Gates

John Thompson | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Secretary of Education Bill Gates might confront the contradictions between his hypotheses on school improvement and reality. He might even recognize the impossibility of implementing value-added teacher evaluations and Common Core testing at the same time.

Is It Time to Escort Bill Gates Out of Our Schools?

John Thompson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
John Thompson

If Bill Gates would respect the fences that are necessary to protect educators and students, in particular, and our constitutional democracy in general, most of us would re-welcome his foundation back into school improvement.

Bill Gates: Eradicating Polio Is Easier Than Fixing American Education

AP | JERI CLAUSING | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates says eradicating malaria, tuberculosis and polio is easier than fixing th...

WATCH: How Do We Nourish Nine Billion People?

Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 5:00 - 6:00pm and 7:00 - 8:00pm EST. About half the world’s population suffers from some form of malnutrition -- two billion people...

Schools Need a Moratorium on Fear

John Thompson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Our educators must block test scores out of their minds and use data for diagnostic, instructional purposes.

Lancet Series On Midwifery: Women Should Be In The Heart Of Decision-Making

Petra ten Hoope-Bender | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Petra ten Hoope-Bender

I know from my experience as a midwife and an academic that midwifery is the best value option for delivering high-quality maternal and newborn care. By a long way, investing in well-educated midwives can give a 16-fold return on investment.

A Common Core of Corporate Profit

Diann Woodard | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Diann Woodard

Ironically, when advocates of this system of "profit education" talk about the growing poverty that exists in schools and the need to be able to provide for the well being of the total child, poverty is obfuscated by an insistent claim that it is an excuse, not a cause of poor performance.

Denver Teen Overcomes Hardship, Turns Suspension Into Scholarship

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 06.17.2014 | Teen

Aracely Navarro knows a thing or two about hardships. She also knows about overcoming them. The recent Denver North High School valedictorian is no...

Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: 'You Can Do Better At This Than I Did'

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact

When Bill Gates visited wards full of patients dying from tuberculosis in the South African township of Soweto in the '90s, his heart broke, but his r...

Embrace Your Inner Nerd, But Do It With Empathy

Melinda Gates | Posted 08.16.2014 | College
Melinda Gates

Bill and I thought a lot about what we wanted to say, and we tried to imagine what might be helpful to the graduates, and we came up with a speech about optimism... with a twist. We talked about the times we felt least optimistic.

This Futuristic Condom Covers Just The Tip

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 08.06.2014 | Technology

Have you ever wondered, "Wouldn't sex be better if my penis had a helmet?" Yeah, neither have we. But one inventor is pitching just that as a way to h...

Does High School Matter?

Charles Kolb | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Charles Kolb

Are our high schools actually teaching our children anything of importance or lasting value? Not according to one observer: The products of Ameri...

The Death of Creativity in the Classroom

Randy Turner | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Randy Turner

The more importance that is placed on standardized tests, the more teaching to the test we will see, including the administering of entire series of practice tests. We will see an increase in scripted, cookie-cutter lesson plans because when administrators' jobs are on the line.

I'm Done With Women's Issues

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Morra Aarons-Mele

Since when is defending more than half of the world's population from violence, poverty and disease a "soft" issue? Since when is helping women achieve personal bodily autonomy a "nice-to-have?"

New Models of Collaboration Are Changing the Face of Philanthropy

John F. Ince | Posted 07.05.2014 | Impact
John F. Ince

GPF has long been one of the world's premier gatherings of philanthropists and nonprofit practitioners, but it's also become breeding a ground for collaborative models addressing some of the world's most intractable problems.