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Why Is It So Hard For Us To Do Nothing?

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 07.21.2014 | World

It is summer time, and the living is easy. You can, at last, indulge in what is surely the most enjoyable of human activities—doing absolutely nothi...

The Global Search for Education: Head, Heart, Soul, and Frankenstein

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Education thought leaders around the world speak to the need for more innovative projects like the workshop being done this week at Teacher's College. To find out more, I reached out to the visiting teachers, students and leaders.

Washington State Next to Set Great Example for Legalized Marijuana

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Not only would legalization save billions and empty half of our jails, it would also save tens of thousands of lives around the world from the vicious drug cartels. And the proof is in Colorado thus far.

The Global Search for Education: East vs. West - Part 1

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"While there is rich cultural diversity in Asian countries, it is not as pronounced or complex as in many Western systems such as the USA and the UK....

An Educator's Lament: Part III -- Stakes of Our Educational Demise

Dave Pruett | Posted 06.13.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

Inadequately educated citizens see the world in black and white, settle for sound bites rather than discourse, fail to distinguish information from disinformation, and succumb to manipulation by clever attack ads and faux news.

Religious Extremists and Societal Indoctrination Still Threaten as National 9/11 Museum Opens

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's the event the world will never forget: September 11, 2001. It's a day that forever changed America, and the world, as 2,983 innocent people lost...

New Research: Millenials Prefer Paper to Screens -- But Do They Perform Better With Paper?

Yalda T. Uhls | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Yalda T. Uhls

When I speak to parents, I often hear that they are scared that this generation of students is losing out because they are learning so much more on screens.

Arabic Online Media Ethics Guide Launched at Lebanon Forum

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.08.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

All too often journalists and content producers make assumptions that can land them in court, in jail, or worse, in their own countries or while on assignment elsewhere.

Mississippi's Horrific Approach to Sex Education

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Steve Siebold

What was supposed to educate and inform teenagers in the state has turned into a big joke.

More Victories for Gay Rights - More Work to Be Done

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

As we experience more victories like we did in Texas and Arizona last week, we'll be that much closer to seeing equality for all. We're getting there, but there's a lot more work to be done.

Should President Obama Use Drones to Kill American Terrorists?

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's nice to say the government should never be in the business of targeting American citizens, but it's a new world, and a much more dangerous world. The level of threats we face both here and abroad is unprecedented, which means we have to take new steps to ensure public safety.

F.C. Baur, the Nosferatu of New Testament Critical Studies?

Robert Orlando | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Over the last few decades, whenever the notion of a harmonious Christian beginning has been challenged, there seems to have been a readily available "how-to-manual" defense against this perspective.

V is for Velocity

Rajesh Setty | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business
Rajesh Setty

Speed is questionable, but velocity is pure gold because with velocity, right direction is generally implied. If you are going fast in the wrong dir...

College and University Students Have Opportunity to Expand Expertise

Eugene Fram | Posted 04.08.2014 | College
Eugene Fram

Sustained student growth in and beyond college can depend on the level to which students can be educated to refine their thinking.

The Apotheosis of Opinion

Gary A. Olson | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

A major challenge for higher education in the years to come will be to ensure that logic, critical thinking, close reading, the scientific method, and the spirit of inquiry in general don't become lost arts -- lost to the imperative of opinion.

The Days of Ozzie and Harriet are Over! School Boards Must Pass New Sex Education Curriculums

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Steve Siebold

Giving students access to condoms doesn't increase their odds of having sex, it just increases the odds that they'll have safe sex.

Judge Rules to Allow Physician Assisted Suicide in New Mexico

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

The ruling by Judge Nan Nash of the New Mexico Second Judicial District would make New Mexico the fifth state to allow doctors to prescribe fatal prescriptions to terminal patients.

Teach Girls to Question the Notion of a Beauty Standard

Gloria Yu | Posted 03.15.2014 | Women
Gloria Yu

Advertisers and public figures hoping to improve girls' and women's self-esteem should spread messages that encourage critical questioning about beauty standards beyond just expanding the social definition of "beautiful."

Quantum Education Comes From Three 'R's + Four 'C's

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 03.02.2014 | Education
Molly Alexander Darden

Not fully understanding the link between education and its effect on their future success, our youth are often distracted with social media along with athletics -- tweeting constantly, both in class and out.

What I Learned From My Boss

Scott MacFarland | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

My career started before the Internet was born. I use that line with many college students as I talk with them. They laugh and give me a quizzical look. As I continue my story, I tell them years into my career, I finally learned to think critically, creatively and figure out how to navigate tough challenges.

The New Classroom: A Vessel for Innovation

Emily E. Smith | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Emily E. Smith

There are no textbooks, there is not one single desk, there are no stock motivational posters with children in neon eighties garb, no signs telling students to turn off their voices.

President Obama Is Right: We Must Pass ENDA

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

Your sexual orientation or gender identity should have absolutely nothing to do with your career. The only thing that should matter? Your job performance. There are so many very qualified, talented and hardworking Americans who happen to be LGBT. And so what if they are?

A Race Toward the Mental Finish Line

Amitai Shenhav | Posted 12.23.2013 | Science
Amitai Shenhav

Imagine that each time you have to make a choice there are two imaginary lines drawn, one to your left and the other to your right, both equally spaced from where you start out.

How to Leap From Employee to Intrapreneur (and Be The Change You Want to See)

Tom Lowery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Tom Lowery

Simply put, intrapreneurship is behaving like an entrepreneur while you're working at a large organization. This involves assertive risk-taking and innovation, not just waiting around to be asked to do something.

Literature, What Is It Good For?

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 11.23.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Recently, there has been another outbreak of public debate regarding what value, if any, the teaching of the liberal arts in general, and literature in particular, stills hold for college students.