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Mississippi's Horrific Approach to Sex Education

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.11.2014 | 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 03.04.2014 | 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 02.18.2014 | 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.

Critical Thinking and Our Children's Need for Deep Practice

Robert Sun | Posted 11.19.2013 | Technology
Robert Sun

A visit to Baldi Middle School, located in an economically challenged neighborhood in Philadelphia, is a lesson in education that works. That's because all of Baldi's 1,200 students are engaged, empowered and energized.

Message to Obama: 'Stop Being the Policeman of the World'

Steve Siebold | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's time to bring all the troops home, secure our borders like Fort Knox and reduce our foreign policy to negotiation, trade embargoes and other fiscal restrictions.

The United States Needs to Stay Out of Syria

Steve Siebold | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Anyone who believes limited strikes will not escalate into larger scale commitment is underestimating the complexity of the conflict. And besides, the United States isn't even committed to a regime change.

The High Cost of Ignorance in a Free Society

Dan Bimrose | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Dan Bimrose

Education represents the key to our future. Until our state and national leaders make sure a high percentage of our best and brightest go on to pass that knowledge on to the leaders of our future we are doomed as a nation.

When Media Reports Distort Study Findings

Kelly Dorfman | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelly Dorfman

What most people remember are the shocking headlines linking fish oil supplements to prostate cancer. To avoid falling into this trap in the future, ask the following questions when the next big scare comes along.

The Wealthy Are Not Narcissists Despite New Report

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.27.2013 | Business
Steve Siebold

The negative projections and derogatory labels placed on the rich are endless. One of the most common is that the rich are cocky, arrogant people who think they're better than everyone else.

We Are Losing Words

Bob Deutsch | Posted 10.12.2013 | Technology
Bob Deutsch

A Yale grad student is impulsively strangled by a co-worker. A young man leaving work near the main New York City post office accidentally bumps into ...

Every Teacher in America Should Have a Gun

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

The Arkansas Christian Academy in Bryant, Arkansas, is making national headlines after it announced that some staff members will be armed with guns. ...