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Should a Transhumanist Run for US President?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

I'm in the very early stages of preparing a campaign to try to run in the 2016 election for US President. I'll be doing it as a transhumanist for the Transhumanist Party, a political organization I recently founded that seeks to use science and technology to radically improve the human being and the society we live in.

The Common Core: A Good Journey

Teach Plus | Posted 10.08.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

I am a teacher, and I support the Common Core State Standards. These days it feels like I need to keep this to myself. The Common Core seems like everyone's favorite initiative to hate, but exactly who are the critics? Politicians running in mid-term elections? Celebrities like Louis C.K.?

Drink Deep: The Link Between Education and Productivity

Laura Stack | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business
Laura Stack

In August 2013, the Economic Policy Institute -- a think tank focused on economic issues -- publicized one striking conclusion from its recent research: at the state level, the average worker's productivity increases as their education level increases.

Building an Engaged Audience

Amanda Slavin | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business
Amanda Slavin

The word engaged is overused. Everyone is focusing on "online engagement." Brands, nonprofits, individuals -- everyone wants to increase their online presence and measure online engagement to be able to showcase what they are doing is successful.

Time to Trust American Heritage and American Youth

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 10.07.2014 | College
Joseph W. Gauld

A great failure of our educational system today is its inability to reaffirm -- much less inspire --the sense of a larger purpose in American youth.

California Continues to Lead the Nation in Child Privacy Protection

Jim Steyer | Posted 10.07.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

As technology transforms every facet of our lives, educators are implementing exciting new tools that will help our children learn the critical skills they need and prepare them for the 21st Century economy. California has taken the lead in ensuring these new innovations are incorporated into our classrooms in ways that protect student privacy.

Learn to Ski or Ride at Age 30 and Beyond

Liftopia | Posted 10.07.2014 | Travel

You know the saying, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks?" Yup, that's a real thing.

Not Daring to Disturb the Universe

Frank Breslin | Posted 10.07.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

This is something new to the teaching profession -- dealing with high-school juniors and seniors with scant evidence of autonomy or an inner core. Everything seems always to have been done for them in sparing them effort; even their questions seem pre-chewed and digested.

Bully/Jerk -- It's Not the Same

Claire Wapole | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Claire Wapole

Bullying is bad -- so bad in fact that I think the very title of "bully" needs to be reserved for those who really, truly are... bullies.The word "bully" is a loaded (or used to be loaded) word that is now used so often, that it's intended meaning is beginning to lose its impact.

#EdJourney: Producing a Culture of Education Innovation

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 10.07.2014 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

In the fall of 2012, a man left his wife and home for 3 months, to travel across the country in his Prius, and visit more than 60 schools. He was int...

Joy Resmovits

'Flat And Stagnant' SAT Scores Ahead Of Major Test Redesign | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

SAT scores for the class of 2014 averaged a 497 in reading, 513 in math and 487 in writing -- about the same as the last few years, according to a rep...

How to View Art: However You Want to

Jen Olenizcak | Posted 10.06.2014 | Arts
Jen Olenizcak

If you are interested in a work, investigate further. If you want to move, listen to music, sketch, get a coffee, tweet, laugh, cry -- whatever. Interact with art in any way YOU want to.

Republicans, Try Progression -- Not Suppression

Courtney McKinney | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

To remain relevant, Republicans must reach people in America now, not the people who lived here in the past. The current brand of conservatism may have worked for people historically (or not), but that was then, we need to progress to now.

Welcome to Beni American University: My Stroll With Gossy Ukanwoke

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Ebenezar Wikina

Gossy is the founder and President of Beni American University, Nigeria's first online university, and his dream is to leverage on technology to transform how education is provided in this 21st-Century-Africa.

Why I Dropped Out of College and What Happened Next

Michael Price | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business
Michael Price

A college education, depending on your major never provides a student with a specialized skill-set. College also never informs students that graduation isn't the end, but only the beginning.

State Tests Help to Make What Works in Education an Open Book

Todd Grindal | Posted 10.06.2014 | Education
Todd Grindal

The introduction of the Common Core standards and the subsequent redesign of many state tests have created an opportunity to rethink the purpose of large-scale assessments.

Envisioning Global Leadership: The New Ivy League

Suza Scalora | Posted 10.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Suza Scalora

By turning inward, we come to understand ourselves better and this personal, inner transformation directly affects our external life situation. That being said, this could make for one massive ripple effect.

How to Improve Literacy and Numeracy Skills (and Scores if You Care About Such Things)

Misha Abarbanel | Posted 10.06.2014 | Education
Misha Abarbanel

The only way to improve data-driven scores en masse is to use public policy to address the main cause of low test scores: poverty. The only way to improve them in a given school is to teach to the test.

How to Raise a Woman Scientist

Meg Lowman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Science
Meg Lowman

Although things have changed considerably for women in the world of science since the brave and bold Marie Curie began paving the way, there are still far too few women pursuing science careers, including my own field of forest canopy biology. Simply put, we're missing out on a tremendous number of great minds.

Meet the 14-Year-Old Who Is Determined to Crush Malaria

Cameron Conaway | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Cameron Conaway

Alessandro Lauria had malaria three times before his 5th birthday. Perhaps just as traumatic is that he had to helplessly watch as his friends suffered from it as well. He was living in Ghana at the time, but the images and experiences seared themselves deep inside him.

The Good News of Poetry That Can Win the Day

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 10.06.2014 | Arts
Barbara Mossberg

Poetry can keep our spirits resilient and able to sustain us -- literally, for a happy life -- even to live at all.

Why Didn't LAUSD Perform a Tech Review Before iPad/MiSiS Purchase?

Cynthia Liu | Posted 10.06.2014 | Education
Cynthia Liu

Bad ed tech deals continue to plague LAUSD -- currently in its second month of meltdown, the MiSiS student tracking and class scheduling software mandated by a court-ordered consent decree is a ticking time bomb.

Small NGOs Are the Core of Systemic Change

Barry Segal | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Besides measuring graduation rates and enrolment in university, I measure our success in how students give back to their communities, by starting girls' empowerment programs, mentoring younger students and actively participating in the EFAC community service program.

Why Is Mayor De Blasio Breaking 4 Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home? Part Three: Education

Matthew Chapman | Posted 10.05.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Children are far more sensitive to pollutants than adults. That's why hundreds of doctors signed a petition urging first Bloomberg and now de Blasio not to build a massive garbage site next to an athletic center in Manhattan used by 34,000 city kids.

How to Save a Girl's Life With the Power of Literacy

Pam Allyn | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

It is about cultivating a love of reading, writing and learning. It is about finding new layers of meaning in our lives through the stories we read, and the stories we tell about our experiences.