Incarceration rates in the U.S. have more than quadrupled in the past four decades. There are now 2.2 million people behind bars, a rate of nearly 1 out of 100 U.S. adults, placing the U.S. far outside the experience of other western democracies.
So you want information about what is happening with the most up-to-date science? How do you get it? Lately I've been lucky that interested youth and their parents have been emailing me to find out about questions they have.
Most educators already know that we should be teaching analysis, synthesis, and problem-solving, so perhaps our experiment with graduation exams will prompt us to follow the path we always knew we should be taking.
The recent squall over SpongeBob SquarePants and his book about global climate change appears to have died down now. That's a pity. Sometimes, it's in the public interest to turn a squall into a hurricane.
I don't often find much to cheer about when I read the food and farming news, but a new report from the influential National Research Council on the future of U.S. farming had me reaching for my pom-poms.
We are in the grips of a military-industrial complex for whom projects such as the Boston Biolab are as much meat and potatoes as any multi-billion dollar weapon system, no matter how dubious the need.