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'Basic Skills' or 'Soft Skills:' What Should Be Taught and Tested?

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 03.24.2014 | Technology
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

Soft they may be, but these skills constitute a combination that is essential to the core work of innovation, which rarely happens in instantaneous individual breakthroughs but rather evolves through collaborative group endeavors in which personal adaptability is a necessity.

Voices From Bush-Obama America -- Is Obama Tough Enough for Putin?

David Dent | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
David Dent

John McCain's ramblings -- citing an article from Obama's Columbia's days -- as ammunition in attacks on Obama's sense of Russia is as absurd the assertion: "Putin does not respect Obama." Why would he? Putin lacks respect for the world and his own people.

Don't Quote Duncan: Public Schools and the State of the Union

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

American teachers, students and parents don't need any more condescending invocations of nationalist fear, or juvenile appeals to competitiveness for grades. Teaching and learning are not about competition. They're about child-rearing.

Holding Arne Duncan to a Higher Standard

Jason Stanford | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

Pearson, the testing company that has gotten rich by making American students fill in little bubbles all day long, is advising the White House on how to whip us all into college-ready shape.

The Coming of the Second Machine Age

Bill Teuber | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Bill Teuber

If the first machine age was about the automation of manual labor and horsepower, the second machine age is about the automation of knowledge work.

Undeserved Columnist Bashing: Empty Calorie Screeds on Kathleen Parker and Others

Suzette Standring | Posted 03.08.2014 | Media
Suzette Standring

Let's talk about needless savagery that poses as column writing. On a seesaw of best and worst, columnist Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post is a ...

'Welcome' to the Sharing Economy -- Also Known as the Collapse of the American Dream

Steven Strauss | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Steven Strauss

Americans aren't looking forward to their new careers as "micro-entrepreneurs." Being a "micro-entrepreneur" in this brave new world seems instead just a euphemism for being an employee, except with reduced compensation, job security, benefits and protections.

Sustainable Luxury Travel: A Manifesto

Kaitlin Solimine | Posted 02.11.2014 | Travel
Kaitlin Solimine

Loving a place requires protecting it. And protecting it requires sustainable tourism.

Live Every Day Like It's #GivingTuesday

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

#GivingTuesday is more than a national day of giving; it's a growing movement of nearly 7,000 partners that includes nonprofits, private companies, youth, parents and other members of the community who are committed to making a difference.

Republic Wireless: Game Changer in Revolution against AT&T & Verizon

Don McNay | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"The revolution will put you in the driver's seat. The revolution will not be televised." -Gil-Scott Heron I'm a middle age man with a love/hate affa...

What If Journalists Practiced Journalism?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.26.2014 | Media
Peter Van Buren

In yet another dramatic revelation flowing out of whistleblower Edward Snowden, a journalism textbook from 1983 has been sent to several large media outlets, including the Washington Post, New York Times and the trailer park where Fox News is thought to originate.

Iran's Nukes: 2 Elephants in the Room

Barry Lando | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Barry Lando

Somehow Ari Shavit, like most Israeli and American commentators analyzing the standoff with Iran, never gets around to the fact that Israel has had nuclear weapons for the past half a century.

Iran Negotiations: Thomas Friedman Takes on the Israel Lobby

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Friedman is saying what everyone knows but no one (of his stature) has had the nerve to say. The opposition to an Iran deal in Congress represents "tak[ing] Israel's side against" the American president's, but it's also about campaign contributions.

Good Government: Time for More Credit and Less Blame

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

The governmental shutdown had a number of unexpected consequences. One of the more important, in our opinion, is that it elevated the visibility and importance of what the government does or does not do in the mind of the American public.

Jason Linkins

Cliche Watch: Hacks To Crack About Cracks In The Dome

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

The Architect of the Capitol is undertaking a "multi-phased" project geared to restoring the structural integrity of the U.S. Capitol dome, one of Was...

Jason Linkins

Land O' Goshen! Now The Government Shutdown Is Causing Thomas Friedman To Write Half-Decent Columns!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

What is happening? A day after the government shutdown forced the scales to fall from the eyes of the editors of the Washington Post, Thomas Friedman ...

Made in China

David Sable | Posted 11.23.2013 | Media
David Sable

If you think China is all about cheap labor, and that the basis of its power is the sheer number of low-paid people it can throw at a problem -- or that censorship and lack of personal freedom limits Chinese innovation and entrepreneurship -- think again.

Jason Linkins

Someone Should Show Thomas Friedman What The Internet Is And How To Write For It

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

Over at The New York Times op-ed page, Thomas Friedman has written a very good column on the disconnect between normal human Americans and policy elit...

Are We Becoming a World Civilization?

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

The past century has seen an unprecedented shift toward entirely new levels of organization at the global level, and this change seems only to be accelerating. Could we be crossing another major threshold in human evolution?

Can 'Obama Derangement Syndrome' Help Stop the U.S. from Waging War in Syria?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

When it comes to Syria the old saying that even a broken clock is correct twice a day might apply to the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party.

Even Better Than STEM

Richard V. Hurley | Posted 10.14.2013 | College
Richard V. Hurley

Moreover, it is not a given that that the only path to STEM job success is the STEM degree: About one-third of college-educated workers in STEM professions do not hold degrees in STEM.

Tom Friedman: A New Ayn Rand for A Dark Digital Future

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Friedman's vision is worth studying, if only because it reflects the distorted perspective of some very wealthy and influential people. In their world the problems of the many are as easily fixed as a line of code, with no sacrifice required of them or their fellow billionaires.

What About Us?

Joan Michelson | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Joan Michelson

While I hail the president's climate initiatives, he had a golden opportunity to be bigger and bolder. He could have inspired Americans with his trademark soaring oratory to "live green, work green, earn green," as we say at Green Connections. But he didn't. Why not?

Global Leadership For Global Food Security

Peggy Clark | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Peggy Clark

It's clear that the political, environmental, and health implications of food insecurity are stark. What's not yet clear is whether we have the leadership framework at a global level to confront the complex challenge of sustainably and equitably feeding a growing world population.

The NSA and the Foreign Policy Establishment

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The most significant cleavages around foreign policy in the U.S. are not so much left and right but between elites and ordinary Americans. The foreign policy elite of both parties has determined that the NSA surveillance is okay.