September 2011 Archives


Lady Gaga: "Bullying is for Losers"

Video: Lady Gaga sings tribute to Jamie Rodemeyer, gay 14-year old who committed suicide last week Read more

"Mr. Cellophane" Invisible Kids: In the middle of the achievement gap

Because you can look right through me, walk right by me, and never even know I'm there Read more

Taking a homework break and "feeding my brain"

13-year old daughter is doing homework on-line. Mom walks in. Sees her watching a video when "supposed" to be doing homework . . . Read more

The Unintended Consequences of Grading "Effort"

"Even when I try really hard, I'm still dumb." Grading effort is a precarious endeavor that teachers need to think long and hard about before . . . Read more

Gamers Help Scientific Breakthroughs for AIDS and Cancer

"Developed by researchers at the University of Washington, Foldit turns scientific problems into competitive games."This just in from PC World.  Great story going beyond the usual positive spin of gaming.  Excerpts:  In just three weeks, gamers deciphered the structure of... Read more

Lipgloss: "The Gateway Drug" for Girls

3 Quick Videos from the "Women of the World" 2011 Conference Read more

Malcolm Gladwell: We're Off the Rails

Being Smarter about Stuff: like Income Inequality Read more
The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.
Alvin Toffler
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