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Why do we intuitively believe we have free will?

Free will experiments may not explain whether we are in charge of our destinies – but they can nevertheless reveal just how little we know about our own minds, says Tom Stafford.<p>It is perhaps the most famous experiment in neuroscience. In 1983, Benjamin Libet sparked controversy with his …

Why Public Schools Don't Teach Critical Thinking -- Part 1

The following warning should be affixed atop every computer in America's schools:<p><i>Proceed at your own risk. Don't accept as true what you're about to read. Some of it is fact; some of it is opinion disguised as fact; and the rest is liberal, conservative, or mainstream propaganda. Make sure you know</i> …

Critical Thinking

A year after Washington Township went all-IB, teaching is changing

Sixth grade English teacher Alexandria Stewart said there are two ways teachers can think about being part of an International Baccalaureate program: …

The 13 Key Benefits of Early Childhood Education: A Teacher's Perspective

When children are young, they are learning sponges. Every new experience, every word they learn, every behavior they adopt, is an investment in a more fruitful future.<p>You can never have a greater impression on a person than when they are in their early childhood years.<p>Most parents have always …

Jeb Bush: The presidential candidate conducted an interview fully in Spanish.

<i>A version of this post appeared on</i> Language Log<i>.</i><p>Your browser does not support iframes.<p>Jeb Bush gave a Spanish-language interview on Sunday with …

Brookson

According to a survey by BT Business and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), smartphones and cloud-based computing are transforming the way that …

Manchester’s first “accent and dialect map” created · Manchester Metropolitan University

News | Thursday, 6th August 2015<p>Manchester’s first “accent and dialect map” created<p>Social stereotypes of language revealed by research<p>WHAT do people …

What people in China thought of UK teaching experiment

<b>A BBC documentary broadcast in the UK this week followed the experiences of English pupils as their classes were taken over by Chinese teachers - and has caused a major debate in social media back in China.</b><p>The film, called "Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School," toyed with the national …

Social Media

'Milk' versus 'melk': Have you noticed that the way we talk is changing? Linguists have

You may have noticed that the way Canadians speak is changing and the reason why words sound different these days is because linguists have confirmed …

6 Things New Teachers Remind Me to Do Every Year

You can usually spot a new teacher a mile away. There is just something about the way they talk about the upcoming year, how they hold themselves, …

Teaching

New research shows bilingual people have yet another advantage

Now new research shows that they can also view the world in different ways depending on the specific language they are operating in.<p>The past 15 years have witnessed an overwhelming amount of research on the bilingual mind, with the majority of the evidence pointing to the tangible advantages of …

Language

MIT claims to have found a “language universal” that ties all languages together

A language universal would bring evidence to Chomsky's controversial theories.<p>Language takes an astonishing variety of forms across the world—to such …

Language

A Memo To States: This Is How You Create A Teacher Shortage

A handy recipe for a teacher shortage like the one in Kansas.<p>It's back-to-school time in Kansas, and kids are starting to trickle back into school hallways. But when these students arrive at their classrooms, they may not find a teacher standing at the front.<p>Kansas is suffering from a …

What We're Talking About When We Say 'Teacher Shortage'

The overall number of teachers is growing, but that still leaves holes in crucial areas.

The perils of jargon: a plea to speak in plain English

Celia Walden examines how social workers, hospitals and others eschew straight-talking in favour of language they think makes them sound more intelligent<p>The road sign blocking my route across west London last week simply read: “Reinstatement.” Of what or whom was anyone’s guess; as with all …

Want to Be Smart? Learn a Foreign Language

In an interconnected world, being multilingual helps you forge valuable global connections and increase your chances of making it big in the world of …

Language Learning