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Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching?

Stanford physics and education professor Carl Wieman won a Nobel Prize for his innovative, break-through work in quantum mechanics. Wieman has since levered the prestige and power of that prize to call attention to the need to transform undergraduate teaching, especially science education.<p>Wieman's …

Teaching

Why the Country With the Best Schools in the World Is Rethinking Subjects

Students will spend more time studying real-world topics and less on traditional subjects.<p>Some of us went to school at sprawling urban campuses, others in homey small town districts. Some went to private schools, others public. But whatever the specifics of your education, if you're American, one …

Education

Mom Speaks Out Against Standardized Testing In Viral Post

"No one escapes the pressure, not teachers or children."<p>Fed up with pressure standardized tests place on her young children, a North Carolina mom decided to speak out.<p>Adrian Wood, who blogs at Tales of an Educated Debutante, wrote a post titled “Stop the EOG Madness,” which she shared on Facebook. …

Higher Education Seeks Answers to Leaner Years

With an important source of revenue down and the flow of customers flattening out, one of the biggest businesses in Georgia — its public university system — is turning to a strategy of consolidations and mergers to improve efficiency and cut costs.<p>The system has shrunk from 35 campuses to 28, …

A simple way to power up your golf swing

Three important physical attributes that lead to more power in the golf swing are strong gluteal muscles, core stability and ankle mobility. Strong glutes should be obvious. They are prime movers in the golf swing and control the action of the pelvis. You also need strong muscles around the …

Training with D.J.

Dustin Johnson is a freak—in a good way. Whether you hand him a golf club, bowling ball or jai alai cesta, it won't take him long to figure out how to use it, and use it well. We remind you of this because Johnson's typical fitness routine isn't necessarily something you should copy. Yep, it's a …

DNA Is Not Destiny When It Comes To Heart Risk

You can't choose your parents, so you can't help it if you're born with genes that increase your risk of heart disease. But a study finds that you can reduce that risk greatly with a healthful lifestyle.<p>Scientists have been wondering whether that's the case. To find out, one international …

How to Avoid Being Duped by Sham Science

So you want to read a study?<p>First of all, congratulations. Most people don’t make it past the media headlines, which are often written with clicks, rather than precise truths, in mind. Reading the original research paper can give you a detailed account of a new discovery and put the results in the …

Sex trafficking: Lifelong struggle of exploited children

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1183000/1183254_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524679093_ff61e5f4a6f559f24e67577e470c130a<p><b>In the US, poverty, deprivation and exploitation draw thousands of its own children down into a dark underworld that offers few ways out.</b><p>It is a world …

The victims of the 21st-century slave trade

In Thailand thousands of "sea slaves," held captive in shoddy fishing vessels, trawl for cheap forage fish used in canned pet food. In Pakistan, …

Human Rights

When Sex Trafficking Goes Unnoticed in America

Many cases go unreported, making it a difficult crime for law enforcement personnel to spot.<p>How do you identify sex-trafficking victims when such cases go largely undetected or unreported?*<p>It’s an issue with which law-enforcement agencies in the U.S. continually struggle. Detective Bill Woolf with …

Child trafficking in China often starts with parents selling their own kids

In China, anywhere from 20,000 to 200,000 children are abducted every year, either sent into forced labor or sold to quasi-legal adoption brokers. While many of these children were taken away by strangers in public places, public court documents from China indicate that child traffickers often have …

Selling

The “Science” of Zombies and the Walking Dead, with Robert Kirkman

Host<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson<br>Astrophysicist<p>Co-Host<p>Maeve Higgins<br>Comedian<p>Guest<p>Robert Kirkman<br>Comic book writer, Creator/Executive Producer of The Walking …

The Walking Dead

Teaching Anthropology Through Student Writing Projects on Wikipedia: AAA 2016 Workshop Highlight

<i>We asked Annual Meeting workshop organizers to give our blog readers a sneak peek at the events they have planned for AAA 2016. This post was</i> …

There’s a “Sidedoor” Entrance to the Smithsonian and It’s Through a New Podcast

Most visitors enter the Smithsonian museums by the front door, but the new “Sidedoor” podcasts—which debuted on October 26, with a new episode …

A Book for Her, by Bridget Christie - book review: A searingly accurate portrayal of 21-century womanhood that's a proper hoot

Bridget Christie’s feminist epiphany arrived while she was standing in a stranger’s fart cloud. The comic and writer had visited a bookshop to buy …