Najia Zaidi

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As American Education Collapses, Democracy’s Foundation Shakes

“They know nothing about art. They know nothing about history. They know nothing about philosophy.”<p><i>And we are here as on a darkling plainSwept with</i> …

United Kingdom

Britain lecturing the world on morality? That’s rich

To the world’s despots and gangsters: if you think you’re bad, just look at what’s going on in Cool Britannia<p>As ever, the King James version adds a literary edge to one of the most dramatic tales of the Old Testament. In Genesis 18:24, Abraham is appealing to God’s good nature as he attempts to …

Panama City

For white folks who teach in the hood: A lesson in campus colonialism

How power dynamics & cultural clashes stemming from whiteness work against young people of color in urban schools<p><b>Commencement</b><p>I sank, exhausted, into the backseat of a small sport utility vehicle as it pulled onto a sparsely populated Wyoming highway, finally getting some rest after a long day. As I …

Pedagogy

Writing Should Be Fun

Yes, writing should be fun, and for most writers - even those writers who complain about writer's block, and who claim they like <i>having</i> written more than writing, and who say writing is like sitting at a desk until blood comes out of your forehead - writing <i>is</i> fun. They just don't recognize the fun …

Kids
Terrorism

Christianity Is Transhumanism

Christianity is transhumanism.<p>It's not just that they are compatible. Christianity is a distinctly transhumanist viewpoint that sprung up in the first century, and set out to reshape both the world and human nature.<p>Transhumanism...affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally …

Christianity

Decoding this script could crack the mystery of the Indus valley civilization

A mysterious script could help solve the mysteries of one of humanity's oldest civilizations.<p>The Indus River Valley civilization site is as important to archaeologists as ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt. Covering an 500,000 square mile region along the Indus River and its tributaries in …

Imaging

Rational Religion

My name is Naweed Ahmad Marty, and I am of French origin. In the following lines I will try to describe the main events that, by the Grace of Allah …

His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

Study Skills

This Is the Color You're Going to See Everywhere This Year

Everyone on Pinterest is already hooked.<p>Ever notice how many designers rely on decorating with white these days? Well, if you're the type of person who looks at white as a blank canvas, not a finished piece, then listen up! We're excited to introduce you to the next big color trend that's poised to …

How Bad Was Income Inequality on the Titanic?

Bernie Sanders' SNL skit finds a parallel to today in the famous 1912 disaster.<p>Last weekend’s Bernie Sanders/Larry David skit on <i>Saturday Night Live</i> …

Bernie Sanders

5 years of studying the wealthy taught me most people misunderstand what it's like to get rich

It gives the average Jane or Joe hope. Who can forget the publicity received by some of these overnight success stories?<p>• Justin Bieber in 2007, when his You Tube videos suddenly caught the attention of some powerful individuals in the music industry.<p>• Joe Namath in 1968, when he led the Jets in …

Self-improvement

Make a woman the action hero and see how she flips the script

As the conversation about making Hollywood more equitable has intensified, one of the proposed solutions has been to storm the gates of some of the movie industry's biggest products. Cast Idris Elba as James Bond! Make a woman the titular alien in the long-running British fantasy series "Doctor …

Movies

Oh no, now we will have generations of women with no idea how to turn men on

Cleo Magazine is closing as it can no longer compete against the Internet. Cleo Magazine was a big part of my young adulthood. I read it regularly …

Feminism isn’t a side issue, it is a central issue in any movement with a pretense to rationalism

Richard Dawkins has issued a formal statement via CFI on his disinvitation from NECSS. It is civil, polite, and rational, and concludes this way:<p>The …

Off with her head! Girls' disdain for Barbie is a sign Mattel needs to do more

Even putting aside Barbie’s historically horrid figure, the doll has long been regressive in other, equally disturbing ways – and the new ‘Fashionistas’ line does not go far enough in addressing all of them<p>I know I am not the only girl who ripped the heads off her Barbie dolls.<p>Just mentioning the …

Barbie
College & University