Ramon Mendoza

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Teachers Unions Face a Deserved Reckoning from the Supreme Court

What are we getting for our education dollars? Not much, as it turns out.<p>In fact, while the U.S. outspends most developed nations on education, it consistently lags in student achievement, ranking 24th in science, 38th in math and 24th in reading, according to the Pew Research Center.<p>How do we …

Public Sector

The hard science behind surviving a zombie attack

Share selection to:<p>When it comes to surviving a plague of infectious zombies, there is safety in numbers. And failing that...run like a bat out of …

Scientists Bring Severed Brain Back To Life, Sparking Ethical Debate

<b>NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBS Local) –</b><i></i> Has science gone too far? That’s the question some experts are asking after Yale University researchers announced that …

How Long Do Tardigrades Live?

Tardigrades are probably the most paradoxical animals on the planet. On the one hand, these microscopic organisms are impossibly cute, seeming like …

Biology

10 Creepy Ways Companies Collect Data For Targeted Ads

At this very moment, everything you are doing is being recorded. You are being watched by computer programs and cameras that are monitoring you …

Privacy

10 Scientific Explanations For Everything From Demons To Ghosts

Ghosts aren’t real, right? That’s what most of us believe—that we live in a rational world, not one where specters of demons and the dead haunt the …

List-Worthy

Why Can't We Remember Our Dreams?

You spend a third of your life asleep, a good chunk of which involves dreaming. But most often, you don't remember any of your dreams. And even on …

Simple Relationship-Building Strategies

Time<p>Time is a precious commodity in education, and the scant class time teachers have is often lost to outside factors like assemblies, standardized …

Teaching

The rise of the scripted teacher

It’s the start of a new school week and you’re teaching verbs again. You’ve lost count of the number of times you’ve taught the topic, but this time …

10 True Origins Of Myths And Legends

There’s no room for stories of evil monsters, ghostly ships, or oracles and their priestesses in the cold light of the rational 21st century. The …

Ancient History

Top 10 Most Shocking Conspiracies That Ended Up Being True

We’ve all heard about those wacko conspiracy theories that go around, spread through a never-ending web of rumors and gossip. No one really trusts …

Ancient Cancer-Causing Virus Is On The Rise

HTLV-1 is a deadly ancient virus related to HIV. Unlike its long-lost cousin, most people have never even heard of it – even scientists don't truly …

How Ordinary Kids Can Be Extraordinary Citizens

How can you support your middle schoolers in peaceful and productive advocacy for equity and social justice? EL Education's Anne Vilen shares the …

National Teacher of the Year shares 6 tips to help parents empower their child in the classroom

Every parent knows that a child's teacher can make or break the school year. But what can parents do to empower their children in the classroom for …

Why So Many Gifted Yet Struggling Students Are Hidden In Plain Sight

Scott Barry Kaufman was placed in special education classes as a kid. He struggled with auditory information processing and with anxiety.<p>But with the support of his mother, and some teachers who saw his creativity and intellectual curiosity, Kaufman ended up with degrees from Yale and Cambridge.<p>Now …

Education

Two Theories of School Improvement—Which Works Better?

You have just been made commissioner of education in your home state. Your maiden speech is coming up. It's your chance to lay out your agenda and …

Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive

Description<p>Publication Date: <b>June 05, 2018</b><p>Keep learning, or risk becoming irrelevant. It's a truism in today's economy: the only constant is change. Technological automation is making jobs less routine and more cognitively challenging. Globalization means you're competing with workers around the …

10 Diseases That Prevent Other Diseases

Genetic disorders are passed down from generation to generation. Sometimes, only one parent passes down the faulty gene, which creates carriers of a …

10 Facts About Bermuda That Are Weirder Than The Triangle

When someone says “Bermuda,” what comes to mind? Lost World War II-era pilots? UFOs? Gateways to other dimensions? Mysterious disappearances? What …

10 Lost Libraries And The Mysteries Of Their Contents

The history of lost libraries inevitably mentions the disappearance of the Great Library of Alexandria, which also remains one of the most frequently …

10 Strange Tribes Ancient Explorers Insisted Were Real

Not every fantastic creature comes from fairy tales. Some of the strangest are ones that, 2,000 years ago, explorers insisted were real. When the …

List-Worthy

HIV Has a 'Long Lost' Cousin: What You Should Know About This Virus

It's related to HIV, yet you've probably never heard of it: a virus called human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, or HTLV-1.<p>But now, high rates of …

Video Shows How HIV Infects Cells During Sex

HIV has been caught on camera: A new video shows the virus passing from an infected cell into a new host, as it would during sexual transmission.<p>The …

Man's Lurking Parasitic Infection 'Woke Up' in His Brain

A large mass in a man's brain turned out to have an unusual cause: a parasitic infection lurking in his body that had "reawakened" in his brain, …

Deadly Fungus Cells Talk Amongst Themselves to Infect You Better

The idea of microbes joining forces inside your body to wreak havoc and cause disease sounds frightening — and it should. Now, scientists have found …

Five (Easy-to-Implement) Ways Video Can Have a Powerful Impact on Teaching and Learning

The days of standing in front of the classroom and “lecturing” are long gone. By using video, teachers can keep students engaged in new and …

A Mysterious New Form of DNA Was Just Discovered in Human Cells

When you think of DNA, odds are, you picture the famous double helix, a ladder-like structure elegantly twisted like a corkscrew.<p>But DNA doesn't …

Why You Need An MFA To Be A Better Writer

One question has plagued me from the time I started writing, and when I walked into the classroom on my first day of the workshop at Yale, I asked …

Creative Writing

Get Inspired by This Story Grid Writing Challenge

When our creative tap feels like it has run dry, sometimes all we need to get our creative juices flowing again is a fun writing challenge. That’s …

A letter writer says teachers have it easy; a Teacher of The Year responds

"Fact is: Teachers in our public school system work 180 days a year. ... Regular businesses require employees to work 254 days yearly."<p>I did an audit …

Teaching