Raul Rivera

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How Language Arts Teachers Will Save Democracy

- Advertisement -<p>Democracy literally means rule by the people. Yet in practice, democracy means that the important decisions within a society are …

The new book 'The Other Slavery' will make you rethink American history

It is not often that a single work of history can change the course of an entire field and upset the received notions and received knowledge of the generations but that is exactly what "The Other Slavery" does. Andrés Reséndez boldly argues that slavery, not necessarily disease and misfortune, was …

Black History

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 2: Setting the Tone from the First Day of Class

The first day of class, I enter the classroom and ask, <b>"What's the difference between being certain and being closed-minded?"</b> Long silence. Students give tentative answers. <b>"What's the difference between having firm principles and being closed-minded?"</b> Longer silence. More tentative answers. <b>"What's</b> …

Critical Thinking

Watch The Entire Evolution of The Universe in Less Than 3 Minutes

Incredible.<p>More than 13 billion years ago, everything in the Universe was contained inside a singularity tinier than a proton. There were no planets, …

The Weird Way Social Media Is Messing With Your Brain

You may know the eye cream she uses before bed and her favorite poolside cocktail. But following someone's social-media feeds doesn't mean you know her. How hanging out on the Internet is messing with our relationships—not to mention our minds.<p>On a balmy summer evening in San Francisco, Bridget and …

How Do We Know The Age Of The Universe?

In an ideal world, when we want to uncover the answer to a question like “what is the age of the Universe,” we’d have an incredible number of independent lines of evidence, all converging to the same answer. But in reality, there are only two good ones, and one is better than the other.<p>The “good” …

Princeton University

Why Does Gravity Move At The Speed Of Light?

If you looked out at the Sun across the 93 million miles of space that separate our world from our nearest star, the light you’re seeing isn’t from the Sun as it is right now, but rather as it was some 8 minutes and 20 seconds ago. This is because as fast as light is — moving at the speed of light …

Physics

PayPal just poured millions into a popular startup that helps millennials invest by answering two simple questions

PayPal contributed the majority of the investment.<p>The raise brings Acorns' total funding to $62 million and aligns it with the biggest name in financial technology.<p>Acorns' goal is to capture millennial investors by boiling down the act of investing to small decisions, cofounder Jeff Cruttenden …

ETFs

10 inspiring female writers you need to read

As a response to Gay Talese’s failure to name any inspirational female writers, we asked our readers to explain why and how these authors changed their lives<p>It is hard to believe that this piece is still necessary. We long for the day when we don’t have to single out authors – or anyone of any walk …

Books

18 things white people need to know and do before discussing racism

1. It is uncomfortable to talk about racism. It is more uncomfortable to live it.<p>2. “Colorblindness” is a cop-out.<p>The statements “but I don’t see …

Race & Ethnicity

Why We Need to Teach Kids Emotional Intelligence

For years, I’ve taught a weekly psychology class to students ranging from 7 to 14 years-old. In this class, I encourage self-reflection, asking kids …

Emotional Intelligence

BBC - Earth - The sinister reason why people fall in love

Romance may have existed in some form long before the origin of humanity, and some believe it was born out of death and violence<p>Your heart beats a little faster, glands open to secret tiny dribbles of sweat, and your body starts producing hormones, which make you feel a bit giddy and warm …

What Students in Europe Learn That Americans Don't

If you're American, your teachers probably didn't teach you proper posture or how to put a condom on in the dark.<p>Thanks to the teen melodrama boom of the early 90s, everyone knows what an American high school looks like: glamorous, fashionable teens smoking Virginia Slims out of bathroom windows, …

How Adults Can Encourage Kids To Be Original Thinkers

When I first read <i>Originals</i> I couldn't help but take notes. What I jotted down was essentially a to-do list for how I could be more creative, how I could think up and then communicate new ideas.<p>But the book — written by Adam Grant, a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania …

Creativity

The cult of memory: when history does more harm than good | David Rieff

It is a truism that we must remember the past or else be condemned to repeat it. But there are times when some things are best forgotten<p>As a reporter in the Bosnian war, in 1993 I went to Belgrade to visit Vuk Drašković, the Serb nationalist politician and writer who was then leading the mass …

War

The planet’s history of violence over 4,000 years in one simple map

Search the interactive map to see where major battles in history have occurred and the 'bloodiest' parts of the world<p>A new ‘geography of violence’ map reveals where in the world major battles in the past 4,000 years have taken place.<p>The interactive journey through 'every battle' has been created …

Can you spot a good teacher from their characteristics?

Professor Rob Klassen explores the latest research into what traits effective teachers have and how this could inform recruitment<p>What would you do in the following situation?<p>As students in your classroom begin a writing task, one of them, Kata, starts throwing paper around and distracting the …

Teaching

Scientists crown 'Earth's first animal'

Way before humans, sharks, or dinosaurs, the sea sponge was very likely the first animal on Earth. That's according to a <i>PNAS</i> study out of MIT concluding that a molecule in 640 million-year-old rocks came from the simple creature.<p>Assuming the researchers are right, that means the multi-celled …

An Open Letter to the Wall Street Journal on Its Bernie Sanders Hit Piece

<i>Gerald Friedman's research was cited in a</i> Wall Street Journal <i>story about Bernie Sanders's proposals for government spending. Friedman responds to that story below.</i><p>It is said of economists that they know the cost of everything but the value of nothing. In the case of the article "Price Tag of Bernie …

Two Afro-Latinas Embrace Their Heritage During Black History Month

With trending hashtags like #BlackLatinxHistory month, Afro-Latinos have found a means to share their heritage, saying it is intertwined with Black History Month.<p>Leah Hairston and Aymee Molina, two Afro-Latinas working for their masters degrees at the Columbia University School of Social Work, …

3 daily practices for living a happy life, according to over 100 psychologists

As Annie Dillard writes in her book "The Writing Life," "how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."<p>There's no short-cut to a happy life, but there are simple things we can do to help us get there.<p>"We have a choice in our lives, in our behavior, and in our thoughts, as to what we …

Happiness