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Jean-Paul Sartre’s Concepts of Freedom & “Existential Choice” Explained in an Animated Video Narrated by Stephen Fry

The non-existence, or non-importance, of the self has for millennia been an uncontroversial proposition in Eastern thought. But Western thinkers have …

Jean Paul Sartre

Summer reading lists at private high schools

We all remember summer reading.The Other Wes Moore<p>The summer months symbolize pleasure reading at its best.<p>It's a time to indulge in the texts that are most appealing, without scrutiny: an easy beach read, a guilty pleasure, or that book you've always meant to start.<p>But students at some of …

Schools

We read all 20 National Book Award nominees for 2016. Here's what we thought.

Every year, the National Book Foundation nominates 20 books — five fiction, five nonfiction, five poetry, five young adult — for the National Book Award, which celebrates the best of American literature. And every year (okay, every year since 2014), we here at Vox read all 20 finalists to help you …

Should Teachers Ask Students To Check Their Devices At The Classroom Door?

In a post a few weeks back, Tania Lombrozo drew attention to research showing that students using laptops and other digital devices in the college classroom are less likely to perform as well as students not using them.<p>It isn't just that using the devices to multitask during a lecture — searching …

Education Technology

Shakespearean Theater Excavation Sheds Light on the Staging of ‘Henry V’

Shakespeare wrote that “all the world’s a stage,” but the performances of his own plays were limited to a handful of venues. Before the construction …

Archaeology

This Cocktail Was Once as Popular as the Martini. And Then It Disappeared.

It's called the Bijou, and it has emerged from decades-long hibernation.<p>In the cocktail renaissance of the last decade, many classics have been exhumed, polished, and updated for modern palates. Some have taken hold and are now as common on bar menus across the country as the gin-and-tonic. The …

Alcohol

Here's A Drink Recipe For Peach Iced Tea Whiskey

So GOOD. #TastyHappyHour<p>Tea:<p>8 cups boiling water<p>7-8 black tea bags<p>1 1/2 cups whiskey<p>Peach Simple Syrup:<p>2-3 fresh peaches, diced<p>1 cup sugar<p>1 cup water<p>1 lemon, juiced<p>Garnish:<p>1-2 peaches, sliced<p>1 lemon, sliced<p>Mint sprigs<p>1. In a large pitcher, pour hot water over tea bags, letting steep 5 minutes.<p>2. …

Evernote announces Google Drive integration, available in beta for Chrome and Android

Some people heavily rely on Evernote to take notes and keep track of tasks. With a new Google Drive integration, Evernote users will be able to add Docs, Slides, and Sheets into notes and quickly search for files stored in their Drive.<p>A new icon in the Evernote toolbar will bring up the native …

Apps

Column: Students are addicted to their cellphones, and they need our help

Addiction is a strong word, but it accurately describes the dysfunctional behavior exhibited by teenagers in my high school English classroom when I …

Teens

Local education inequities across U.S. revealed in new Stanford data set

Sean Reardon and colleagues review more than 200 million test scores to spotlight communities with the nation’s worst achievement gaps.

Stanford University

The Cocktails You’ll Drink This Spring

With the sun out, and people daring to wear shirts with no heavy jackets, it is the perfect time for a Paloma, Highball, or Spritz.<p>Spring’s longer …

Tipple

Historian claims he has solved Italy's literary mystery

ROME (AP) — An Italian historian claims he has solved of one of Italy's biggest literary mysteries: the true identity of author Elena Ferrante.<p>Ferrante's four Neapolitan novels have won worldwide acclaim, despite the pseudonym. The final title "The Story of The Lost Child" is a finalist for the …

Google Docs Just Added This Futuristic Feature

Google wants bolding a phrase in a document or aligning a paragraph to be as simple as saying the command out loud. The company announced on Feb. 24 …

The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as …

Teaching

6 Education Stories To Watch In 2016

<i>Claudio Sanchez is the senior member of the NPR Ed team, with more than 25 years on the education beat. We asked him for his list of the top stories he'll be watching in 2016.</i><p><i>Claudio Sanchez is the senior member of the NPR Ed team, with more than 25 years on the education beat. We asked him for his</i> …

Education

Public Radio's #1 Songs Of 2015

Hidden inside our enormous year-end Songs We Love 2015 app — 401 songs across a dozen genres compiled by NPR Music and our public radio partners — is a playlist of 61 jewels, the ones we loved the best. We polled our entire team —including dozens of hosts from around the country — and these are the …

New Music

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

Cooking

The Top 10 Cocktails of 2015, According to Google

Find out what drinks people were searching for in 2015.<p>In terms of cocktails, this year was all about retro. Bartenders gave the sticky-sweet …

How to Turn Your Paper Books Into (Free) E-books and Audio Books

Selfies have become so abundant that they’re now classified into subgenres. Farmer selfies are “felfies.” Selifes of one’s butt are “belifes.” And …

School Districts Are Standing In The Way Of Public School Edtech

No gymnasiums, no cafeterias and no administrators. That’s school policy at AltSchools, a chain of private, for-profit schools backed by the likes of Andreessen Horowitz and Mark Zuckerberg.<p>At the location I visited, the school schedule was written on a white board and could be changed in real …

Top 10 Americana, Alt-Country and Folk Albums of 2015

It's hard enough defining what exactly "country music" is nowadays, let alone trying to pinpoint who fits into its finer sub-genres. But when …

Country Music
Education

Ken Kesey's Eclectic Writing Acid Test

The legendary novelist told his University of Oregon writing students they would publish or perish together–and the novel, "Caverns"is the result<p>On a …

Literature

Teachers Guide to Google+ Video Hangouts

November 16, 2015<br>It's been almost three years since the publication of our Google Hangouts guide for teachers. Since then, many interesting features …

100 Novels All Kids Should Read Before Leaving High School

Last year, a <i>Slate</i> essay called “Against YA” by Ruth Graham irked thousands of readers who took offense at her argument that although grown-ups …

Books

Where The Wild Fractions Are: The Power Of A Bedtime (Math) Story

Parents who are uneasy about their own math skills often worry about how best to teach the subject to their kids.<p>Well ... there's an app for that. Tons of them, in fact. And a study published today in the journal <i>Science</i> suggests that at least one of them works pretty well for elementary school …

A Great Educational Tool for both Flipped and Blended Classrooms

October 8, 2015<br>The Answer Pad is an interesting educational platform for teachers. It combines two powerful functionalities: it is both a student …

Education Technology

166 years after his mysterious death, Edgar Allan Poe still fascinates us

Edgar Allan Poedied 166 years ago today, but nobody can agree how.<p>On Oct. 3, 1849, a newspaper typesetter named Joseph W. Walker came across Poe in a Baltimore gutter. The legendary author was wearing someone else's clothes, half-unconscious, and unable to explain how he ended up in the street. …

Literature

6 Handy Chromebook Apps for Social Studies Teachers

October 6, 2015<br>Chromebook is a versatile gadget with a huge potential in education. Several school districts and classrooms have been using them over …

Technology Integration, 1 to 1, and Student Centered Learning… Ten Free Resources and Tools

<i>Welcome to this second post in a series devoted to supporting student centered learning in the technology enhanced classroom. In the first post I</i> …

Education Technology