Jennifer Smith

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Lousy Spelling—Why Americans Can’t Read or Think Well

Many Americans can’t read or think well because they have incomplete representations in memory of... guess what? Spelling words! In recent …

Liberals Need to Take Their Fingers Out of Their Ears

Given the triumph of contemporary conservatism, it may be time for liberals to take a look at the vulnerabilities of their own orthodoxies.<p>Democrats who yearn for President Trump to be taken down should examine this list of Republican strengths: victories in all three contested special elections …

High schooler spreads the message that nobody should have to dine alone

<b>BOCA RATON, Fla. --</b> When the lunch bell rings at Boca Raton High School in Florida, 3,400 kids spill into the courtyard and split into their social …

In Trump country, a university confronts its skeptics

The University of Michigan, like many public flagship universities, faces a crisis of confidence in working-class communities.<p>ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan’s most legendary president coined what’s become an unofficial mission statement for one of the nation’s first public …

College & University

The Smartest People Love to Fail, and Here's Why | Inc.com

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison<p>Granted, given the history and scope of Edison's accomplishments, it may be a little difficult to label the famed inventor someone who has failed. But it's entirely possible.<p>In his own words, Edison denies having ever …

Motivation

Behavioral economics has a plan to fight poverty—and it’s all about redesigning the “cockpit”

Dr. Bryan Bledsoe was just trying to keep up. The ER at the small rural hospital was always packed and the top brass had urged him to move patients through more quickly, so when a woman in her sixties came in complaining of head and neck pain, he briskly examined her, hustled her off for an x-ray, …

20 Hearty Soup Recipes for Fall Lunches & Dinners

Is soup the perfect lunch? It's a convenient make-ahead meal, and it brings a touch of home to your desk with its warm nourishment. But there's just …

Phone recording puts probation officer on wrong side of the law

ANN ARBOR, MI - For eight years, Washtenaw County probation officer Sarah Stein was charged with protecting the community and guiding juveniles …

To Teachers Who Worry That My Brother Is in Their Class

People assume kids with disabilities are all the same. They often see us as intentionally disruptive, rude and a hindrance to other kids' learning. …

Forget the 9 to 5 — research suggests there's a case for the 3-hour workday

Over the course of an eight-hour workday, the average employee works for about three hours — two hours and 53 minutes, to be more precise.<p>The rest of the time, according to a 2016 survey of 1,989 UK office workers, people spend on a combination of reading the news, browsing social media, eating …

The Dying Art of Disagreement

<i>This is the text of a lecture delivered at the Lowy Institute Media Award dinner in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday, Sept. 23. The award recognizes excellence in Australian foreign affairs journalism.</i><p>Let me begin with thanks to the Lowy Institute for bringing me all the way to Sydney and doing me …

University of Chicago

This Quora Answer Is the Perfect Metaphor for White Privilege

<i>Answer by Omar Ismail, Stand Up Comedian, on Quora.</i><p><i>I am white. That’s all you know about me. Am I privileged based on that alone and assuming I am,</i> …

The great nutrient collapse

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.<p>Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze was studying for his Ph.D. at …

University of Washington

America is slowly sucking the life out of education—starting with its teachers

Education pays.<p>According to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), adults with a college degree are 10 percentage points more likely to be employed, and will earn 56% more on average than adults who only completed the end of high school. They are less …

Education

Why American Students Need Chinese Schools

After putting her son in an elite state-run school in Shanghai, an American mother finds that the U.S. education system could learn a few things from China—most of all that teacher knows best<p>When my little boy was 3, his Chinese teacher forced a bite of fried egg into his mouth. At school. Without …

Education

What Should We Be Teaching Young Children?

Early-childhood and elementary school programs reflect a diverse set of commitments about what children ought to learn, and about how they ought to do so.<p>Some focus on academic preparation and advancement, with extra attention to reading and mathematics. Some emphasize social-emotional development …

The US president’s digital outbursts increasingly read like he’s building up a credible insanity defence<p>So are we heading for a <i>Mad Max</i>-style future? I don’t think so. After having lived through Donald Trump we’ll surely just call him Max. Trump is behaving so strangely, we’re probably about a month …

Mad Max

'People Helped You, Whether You Knew It Or Not'

William Weaver was 14 and a rising high school sophomore in the fall of 1964.<p>He was also one of 14 black students integrating the all-white West High School in Knoxville, Tenn.<p>"As soon as we got into the school, the principal was calling the roll. He said, 'Bill Weaver,' and I said, 'My name is …

High School

Paul Miller Loved Teaching Math So Much That He Did It For Nearly 80 Years

Most teachers these days last no more than five to 10 years in the classroom, but Paul Miller taught math for nearly 80. At one point, he was considered the "oldest active accredited teacher" in the U.S.<p>His career started in his hometown of Baltimore. It was 1934, the Dust Bowl was wreaking havoc …

Teaching

A Skill Strong Readers Share

Before Reading<p>We consider the prereading stage to be of critical importance. The way teachers frame reading, by modeling passion, purpose, and …

The Best Resources On Developing A Sense Of Community In The Classroom

Several studies have been published over the past month related to the idea of how individual members of a group (co-workers, students) can do better …

43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make | Inc.com

When someone uses grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education? Like it or not, words, spelling, and punctuation are powerful and can leave a lasting impression on others. But even the most educated people often unknowingly make common writing and …

Language

The purpose of life is to be a nobody

We all experience the world like we are at the center of reality.<p>We think and we feel in relation to how our senses absorb information and how this information mingles with our personal memories. The subjective perception created by these interactions provides the illusion of importance.<p>We forget …

Self-improvement

Imagining Comey’s Texts to His Wife

<i>On Jan. 6, James Comey, then the director of the F.B.I., met for the first time with President-elect Donald Trump. In subsequent weeks, as we now know, they met and spoke over the phone on several occasions. We have the exclusive transcripts of texts sent by Mr. Comey to his wife, Patrice, about</i> …

Compliance is Not the End Goal of Education

Recently, I was listening to a teacher talk about their more “traditional” view of education, and how “compliance” wasn’t a bad thing for students. …

Melissa McCarthy is casually cruising through Midtown on Sean Spicer's podium

Everyone stop what you're doing: Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer is speeding through the streets of NYC on the famous Spicey podium.<p>Or at least she …

The hidden dangers of caring about your career too much

A teacher I know recently left the profession after seven years in the classroom. She was an amazing science educator, bringing project-based learning to a high-poverty school in the South Bronx. Her students loved her, her principal depended on her, and her love for her students was palpable. Why …

We Need to Rethink How We Educate Kids to Tackle the Jobs of the Future | Inc.com

Our education system was designed for the 20th century. It is largely focused on teaching kids how to retain information and manipulate numbers. It regularly tests these abilities and, if you do well, you are promised to get into a good college, have a successful career and live a happy, prosperous …

Communication Skills

Here's How To Be Less Tired After Work

If you want to be more focused at work and feel less exhausted at the end of it, take a lunchtime walk, suggests a new study in the <i>Journal of</i> …

21 No-Sugar Breakfast Recipes to Avoid an Early Crash

Whether it’s blatant (Lucky Charms, we’re looking at you) or hidden (even in packaged whole-wheat bread!), added sugar tends to be a …

Breakfast