Stephanie Kennedy

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These Politicians Think Your Kids Need High-Stakes Testing—but Not Theirs

President Obama’s two daughters attend Sidwell Friends School, a private elite Quaker school in Washington. Vice President Biden’s grandchildren are …

Refugees who changed the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> They are destitute, desperate but determined. Thousands of them flee their homes every year, risking their lives in unseaworthy boats or crammed in trucks.<p>Refugees struggling to find a new life in Europe have seized the world's attention. In some places, they have faced a backlash from …

Albert Einstein

Star Teacher of Year Award winner Paul Andreacchi uses creativity to nurture love of learning | The Star

How do you get today’s teens to care about poetry?<p>Through their iPods, teacher Paul Andreacchi has discovered.<p>The popular English and history …

11 Unforgettable Lessons Steve Jobs Taught Us

"Stay hungry. Stay foolish."<p>Steve Jobs died exactly four years ago, on Oct. 5, 2011.<p>Today, the legacy of the iconic Apple co-founder continues to capture the minds of millions of people, in the tech industry and beyond. His life story will hit the big screen later this month in the biographical …

Christianity Needs a Progressive Revolution

<i>This is a follow-up to a recent blog post I wrote about millennials in church, which can be found here.</i><p>Recently I wrote a blog about what millennials like myself are looking for in a church. The answer, which apparently wasn't quite clear enough, is that we are looking for socially and politically …

'Ballet really isn't girly': inside the world's only all-male ballet school

The director of the London Boys Ballet School tells Jonathan Wells why he wants to teach boys the power of dance<p>The London Boys Ballet School is unique. Founded in 2014, this one of a kind, all-male institution is championing ballet for boys by focusing on strength, skill and power. And in doing …

The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland

Forget the Common Core, Finland’s youngsters are in charge of determining what happens in the classroom.<p>“The changes to kindergarten make me sick,” a veteran teacher in Arkansas recently admitted to me. “Think about what you did in first grade—that’s what my 5-year-old babies are expected to …

30 Places To See Before You're 30

Seeing the world is a surefire way to enrich your life and learn, and some destinations are best visited while in your twenties. Amazing destinations around the world cater to the particular strengths and challenges of the twenty-something set. These spots might be more physically challenging or …

26 Halloween Costumes That Never Needed To Be Sexy

Really, sexy pizza slice?<p>Ah, Halloween. That wonderful time of year when we get to overindulge in candy <i>and</i> dress up in our favorite costumes. It’s also, of course, a time when companies trot out the classic “sexy” costume for women. A cop becomes a “sexy” cop, a nurse becomes a “sexy” nurse, and a …

18 things you should do immediately to best prepare for the next five years

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What Can People Start Doing Now That Will Help Them A Lot In About Five Years?</i> <i>Answer by David Cannon, Founder, Solutionbank.org.</i><p>There’s already a lot out there, but I couldn’t resist writing a note to my 23-year-old self:<p>If you do anything, do this first …

Entrepreneurship

Huckabee and Christian Right Wage War on Pro-Gay Doritos

Doritos decided to go gay for a day, and the right wing just couldn’t handle it.<p>Doritos is gay now.<p>Last week, Frito-Lay (the snack food and chip …

These pictures show what really happens in the background of stylized Instagram shots

Our filter-friendly life is coming under so much scrutiny lately. First, hipster Barbie touched a nerve by parodying all the stereotypes of the Instagram hashtag #liveauthentic. Now, Chompoo Baritone, a Thai photographer based in Bangkok, has published a new series of pictures that reveal all the …

Social Media

Extreme altruism: should you care for strangers at the expense of your family?

The world is full of needless suffering. How should each of us respond? Should we live as moral a life as possible, even giving away most of our earnings? A new movement argues that we are not doing enough to help those in need<p>For many years, Julia Wise wondered if she would ever meet another …

Philosophy

Big Magic: Elizabeth Gilbert on Creative Courage and the Art of Living in a State of Uninterrupted Marvel

“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”<p><i>“When you’re an artist,”</i> Amanda Palmer wrote in her magnificent manifesto for the creative life, <i>“nobody ever tells you or hits you with the magic wand of legitimacy. You have to hit your own head with your own</i> …

The Psychology of Voldemort

J.K. Rowling’s investigation of her villain’s mind echoes the intrigue of a true-crime serial-killer profile.<p>In <i>Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,</i> the sixth book in J.K. Rowling’s series, Voldemort is back, big time. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, essentially the embodiment of all evil in the Potter …

Books

The World We Live In: An Extraordinary Reality-Check

The chilling human story behind an almost-statistic.<p><i>“You’ve got to tell the world how to treat you,”</i> James Baldwin told Margaret Mead in their magnificently prescient 1970 conversation on race. <i>“If the world tells you how you are going to be treated, you are in trouble.”</i> And yet the most pernicious …

Animated Movies

Walter Benjamin on Information vs. Wisdom and How the Novel and the News Killed Storytelling

“Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom. The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out.”<p>I think often, and with billowing concern, about the role of storytellers in helping us cultivate wisdom in the age of information — a task …

Literature

The Unlikely Roads That Lead Us Back to Ourselves: Eve Ensler on How a Tree Saved Her Life

An emboldening story of reawakening to the “insane delight” of merely being.<p>Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist <b>Eve Ensler</b> is best-known for the paradigm-shifting 1998 cultural classic <i>The Vagina Monologues</i> and the monumental V-Day movement that sprang from it. She is also a woman …

Literature

An Illustrated Celebration of the Many Things Home Can Mean

A sweet reminder that despite our different walks of life, we have in common a shared longing to belong.<p><i>“Home,”</i> Maya Angelou wrote in her magnificent meditation on belonging and (not) growing up, <i>“is that youthful region where a child is the only real living inhabitant.”</i> Indeed, it seems that only …

Literature

Poignant Street Portraits Reveal People's Greatest Regrets

What is your biggest regret? Romanian photographer Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi asked this question to strangers on the street and photographed their answers handwritten on signs, resulting in poignant portraits that reveal some of their deepest secrets.<p>While some subjects declared that they live with …

Weapon of Mass Instruction: Artist Unveils Tank-Shaped Bookmobile to Promote Reading

Buenos Aires artist Raul Lemesoff recently re-configured an old Ford Falcon to look like a military tank. But instead of carting around ballistics, the tank has built-in shelves that can carry about 900 books. He's dubbed his creative mobile library as the “weapon of mass instruction.”<p>After working …

Iterations: A Lyrical Animated Film about How We Grow as Human Beings and the Iterative Nature of Self-Transformation

“I am recycled cells, I learn to like myself more with each iteration…”<p>Psychologists now know that a “growth mindset” is one of the greatest predictors of a fulfilling life. And yet only children are at ease with the discomfort necessary for growth — the rest of us are chronically resistant to …

Terminally Ill Woman Receives Last Wish to Visit a Museum

Viewing artwork can be a comforting, moving experience, and one you might not easily forget – even on your last days. This past Tuesday, a terminally ill woman was taken by ambulance to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam so that she could visit the arts and history museum one more time. She's seen taking …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Language

This Tumblr Pairs Medieval Art with Rappers, and It's Brilliant

Gives new meaning to the expression "hip-hop royalty."<p>If you've ever looked at a photo of a blinged-out Rick Ross and thought, <i>Dude totally looks like Henry VIII</i>, there's a new Tumblr for you. The site, B4 XVI (a.k.a. beforesixteen), juxtaposes famous rappers with medieval and Renaissance artwork …

The complete guide to productivity

<i>This post originally appeared on The Growth List</i><p>Let’s face it.<p>We all want more time in our lives.<p>It could be an evening to spend more time with our family and friends, a 30-hour day to grow our business, or simply time to close our eyes and relax.<p>If you would like to make more effective use of your …

Is Campus Rape Really An Epidemic?

A documentary about campus rape contains the damning stories of many victims. But what about the alleged perpetrators?<p>“The Hunting Ground” opens with …

Powerful Video of Affectionate Skeletons Shows That We're All the Same Inside

As this powerful video begins, a crowd of people curiously watch as two skeletons hug, kiss, and dance behind a giant x-ray screen. The pair then steps from behind the divider to reveal an affectionate, loving relationship between two women. And they aren't the only ones, either. The video goes on …

Court Orders Army To Stop Referring To Chelsea Manning As A Man

WASHINGTON -- An army appeals court has ordered the military to stop its regular practice of referring to Private First Class Chelsea Manning as a man.<p>The military had been asked by Manning and her attorney to cease the habit, but filed an official opposition to that request. The Army Court of …

World Falls in Love with Quokka, Australia’s Most Adorable Animal

Photo: Imgur<p>The world has spoken: the always-smiling quokka is both the happiest and the most photogenic animal on the planet. Known for its charismatic grin and friendly disposition, the quokka is the perfect selfie co-star, as made apparent by the popularity of the hashtag: …

Cute Animals