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- The Washington Post

<b>Dustin Renwick</b><p><b>26, Washington, government contractor and freelance writer</b><p>Ilearned to think in eighth grade.<p>Education was a game, and my excellent ability to recall trivia made that game fun. Classes rarely challenged me because I could memorize the answers.<p>I collected dots, but I didn’t connect …

Robot Swarm: A Flock Of Drones That Fly Autonomously

Can drones, the small unmanned aircraft that are at the forefront of fields from warfare to commercial delivery systems, fly without human intervention? A team of Hungarian researchers answers yes, having created 10 drones that self-organize as they move through the air.<p>The team based its creation …

Glove and Boots Fix Your Grammar

Thanks to Denise Blain I have been sucked into the web series Glove and Boots. The video that Denise shared with me is all about grammar. In the …

Malcolm London: "High School Training Ground"

How books can open your mind | Lisa Bu

Want to be happy? Be grateful | David Steindl-Rast

Suzanne Talhouk: Don't kill your language

16 Slow-Cooking Recipes for a Slow Weekend

There are the nights when dinner can't come fast enough—when we need a hot meal on the table in less time than it takes to watch an episode of TV in our pajamas (and when we proceed to watch 5 episodes after that). On such nights, we pat ourselves on the back for the fact that we cooked at all.<p>And …

John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch

Curious about poetry, but don't know where or how to begin? We've reprinted the first chapter from the book <i>How to Read a Poem</i> by Edward Hirsch. Its …

U.S. Drone Strikes Violate International Law, Reports Allege

Two reports released on the eve of a White House visit by Pakistan's prime minister allege that the U.S. has "violated international law with top-secret targeted-killing operations that claimed dozens of civilian lives in Yemen and Pakistan," as McClatchy Newspapers writes.<p>In one of the reports, …

The Most And Least Lucrative College Majors, In 2 Graphs

Your college major has a bigger effect on your income than where you go to college.<p>We reported on this story last month, and ran a graph of the most and least lucrative college majors.<p>But the graph, based on research out of Georgetown, was limited to people who had only a bachelor's degree. People …

Guinness World Records 2014 – in pictures

From the fastest sprinter in high heels to the world's smallest donkey, the 2014 Guinness Book of Records presents the latest weird and wacky record breaking events

Football and the Fall of Jack Kerouac

One night in early April, 1958, Joyce Glassman’s doorbell rang and woke her. An aspiring novelist who worked as a secretary at a small publishing firm, Glassman lived in a tenement on East Thirteenth Street, in Manhattan. When she opened the door, she found Jack Kerouac, his face covered in blood. …

The Ancient Roots of Punctuation

<i>In his new book, “Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks,” Keith Houston reveals the stories behind esoteric punctuation marks, from the pilcrow (¶) to the manicule (☞) to the octothorpe, a.k.a. the hashtag. Many of these have their roots in ancient</i> …

Making peace is a marathon | May El-Khalil

Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school

"To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful | Shane Koyczan

Bono: The good news on poverty (Yes, there's good news)

How to escape education's death valley | Sir Ken Robinson

Grit: the power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth

Maria Bezaitis: The surprising need for strangeness

Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it's a men's issue

How I named, shamed and jailed | Anas Aremeyaw Anas

A Saudi woman who dared to drive | Manal al-Sharif

What will future jobs look like? | Andrew McAfee

When You Wish Upon a Wall: Wallwisher now Padlet

I first discovered Wallwisher a few years ago and immediately started using it to promote whole-class discussions. As with so many tech to...

Poetry Post #1: Illuminate Poetry with Performance Poetry

This month I'm celebrating National Poetry Month with some fabulous poetic presentations. First, two TED talks, one by the immortal Billy ...

Facing Off: Introducing Argument with Verbal Sparring

How often have you heard a colleague say, "I don't like conflict"? Sometimes teachers have what I'd call an "over-accommodating nature," a "...