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The Real Future of Work

Forget automation. The workplace is already cracking up in profound ways, and Washington is sorely behind on dealing with it.<p><b>In 2013, Diana Borland and 129 of her colleagues</b> filed into an auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Borland had worked there for the past 13 years as a …

The Workplace

Here's what happened to teachers after Wisconsin gutted its unions

Britta Pigorsch was a sophomore in a high school outside of Madison, Wisconsin, when Act 10 passed the state legislature in 2011.<p>She already knew she wanted to be a teacher. But the legislation, which gutted collective bargaining rights for public sector unions and slashed their benefits, …

Education

Guitar basics: getting started with chord changes

<b>From folky fingerstyle to hard rock, you need a solid chord technique...</b><p>“So, tell me what’s so important about chord changes? What do I need to know?”<p>…

What should really scare parents about Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” isn’t the teenage suicide

Hannah Baker has killed herself.<p>So begins Netflix’s <i>13 Reasons Why</i>, a searing, melancholic 13-episode television series based off Jay Asher’s young adult novel of the same name, and produced in part by singer and actress Selena Gomez. The premise: Before committing suicide, a teenage girl records a …

Mental Health

Binge your heart out with these anime wallpapers!

Back when I was in high school, there weren't that many places to watch anime (legally). Now, look at the market! We've got anime everywhere! Toonami …

Anime

A linguistic anthropologist explains why, um, “filler words” are OK to use

A few days ago, <i>The New York Times</i> published an article by Christopher Mele about so-called “filler words”, telling people to stop using them. Reporting on language often frustrates me, and this was no exception. In fact, thirty-odd linguists—including me—sent them a letter detailing our many …

Linguistics

Tar Heel heist: How the charter school industry is hijacking public education

In North Carolina, public schools are getting a lot less, while charter schools aren’t giving more<p><i>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.</i><p>If the American Dream is still alive – the one that includes a good job and a house with a yard, kids, and a two-car garage – you can see it taking shape in …

Leonard Cohen’s tortured love affair with Zen Buddhism

Leonard Cohen was waiting for the miracle to come, and he waited half his life away. For three decades, the Jewish poet pop star studied Zen Buddhism. At 65, he finally saw small miracles.<p>‘There was just a certain sweetness to daily life that began asserting itself,” Cohen told <i>The Guardian</i> in 2001. …

Meditation

8 books you must read to become a better writer

All good writers know the best way to improve your writing is to write. And the second best way?<p>Study the craft.<p>Reading books can take you farther  —  and faster  — on your journey toward becoming a better writer. For a few dollars and a few hours of your time, you can absorb the strategies and …

How to use technology to sleep better

Tired of being tired? Instead of banning electronics from the bedroom, tech can help you get to sleep faster, sleep better and wake up feeling more refreshed<p>Of all our biological imperatives, sleep has probably suffered the most in our technology-fuelled move to an ever-faster pace of life, but it …

Mobile Devices

Here are Albert Einstein's hand-written equations that first predicted an entirely new way to study the universe

Albert Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916.<p>Here's his original hand-written logic (on left), which the genius later converted into a typed manuscript (on right):<p>This remarkably preserved piece of history is kept at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Albert …

Gravitational Waves

The 15 Biggest Plays in Baseball History

The Kansas City Royals may have lost last year’s World Series, but in the most indelible moment of the series — indeed, of the season — the Royals …

Baseball

Capo Classics: 16 Essential Songs Played with a Capo

5<p>SHARES<p>The capo is to guitars what sugar—or Stevia, if you prefer—is to food. It makes everything sweeter.<p>Musicians started noticing the capo's …

The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?<p>Whenever a college student asks me, a veteran high-school English educator, about the prospects of becoming a public-school teacher, I never think it’s enough to say that the role is shifting from …

6 Things That Kill Your Organizing Game

Does organizing bewilder you? These six sneaky mistakes might be the reason why.<p><b>1. Reading about organizing... but never actually doing it.</b><p>It's no secret we're big fans of Marie Kondo here at <i>House Beautiful</i> — but reading about organizing is <i>definitely</i> not the same as doing. Get inspired! But don't …

Minimalism

Everybody hates Pearson

John Fallon doesn’t look like the devil incarnate. With his ruddy cheeks and cheerful-but-not-too-posh English accent, Fallon, 52, seems more like a …

18 Things I've Learned about Changing Habits, Settings Goals, and Living Life

10 Rules to Live By From a Zen Master

California students in high-poverty schools lose learning time, study says

California high schools with high-poverty students lose nearly two weeks of learning time annually because of teacher absences, testing, emergency lockdowns and other disruptions compared with their more affluent peers in other schools, according to a new<p>UCLA study.<p>Although public schools generally …

Education

The Glossary of Education Reform

Education Reform

Obama: Ebola point person 'may be appropriate'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure to select an Ebola "czar" to lead the U.S. response against the disease, President Barack Obama conceded Thursday it …

Teacher Pay Starts Low, Grows Slowly, Is Generally Awful, Report Says

Which states pay their experienced teachers the worst?<p>A new report by the Center for American Progress argues that teachers not only have bad …

Israel rejects ceasefire plan, source says, as death toll nears 850 | Reuters

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has rejected international proposals for a ceasefire in its fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, a government source said on Friday, but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said no formal proposals had yet been put forward.<p>Mediators hope that a truce could come …

BRAZIL BEAT: Piranhas? No problem at Manaus beach

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Beaches are a big part of life for most Brazilians, and the locals deep in the Amazon jungle are definitely Brazilian.<p>In …

The San Francisco Guide to Menswear

Something is happening in San Francisco. Bars in the Mission, ones like Zeitgeist with their expansive selection of local drafts and welcoming …

8 Facts You Never Knew About Christmas

Magic mushrooms, prostitution, home invasions? The story that Americans celebrate has far from family-friendly origins. The truth about this holiday, …