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What Role Do Teachers Play in Education?

<b>AFTER THE EDUCATION WARS<br>How Smart Schools Upend the Business of Reform</b><br>By Andrea Gabor<br>373 pp. The New Press. $27.99.<p>In 2009, Time magazine hailed School of One, an online math program piloted at three New York City public schools, as one of the year’s 50 best innovations. Each day, School of One …

Education

Socialists Need To Fight For Economic Change -- Not Just Another Version Of Capitalism

“Socialism” has become the new political buzzword. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) surprised many during his 2016 presidential run by winning the votes of millions as an explicitly “socialist” candidate. In 2018 we’re seeing a rash of candidates running on socialist tickets. Most high-profile of these …

Middle-class

How To: The 5 Best Apps for Transcribing Lectures & Converting Speech to Text on Your iPhone

The transcribing app can be an invaluable tool, especially if you're a student or are in a profession that relies on audio journals or interviews. …

Apps

The Chapo Trap House Guys Think the Problem Isn't Russia, It's Republicans

The podcast hosts have a new book, and they don't have many nice things to say about Democrats either.<p>A few years ago, no one could have predicted that socialism would seem to many young people like a viable political movement or that the country would be consumed by the question of whether there's …

Al Gore

Low-carb, high-fat diets could knock years off lifespan, 25-year study suggests

Eating a diet which is low in carbohydrates could knock years off lifespan, a 25 year study suggests.<p>Food plans which replace carbs with protein and fat, such as the Ketogenic or Atkins, have gained popularity in recent years, and are often endorsed by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim …

Diets

What To Do When You Want To Have Sex But Your S.O. Doesn't

It's Friday night and you've been thinking about sex all day. Instead of concentrating at work, you've imagined going home and pushing your S.O. up …

Washing Machines

Eating This Many Carbs Is Linked to a Longer Life

When it comes to carbs, your best nutrition strategy might be the oldest one in the book: moderation.<p>That’s according to a new study published in <i>The</i> …

Holistic Medicine

A drug’s weird side effect lets people control their dreams

Have you ever wanted to fly? A drug that helps people control their dreams could let you try it from the comfort of your own bed.<p>A small number of …

Consciousness

7 Foods That Scrub Our Arteries Clean

The No. 1 killer on the planet is heart disease, which accounts for one in four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and …

Cardiovascular Diseases

People Who Use Marijuana For Gut Inflammation Might Actually Be on to Something

The first evidence is in.<p>A new study shows that molecules involved in our bodies' processing of cannabis, called endocannabinoids, may have the …

Immune System

You can find out your current glasses prescription using this app by GlassesUSA — making it super quick and easy to order a new pair

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>GlassesUSA.com<p>As someone who has worn glasses for a large majority of my life, I've been through the process of buying new pairs quite a …

Apps

An Iraq Veteran, Heroin Addict, Bank Robber And Debut Novelist

Nico Walker is in jail for robbing banks.<p>He can use the pay phone for 15 minutes at a time, and then he has to wait a half-hour. It took a while to do an interview.<p>That's also sort of the way he wrote his debut novel, <i>Cherry</i> — on a typewriter, with a hundred-or-so other guys looking over his …

Iraq Veterans

Booker Prize winner Flights is a bizarre, surreal work of rare beauty: EW review

We gave it an <b>A-</b><p>In its original Polish, Olga Tokarczuk’s International Man Booker Prize-winning opus had another title: <i>Bieguni</i>, named for a fictional …

Books

Nissan releases all-electric camper van model

Nissan electric cargo vans had become a favorite of people who wanted to convert them into electric campers, so Nissan has now come out with an …

Campervans

Escape from the Mayo Clinic: Teen accuses world-famous hospital of 'medical kidnapping'

<i>This is the first part of the series,"Escape from the Mayo Clinic." Read the second part here.</i> Also, read how CNN reported this story.<p><b>Sherburn, Minnesota (CNN) —</b> In a jaw-dropping moment caught on video, an 18-year-old high school senior rushes to escape from the hospital that saved her life and …

Mayo Clinic

New data makes it clear: Nonvoters handed Trump the presidency

Most of our assessments of the electorate in 2016 are dependent on estimates. Polling before the election that suggested where people were leaning; exit polling after the fact that gives us some sense of who actually turned out. When more than 137 million people vote, understanding exactly who they …

Government

Watch Pearl Jam play Chris Cornell's 'Missing'

Seattle hosted an all-star grunge festival this weekend featuring some of the era's best acts.<p>Of all the sets, Pearl Jam's stood out the most. With …

Chris Cornell

Could this weird $12 gadget be the cure for snoring?

Chances are, you've encountered an awful snorer at some point in your life. Maybe it was that person you sat next to on a trans-Atlantic flight. …

Sleep

Maria Konnikova Shows Her Cards

As a science writer at The New Yorker, Maria Konnikova, 34, focuses on the brain, and the weird and interesting ways people use their brains.<p>Dr. Konnikova is an experimental psychologist trained at Columbia University. But her latest experiment is on herself. For a book she’s researching on luck …

Self Control

The Connection Between Ayahuasca, Your Stomach, and Your Mind

Could changing your gut bacteria alleviate depression and anxiety?<p>Psychedelics—a class of drug that acts on serotonin receptors in the brain, causing hallucinations—have been steadily gaining attention in the research community over the past ten years for their potential to treat a host of …

Microbiology

I Consumed Fresh Ginger Every Day For 1 Week, and These Were the Results

I've always loved the flavor of ginger. Spicy and pungent, it is delicious in tea form and almost completely cuts the bitterness of vegetables in fresh juices and smoothies (adding ginger is basically the <i>only</i> way I can stomach beets in my juices). And while I've always known it's frequently used to …

Workouts

6 Unexpected Warning Signs That Could Indicate Your Heart Is in Trouble

Important.<p>The heart, so integral to life, sits in its protective cage in the chest, going about its work without any external sign to the owner.<p>In …

Medical Research

Most people who think they have a penicillin allergy are wrong. That’s dangerous.

Are you allergic to penicillin? If so, are you sure about that?<p>It’s surprisingly common for people to wrongly think they have a penicillin allergy — and that misconception can be dangerous for their health.<p>Ten percent of all patients in the United States claim to have a penicillin allergy. Of those …

Medicine

Can A Simple Poop Test Replace Your Colonoscopy?

T<p>hree years ago Kevin Conroy was standing on Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher, gazing at the Atlantic Ocean 500 feet below, when he was blindsided by a phone call about his company’s colon cancer test.<p>Since 2009 Conroy has been running Exact Sciences, a firm trying to sell a noninvasive would-be …

Cancer

Lowering Your Blood Pressure Could Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk, New Research Shows

Margaret Daffodil Graham tries to live a healthy life, particularly since she has a health issue that requires constant attention. Like more than 100 …

Dementia

Blue light from phone screens accelerates blindness, study finds

Scientists say they have found how blue light from smartphones, laptops and other digital devices damages vision and can speed up blindness.<p>Research by the University of Toledo in the US has revealed that prolonged exposure to blue light triggers poisonous molecules to be generated in the eye’s …

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Here’s how to stop your iPhone from listening to you

• Go to Settings<br>• Tap Siri & Search<br>• Turn off the toggles for “Listen for ‘Hey Siri,'” “Press [Side or Home] Button for Siri,” and “Allow Siri When Locked”

Siri

How to share Apple iCloud storage with Family Share

Real estate is always at a premium, so why should online real estate -- namely cloud storage -- be any different? Some people have roommates to make ends meet, and some of us need a family member with a large iCloud plan to accommodate all those selfies. Fortunately, Apple offers shared iCloud …

MacBook Pro

Everything You Should Know About Taking Ketamine

Traditionally used as an anesthetic, ketamine is now being used to treat depression, OCD, and other mental health conditions.<p>By this spring, I’d tried most of the more common psychedelics, but ketamine seemed like a wild card. The stories people told me about it were all over the place—from a man …

Depression

Probiotics not always beneficial and may cause brain fogginess and severe bloating

While current research is finding that modulating our gut microbiome through probiotics can have a number of positive health outcomes, a new study is …

Wellness