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The Golden Age of Teaching Yourself Anything

Who can resist the romanticism of self-taught achievers? They didn't need school. They didn't need "the system." They needed only their passion and …

Suburban school districts face challenges diversifying teacher ranks

Todd Jackson sat before the School District U46 board last month with a simple request: diversify the teaching ranks of Illinois' second-largest school district.<p>State data shows that, while roughly two-thirds of District U46's students are minorities, about 80 percent of the teachers are white, …

75+ Hobby Ideas For Men | The Art of Manliness

In the days of old, leisure time was not thought of as a chance to “veg out,” but as an opportunity to pursue one’s passions and interests — an …

'The Narrow Door' is a stirring memoir of friends at their best and worst

"Our feet are warm," writes Paul Lisicky, describing an evening in Philadelphia with the novelist Denise Gess. "Our faces shine. The room is getting dark, the night coming a little sooner these days. Should I turn on a lamp?"<p>But no light can fix the darkness in Philadelphia. Gess, the oldest and …

Books

5 Places to Get Damn Good Chili in L.A.

<b>Turkey Kale Chili at Sycamore Kitchen</b><br>Does putting kale in chili sound like something out of an SNL <i>The Californians</i> skit? Maybe, but at Karen and …

80 Books Every Person Should Read

We invited eight female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay, to help us create an updated list of books everyone should read. Each participant made 10 picks. It's a new year, a new Esquire.com. We're looking forward to reading and we hope you are, too.<p>What can …

Literature

16 Books Educators Should Consider Reading in 2016

New books focusing on education come out every day. Some gain a wide audience while others don't have the machine behind them to help promote. Here …

Teaching

Read This Google Email About Time Management Strategy

A Google employee teaches his colleagues how to block out interruptions and set aside “make time.”<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 Leadership stories of 2015. See the full list here.</i><p>I recently wrote an email to our team that posed a simple challenge in time management. The response …

15 Best Books Read by the AoM Team in 2015 | The Art of Manliness

Here at the Art of Manliness, we’re big believers in the brain-boosting, character-expanding, enjoyment-inducing power of books. Kate, Jeremy, and I …

Why Affluent Parents Put So Much Pressure on Their Kids

For the most successful Americans, prosperity feels fragile.<p>With financial success ought to come some measure of relief—a chance to take in a deep breath, exhale, and survey the world from the top.<p>But, as Hanna Rosin’s recent <i>Atlantic</i> cover story on the high rate of suicide among high-school …

11 Services To Help You Get Stuff Done Around The House

From people who will help you clean your house to walk your dog and move bulky furniture items for you, here are our favorite services that help us …

California

Ta-Nehisi Coates on the impacts of poverty to prison

America's prisons hold a disproportionate number of African-American men, and it's unclear why.<p>Fifty years ago, a Labor Department employee named …

Graywolf Press profile: How the tiny publisher became a big industry player.

<i>This article originally appeared in</i> Vulture.<p>Before she won multiple awards and wrote one of the <i>Times Book Review</i>’s top-ten books of 2014, the young …

10 Excellent Google Drive Apps Teachers Should Try This School Year

August 28, 2015<br>Here is another back-to-school goodie for teachers. This is basically a selection of some of the best educational Google Drive apps to …

5 impressive tiny houses you can order right now

Small living, made easy<p><i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>We've seen heaps upon heaps of micro homes crop up with all sorts of eye-popping attributes, whether it'd be glam interiors, wildly low budgets (how does …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

<b>1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)</b><p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.<p><b>2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)</b><p>By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had …

Literature

8 Wonderful Self-development Books for Teachers

July 26, 2015<br>Isaac Asimov once stated that ‘self-education is…the only kind of education there is’. For Albert Einstein ‘ intellectual growth should …

Self-improvement

Research says this is what you need to teach your kids in kindergarten if you ever want them to go to college or get a job

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Duke University tracked more than 700 children from across the US between kindergarten and age 25 and found a significant correlation between their social skills as kindergartners and their success as adults two decades later.<p>In 1991, teachers …

Fixing Urban Schools Without Fixing Poverty Is Possible

That’s the argument of Dr. Pamela Cantor, who believes there are tools we’re failing to give students that would help them overcome the stress that’s holding them back.<p>Are urban schools paying too little attention to stress and its classroom effects?<p>This week, I’m sharing a variety of responses to …

How Math Can Defeat Bullies

The mathematician John Allen Paulos marvels at his field’s counterintuitive proofs. Yet his earliest intellectual thrill was the discovery that numeracy could empower even a child.<p>Do kids have an unheralded incentive to master math?<p>This week, I’m sharing responses to the question, “What insight or …

School shootings, mass killings are 'contagious,' study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mass killings and school shootings spread "contagiously," a study found, where one killing or shooting increases the chances that others will occur within about two weeks.<p>The study, published in July the journal PLOS ONE, found evidence that school shootings and mass killings -- defined as …

Guns

6 Outdoor Weekend Getaways Off The Beaten Path

<i>While Los Angeles offers plenty of great outdoor activities where you can enjoy the virtually year-round sunshine, sometimes you just need to get out</i> …

52 Essential Gay Bars And Nights Around Los Angeles

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best gay bars and their accompanying nights in Los Angeles County. We’ve got your requisite WeHo and Silver Lake …

Gay marriage votes and Andrew Sullivan: His landmark 1989 essay making a conservative case for gay marriage.

<i>In 1989, most Americans had never even heard of gay marriage, and certainly couldn’t conceive that it would one day be legalized by popular vote.</i> …

The Essential Guide to Los Angeles Hot Dogs, Summer 2016 Edition

Los Angeles is primarily a burger and taco town, but look closely and you'll find lots of room for the classic American hot dog as well. Except here, your next frank might be topped with dried Japanese seaweed or Korean kimchi, then placed inside a duo of split Hawaiian rolls for good measure. It's …

How Teachers Can Recharge This Summer

Complete Coverage<p>—Samuel M. Livingston/Flickr Creative Commons<p>After all the snow we had in New England this year, I wasn't even sure we would <i>get</i> a …

Millennials Are Searching for a Different Kind of Career

According to a new poll, younger workers do in fact care less about money and more about fulfillment.<p>There have been many labels thrust upon the Millennial generation, especially when it comes to their work ethic. The group has been called lazy, entitled, and spoiled—but at the same time the …

Joshua Engel's answer to Why is The Lord of the Rings so popular?

I have to admit, I've never been entirely sure why people are so enamored of <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>. I know why I am, but it's not at all for its …

The Beginner's Guide to Renting in Los Angeles

Congratulations! You've decided to continue in the time-honored tradition of moving to Los Angeles, the greatest city in the history of the world. Don't believe all that New York City malarkey or any of those plains states tooting their horns about local breweries. LA is where it's at. Every movie …

A High School That Changes Lives, One at a Time

Teachers and students in a bankrupt California city, determined to make progress<p>During our American Futures tour around the country, we have visited all kinds of schools. There are specialized schools of privilege, like the public boarding schools in Greenville, South Carolina and Columbus, …