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Meghan Markle’s beautiful veil was stained by Britain’s ugly colonial past

Meghan Markle wore a beautifully simple, ivory silk dress at her wedding to Britain’s prince Harry on Saturday (May 19) morning. The royal wedding has been a global media event though of not much relevance even to the British crown. After all, Harry is the sixth in the line of succession to the …

Royal Family

No, the customer is not always right, especially in school

David Michael Slater is a veteran middle and high school teacher who now lives and teaches in Reno, Nevada. He is also the author of more than 20 books for children, teens, and adults. His new book is “We’re Doing It Wrong: 25 Ideas in Education That Just Don’t Work — And How to Fix Them.”<p>Each …

Education

Over 200,000 young girls die every year in India because of sheer neglect

Hundreds of thousands of young Indian girls are dying from neglect.<p>A new study published in the Lancet journal (pdf) has found that sex discrimination in India led to an average of 239,000 excess deaths of girls aged between zero and four per year between 2000 and 2005. This number is based on the …

India

As we remember VE Day, remember too the German women who were raped

The Second World War in Europe ended when Nazi Germany signed an unconditional surrender on May 7, 1945. As the Allies gained control over the …

Sexual Harassment

Nobel Prize in Literature postponed after sexual misconduct scandal

<b>(CNN) —</b> This year's Nobel Prize in Literature has been postponed in the wake of a sexual and financial scandal that has engulfed the Swedish Academy, the cultural institution responsible for awarding the prestigious prize.<p>The academy, one of Sweden's most respected institutions, made the …

Literature

Learning Is a Learned Behavior. Here’s How to Get Better at It.

Many people mistakenly believe that the ability to learn is a matter of intelligence. For them, learning is an immutable trait like eye color, simply luck of the genetic draw. People are born learners, or they’re not, the thinking goes. So why bother getting better at it?<p>And that’s why many people …

Pedagogy

Professor: A disturbing story about the influence of the Koch network in higher education

Arizona State University President Michael Crow in front of the Fulton Center on the university’s main campus in Tempe on Oct. 16, 2007. (Chris …

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April 20, 2018<p>I love reading about math. Not dry textbooks, but texts that bring to life the people who do math as a profession. Or texts that …

Mathematics

Rote learning is essential for a child's education – play isn't, says expert

Traditional approaches to education such as practising rote learning and building pupils' memories are essential to allow for more complex tasks, a …

A new training policy proposed to help Indian teachers upgrade their skills may not help much

It may yield little more than a certificate for the country’s 11 lakh untrained teachers, say experts.<p>On April 11, Prakash Javadekar announced that …

The Myth of 'Learning Styles'

A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked.<p>In the early ‘90s, a New Zealand man named Neil Fleming decided to sort through something that had puzzled him during his time monitoring classrooms as a school inspector. In the course of watching 9,000 …

Pedagogy

Yes, we’ve lost our faith in God, but we’ve lost our faith in reason too

Our failure to create social movements that fill the space vacated by the church has left people feeling helpless<p>Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. So runs the inscription above the gates of hell in Dante’s Inferno. Through those gates walks Dante with his guide Virgil:<p>Now sighs, loud wailing, …

Religion

Civilisations by David Olusoga review – a riposte to European superiority

In the summer of 1520, towards the end of his life, the great German artist Albrecht Dürer travelled from his home in Nuremberg to the Low Countries, to meet his new patron, the Holy Roman emperor Charles V. At the same time, halfway across the world in the middle of the Americas, the Spanish …

Books

A Woman Who Went Viral For Being Assaulted During A Protest Is Now Facing Arrest

A young woman was assaulted by police at a protest against sexual harassment. Now those same police are threatening her with arrest — for assaulting them.<p>NEW DELHI — “Tear off her clothes!” the policewoman shouted as several pairs of hands ripped at Sheena Thakur’s blue-and-white cotton shirt. …

Sexual Harassment

Reading Jane Jacobs Anew

Her work is cousin to the radical visions of the era, but she was ultimately working to reinvent, not simply destroy conventional wisdom.<p><i>An abridged and adapted version of the introduction to</i> Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs, <i>published by Random House, October 11, 2016.</i><p>Fans of Jane …

Urban Design

Who was Anandi Gopal Joshi? Google doodle celebrates 153rd birthday of India's first female doctor

Anandi Gopal Joshi has been honoured with a Google doodle on what would have been her 153rd birthday.<p>The all-green doodle on the internet's most …

Linda Brown, of landmark Board of Education case, has died—and school segregation is still terrible

Linda Brown was only nine years old when she became a public hero and central figure in the <i>Brown vs. Board of Education</i> case that outlawed de jure …

Six NASA Astronauts Describe the Moment in Space When "Everything Changed"

"This is what heaven must look like."<p>There’s no squinting in space. Things appear small, sure. From your vantage point, 254 miles above Earth, even …

Which Common Educational Myth Limits Student Achievement?

One of the most common misconceptions regarding teaching and learning is the belief in using personalized instructional strategies with specific …

Why forest rights matter

The demand is a call for upholding local practices of belonging<p>Written by |<p>On March 12, about 50,000 farmers reached Mumbai, walking 165 km in the …

Rights & Freedoms

In 2016, over one lakh children faced sexual assault: Supreme Court informed

The figure were brought recently to the notice of a bench which asked the Registrar Generals of high courts across the country to collect and collate …

India

India Achieved In 30 Years What Great Britain Did In 150 Years, Says Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman

Nobel laureate Paul Krugman lauded India's economic prosperity and rapid growth, while also touching upon concerns over corruption and widening …

The Problem Isn’t Just Trump. It’s Our Ignorant Electorate.

It is not effete snobbery or elitist condescension to note that ill-informed voters contributed to the current mess.<p>For many of us, mornings have …

What explains the BJP’s animosity towards Periyar and his statues?

Periyar said that those who worshipped god were barbarians.<p>A threat to bring down the statues of social reformer Periyar in Tamil Nadu has caused …

Were we wrong to give up the landline?

Smartphones and the internet have revolutionised society, commerce, and politics, reshaping how we work and play, and how our brains are wired. They …

El Salvador's Gangs Are Targeting Young Girls

And the Trump administration’s immigration policies are certain to make it worse.<p>SAN SALVADOR—At dusk on a dusty soccer field in San Salvador last April, three girls sat together on a bench. Dani, 12, and Sofia, 16, regularly played soccer with the boys; Diana, Sofia’s 14-year-old cousin, came to …

Immigration

Gauri Lankesh Murder: Hindu Yuva Sena Man Taken Into Custody

<b>Bengaluru:</b> The Special Investigation Team probing senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh’s murder case took into custody a man for …

India

Indian state offers free breast implants to the poor

A south Indian state has become possibly the first in the world to offer publicly-funded breast implants, its health minister arguing, “Why should beauty treatment not be available to the poor?”<p>The Tamil Nadu state health department on Wednesday launched the free service at a clinic in the capital …

Tamil Nadu

Teenagers aren't reading enough tough books – here's why that matters

We may be living in the digital age, but reading books is still a big part of growing up. And the books that young people read – and how difficult …

Students across nation are planning walkouts and speaking out about school shootings

High school students and teachers across the nation are planning walkouts this spring to push Congress to address solutions for school shootings, Newsweek reported.<p>Students tweeted about the proposed walkouts with the hashtags #NationalSchoolWalkout, #April20 and #April20Walk on Twitter. It’s part …