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How houses were cooled before air conditioning

It’s too darn hot<p><i>Welcome back to</i> <i>Period Dramas</i><i>, a weekly column that alternates between rounding up historic homes on the market and answering questions we’ve always had about older structures.</i><p>On these sweltering midsummer days, it’s natural to want nothing more than to sit in front of an air …

Architecture

Maryam Mirzakhani, Prize-Winning Mathematician, Dies At 40

Nearly three years after she became the first woman to win math's equivalent of a Nobel Prize, Maryam Mirzakhani has died of breast cancer at age 40. Her death was confirmed Saturday by Stanford University, where Mirzakhani had been a professor since 2008.<p>Mirzakhani is survived by her husband, Jan …

Mathematics

Robots and AI are going to make social inequality even worse, says new report

Rich people are going to find it easier to adapt to automation<p>Most economists agree that advances in robotics and AI over the next few decades are likely to lead to significant job losses. But what’s less often considered is how these changes could also impact social mobility. A new report from UK …

Intelligence

Everyday Sexism in a 'Post-Feminist' World

Pop culture tells girls they can do anything, but the messages they experience in the classroom tell a different story.<p>For the past two decades, “girl power” has become a popular way of describing the success of girls in American culture. Widespread reports of “alpha girls”—girls who can do it all, …

Gender

Education Expenditure In India Way Below Global Average: Report

Indian parents tend to spend more than Rs 12 lakh to fund their child’s education and other expenses; less than half of the global average of more …

Education

​​​​​​​The Diminishing Role of Art in Children's Lives

Kids have fewer opportunities to do art in school and at home—and that could have long-term consequences.<p>“<i>Ik ben ik</i>”—I am me—was the classroom theme when my son started preschool in the Netherlands two years ago. He painted a portrait of himself, with exaggerated teeth only on the bottom row and …

Education

Educated women are freezing their eggs because of ‘missing men’

Women with master’s degrees and doctorates are freezing their eggs because there are not enough educated men in the world, according to a new …

Women's News

British schools are suffering from 'considerable' and 'stubbornly persistent' racism, report claims

Britain's schools are riddled with “endemic racism”, a hard-hitting report warns today.<p>Black and ethnic minority teachers’ morale is hit by …

Racism

Fairfield University Philosophy Professor Teaches ‘The Problem That is Whiteness’

Speaking at a conference aimed at producing “radical social change” in higher education, a philosophy professor at Fairfield University says that …

Racism

Flipboard

The U.S. Needs to Invest in Minds, Not Miners

Otherwise the job market will leave a lot of men behind.<p>In J.D. Vance's memoir "Hillbilly Elegy," which recounts the blasted hopes of those left out of the modern economy, grandfather Papaw makes a prescient prediction: "Your generation will make its living with their minds, not their hands." What …

United States

Without the basics, Indigenous girls still can't participate in society

Overpriced pads and tampons are one reason Indigenous girls miss school during their periods: working toilets and broad community shame are also problems<p>In February this year, the Turnbull government tabled yet another underwhelming Closing the Gap report. While beautifully designed, the content of …

Gender

Prevent strategy stigmatising Muslim pupils, say teachers

School and college staff question effectiveness of anti-radicalisation drive and say it undermines inclusion efforts<p>Teachers fear Muslim pupils are being increasingly stigmatised as a result of the government’s Prevent strategy in schools and colleges, potentially making them reluctant to share …

Education

Resurrecting the Radical Pedagogy of the Black Panther Party

Not long ago I had the opportunity to visit The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s <i>Black Power!</i> exhibition, an unforgettable …

Black History

Delhi Govt Officials Fail to Provide Scholarships to 5 Lakh SC/ST, Minority Students

Over 5 lakh scholarships remained unpaid for over a year and yet no one raise a hue and cry. Now, Kejriwal has raised the issue and the chief …

India

New students 'unprepared for university'

<b>Young people heading for university need much better preparation for what they can expect, say researchers.</b><p>After all the effort of getting a university place, the Higher Education Policy Institute study suggests, there can be unrealistic expectations.<p>Most young people expect to have more teaching …

Education

ICSE board's Class VI book blames Azaan for noise pollution

In a sensational development, the ICSE board’s class VI text book has blamed mosques and Azaan for causing noise pollution.<p>A chapter on noise …

97% of cow vigilantes since 2009 struck during the Modi regime: Analysis

<b>By Delna Abraham & Ojaswi Rao</b><p>Muslims were the target of 51% of violence centred on bovine issues over nearly eight years (2010 to 2017) and comprised …

The Female Pioneers of the Bauhaus Art Movement: Discover Gertrud Arndt, Marianne Brandt, Anni Albers & Other Forgotten Innovators

You'd be forgiven for assuming that the Bauhaus, the modern art and design movement that emerged from the eponymous German art school in the 1920s …

Art

Robots stealing human jobs isn't the problem. This is.

A 15-hour work week. That's what influential economist John Maynard Keynes prophesied in his famous 1930 essay "Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren," forecasting that in the next century technology would make us so productive we wouldn't know what to do with all our free time.<p>This is not …

Basic Income

The Problem With Participatory Democracy Is the Participants

At backyard barbecues this holiday weekend, liberals will gab with one another about how much time they’re spending on politics. More than ever, they are watching cable news, and refreshing Twitter and Facebook feeds.<p>Many kept up with the recent special House elections. Some skipped work to watch …

Democracy

For too long, Pakistani schools have been a means to provide jobs, rather than education

Pakistan is trying to spend its way out of its education crisis. It can’t. But the government can learn about accountability and efficiency from private schools<p>With more than 20 million children out of school, Pakistan has, at last, begun talking about its education crises. Our media and civil …

Education

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation’s needs. To help solve a “huge deficit in the skills that we need today,” Mr. Cook said, the …

Education

UGC’s new distance learning and open school rules thought to implement, too many vacancies: Teachers

‘Some of the regulations betray the University Grants Commission’s cluelessness about distance learning.’<p>On Friday, the higher education funding and …

Water

The Perpetuation Of Racism In Public Schools

Many know about it, most ignore it, but no one stops it: As counties in the South go, one particular district is standard in every way. Churches …

Education

Lynchistan: Hindus silent as a wave of violence against Muslims sweeps India

The reason for the attack, as is usual these days, was trivial—an argument over a seat on a train. The victims, as they usually are these days, were Muslim. In this case, three brothers on their way home from Delhi, after Eid shopping, to the holy city of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. The …

India

Manufactured illiteracy and miseducation: A long process of decline led to President Donald Trump

A deep-rooted crisis in education, and a long cultural and political decline, is what got us here. There's hope!<p>Donald Trump’s ascendancy in American politics has made visible a plague of deep-seated civic illiteracy, a corrupt political system and a contempt for reason that has been decades in the …

Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says

Board of education chairman says subject is debatable, controversial and too complicated for students<p>Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools, a senior education official has said, in a move likely to raise the ire of the country’s secular opposition.<p>Alpaslan Durmuş, who chairs the …

Education

A Novice→Expert Model of Learning - David Didau

Every artist was first an amateur.<p>Ralph Waldo Emerson<p>One of the best understood principles of cognitive psychology is that novices learn and think …

Ralph Waldo Emerson