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Crony capitalism and protectionism are the despot’s way

Don’t be comforted by the health of the economy. The Trump administration’s policies and decisions pose a threat to future prosperity.

Economics

Setting the pace in schools

Language

People Who Have “Too Many Interests” Are More Likely To Be Successful According To Research

<b>The most comprehensive case that has ever been made for why nearly everyone should become a polymath in a modern knowledge economy.</b><p>“Jack of all …

Creativity

Here's What One 8th Grader Thinks About Report Cards

As an ardent advocate for learning divorced from grades, the continuing growth of the practice in a variety of places gives me hope that perhaps …

Education

Want a Better America? Stop Requiring Algebra. – Member Feature Stories – Medium

I was 32. I’d long suspected something was wrong, but this was a diagnosis meant for a child, not a grown woman. After eight weeks of embarrassing …

Mathematics

37 up-and-coming creative job titles.

Does your job title need a shot of creativity? Do you feel like all the social media ninjas and tech futurists and marketing rockstars are stealing …

Employment

Poetry

Interviews with Poets<p><b>A Conversation with Former US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera</b><p>“When I came to school, if I hadn’t found writing, if the teacher …

Creative Writing

Analysis: Report suggests some schools overuse test prep

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new report on testing in Mississippi's public schools suggests that low-performing schools may spend so much time getting ready for high-stakes state tests that teachers don't teach new material for a significant portion of the school year.<p>The testing report was released …

Education

Gaslighting for Beginners

How to Use this Revolutionary Psychological Tactic to Your Own Advantage<p><b>More from TheCooperReview.com:</b><p>Meeting Achievement Stickers<br>• 12 Innovative Ways …

San Francisco

How America's Largest Local TV Owner Turned Its News Anchors Into Soldiers In Trump's War On The Media

Earlier this month, CNN’s Brian Stelter broke the news that Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner or operator of nearly 200 television stations in the …

Journalism

This Handy Chart Automatically Generates a Pitch for Your New Novel

Feeling stuck? We help you skip the writing and go straight to the press releaseThe most important part of a novel isn’t the plot, the characters, or …

Writing

Bill Withers: The Soul Man Who Walked Away

In 1970 the singer was a guy in his thirties with a job and a lunch pail. Then he wrote 'Ain't No Sunshine,' and things got complicated<p>On a clear …

Aretha Franklin

The Fight Over Teacher Salaries: A Look At The Numbers

The teachers strike in West Virginia may have ended last week when Gov. Jim Justice signed a law giving educators a 5 percent pay increase, but the fight in other states is just warming up.<p>"You can make anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 more by driving 15 minutes across the state line," said Dale …

Education

How America’s Quality of Life Imploded – Eudaimonia and Co

I read an interesting article by Andrew Sullivan about the opioid epidemic, and how it points to collapse. It does — but Sullivan’s answer — that …

The Economic Lessons of Star Trek’s Money-Free Society

Author: Geek's Guide to the Galaxy. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Culture<p>Date of Publication: 05.28.16.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>A few years …

Science Fiction

Why Everyone Missed the Most Mind-Blowing Feature of Cryptocurrency

There’s one incredible feature of cryptocurrencies that almost everyone seems to have missed, including Satoshi himself.<p>But it’s there, hidden away, …

Bitcoin

Are 4 Day Weeks the Answer to Problems Facing America's School Districts?

As funding questions persist and states face the possibility of West Virginia-style teacher strikes, more school districts across the country are …

Towards a world without Facebook

Dear blockchain people: this is your hour. Abandon your transparently greedy get-rich-quick schemes, turn away from your casinos of de-facto modern-day penny stocks, and focus your decentralized attention on what the world needs. Save us, O blockchainers, from the scourge that is Facebook! …

Blockchain

The 25 best icebreaker questions for team-building at work

#1: What was your first job?<p>By far, this question has prompted the most interesting responses for the companies we work with. Employees are always …

5 weak words you should avoid (and what to use instead)

As our lives get more and more hectic, communicating clearly has become one of the most important professional skills. Yet despite our best efforts, …

How I Use One-Pagers in English Language Arts

If you follow many teachers on social media, you know that one-pagers are suddenly all the rage. I can see why. They’re visually stunning, represent …

Teaching

Quit Your Job and Go to Work

The future of employment was meant to liberate us from the shackles of a 9-to-5. In fact, it’s leaving people in an impossibly annoying, …

Is College Still Worth It? A TEDx Talk by Jason Lange, Co

BloomBoard co-founder and President, Jason Lange, delivers a Ted Talk at TEDx Wilmington titled Is College Still Worth It? His talk challenges the …

Doing Poorly on Purpose: Why Smart Kids Choose Not to do Well in School

As a teacher myself, I feel your pain when a capable student chooses — yes, chooses — not to perform well academically. Cajole as we might (and do…) …

Teaching

10 Awesome Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

Getting students to dig deeper and answer questions using higher-level thinking can be a challenge. Here are our favorite tips for teaching critical …

My Bathroom Mirror Is Smarter Than Yours

When I couldn’t buy a smart mirror and made one instead<p>Sometime late last year I realized that I wanted my ordinary bathroom mirror to be more like …

Interior Design
Teaching

Student Walkout Taps Well of Anger, Mourning Over Gun Violence

The thousands who left their schools nationwide to mark the Feb. 14 shootings in Parkland, Fla., rode a dramatic wave of youth activism tinged with …

Education

Ten Things We Shouldn't Expect Public Schools to Do

In an excellent piece in <i>Jacobin</i> this month, Sarah Bruch and Joe Soss make this observation:<p><i>In a society defined by</i> <i>stark social inequalities</i><i>,</i> <i>schools</i> …