Catcher in the Rye To Be Dropped from Curriculum? Puh-lease

New Common Core Standards drop classic novels in favor of “informational texts.” The US school system will undergo some big changes within the next two years, chiefly due to a decision to remove a good deal of classic novels from the curriculum, or so the recent media reports would have you think. The idea behind…

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The Enchantress of Numbers

The curious tale of the world’s first computer programmer. Today I stray a little from the ordinary literary and educational news updates, after coming across a nod to an exceptional woman I couldn’t pass the day without commemorating, not only for her role in mathematics, but also for her role as a woman in mathematics,…

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Why Children Make the Best Scientists

The intersection of science and play. We are taught from a young age that authority in any academic realm must be allocated to adults only–or more specifically grey haired men in tweed jackets staring down their noses at us from in front of a chalkboard or behind a cluttered desk. But when we think about…

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How Reading Kafka Can Make You Smarter

Got a big test coming up? Think you’ve tried every study tip available? Think again… Here’s one you likely haven’t heard of: read a short story by Franz Kafka before your exam and you may come out of it with an improved test score. The short story in question is a surreal work by Kafka…

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The Sound of Silence: NASA Probes Record Earth’s ‘Chorus’

Here’s a question for Science teachers to ask their classes: If space made a noise, what would it sound like? The reverberations of Neil Armstrong’s footsteps? Space junk clanging together?  The chatter of little green men? Or perhaps, early morning birdsong? Yes, unlikely as it is, Earth actually gives off a noise that most liken…

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