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The Atlantic/What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Succsess

Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have exactly the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income, or geographic location. Education has been seen first and foremost not as a way to produce star performers, but as an instrument to even out social inequality.
Lately Finland has been attracting attention on global surveys of quality of life —Newsweek ranked it number one last year — and Finland’s national education system has been receiving particular praise, because in recent years Finnish students have been turning in some of the highest test scores in the world.
Finland’s success is especially intriguing because Finnish schools assign less homework and engage children in more creative play.

The Atlantic/What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Succsess

  • Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have exactly the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income, or geographic location. Education has been seen first and foremost not as a way to produce star performers, but as an instrument to even out social inequality.
  • Lately Finland has been attracting attention on global surveys of quality of life —Newsweek ranked it number one last year — and Finland’s national education system has been receiving particular praise, because in recent years Finnish students have been turning in some of the highest test scores in the world.
  • Finland’s success is especially intriguing because Finnish schools assign less homework and engage children in more creative play.

12 months ago

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Who Is Defending Austerity Now?
The Atlantic:

… the very intellectual foundations of austerity are unraveling. In other words, economists are finding out that austerity doesn’t work in practice or in theory.

BBC news:

This week, economists have been astonished to find that a famous academic paper often used to make the case for austerity cuts contains major errors. Another surprise is that the mistakes, by two eminent Harvard professors, were spotted by a student doing his homework.

Who Is Defending Austerity Now?

The Atlantic:

… the very intellectual foundations of austerity are unraveling. In other words, economists are finding out that austerity doesn’t work in practice or in theory.

BBC news:

This week, economists have been astonished to find that a famous academic paper often used to make the case for austerity cuts contains major errors. Another surprise is that the mistakes, by two eminent Harvard professors, were spotted by a student doing his homework.

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Zen Pencils Comic: 100. CARL SAGAN: Pale blue dot

excuse me, no one is allowed to make me cry like that

1 year ago


 The essayist, unlike the novelist, the poet, and the playwright, must be content in his self-imposed role of second-class citizen. A writer who has his sights trained on the Nobel Prize or other earthly triumphs had best write a novel, a poem, or a play, and leave the essayist to ramble about, content with living a free life and enjoying the satisfactions of a somewhat undisciplined existence.-E.B.White 

Little did White know that a mere year later, he’d be awarded an honorary Pulitzer Prize for the full body of his work, which consisted — per his self-professed preference — largely of essays.  

 The essayist, unlike the novelist, the poet, and the playwright, must be content in his self-imposed role of second-class citizen. A writer who has his sights trained on the Nobel Prize or other earthly triumphs had best write a novel, a poem, or a play, and leave the essayist to ramble about, content with living a free life and enjoying the satisfactions of a somewhat undisciplined existence.
-E.B.White 

Little did White know that a mere year later, he’d be awarded an honorary Pulitzer Prize for the full body of his work, which consisted — per his self-professed preference — largely of essays. 
 

1 year ago

China blazes trail for ‘clean’ nuclear power from thorium

They are really going for it, and have talented researchers. This could lead to a massive break-through…Technology for the molten salt process already exists. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee built such a reactor in the 1960s. It was shelved by the Nixon Administration. The Pentagon needed plutonium residue from uranium to build nuclear bombs. 

1 year ago

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A quote from Neil deGrasse Tyson, during his Reddit AMA (March 01, 2012)

(Source: crookedindifference)

"The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.

For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And along the way, lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you."

1 year ago

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the google glass feature no one is talking about

The really interesting aspect is that all of the indexing, tagging, and storage could happen without the Google Glass user even requesting it. Any video taken by any Google Glass, anywhere, is likely to be stored on Google servers, where any post-processing (facial recognition, speech-to-text, etc.) could happen at the later request of Google, or any other corporate or governmental body, at any point in the future…

1 year ago

Social media keep old friends close, but the Web used to be for strangers

”…But what if a social network operated according to a logic as different from computer logic as an underground punk club is from a computer lab? Once upon a time this social network did exist, and it was called Makeoutclub.com.”

DON’T BE A STRANGER, The New Inquiry, Adrian Chen

MAKEOUTCLUB WIKI
 

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A quote from Brett Gurewitz, Bad Religion
 

(Source: Rolling Stone)

"…Greg and I were both influenced by Carl Sagan, both reading and watching Cosmos. I was influenced by Jack Kerouac, by Tom Waits; I’ve always been a huge fan. At some level, William Burroughs is punk, Tom Waits is punk."