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Boys at Exeter academy wear skirts in uniform protest
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They wanted to wear shorts, but were told that breached their school's uniform policy.
In A First, Connecticut's Animals Get Advocates In The Courtroom
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The state's legal advocates are one sign of the emerging field of animal law. In 2000, nine law schools had courses in animal law; by 2015, that number was 151.
Teacher sought for single-pupil school on Foula
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The head teacher post on the remote Scottish island of Foula has a salary of £49,000.
Study Finds Yoga Can Help Back Pain, But Keep It Gentle, With These Poses
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A new study finds that a yoga class designed specifically for lower back pain can be as effective as physical therapy in easing pain. The class and teacher manuals are available on-line, for free.
Judge Delivers Blow To Trump Administration In Dakota Access Fight
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This ruling does not order the pipeline to cease operations. But it opens the door to that possibility. The federal judge found the Trump Administration failed to follow environmental procedures.
US gun laws: Colorado to arm teachers in classrooms
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Staff undergo training as "armed first responders" in the US state in order to protect children.
Dustbin man builds free library of thrown away books
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A dustbin man in Colombia has built a free library of more than 20,000 books rescued from rubbish.
The History of Punk Rock in 200 Tracks: An 11-Hour Playlist Takes You From 1965 to 2016
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It may be that familiarity breeds contempt, and if that’s so, we should all be very glad of the wealth of excellent documentaries correcting the monolithic commercial story of punk, which goes something like this: The Sex Pistols and The Clash explode into the world in 1977 purveying anarchy and revolution and designer BDSM gear, and the status quo freaks […] The History of Punk Rock in 200 Tracks: An 11-Hour Playlist Takes You From 1965 to 2016 is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on
Ancient Rome’s System of Roads Visualized in the Style of Modern Subway Maps
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Sasha Trubetskoy, an undergrad at U. Chicago, has created a "subway-style diagram of the major Roman roads, based on the Empire of ca. 125 AD." Drawing on Stanford’s ORBIS model, The Pelagios Project, and the Antonine Itinerary, Trubetskoy's map combines well-known historic roads, like the Via Appia, with lesser-known ones (in somes cases given imagined names). If […] Ancient Rome’s System of Roads Visualized in the Style of Modern Subway Maps is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us
These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books
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Sarah Laskow, Atlas Obscura, Jun 16, 2017 This post is mostly eye candy but it makes clear what is going on in a certain type of game-based learning, specifically, branching scenario learning (see examples here, here, here). They also display pretty clearly the weakness of the branching scenario: students can figure out pretty quickly what's going on and can realize that success can be earned by memorizing the maze rather than learning the content. I rem
Mayors, Companies Vow To Act On Climate, Even As U.S. Leaves Paris Accord
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President Trump has announced he will withdraw the U.S. from the global agreement to fight climate change. But more than 1,200 mayors, governors and business leaders say they're still on board.
Trump May Have A Lot Of Money, But Documents Show He Owes A Lot, Too
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Over the years the president has had an up-and-down relationship with big commercial lenders. But as president, Trump could find himself in a conflict of interest with any amount of debt.
Two Dads And Their Experience With Foster Fatherhood
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After caring for drug-addicted infants, two men became foster parents. It was hard saying goodbye to their first child, but when offered the chance to do it again they said, "How can you say no?"
Students Email Their Parents About Missing Work
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In my last blog post titled, “Stop Taking Grading Home,” I explained how I use the Station Rotation Model to provide students with real-time feedback as they work instead of taking grading home. I had one teacher ask me what I … Continue reading →
Learning American History Through Movies & Free Timeline
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Movie Homeschooling I could not find a chronological list of movies of American History so I made the one below. First I created a timeline from 1630 to 2000 into 12 eras and listed the most important people and events.  (You can download a 8.5
10-Story High Mural of Muddy Waters Goes Up in Chicago
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Image by Terence Faircloth, via Flickr Commons If you find yourself near State and Washington streets in Chicago, look up and you'll see a mural of bluesman Muddy Waters rising 10 stories high. It was painted, the Chicago Tribune tells us, by Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra and fellow painters. And it was officially dedicated yesterday, […] 10-Story High Mural of Muddy Waters Goes Up in Chicago is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, or get our
Watch a Surreal 1953 Animation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart,” Voted the 24th Best Cartoon of All Time
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Animation studio UPA—United Productions of America—is best known these days as the studio that gave us Mr. Magoo and Gerald McBoing Boing (which inspired a certain website). But the studio, originally created by three former Disney employees, wanted to broaden horizons back in the 1950s, and created this quite disturbing adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s […] Watch a Surreal 1953 Animation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart,” Voted the 24th Best Cartoon of All Time is a post from: Open Cu
Reports: AG Sessions Offered To Resign Amid Trump Anger At Recusal
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Sessions was among Trump's most ardent supporters in 2016, but according to reports from ABC News and others, the president remains furious with his choice to recuse himself from Russia inquiries.
'I'm Proud Of Otto,' Fred Warmbier Says After Son Returns From North Korea
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"It's tough to process," Fred Warmbier says of his son returning home in a coma. "But we're tremendously proud of him. So we're looking to the future."
This Father's Day, Remembering A Time When Dads Weren't Welcome In Delivery Rooms
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For many fathers, the birth of a child is a hugely emotional moment. But not that long ago, few fathers were allowed to participate in the process.
Louisiana Is First State To Ban Public Colleges From Asking About Criminal History
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The "ban the box" movement is designed to open opportunities to the tens of millions of Americans with some kind of criminal record.
Bill Maher Apologizes After Using N-Word On His Show
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"The word was offensive, and I regret saying it and am very sorry," Maher said Saturday. HBO called his comment "completely inexcusable and tasteless" and said it would be edited from future airings.
One Year After Pulse Shooting, Orlando Honors Those Who Died
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Hundreds gathered outside the nightclub Monday to remember the 49 people who were killed that night. Mourners have created a makeshift memorial there — and plans for a permanent one are underway.
President Donald Trump, Unreliable Narrator
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Why can't we stop reading Trump's Twitter feed? The same reason we can't put down The Catcher In The Rye or Pale Fire.
How Arabic Translators Helped Preserve Greek Philosophy … and the Classical Tradition
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In the ancient world, the language of philosophy—and therefore of science and medicine—was primarily Greek. “Even after the Roman conquest of the Mediterranean and the demise of paganism, philosophy was strongly associated with Hellenic culture,” writes philosophy professor and History of Philosophy without any Gaps host Peter Adamson. “The leading thinkers of the Roman world, […] How Arabic Translators Helped Preserve Greek Philosophy … and the Classical Tradition is a post from: Open Cu
Pakistani Musicians Play an Enchanting Version of Dave Brubeck’s Jazz Classic, “Take Five”
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How’s this for fusion? Here we have The Sachal Studios Orchestra, based in Lahore, Pakistan, playing an innovative cover of “Take Five,” the jazz standard written by Paul Desmond and originally performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1959. Before he died in 2012, Brubeck called it the “most interesting” version he had ever heard. Once you […] Pakistani Musicians Play an Enchanting Version of Dave Brubeck’s Jazz Classic, “Take Five” is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twi
Leading universities rated 'bronze' under new ranking system
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Universities are now ranked bronze, silver or gold for their standard of undergraduate teaching.
Survivors Of Childhood Diseases Struggle To Find Care As Adults
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A few decades ago, babies born with conditions such as congenital heart disease or cystic fibrosis often didn't survive past childhood. Now many live longer, but adult medicine has not kept pace.
Queen's Speech: Grammar school expansion abandoned
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Grammar schools and scrapping free meals for infants disappear from the government's education plans.
NCAA Faults Louisville Basketball Program For Ethics And Oversight In Sex Scandal
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Coach Rick Pitino's former director of basketball operations acted unethically "by arranging striptease dances and sex acts for prospects, student-athletes and others," the NCAA says.
Stop Taking Grading Home
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In January I wrote a blog post titled “New Year’s Resolution: I’m Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom.” I’m here to update everyone. Since January, I have not brought a single stack of digital papers home to grade! It’s been amazing! … Continue reading →
Free Libraries Shaped Like Doctor Who’s Time-Traveling TARDIS Pop Up in Detroit, Saskatoon, Macon & Other Cities
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Image courtesy of Dan Zemke. If you live in a major American city — and maybe even if you live in a major non-American one — you may well have come across a Little Free Library, those boxes of books open to the public for whomever would like to take one or leave one. Most […] Free Libraries Shaped Like Doctor Who’s Time-Traveling TARDIS Pop Up in Detroit, Saskatoon, Macon & Other Cities is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, or get our Daily Email.
The Illustrated Guide to a PhD: 12 Simple Pictures That Will Put the Daunting Degree into Perspective
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Matthew Might, a computer science professor at the University of Utah, writes: "Every fall, I explain to a fresh batch of Ph.D. students what a Ph.D. is. It's hard to describe it in words. So, I use pictures." In his Illustrated Guide to the PhD, Professor Might creates a visual narrative that puts the daunting […] The Illustrated Guide to a PhD: 12 Simple Pictures That Will Put the Daunting Degree into Perspective is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google P
'Trump' children's word of the year
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Donald Trump is firing children's imaginations, judging by stories entered for the 500 Words contest.
Joni Mitchell Sings an Achingly Pretty Version of “Both Sides Now” on the Mama Cass TV Show (1969)
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"Records can be a bad trip. The audience can play your mistakes over and over. In a television special they see you once and you work hard to make sure they're seeing you at your best."  —Mama Cass Elliot, The Argus It’s hard to imagine anyone blessed with Mama Cass’ golden pipes being embarrassed by […] Joni Mitchell Sings an Achingly Pretty Version of “Both Sides Now” on the Mama Cass TV Show (1969) is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, or get ou
Radiohead’s “Creep” Played on the Gayageum, a Korean Instrument Dating Back to the 6th Century
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Every now and then, we check in on the fascinating musical world of Luna Lee--a musician who performs Western music on the Gayageum, a traditional Korean stringed instrument which dates back to the 6th century. Over the years, we've shown you her adaptations of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Voodoo Chile;’ David Bowie's “The Man Who Sold The World;” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah;” blues classics by John […] Radiohead’s “Creep” Played on the Gayageum, a Korean Instrument Dating Back to the 6th Centur
The History of Classical Music in 1200 Tracks: From Gregorian Chant to Górecki
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What is classical music? It may seem like a remedial question, but it is a serious one. Leonard Bernstein took it seriously enough to design an entire program around it. His “Young People’s Concerts” with the New York Philharmonic—broadcast on TV from Carnegie Hall in 1959—began with an admission of how unclear the term's usage […] The History of Classical Music in 1200 Tracks: From Gregorian Chant to Górecki is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, o
'An Appalling And Detestable Lie': 5 Highlights From Sessions' Senate Testimony
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The attorney general gave a fiery opening statement and answered senators' questions for 2 1/2 hours. Democrats hammered him on FBI Director James Comey's firing and for being generally evasive.
Dr. Jane Goodall Will Teach an Online Course About Conserving Our Environment
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A quick heads up: The great primatologist and anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall--now 83 years old--will soon teach her first online course ever. Hosted by Masterclass, the course, consisting of 25 video lectures, will teach students how they can conserve the environment. It will also share Goodall's research on the behavioral patterns of chimpanzees and what they […] Dr. Jane Goodall Will Teach an Online Course About Conserving Our Environment is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Face
The First Bloomsday: See Dublin’s Literati Celebrate James Joyce’s Ulysses in Drunken Fashion (1954)
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Here's a fascinating glimpse of the very first Bloomsday celebration, filmed in Dublin in 1954. The footage shows the great Irish comedic writer Brian O'Nolan, better known by his pen name Flann O'Brien, appearing very drunk as he sets off with two other renowned post-war Irish writers, Patrick Kavanagh and Anthony Cronin, and a cousin of James Joyce, […] The First Bloomsday: See Dublin’s Literati Celebrate James Joyce’s Ulysses in Drunken Fashion (1954) is a post from: Open C