How Cultures Around The World Think About Parenting 

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What can American parents learn from how other cultures look at parenting? A look at child-rearing ideas in Japan, Norway, Spain — and beyond. The crisis of American parenting, as anyone who has looked at the parenting section of a bookstore can attest, is that nobody knows what the hell they’re doing. Yet despite this lack of confidence and apparent absence ... Read More »

Acropolis Maidens Glow Anew


Caryatid Statues, Restored, Are Stars at Athens Museum ATHENS — For 2,500 years, the six sisters stood unflinching atop the Acropolis, as the fires of war blazed around them, bullets nicked their robes, and bombs scarred their curvaceous bodies. When one of them was kidnapped in the 19th century, legend had it that the other five could be heard weeping ... Read More »

A Radical School in France Has No Curriculum, Teachers or Lesson Plans


Imagine school without teachers, books, grades, dorms and tuition. That’s the sort of education you will find at École 42, a school in Paris that focuses on training young students to become the world’s most oustanding programmers. It’s the sort of learning space that could revolutionize the way we view education. Founded by French telecom magnate and founder of French ISP Free Xavier Niel, ... Read More »

Speaking to My Father in a Dead Dialect


My parents’ skirmishes with standard Italian were nothing compared to the all-out war they waged on English. They would answer calls for their sons by saying “she’s a no’ home.” I took this gender-bending as an assertion of my individuality, my access to a world that separated me from all the other kids on the block. I may have lived ... Read More »

The British Just Banned Something Taught to Millions of American Students

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The news: Teaching students that creationism is an evidence-based theory is now banned in all public schools across the United Kingdom, according to new documents from the British government. Here are the new standards, which institute a: …requirement for every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory ... Read More »

Exhibition offers an opportunity to discover the wide-ranging materials used to create colour in paintings


LONDON.- ‘Making Colour’, the first exhibition of its kind in the UK, offers visitors an exceptional opportunity to discover the wide-ranging materials used to create colour in paintings and other works of art. Using theNational Gallery’s own paintings and loans from major UK cultural institutions, the exhibition traces the history of making colour in Western paintings, from the Middle Ages to ... Read More »

Collecting Art: Philanthropy or Self-Glorification?


BASEL — The last few years have ushered in a new era in the craze for contemporary art, with prices reaching such dizzying heights that many feel inclined to predict its collapse. Yet, the bubble shows no sign of bursting. Art buying has become the favorite playground of a super-rich elite isolated from the economic realities that shape the lives ... Read More »

19-Year-Old Figured Out How To Clean Up The Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch In Just 10 Years


Global warming isn’t the only environmental nightmare that scientists are struggling to solve. Millions of tons of plastic waste litter the world’s oceans, converging together in rotating currents called gyres and blanketing the water’s surface. On average, these gyres now hold six times more plastic than plankton by dry weight. Fortunately, 19-year-old Boyan Slat, founder and president of The Ocean ... Read More »

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades


 Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of ... Read More »