Educational

How Australia Perfected Solar Power And Then Went Back To Coal

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There was a time in the 1980s when Australia lead the world in solar technology. To begin with, Australia receives more solar radiation per square foot than anywhere on the planet, and that presents an obvious advantage. But the true catalyst was geography: two thirds of the country consists of uninhabited desert. This posed problems for engineers tasked with constructing a national ... Read More »

Dr. Simon Payaslian of Boston University to Speak at Fresno State

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Dr. Simon Payaslian, holder of the Charles K. and Elizabeth M. Kenosian Chair in Modern Armenian History and Literature at Boston University, will give a talk on “The Origins of the Armenian Community in New England and the Construction of Armenian-American ‘Cultural Congruence,’” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 12, in the University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191, ... Read More »

Teaching Is Not a Business

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TODAY’S education reformers believe that schools are broken and that business can supply the remedy. Some place their faith in the idea of competition. Others embrace disruptive innovation, mainly through online learning. Both camps share the belief that the solution resides in the impersonal, whether it’s the invisible hand of the market or the transformative power of technology. Neither strategy ... Read More »

The ancient roots of self-help

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The self-help industry is reportedly worth $13bn in the US alone. Robin Ince looks at the roots of a literary tradition that goes from strength to strength. Once life became more than chasing beasts, running away from bigger beasts, occasional mating and surviving ice ages, things got complicated. Once your life became a little more secure, you had to work ... Read More »

Working in the Medium of Science

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‘Colliding Worlds’ Explores Art Driven by Science Scientists are logical, making observations and running experiments, then building theories that explain the data. Artists are emotional, working in solitude and by intuition. Or so we are told. In “Colliding Worlds,” the historian and philosopher Arthur I. Miller argues that artists and scientists have always had the same mission: to “fathom the reality beyond ... Read More »

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

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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

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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

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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 »