Educational

‘The Lost Book of Moses’ is a mystery of biblical proportions

Decades before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, did a Jerusalem antiquities dealer really find a first draft of the Bible? The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds catalyzed a… Source: ‘The Lost Book of Moses’ is a mystery of biblical proportions – CSMonitor.com Read More »

Beautiful 2,200-year-old mosaics discovered in ancient Greek city

In the ancient Greek City, Zeugma, which is located in today’s Turkey, unbelievable mosaics were uncovered,  dating back to the 2nd century BC, but incredibly… Source: Beautiful 2,200-year-old mosaics discovered in ancient Greek city Read More »

10-Year-Old Boy’s Moving Poem Gives A Glimpse At Life With Autism

“I am odd, I am new.” A class assignment turned into something more for one family after their son wrote a touching poem and gave a peek into life with autism. Benjamin Giroux, a 10-year-old boy who is on the spectrum, wrote a poem titled “I… Source: 10-Year-Old Boy’s Moving Poem Gives A Glimpse At Life With Autism Read More »

I don’t believe Captain Cook discovered Australia either, but unis can’t tell students what to think

A battle of ideas about Indigenous Australia in an open democracy founded on free speech isn’t helped by forced orthodoxy or group think.. I don’t believe Captain Cook discovered Australia. How can I? People were standing on the shore as he weighed… Source: I don’t believe Captain Cook discovered Australia either, but unis can’t tell students what to think | Stan Grant | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Turkish Gov’t Children’s Magazine Promotes Martyrdom

A cartoon published by the Turkish Ministry of Religious Affairs shows a father extolling the virtues of Islamic martyrdom to his son. A cartoon published by the Turkish Ministry of Religious Affairs shows a father extolling the virtues of Islamic martyrdom to his son… Source: Turkish Gov’t Children’s Magazine Promotes Martyrdom Read More »

Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism

Eastern Mediterranean cities that view migration as a threat today thrived on the ubiquitous presence of multicultural societies a century ago. Iason Athanasiadis opens our Reviving Cities series by explaining that the roots of today’s slow-motion refugee ‘disaster’ can be found in the region’s trend towards introversion… Source: Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism | Refugees Deeply Read More »

Fiona Richardson tells Australian Story of violent alcoholic father

Victoria’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson has revealed that her father was a violent alcoholic, who beat her mother and siblings. Ms Richardson, who is also the state’s Minister for Women, returned to her birth country of Tanzania with her family for an ABC TV Australian Story program about her violent family history. The program was aired just a day before the… Source: Fiona Richardson tells Australian Story of violent alcoholic father Read More »

This is why Finland has the best schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, “Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States.”. Following his recommendation, I enrolled my seven-year-old son in a primary school in Joensuu. Finland, which is about as far east as you can go in the European Union before you… Source: This is why Finland has the best schools Read More »

‘You play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you’: Johan Cruyff in quotes

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The Dutch legend, who has died at the age of 68, came up with – and inspired – some of football’s most famous quotes. Cruyff on football “If I wanted you to understand it, I would have explained it better.” “Jack [Charlton] makes out he is not really interested in football, and tells the world he’s going… Source: ‘You play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you’: Johan Cruyff in quotes | Football | The ... Read More »

A world with less water

Water scarcity has long been a problem. But climate change, a growing global population and economic growth are putting the natural resource under even more stress. Brown with rust, two ships stand like stone upright in the yellow sand. The wind swirls salty air around the trawlers, silence echoing across the desert-like scenery. Now part of a graveyard of… Source: A world with less water | World | DW.COM | 22.03.2016 Read More »

Sweden: A football family for child refugees

Unaccompanied refugee minors in Gothenburg learn anything is possible through their football team and hard work. Gothenburg, Sweden  – Under floodlights on a synthetic grass pitch, teenage boys brave biting cold winds to hone their football skills – dribbling, passing, showing off fancy footwork and lining up to have a shot at goal… Source: Sweden: A football family for child refugees – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Did Charles Darwin use his children for science?

Newly discovered letters once again show that Darwin was a passionate and loving family man. Even so, his personal life was devoted to his understanding of the natural world. By Melissa Hogenboom When William Erasmus Darwin was born in December 1839, his father Charles began to meticulously record observations of his firstborn in a notebook… Source: BBC – Earth – Did Charles Darwin use his children for science? Read More »

Conservatives and liberals do think differently

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Big differences in the ways conservatives and liberals think about solving the nation’s most pressing problems couldn’t be more apparent during this presidential election cycle. But political ideas aside, people who hold conservative versus liberal perspectives appear to differ in everyday thinking processes and problem solving, according to research from Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Source: Conservatives and liberals do think differently | EurekAlert! Science News Read More »

William Shakespeare’s handwritten plea for refugees to go online

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Sir Thomas More script is only surviving copy of a play in the bard’s hand and is one of 300 texts being digitised in run-up to British Library exhibition. The last surviving play script handwritten by William Shakespeare, in which he imagines Sir Thomas More making an impassioned plea for the humane treatment… Source: William Shakespeare’s handwritten plea for refugees to go online | Books | The Guardian Read More »

Why are we at odds? Robert Manne on contemporary politics and Islam

Robert Manne believes that encouraging multiculturalism in Australia may be the best chance we have to combat irrational levels of fear about Islam growing in our communities. As part of our Bold Thinking Series, we’re hosting a conversation between Professor Robert Manne and Waleed Aly, two political commentators of note. Together, they will interrogate the question – why are we afraid of Islam? Ahead… Source: Knowledge Blog | Why are we at odds? Robert Manne on contemporary politics and Islam Read More »

Greek Man ‘Marries’ 12-Year-Old Girl In Times Square [video]

The crowd was stunned when an old groom and a 12-year-old bride stepped out of a Bentley at noon in Times Square in New York to have their wedding pictures… Source: Greek Man ‘Marries’ 12-Year-Old Girl In Times Square | USA.GreekReporter.com Read More »