I’ve never been in handcuffs in my life. There were a few times in high school I was less than well behaved. Luckily I didn’t go to a school where they felt the best way to discipline me was to enroll me into Intro to Incarceration: …we can’t even stop handcuffing kids to stuff if [...]
photo credit: dylancantwell PepsiCo, the world’s No. 2 soft-drink maker, says it is removing its full-calorie sweetened drinks from schools in more than 200 countries by 2012. This is the first time a major soft-drink producer has undertaken such a wide-sweeping policy, which essentially admits that sugary soda is not the best thing for your [...]
In the New York Times, Paul Krugman brings up another reason we may fall behind as a power in the free world: increasingly deteriorating quality of public education. It is an excellent Op-Ed and points to Obama’s next big domestic challenge, whether or not anything gets done with health care.
Inexpensive tools such as small output windmills, micro-lending, basic education for women and girls, mosquito nets, lathes and zeer pots (pot in pot cooling systems) would greatly increase the quality of life for those who currently live in impoverished countries. Kamkwamba’s book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is on available for purchase from Amazon.com.
Math makes kids become smarter adults. Mr Goodman has found that each extra required maths course raised the annual income of black males by 15%. (More reading classes had a negative or no effect on earnings.) More maths also increased the likelihood of young black men going to university and someday having a job requiring [...]