Education

Beating yourself up is not as helpful as you think — Quartz

“Neurologists Find Brain Still Shows Signs Of Self-Criticism Minutes After Death,” reads a recent satirical headline from the Onion. When I read it, I thought it was real. Because I had also recently read a book by end-of-life care pioneer Frank Ostaseski, who wrote that people in their last moments often “tell themselves that they’re…

via Beating yourself up is not as helpful as you think — Quartz

Most of what you’re going to read today is pointless.

Are we inundated with news that does not matter? I used to lament the fact that no one under thirty cares about reading great works of fiction. Too long, they complain. The truth is that bits of information are consumed by us all every day. Little bits. Small doses of information over the entire day. We probably read more now than at any other time in history. Does that mean we are smarter, more informed, more learned?
We wonder.

From Medium –

We spend hours consuming news because we want to be well informed. But is that time well spent? News is by definition something that…

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Chinese Woman Sues Education Ministry Over Textbooks Calling Homosexuality a ‘Disorder’ — TIME

A lesbian woman in China has successfully moved to sue the government over textbooks that describe homosexuality as a “psychological disorder,” with a court reportedly accepting her case against the country’s ministry of education. The 21-year-old woman, who goes by the pseudonym Qui Bai, discovered the textbooks at Guanghzhou’s Sun Yat Sen University while looking…

via Chinese Woman Sues Education Ministry Over Textbooks Calling Homosexuality a ‘Disorder’ — TIME

Japanese Scientists Coin the Term ‘Nihonium’ for Atomic Element 113 — TIME

The Japanese scientists who discovered atomic element 113 dubbed it “nihonium” — “nihon” meaning Japan in Japanese — on Wednesday evening, the Japan Times reports. Led by Kyushu University professor Kosuke Morita, the Riken institute research team created the superheavy synthetic element three times in 2004, 2005 and 2012 by colliding zinc ions with bismuth.…

via Japanese Scientists Coin the Term ‘Nihonium’ for Atomic Element 113 — TIME

Mapped: The students missing from America’s schools — Quartz

Debates in education often have to do with insufficient resources, whether it be the proper materials, the teachers, or the time to ensure quality learning for all students. Of course, those issues don’t arise if students themselves don’t show up—as is the case in much of the US right now. According to a huge swath…

via Mapped: The students missing from America’s schools — Quartz

Trump University Targeted Students Who ‘Hurt’ and Had ‘Problems’ — TIME

The for-profit education scam has been bilking people out of benefits and cash for a long time. Students are promised a quick path to an advanced degree, only to find the degree useless when applying for jobs, or promotions. It’s a scam that has been going on forty years or more. Donald Trump started a university that charged a lot of money for very specific training in real estate. Successful graduates need to come forward. Many unsuccessful ones already have.

The Trump University documents made public Tuesday reveal a moneymaking scheme that was indifferent to the financial concerns of its customers. A federal judge unsealed almost 400 pages of documents related to Trump University during the ongoing case seeking damages and accusing the presumptive Republican nominee’s company of fraud. One document providing training and sales…

via Trump University Targeted Students Who ‘Hurt’ and Had ‘Problems’ — TIME

The first Chinese to give a Harvard graduation speech recalled why his mom lit his hand on fire — Quartz

Will he be happy in life?

A biology student from rural China became the first Chinese citizen to deliver a graduation speech at Harvard University this week. On Wednesday (May 26), He Jiang, a doctoral student in biochemistry, spoke about the time his mother set his hand on fire when he was a boy, after a poisonous spider bit him. The…

via The first Chinese to give a Harvard graduation speech recalled why his mom lit his hand on fire — Quartz