Month: November 2012

Evolving society and how we are coping

First, I want to share an issue of Time Magazine called “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life” from March 2012.

>> 10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life <<

There are 10 articles here about the changing landscape of our modern world.

Along the same vein, here’s an article written in 2008 about how technology is making us stupider:

>> Is Google Making Us Stupid? <<

… and for an article detailing preventative measures for the above phenomenon, check out Monisha’s earlier post “How to use technology to make you smarter”.

– Sandra

Some thoughts on education

>> Encouraging Literacy Among American Youth <<

I don’t want to give anything away, but the basic premise of the article is that a teacher allowed her students to come up with an alternative to time-out for not finishing a reading assignment on time, and they decided on the punishment of having classmates draw on their faces with markers.  Apparently, parents were not amused.  I might have laughed out loud while reading this…

And while we’re on the topic of education and child development, here’re some articles I thought I’d throw in.

>> Why College May Be Totally Free Within 10 Years <<

>> Born to Be Bright: Is There a Gene for Learning? <<

>> Why Kids Should Learn Cursive (and Math Facts and Word Roots) <<

– Sandra

How to use technology to make you smarter

http://ideas.time.com/2012/11/29/how-to-use-technology-to-make-you-smarter/

Some interesting things from this:

-Kids who use abbreviations more in texting scored higher on literacy tests because they were better able to make connections since when you use those abbreviations you need to have an idea of what they actually sound like

-Emails make you way dumber than you think

It’s interesting how in the day and age we live/work in today we perform a lot of our activities without giving active thought to how they are affecting us. This stretches from privacy to mental capabilities.

– Monisha

Murder-free Monday and other exciting revelations

>> Murder-free Monday <<

According to Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne, this is the “first time in memory” that the 5 boroughs of New York City have been free of crime for this long (1 day).

To round out the positive news of the day, the following article details several interesting observations about death and includes a recent study on circadian rhythm and its correlation with death:

>> You Are Most Likely to Die at 11 AM <<

Some highlights include:

– You are 14% more likely to die on your birthday than any other day of the year

– You are 13% more likely to die after receiving a paycheck (depending on geographical region)

– You are probably going to die around 11 AM (if you succumb to natural causes)

Cheers!

– Sandra

The war on men

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/11/24/war-on-men/

Some thoughts about this. This is the kind of article which explains why it is so hard for women to even begin to fight the bias which exists in society today. How are you supposed to fight for a certain demographic if members of that group don’t support your cause and if anything work to fight against it. You may never find a member of certain race who is racist but it is far from difficult to find a woman who is sexist. Maybe this can be attributed to gender ideals in past years but whatever it is there are always going to be those women out there who say things like women used to have a pedestal of their own but were convinced by feminists that they didn’t.

Something this article reminds me of is this story I heard on the radio a while back. The story was talking about how Sweden was banning the use of baby pictures used to advertise for baby formula because they wanted to encourage more women to stop using baby- formula and go the natural route. This is another one of those instances where the government, men and pretty much everyone seems to think they have the right to tell women what to do. And when exactly did this become OK? When women started fighting for equality it brought women’s rights into a social platform and so automatically people decided everything concerning women was an issue that could be discussed and decided on a level higher than the woman herself? This goes perfectly with the whole birth control being over the counter debate. When did these become women’s issues? I saw a campaign for an independent party candidate during the presidential election who’s tagline was something along the lines of if women were running these debates we would be debating equal pay not birth control.

There you have it.

-Angie