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contributoria.com

by Tom Stafford

June 12, 2014

Are we, the human species, unreasonable? Do rational arguments have any power to sway us, or is it all intuition, hidden motivations, and various other forms of prejudice?

The question has been hanging over me because of my profession. I work as a cognitive psychologist, researching and teaching how people think. My job is based on rational inquiry, yet the picture of human rationality painted by our profession can seem pretty bleak. Every week I hear about a new piece of research which shows up some quirk of our minds, like the one about people given a heavy clip board judge public issues as more important than people given a light clip board. Or that more attractive people are judged as more trustworthy, or the arguments they give as more intelligent.

capitalisminstitute.org

June 12, 2014

Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan issued thinly veiled threats against Oklahoma and other states that are pulling out of the Common Core standards.

The federally-backed educational standards known as Common Core are a bad idea, as evidenced by the overly confusing method of solving math problems and the overtly progressive socialist liberal bias in the history and social studies curriculum. Common Core is making kids cry, making parents angry, and frustrating some teachers so much they are quitting their chosen profession rather than continue to perpetuate the "standard of mediocrity".

m.wfmz.com

by Jennifer Joas

June 12, 2014

A woman died at the Berks County Jail in Bern Township on Saturday. Some legislators are questioning why how she died and why she was in jail in the first place.

"I have questions as well as what happened to the woman in prison. How did it happen that she passed away? Did she need medical attention and not receive it," said PA Senator Judy Schwank, (D) Berks County. Eileen Dinino, 55, was a mother of seven. She was serving a 48-hour sentence for her children's multiple truancy violations. But some legislators cannot come to grips with her sentence. "I cannot understand how someone ends up going to jail. They did not murder someone, they did not steal, they did not commit a felony. How does jail time equate to resolving this particular problem?" said Sen. Schwank.

washingtonpost.com

by Andre M. Perry

June 12, 2014

In education circles, universal preschool is hot. But it's only half the answer. If we really want to raise a generation of employable kids, we need universal 13th and 14th grades too.

As taxpayers, we've decided to subsidize the education of every American child between the ages of 5 and 18. But current education funding structures reflect a bygone industrial age, when a high school diploma met or in some cases exceeded the needs of the local and national economies. Now, neither preschool nor college is a luxury, and families shouldn't have to pay for the schooling that keeps society running.

businessinsider.com

June 12, 2014

Here's why your smartest friends probably have the biggest gaps on their resumes, despite having loads of relevant experience and pedigree educations.

Despite having "loads of relevant experience, lots of personality, and even pedigree educations," there's a good chance that your most brilliant, overachieving friends and acquaintances are those who have suffered the longest periods of unemployment, says Maurice Ewing, PhD, chief executive and founder of Conquer, in a recent LinkedIn post. Seems illogical, right?

christiannews.net

by Heather Clark

June 12, 2014

A university in North Carolina has been ordered to pay over $710,000 in attorney's fees for discriminating against a Christian professor in denying him a promotion because of his beliefs.

As previously reported, Mike Adams works as a professor of criminology in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Adams, a former atheist, was hired in 1993, and became an associate professor in 1998. In 2000, Adams became a born-again Christian, and his worldview began to change. He became a columnist for TownHall.com and also appeared on radio and television broadcasts, where he spoke about a broad spectrum of issues, from religion to morality to freedom of speech.

kpbs.org

by Joanne Faryon

June 12, 2014

Most of the people who got whooping cough in San Diego County so far this year were up to date with their immunizations, according to county data.

Of the 621 people who contracted the illness, 85 percent had all their preventative shots - calling into question the efficacy of the vaccine. "Pertussis vaccines offer high levels of protection within the first year of completing vaccinations," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, a San Diego county public health officer. "But then the protection decreases over time," Wooten said. KPBS and inewsource first raised questions about how well the vaccine worked in 2010, after its statewide analysis of the data showed the majority of people who got the disease were already vaccinated.

ijreview.com

by Kevin Boyd

June 11, 2014

In the "you can't make this up" file, Paul Robeson High School in Chicago just had its prom and its theme was "This Is Are Story." Sadly, this isn't a joke or a bit of intentional irony on the part of the students.

Turns out that Paul Robeson High School is a symptom of a school district that is failing its students. The neighborhood is located in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, which is one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. Just how bad are Chicago Public Schools, they're this bad...

youtube.com

by Ed Sheeran

June 11, 2014

Think you aren't being fooled by advertising tricks?

Take a look at this so-called expert revealing food marketing's secret weapon. No amount of marketing makes factory farming acceptable.

reason.com

by Brian Doherty

June 11, 2014

Some monstrous policy out of Pennsylvania, a land where there is no such thing as debtors prison for the poor unless that debt is to the government, that institution that only monsters question because after all it's there to help the poor.

Hundreds of parents, some impoverished and overwhelmed, have been jailed in Pennsylvania for failing to pay court fines that arise from truancy hearings after their children skip school, creating what some call a "debtor's prison" for people like Eileen DiNino. DiNino, 55, of Reading, was found dead in a jail cell Saturday morning, hours after she surrendered to serve a 48-hour sentence. She had racked up $2,000 in fines, fees and court costs since 1999 as the Reading School District tried to keep her children in class, most recently at a vocational high school.

      
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