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Sir Ken Robinson's Tells TED How To Get Out Of America's Education 'Death Valley' 

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance. Robinson’s TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? “Everyone should watch this.”

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Body Architect Lucy McRae's TED Talk & Film 'Make Your Maker', A Food & Body Morphing Experimentation

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A crude laboratory plays host to a series of macabre experiments in this short from the burgeoning artist and filmmaker Lucy McRae. Inside, glowing comestibles drip and flow to mold bodily shapes that are then harvested, sliced and repackaged for consumption. Having featured in such publications as Dazed & Confused and Wallpaper*, as well as directing the award-winning Morphē for the skin care brand Aēsop, this latest endeavor from the self-styled “Body Architect” explores how food connects to the body, inside and out. “Everything is edible,” says McRae of her gelatinous props. “The stuff on the model’s face is inked rice paper, and the jellies on her body are molded agar agar, which is made from natural seaweed.” The impulse to show what we are turn into what we eatand vice versawas inspired by an encounter with Vietnamese restaurateur Nahji Chu whose outlets in the director’s native Australia merge the culinary arts with an investigation of cultural and individual identity. Taking a hands-on approach to every aspect of production, from the cinematography to the science, McRae adds a personal element to that notion of synthesis, inspired by human biology. “The idea is to create genetic manipulations,” she explains. “Eating them is a transdermal absorption.” 

Lucy McRae: How can technology transform the human body? TED Talk in 6 Minutes

TED Fellow Lucy McRae is an artist who straddles the worlds of fashion, technology and the body. Trained as a classical ballerina and architect, her work – which is inherently fascinated with the human body – involves inventing and building structures on the skin that reshape the human silhouette. Her provocative and often grotesquely beautiful imagery suggests a new breed: a future human archetype existing in an alternate world. The media call her an inventor; friends call her a trailblazer. Either way, Lucy relies on instinct to evolve an extraordinary visual path that is powerful, primal and unique.  See Lucy McRae website.


Digital School Success in Mooresville | Pew Research Says Women Voters Turning Fast Toward Obama, Hate Santorum

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CONNECTING Tammy Rigby, a fifth-grade science teacher at East Mooresville Intermediate, helping Grace Lateef, left, and Caitlyn Yaede with a class exercise.Jeremy M. Lange for The New York Times. Finally we have a positive story about American education with impressive results, writes the New York Times about Mooresville School District about 20 miles north of Charlotte. Best known for its connections to Nascar racing, the Mooresville Graded School District has emerged as the “defacto national model of the digital school.”

For decades Apple has enjoyed a positive relationship with schools and American educators.

“Other districts are doing things, but what we see in Mooresville is the whole package: using the budget, innovating, using data, involvement with the community and leadership,” said Karen Cator, a former Apple executive who is director of educational technology for the United States Department of Education. “There are lessons to be learned.”

The achievements are impressive. The district’s graduation rate alone has improved from 80 percent in 2008 to 91 percent in 2011. Mooresville ranks 100th out of 115 districts in North Carolina in terms of dollars spent per student — $7,415.89 a year. But it’s currently third in best test scores and second in graduation rates.

Technology appears to be the answer in Mooresville. Sixty teachers have lost their jobs without any negative impact on test scores or student enthusiasm about staying in school.

Let the Robot Drive

The autonomous car of the future is here, writes Wired.

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The Culture Wars

Image: Tom Pennington/Getty Contraception & The Woman Problem

Rick Santorum Wants to Fight ‘The Dangers of Contraception’, writes TIME. In a transcript of his interview with Evangelical blog Caffeinated Thoughts, Santorum agrees with Catholic bishops that contraception is “not okay”.

One of the things I will talk about that no President has talked about before is I think the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea. Many in the Christian faith have said, “Well, that’s okay. Contraception’s okay.”

It’s not okay because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. They’re supposed to be within marriage, they are supposed to be for purposes that are, yes, conjugal, but also [inaudible], but also procreative.

The Atlantic writes today what polls confirmed yesterday: Rick Santorum has a serious woman problem. The Atlantic reviews Santorum’s narrow senate victory in 2000 against then-Democratic Rep. Ron Klink.

Santorum won an impressive 57 percent of the vote among men; that number increased to 60 percent just looking at white men. But among women, Santorum lost to Klink, winning just 48 percent of the vote. Among white women, he barely inched past the Democrat, 52 to 47 percent.

Conservative writer Jennifer Rubin says that when considering the current Republican field, women (presumably Republican women) prefer Romney over Santorum by 38 vs 29 percent. The startling commentary came from the Atlanta Constitution’s Jay Bookman, reviewing the latest Pew national polling:

Obama has a 21-point lead over both Romney and Santorum among women. The margin is 59-38 percent. Among men, Obama actually trails by five against Romney and three against Santorum. That’s a 26-point swing between men and women, and I don’t recall ever seeing a gender gap that large.