A real education

first_imgDear Editor:Wake up America! It seems our so-called “education system” may actually be doing more harm than good. Of course, this isn’t exactly breaking news to the millions of parents now home schooling their kids. A number that’s skyrocketed, by the way, over the past two decades.What the heck is going on? If the schools were doing their job, then why are so many parents – who tend to be smart, savvy, highly educated parents from the upper social classes – pulling their children out of public schools in droves? Unless, maybe, schools are doing their….(shhh) actual: however unstated….job all too well. Let me explain.The problem with schools, as I see it, is that they’re rooted in an antiquated 19th century model that’s become obsolete. This outmoded idea of mass schooling sees students as passive recipients of knowledge, not active meaning makers. It rolls them along as if on a factory assembly line, changing classes when the bell rings, meekly filling in the blanks, denying them a sense of agency, purpose, and voice. Students leave school unable to articulate their own ideas and stories.Such a model of creativity-killing education, which all the major educational thinkers from John Dewey to my dear friend Maxine Greene were against, fosters a depressed, compliant, and passive population. Which is great for would be tyrants and the manufacturers of Prozac, but very bad for ordinary people and democracy.When you consider the myriad of problems we face as a society, from massive wealth inequality to school shootings to the nuclear threat to alienation and the withering of community—just for starters—you have to wonder: Why are our politicians and public intellectuals not connecting the dots between these crises and our broken education system? Well, hopefully they will, once they read this letter!Oh, and BTW, the debut of my one-man show…..also titled “A Real Education”….was a spectacular success at Symposia Bookstore last week. Even though only one person showed up! We wound up having a wonderful dialogue, refreshed our hopes, shared our stories; and look, it even gave me a nice little story to share with the community.Moving forward, I urge people to check out Richard Dreyfuss’ amazing program for civics education, which he created after studying the subject at Oxford. I’ve been working with Richard and wish him great success. Yes, the man who sank the great white shark in Jaws has now taken aim at the monster of civic illiteracy, which threatens to destroy our democracy. Go get ‘em Richard!My wife and I are also building an alternative to our bureaucratized education system with a nonprofit TV show, “Public Voice Salon,” that combines elements of an entertaining talk show with a deeper, humanistic, soul-enriching, and intellectual aspect. We promise there are no grades and no tests! Only, we hope, lots of inspiration and transformation! What are your thoughts on what a real education for the 21st century ought to be? I can be reached at [email protected] Bredinlast_img read more

Ways of seeing

first_imgHer enigmatic expression has been the topic of artistic debate for hundreds of years. But the reason the Mona Lisa’s mouth — part smile, part pursed lip — is so confounding has to do with the eyes, according to one Harvard scientist.More specifically, Leonardo da Vinci’s 16th-century masterpiece beguiles observers because of the way their gaze jumps around the picture — from the Mona Lisa’s mouth, to her eyes, to her forehead. Where a person focuses his or her eyes determines the extent of the subject’s smile, said Margaret Livingstone during a recent talk.While many art historians argue that the puzzling effect appears because the Mona Lisa’s “smile is blurry,” Livingstone contends it’s because of a fundamental difference between a person’s central and peripheral vision.“If you look at her eyes and then look at her mouth, doesn’t she seem cheerier when you are looking at her eyes?” Livingstone asked the crowd in an Emerson Hall lecture room on Wednesday. “That’s not your imagination, that’s something really low level, and it has to do with the fact that your acuity falls off from the center of gaze quite a lot.” In other words, a person’s peripheral vision is terrible at discerning fine detail. When a viewer looks at the Mona Lisa’s eyes instead of her mouth, their peripheral vision notices the shadows around her cheeks that seem to expand her smile and make her appear cheerier.“If you take home any message from my talk today, I hope you will take home the idea that vision is information processing, not image transmission,” said Livingstone, a Harvard Medical School professor of neurobiology who specializes in how the brain receives and processes visual information. During the Mind/Brain/Behavior 2012-2013 Distinguished Harvard Lecture, Livingstone delved into several masterworks to explore what happens when we look at a work of art.LuminanceLivingstone, author of  “Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing,” noted how sections of certain paintings, particularly impressionist works, almost appear to move. The effect, she said, relates to the relative luminance the eyes are able to detect between the painting’s colors. The closer two colors are in luminance, said Livingstone, the more they seem to shimmer.“The impressionists achieved this sense of motion in some of their paintings by using … equal luminant paints,” said Livingstone. One of the fathers of impressionist painting, Claude Monet, captured the sense of moving, rippling water in many of his works because he filled them with “equal luminant patches of color.”Face valuePrimates have an extraordinary ability to process faces, Livingstone said. She proved her point by rapidly flashing pictures of familiar faces on a screen at the front of the room. “You are seeing these images in a tenth of a second, and yet you are not only detecting faces, you are recognizing particular individuals.” Many in the crowd nodded in agreement.“We can do it better than any computer program,” she said.Humans are so adept at recognizing faces because particular regions of our temporal lobes are strictly dedicated to the task. In addition, “face cells code how any given face differs from the average face,” she said, and they can do so almost instantly.Livingstone said that artists “were way ahead of us on this.” They understood that a straightforward, vertical line drawing of a face is harder to recognize than a caricature. That’s because a caricature, explained Livingstone, is when “you take somebody, you compare them to the average, and then you exaggerate the differences.”last_img read more

New deputy governor inaugurated as virus-hit Jakarta grinds to halt

first_imgJakarta has officially got a new deputy governor with Gerindra Party politician Ahmad Riza Patria inaugurated on Wednesday, as the capital city struggles to contain the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken a heavy toll on public health and the economy.Riza took an oath to serve in the long-vacant position at a ceremony presided over by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace, which was attended by only a few guests in compliance with physical distancing protocols.Those present, including Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, all wore masks and were asked to keep their distance.  The partial lockdown has been imposed since Friday last week and is set to remain in place until April 24.Speaking after the ceremony, Riza said he hoped he could help Anies address the complex set of challenges facing the city.“We hope this issue [the COVID-19 outbreak] can be resolved properly. I hope I can help the governor deal with COVID-19. I have promised the President I will diligently carry out my duties as deputy governor,” Riza said.Jakarta has been the region hardest hit by COVID-19 in the country, with 2,474 positive confirmed cases reported, nearly half of the official nationwide tally of 5,136 confirmed cases, as of Wednesday.The capital has also reported the most deaths from the disease, with 242 fatalities out of the country’s official death toll of 469.Riza said he would begin work Thursday, and would meet with Anies and administration officials to be given an introduction to the city’s programs.Read also: World Bank suggests firms ‘hibernate’ during COVID-19 pandemic“I have met with the governor, who explained the situation concerning the coronavirus. We will work together to implement the PSBB,” he said.The seat of deputy governor had remained vacant for more than a year after Gerindra politician Sandiaga Uno resigned in August 2018 to become the running mate of the party’s chairman, Prabowo Subianto, in the 2019 presidential election.Riza was elected as the Jakarta deputy governor for the remainder of the 2017-2022 term after securing 81 votes from the City Council on April 6, beating Nurmansyah Lubis, a contender from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), who gained 17 votes.Jakarta Council speaker Prasetyo Edi Marsudi said he hoped Riza could help Anies to support the poor and vulnerable residents of the capital, who had been hardest hit by the pandemic.“Please oversee the distribution of social aid. Also, I ask that the quality of cloth masks in aid packages given to the residents be improved in accordance with World Health Organization standards,” he said.Topics : Riza’s appointment comes after Jakarta, Indonesia’s economic center, imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to curb the spread of the contagious virus that has crippled the economy and brought the city to a halt.Residents have been told to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel, with schools, public places and offices closed and public transportation services limited.Read also: COVID-19: Confusion in Jakarta on first workday under partial lockdownOnly businesses operating in the financial, fuel, food, medicine, retail, water, communications and logistics sectors are exempted from the 14-day restrictions.last_img read more

A Palm Beach mansion designed by Jared Poole to blend coastal aesthetic with backdrop

first_img76 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach.Set on a 822sq m waterfront block, the property features a sandy beach and pontoon. A 25m solar-heated pool is framed by a deck and manicured lawn. A six-car basement and integrated sound system are other highlights. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago76 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach.The Palm Beach home was built with natural materials including a sandstone feature wall and oak timber floors. The entrance opens to a spacious open plan living and dining room. 76 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach.Wide bi-fold glass doors allow a seamless extension to the outdoor entertaining pavilion, equipped with an outdoor kitchen.The property comes with a studio, gym, study and a children’s retreat.center_img 76 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach.THIS waterfront home is beautifully designed to embrace a coastal aesthetic.Jared Poole from Jared Poole Design was responsible for the striking style of the six-bedroom mansion built in 2016.last_img read more

Senegal seek to roll past Benin in the AFCON quarters

first_img Tags: 2019 AFCONBeninSenegaltop Senegal defeated Uganda to reach the quarter ginals(PHOTOS/Courtesy)AFCON 2019Senegal vs Benin30 June Air Defence Stadium, CairoWednesday, 10-07-2019 @7pmSenegal are aiming to continue with their bright start at the Africa Cup of Nations when they face off with Benin in the quarterfinals at 30 June Stadium, Cairo.The Senegalese have been long fancied for success this summer, but without Egypt and Cameroon, they are one of the most appealing side left in the competition.During the 31 edition of the competition in Gabon two years back, they went out to eventual winners Cameroon at this stage.Benin are yet to win a games at this tournament, but shocked 1976 champions in a 4-2 penalty shootout win after a 1-1 draw in the round of 16.Sadio Mane scored the all important goal that saw the Lions of Terenga eliminate the Uganda Cranes in the last 16 encounter at Cairo International Stadium.Senegal also qualified from group C after beating Tanzania 2-0 and Kenya 3-0, they only lost 1-0 to Algeria.The Squirrels were in Group F and qualified as one of the best third placed teams after a 2-2 draw against Ghana, two goalless stalemates against Guinea Bissau and Cameroon respectively. They are yet win a single game in the event this year.Mane, Mbaye Niang, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye are expected to inspire Aliou Cisse’s side to the semifinals of the competition.Michel Dussuyer has molded his team into a well drilled unit and Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie will offer an athletic outlet up front.French born defender Moise Adilehou who opened the scoring against Morocco is also expected to impress again at the back.The other game on Wednesday-Nigeria vs South Africa @10pmComments last_img read more

Sharks score four straight to rally past Arizona Coyotes

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz.  — The Sharks and Coyotes both had stretches playing their best hockey Saturday night. San Jose just kept its run going longer.Logan Couture scored twice and the Sharks got four unanswered goals to rally past Arizona 4-2 Saturday for their 11th win in 13 games.Couture bookended San Jose’s comeback, starting it midway through the first period and completing it with an empty-netter. He has five goals and 14 points in his past 10 games.Dylan Gambrell and Timo Meier also scored …last_img read more

Grammy 21 Colors 18″/45cm 7pcs Remy Clips In Human Hair Extensions 70gr With Clips For Highlight, to wait a long time for delivery was very pleased when I received it

first_imgSummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2017-12-05 23:12:15Reviewed Item Grammy 21 Colors 18″/45cm 7pcs Remy Clips In Human Hair Extensions 70gr With Clips For Highlight (#60 Platinum Blonde)Rating 4.0 / 5  stars, based on  9  reviewsPrice£19.99 Very happy with my purchasefab. Less hair than expected – definitely need at least 2 packs. Good quality very shiny but they are thin i doubled mine up stictched them because my hair is fine and only wanted them for the sides because my hair doesn’t grow there , i put silver shampoo on them to make them more ashey colour and came out lovely, they are great for fine hair or if your going to curl them they look thicker but if you have thick hair and keep them straight they may be to thin and wouldn’t look good. Key specs for Grammy 21 Colors 18″/45cm 7pcs Remy Clips In Human Hair Extensions 70gr With Clips For Highlight (#60 Platinum Blonde):Material: human hair. Cheap, effective, safe and fun.Can Be Treated & Styled (washing, strengthening, cutting, curling, dyeing, etc.) like your own hair; to ensure the best looking, and you could do a test with a few strands and see what happens. (To ensure color match you may also email pictures taken in outdoor natural lights to us.)Adds instant length and volume. We recommend that you buy 2-3 setsYou can wash and let the human hair extensions air dry until damp, then spray with heat protectant and wait till completely dry to avoid the fried hair after curling or straightening the hair.Standard 7 Pieces total 70g with clips ***1 pcs – 8″/20 cm double wefts (3 clips each) ***2 pcs – 6″/15 cm double wefts (2 clips each) ***2 pcs – 4″/10 cm double wefts (2 clips each) ***2 pcs – 1.2″/3cm double wefts (1 clip each)Comments from buyers“Arrived early, not very thick., Not quite I expected, great costumer services, Good value for money!” Lovely really happy: ) they would be even better if they. Lovely really happy 🙂 they would be even better if they were abit thicker. Good quality very shiny but they are thin i doubled mine up stictched them because my hair is fine and only wanted them for the sides because my hair doesn’t grow there , i put silver shampoo on them to make them more ashey colour and came out lovely, they are great for fine hair or if your going to curl them they look thicker but if you have thick hair and keep them straight they may be to thin and wouldn’t look good. Arrived early, not very thick. . Healthy feeling, with good length. However very thin and not as thick as expected. Arrived way earlier than expected and good for the price. Not quite i expected, great costumer services. The colour is lighter than it looks on the picture. Great costumer services, tiffany resolved my problems straight away. Lovely really happy: ) they would be even better if they. Lovely really happy 🙂 they would be even better if they were abit thicker. To wait a prolonged time for supply was pretty happy when i acquired it. Although i experienced to wait around a very long time for shipping was very delighted when i received it. Very happy with my purchasefab. To wait a prolonged time for supply was pretty happy when i acquired it. Although i experienced to wait around a very long time for shipping was very delighted when i received it. Arrived early, not very thick. . Healthy feeling, with good length. However very thin and not as thick as expected. Arrived way earlier than expected and good for the price. Less hair than expected – definitely need at least 2 packs. Not quite i expected, great costumer services. The colour is lighter than it looks on the picture. Great costumer services, tiffany resolved my problems straight away. last_img read more

OSU Falls to No. 1 Florida 5-0

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. After a holding the No. 1 Florida Gators scoreless earlier on Sunday, the Cowgirls ran out of steam to the tune of a 5-0 loss. Florida wins the Gainesville Regional and will host a Super Regional against the winner of the Tuscaloosa Regional.After being held scoreless in the first game of the day, Florida’s Nicole Dewitt opened the game with a two-run homer in the 1st. After runs in the 2nd and the 3rd innings, the Gators built a 4-0 lead through four innings and the Cowgirls were never able to get their bats going — thanks in part to Florida’s ace Delanie Gourney.On the other side, Florida’s early hitting necessitated two pitching changes by the 2nd inning. Shea Coats and Logan Simunek each had their shot before Kenny Gajewski went back to Brandi Needham who pitched seven innings earlier in the day.Oklahoma State ends their season 38-25 and makes postseason play in both of Gajewski’s first two season as head coach.“Going to the postseason consecutive years just means we have a lot of kids bought in,” head coach Kenny Gajewski said. ” That’s the bottom line. They have trust in us. When you have that kind of trust you can do anything. This program is back on track. We’ve still got a long way to go but we’re excited about the future.”last_img read more

Son of Former OU Linebacker Transferring to Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Coats Jr., the son of former University of Oklahoma linebacker Mike Coats Sr., announced he is transferring from Lamar to Oklahoma State. Coats played outside linebacker at Edmond Santa Fe and spent just one season at Lamar but did not play.He posted the following statement on Twitter.Most don’t know the whole story, but back in December during Christmas break I went through surgery on my knee for the second time in under 2 months. My family and I believed it was best that I stayed home, not returning to Lamar, to rehab here in the city and transfer to Oklahoma State. I appreciate the Lamar coaching staff, and also thank Mike Gundy and Glenn Spencer for the opportunity they’re giving me to play at OSU.As a high school prospect, Coats was offered as a preferred walk-on by the OSU coaching staff, but never received a full-ride scholarship to an FBS-level school. Now he will team up again with his hard-hitting high school teammate Calvin Bundage, a rising linebacker in the OSU program.Because he is transferring from an FCS program to an FBS program, he won’t be required to sit a year as NCAA rules dictate—although his recent surgery history suggests he might require extended time to heal before competing with the Cowboys.last_img read more

OSU Football: Where Vegas Projects the Cowboys Win Total in 2017

first_imgKansas State7.5Over -130, Under +110 Texas Tech4.5Over -130, Under +110 Oklahoma10Over +105, Under -125 Oklahoma State9Over +105, Under -125 If you’re the betting type, you may want to put a wager down on the good guys. According to South Point, a Vegas bookmaker, the Cowboys’ win total has been set at nine wins.There’s plenty to like about the 2017 Cowboys. They’ve got an offense that we are all giddy about and a defense that leaves us somewhere between cautiously optimistic and downright nervous.In true Gundy fashion, let’s just say that they need to stay healthy at some key positions and they need some young guys to improve. (We’ll know a lot more about this team in November.)The Cowboys are also a good value if you’re looking to bet on the Big 12 title. And maybe even more so after last week.The nine-win total is consistent with the numbers released earlier by CG Technology. This list, however, gives the totals for all 128 FBS teams.Here’s a look at the rest of the Big 12. Texas7.5Over -110, Under -110 Baylor8Over EVEN, Under -120 TCU8Over -120, Under EVEN West Virginia6Over -130, Under +110 Iowa State5.5Over +110, Under -130 Kansas2.5Over +110, Under -130 TeamWin ProjectionOdds While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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