Five ways to survive your daily commute Commuting sucks. It costs up to 14% of your annual salary, increases stress levels and generally saps all energy and goodwill towards humanity. It forces you to witness your fellow wage slaves day in, day out; listen to their music, read their text messages, smell their armpits. Now, according to a recent study, it has been calculated that the daily commute uses up more than 18 months of your life, with an average of 13,870 hours spent getting to and from work – to the place that pays you the money you need in order to get there. Beckettian, or what? If commuting were a place, it would be at the end of the Circle line.
24 Best Poems to Teach in Middle and High School It can be hard to know which poems will spur your middle and high schoolers into deep, meaningful discussion and which will leave them, ahem, yawning. So we asked experienced teachers to share their favorites—the punch-in-the-gut poems that always get a reaction, even from teens. Here's what they had to say. 1. Using an Op-Doc Video to Teach Argumentative Writing Video Below we share an idea from Allison Marchetti, an English teacher at Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Va., who uses an Op-Doc video about the problem of Internet addiction among China’s youth to teach argumentative writing to her ninth graders. This lesson is part of a larger unit of study on editorial and commentary writing. If you have another idea for teaching with The Times, please write in and tell us about it. Teacher: Allison Marchetti Institution and Grade Level: Trinity Episcopal School, ninth grade
Why cheap chocolate eggs are bad for us – and terrible for poor cocoa farmers From Belgian chocolate eggs encrusted with salted caramel to foil-wrapped Swiss bunnies, Easter treats have never been so cheap. The supermarket price war that started with everyday staples, such as bread and milk, has spread to seasonal luxuries. The average price of an Easter egg at one of the nation’s big four supermarkets is almost 10% lower than last year, according to Grocer magazine. Many own-brand eggs cost well under a pound. China’s New Airstrip in the South China Sea Is Almost Completed China is close to completing the construction of an airstrip on a tiny outcrop in the South China Sea, heightening its ability to project power regionally from the disputed waters and further raising the stakes in an increasingly tense showdown between Beijing, its neighbors, and the United States. New satellite images provided to Foreign Policy show advances in the construction of a strip of pavement on the Fiery Cross Reef, which sits near the southern end of contested waters in the South China Sea, several hundred miles from the Philippines. Fiery Cross is part of the Spratly Islands, an archipelago whose territory is claimed in part or in whole by China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Brunei. The photos, the most recent of which is from April 11, show approximately 3,000 feet of completed runway in various shades of green, blue, and gray. A Feb. 14 photo shows markings in the sand for an airstrip, but no pavement.
What Humans Are Really Doing to Our Planet, in 19 Jaw-Dropping Images Last week, Pope Francis and church officials encouraged everyone to consume less and think more about our impact on the environment. It's a timely warning because the next six months will be critical to our future. Ahead of a series of major events later this year, The Foundation for Deep Ecology and the Population Media Center released a collection that illustrates the devastating effects of out-of-control growth and waste, and it's breathtaking. "This is an issue that people care about, and oftentimes it's just not discussed by mainstream media," Missie Thurston, director of marketing and communications at the Population Media Center, told Mic. It's difficult to always know the impacts of our daily choices, like the real effect of buying a bottled water or an extra TV or laptop. Electronic waste, from around the world, is shipped to Accra, Ghana, where locals break apart the electronics for minerals or burn them.
Australian comedian perfectly sums up why other countries think US gun laws a... At least 14 people were killed and 18 others injured when two shooters opened fire on at the Inland Regional Center, a social services provider for people with disabilities, in San Bernardino Wednesday, December 2. The shooters have been identified as Syed Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, who were in a relationship with each other. Motives are still unclear. Every shooting is its own private tragedy for the victims and their families.
The Future Sucks – A Visitor’s Guide to Dystopia photo © 2010 James Vaughan | more info (via: Wylio) We are in the midst of a dystopia revolution, and it is changing the landscape of YA literature. Suddenly sci-fi — the ancestral purview of nerds and geeks everywhere — is cool again, or at least mainstream. Even the writers of â€œseriousâ€ magazines like The New Yorker are writing about young adult dystopia books!
The Stolen Generations One of three posters produced by Batchelor Press/Batchelor Institute to commemorate the day Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the stolen generation (February, 13, 2008). On May 26th, each year since 1998, people in Australia come together for National Sorry Day events, and on February 13th to commemorate the National Apology to the Stolen Generations of Indigenous Australians given by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on behalf of the government and the nation. This is part two in a series of articles examining national apologies to those who suffered egregious wrongs, pain, suffering and death at the hands of governments and people, and an examination of national efforts towards reconciliation and the righting of wrongs. Last Sunday I examined the recent apology speech by Australian PM Julia Gillard.
Movie: Rachel Armstrong on giant synthetic reef to stop Venice sinking Growing a "giant artificial reef" could stop Venice sinking Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in the second part of our interview with Rachel Armstrong, the senior University of Greenwich lecturer explains how a synthetic "limestone-like" support structure could be grown underneath Venice to prevent the city's foundations being eroded. "The future of Venice really rests on its relationship with the tides," Armstrong explains. "They digest away the fabric of the city.
People Who Are Bilingual Are Smart, Creative And Better Lovers If you thought accents were sexy, imagine how absolutely mind-blowing it would be to have the person of your dreams tell you those three magic words in more than one tongue. There’s just something about people expressing their thoughts in multiple languages that is so appealing. It might be that they’re more in tune with their own thoughts and emotions. Or, perhaps they’re just better communicators in general. A growing body of research indicates that people who learn to speak more than one language throughout their lives have essentially trained their brains to be stronger muscles, making them smarter, more creative and more responsive to their own feelings and emotions. But, after studying both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese for a few years each, I think there is something deeper to speaking more than one language than meets the eye or brain.