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Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality

Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality

VEA - Is Today's Lifestyle Hampering Children's Brain Development? Is Today’s Lifestyle Hampering Children’s Brain Development? By Tom Shenk Unfortunately, I believe the answer to the question posed in the headline to this article is “Yes.” My study of recent brain research tells me that students today have more brain development issues than did children of past generations. • In 1980, only 1 in 10,000 children was diagnosed with autism. • ADHD diagnoses have grown 2000 percent since 1990. These are just a few examples. “That’s pretty depressing,” you may be thinking, “Is there anything we can do to change all that?” For step one, travel back with me in human history to the period before we learned to farm—when we hunted and gathered our food. For step two, brainstorm some ideas for this question: “According to brain research, what activities, experiences and environmental factors best stimulate healthy brain development?” Does any of that look familiar? How is that possible? That’s pretty compelling. Second, we now have a road map for prevention.

Jonathan Kozol On Kids Who Survive Inner Cities Copyright © 2012 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. But first we want to spend a few minutes talking about something that many of us spend more time thinking about at this time of year when many celebrate their good fortune. Our next guest is Jonathan Kozol, a man who's brought the stories of the nation's poor out of the shadows through his many best-selling books. His latest is called "Fire in the Ashes." Jonathan Kozol, thank you so much for speaking with us. JONATHAN KOZOL: Thanks so much, Michel. MARTIN: You start the book telling us about two young men, Eric and Christopher, and I was hoping you could just briefly lay out their stories. KOZOL: OK. You know, I kind of predicted that would happen, but I didn't realize, in these two cases, that it would lead to really tragic results. MARTIN: What did happen to them? KOZOL: That might have... MARTIN: No. KOZOL: Yes.

What Career Should I Choose? [Interactive Graph] An interactive chart that basically breaks down what occupations are "worth choosing" based on potential salary, competition and market stability. Show More No Thanks for Thanksgiving November 21, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting. In fact, indigenous people have offered such a model; since 1970 they have marked the fourth Thursday of November as a Day of Mourning in a spiritual/political ceremony on Coles Hill overlooking Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, one of the early sites of the European invasion of the Americas. Not only is the thought of such a change in this white-supremacist holiday impossible to imagine, but the very mention of the idea sends most Americans into apoplectic fits -- which speaks volumes about our historical hypocrisy and its relation to the contemporary politics of empire in the United States. Some aspects of the conventional story are true enough.

Classroom Programs | NFTE We work with schools in low-income communities where at least 50% of the students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. NFTE is targeting young people who are at risk of dropping out of school, and helping them graduate with their own personal plans for success. Our program is: Highly Academic - During a semester or year long class at school, a NFTE-certified teacher guides students through one of our curriculums: Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future or Exploring Careers for the 21st Century. Lessons include the concepts of competitive advantage, ownership, opportunity recognition, marketing, finance, and product development - and all tie back to core math and literacy skills. Fieldtrips, Games & Experiential Activities - NFTE brings learning to life through fun and experiential games including: Volunteers - Giving students the opportunity to hear from and interact with real-world entrepreneurs and business leaders is essential to the NFTE experience.

Salvaging Resilience Regular readers of this blog will know by this point that my efforts to make sense of the shape of the emerging deindustrial future involve the occasional odd detour, and one of those is central to this week’s post. Mind you, those same regular readers may be wondering if the detour in question has to do with Ben Bernanke’s secret name as a Sith Lord, a point which occupied some space in comments on a recent Archdruid Report. (The best proposal so far, in case you’re wondering, was Darth Flation – think (in)Vader, (in)Sidious, etc.) Still, that tempting topic will have to be left for another week. The rise of this term to its present popularity in green circles has a history worth noting. The word “sustainability,” it bears remembering, has a perfectly clear meaning. The problem with “resilience,” though, is that it also has a perfectly clear meaning. Okay, now that you’ve stopped spluttering, let me explain. We can define efficiency informally as doing the most with the least.

Working in America Jobs are definitely a top of mind subject. Did you know that manufacturing jobs were the largest sector of employment in 1960, yet today the category has fallen to 6th place? In this interactive visualization, browse who has been working in America over the past 50 years by sector, gender or age. Or take a look at GE’s expert opinion on the subject and tweet your own thoughts about key insights uncovered. This is best viewed in Safari, Chrome, Firefox and IE9. About this data The data in this visualization comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Share Downloads Download Application Design Partner Periscopic

5 Ways To Change A Habit Habits make up 40 percent of our daily behaviors, according to studies. And yet, because habits unfold within our basal ganglia – one of the oldest parts of the brain – they often feel nearly unconscious. So how do you change a habit? 1. There is a basic pattern at the core of every habit, a kind of neurological loop that has three parts: A cue, a routine and a reward. To understand your habit, you need to identify the components of your loop. 2. Rewards are powerful because they satisfying cravings. 3. Every habit has a cue, and experiments have shown that almost all habitual cues fit into one of five categories: Location Time Emotional State Other People Immediately preceding action So, if you’re trying to figure out the cue for the ‘going to the cafeteria and buying a chocolate chip cookie’ habit, you write down five things the moment the urge hits (these are my actual notes from when I was trying to diagnose my habit): Where are you? What time is it? What’s your emotional state? 4. 5.

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