16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology. Today's job candidates must be able to collaborate, communicate and solve problems – skills developed mainly through social and emotional learning (SEL). Combined with traditional skills, this social and emotional proficiency will equip students to succeed in the evolving digital economy. What skills will be needed most? An analysis of 213 studies showed that students who received SEL instruction had achievement scores that averaged 11 percentile points higher than those who did not. And SEL potentially leads to long-term benefits such as higher rates of employment and educational fulfillment.
The Japan times Japan’s postwar pacifism will face a critical challenge this year that could drastically change the course of this country forever: the July Upper House election. Right-leaning parties, most notably the ruling Liberal Democratic Party led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will try to capture more than two-thirds of the 242-seat chamber in the election, and thus have the seats required to initiate a national referendum to revise the war-renouncing Constitution. But which parties currently advocate constitutional revision? And how many seats are those parties likely to win in the election?
Occupy Wall Street: News Organizations Complain About Police Treatment NEW YORK - About a dozen news organizations here have lodged complaints about the New York Police Department’s treatment of journalists covering the Occupy Wall Street movement, the New York Times reported. Last week, in a surprise overnight move, police cleared out Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan where Occupy Wall Street protesters had been camped out for about two months. Journalists trying to cover the event were kept at a distance and some even arrested, according to reports. PHOTOS: The Scene at Occupy Wall Street A letter sent Monday to the NYPD expressed concern and was signed by local stations WABC, WCBS and WNBC, Associated Press, The New York Post, Dow Jones & Co. and others, the Times said.
The "Lack of Vision" thing? Well, here's a hopeful vision So you're on an ocean liner and it sinks. Step No. 1 is: Tread water. Step No. 2: Grab the first floating thing that happens by. That's where the newspaper industry is located today -- desperately grabbing at whatever debris is available, looking for one thing (or several smaller things) with sufficient buoyancy to support its ponderous, monopoly-bloated weight. And there's nothing wrong with that. When you're drowning, stop drowning first and THEN think about how to get to dry land. Fueling Consipracy How the News Media Fuels Conspiracy Theories "For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations.
The Center for MichiganThe Detroit Historical Museum wants your story from the summer of ‘67 What were you doing during Detroit’s 1967 civil disorder? If you had a “significant, first-hand experience” with the uprisings in the last week in July that year, the Detroit Historical Museum wants to hear your story for an oral history project it’s conducting in the run-up to the riot’s 50th anniversary next summer. The Detroit museum will have interviewers on hand to record your recollections this Saturday, Aug. 20, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The stories will become part of the museum’s “Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward,” which seeks to assemble a record of what Detroiters and suburbanites were doing during one of the most momentous weeks in Detroit’s 315-year history. Challenging Abe’s Japan The new issue of Jacobin, centering on development and the Global South, is out now. To celebrate its release, new subscriptions start at only $14.95. Since the earthquakes and a nuclear meltdown in Fukushima hit eastern Japan in March 2011, fissures have opened up across the surface of the Japanese archipelago — and across the surface of Japanese society. Contemporary Japan is freighted with the triple weight of historical memory, natural disaster, and austerity — a situation sustained and compounded by the regime of Shinzō Abe, the most conservative prime minister the country has seen since World War II. But there are signs that this unstable status quo is producing its own revolts and generating its own forces of resistance at the core of Japanese society.
Chomsky Nazis Odonian In his book Blowback, Chris Simpson described Operation Paper Clip, which involved the importation of large numbers of known Nazi war criminals, rocket scientists, camp guards, etc. There was also an operation involving the Vatican, the US State Department and British intelligence, which took some of the worst Nazi criminals and used them, at first in Europe. For example, Klaus Barbie, the butcher of Lyon [France], was taken over by US intelligence and put back to work. Later, when this became an issue, some of his US supervisors didn't understand what the fuss was all about.
Making media social: news as user experience I live in Austin, Texas, and teach at Texas State University, a short drive down I-35 in San Marcos. One thing I look forward to every year with great anticipation is the annual South By Southwest conference that happens in mid-March. Many are aware of the gigantic music festival associated with this event, but a smaller group of tech and media aficionados know about the fantastic Interactive gathering that occurs just before the musicians come to town. It is, by far, the most important event my students and I attend each year.
The Progressive Puppy: Internet Hate Speech Diminishes Conservatives On front page of the conservative website there is a note that says: "Free Republic does not advocate or condone racism, violence, rebellion, secession, or an overthrow of the government." This must be some sort of in-joke since so many of the comments left by readers do exactly that - with a nonstop stream of personal attacks thrown in for good measure. Anybody who dares question FR's extreme right-wing ideology is eviscerated. Since the 2008 presidential election, the situation over there has devolved even further. David Letterman's offensive joke about Sarah Palin's daughter was denounced by most liberals, as it should have been.