This map should change the way you think about foreign aid Critics of foreign aid often argue that it's ineffective at generating sustainable economic development or truly helping the world's poor. But as this great map from the cost information website HowMuch.net reveals, one reason for that is that promoting development and helping the poor isn't actually what motivates a lot of America's foreign aid: As you can see, the biggest recipient by a long way is Israel (this is fiscal year 2014 data, but nothing's changing), and two other big ones are Egypt and Jordan, which both have aid packages that are tied up with their peace treaties with Israel. None of these are poor countries (indeed, Israel is downright rich), and the point of the money is to advance an American foreign policy agenda — not to help the poor. Pakistan and Afghanistan, which round out the top five, actually are pretty poor, but, again, the main American interest in them is clearly foreign policy rather than poverty.
Be a better writer in 15 minutes: 4 TED-Ed lessons on grammar and word choice There’s no denying it — the English language can be mighty tricky. When writing a paper, a novel or even an e-mail, you might look at a sentence you just wrote and think, “Is that comma supposed to be there?” or “Is that really the best word to use?” Fear not! TED-Ed has put together a list of four of our favorite grammar and language lessons to get your next piece of writing in tip-top shape. First, let’s look at the often-confusing comma.
The Author of White Noise Reviews Taylor Swift's White Noise This morning, the singer released "Track 3"—eight seconds of silence. Was it a mistake, or a super-profound commentary on the contemporary condition? Steve Marcus/Reuters This morning, "Track 3" from Taylor Swift's new album, "1989," rose to No. 1 on Canada's iTunes.
What’s Really Hot on Dating Sites? Proper Grammar When Jeff Cohen was getting ready to meet his OkCupid date for drinks in Manhattan, he started to have second thoughts as he reread the glaring grammatical error in her last message: “I will see you their.” The date flopped for a couple of reasons, but bad grammar bothers Mr. Cohen. The 7-step Listening Challenge How can your students develop their listening while away from your English classes ? A learner training moment of reflection on how to take responsibility for their language acquisition. Quiz me *Do you need to train your ears for the different accents and pronunciation out there?
The Teacher's Guide for Using Social Media [Infographic] In the modern digital world, classroom teachers are seeing social media as a growing force for teaching and learning. From class blogs and Facebook pages to students using LInkedIn to create professional online resumes, it’s everywhere. Social media has proven itself again and again as a force for good in learning. Even so, educators continue to ask about the specific educational applications of popular social networking platforms. So how do you get started with social media in the classroom?
Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing and Daily Creative Routine by Maria Popova “When you can’t create you can work.” After David Ogilvy’s wildly popular 10 tips on writing and a selection of advice from modernity’s greatest writers, here comes some from iconic writer and painter Henry Miller. COMMANDMENTSWork on one thing at a time until finished.Start no more new books, add no more new material to ‘Black Spring.’Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time!
Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns A student takes notes at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Do teachers really know what students go through? 40 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Dumb LinkedIn Influencer, Jeff Haden, published this post originally on LinkedIn. While I like to think I know a little about business writing, I still fall into a few word traps. (Not to mention a few cliché traps.) Take the words "who" and "whom." I rarely use "whom" when I should -- even when spell check suggests "whom" I think it sounds pretentious.
Superstars of Psychology: 10 Best Short Talks (Videos) Here are 10 of the best talks about psychology from some of the superstars of this and related fields. 1. Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of evil A to X Writing Advice, Courtesy of Copy Chief Benjamin Dreyer There’s no such word as moreso.Mucus is a noun; mucous is an adjective.Nerve-racking, not -wracking; racked with guilt, not wracked with guilt.One buys a newspaper at a newsstand, not a newstand. An ordinance is a law; ordnance is ammo.Palette has to do with color; palate has to do with taste; a pallet is, among other things, something you sleep on. Eugene Pallette was a character actor; he’s particularly good in the 1943 film Heaven Can Wait.Nounwise, a premier is a diplomat; a premiere is something one attends. “Premier” is also, of course, an adjective denoting quality.That which the English call paraffin (as in “paraffin stove”), we Americans call kerosene. Copy editors should keep an eye open for this in mss. by British authors and query it. The term paraffin should generally be reserved for the waxy, oily stuff we associate with candles.Prophecy is a noun; prophesy is a verb.Per Web 11, it’s restroom.The Sibyl is a seeress; Sybil is Basil Fawlty’s wife.
Texting Anxiety Caused by Little Bubbles Photo It’s called the “typing awareness indicator,” and a few months ago, my therapist ordered me to disable it on my phone. “It’s causing you too much anxiety,” she said, pointing to the iPhone I had in a white-knuckle grip. “It’s giving monumental weight to matters of a text message.”