This is what almost four billion years of human evolution looks like when it’s condensed down to ten seconds, thanks to the fine folks behind the original Cosmos.
From self-replicating bags of chemistry to billions of bacteria to crude multicellular blobs to tiny swimming monsters to clumsily creeping fish to fuzzy proto-mammals to weird, naked, two-legged apes … every cosmic blink holds a beautiful story.
If you’d like to retrace your steps along the path of time that ends with you, I recommend this awesome Wikipedia page.
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Cosmos airs Sundays at 9/8c.
Pie chart of on-screen coffee sips for each Twin Peaks character, to go with our supercut of all the pie and coffee in Twin Peaks.
Best quote from Gwendoline Christie: “I am still a person with a sense of superficiality that I’m trying to challenge. I hope that it makes us examine exactly what “unattractive” is. Perhaps it’s not the conventions that we have or the blueprint in our minds. And if it makes people question for a minute what unattractive is, and the way in which we may respond as people to what we think unattractive is, then it’s worthwhile.”
herochan has heart:
Posted in honor of Earth Day 2013
Created by Andy Romero/Bloop
You follow administrators, teachers, and students at an alternative public high school in Washington DC. 50% of the students that register at the beginning of the year don’t attend. They need 300+ students to keep their budget at current levels but continue to lose students to transfers, the justice system, absence, and even death. These kids have had friends die before graduating from high school, have brothers and sisters that are incarcerated, parents that have recently died, teen pregnancy, and poverty to deal with every day.
It’s an honest portrayal of the how complicated education reform is in urban city (like NYC, Chicago, LA, etc) impoverished neighborhoods. Many times the students have experienced more stress, trauma, and mental health issues than the educators that teach them. You follow a passionate principal leading her dedicated staff to make it through CAS testing. CAS is a standardized test that decides more than a student’s ability; your school staying open, your budget, if your teachers or administration will be staying or moving on… The students have challenges that are heartbreaking (being pulled in the middle of learning gains, jail), and some successes that are truly awesome (college acceptance, scholarships, graduation!). If nothing else it illustrates the extent of the loss of cultural capital these students have in their experience; how a little thing like prom can be revelatory.
So what are we to do?
I wish I had an answer. If I did I’d be on a book tour.
Some of my thoughts I’m still working through:
- There isn’t time for technology here. I can see how it could be a barrier to learning. But I can see ways it could be incredibly valuable - how does technology even function in a district like this?
- Standardized testing illuminates the problem without solving it. How can you test 10th graders on reading comprehension when they can’t read? How do you provide the necessary remediation? When is there time in the day?
- How do you go home everyday and create a lesson for students that don’t show up? How do you communicate the value of attendance? Moreover how do you communicate the value of education in a school that has no PTA? Accountability doesn’t end when the student leaves school, but legally (other than truancy) it does.
- This system, and schools in DC, will burn anyone out. Quickly. This school is already doing more with less, but how is that sustainable?
- Stability. Stability. Stability.
When it came to making a final decision we decided Apple TV was the solution that best fit our needs. Apple TV gave us the best end user experience. When adding technology to a classroom we want to make the experience as seamless as possible for the teacher and student.
In a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers reported the results of a program designed to limit the exposure of preschool children to violence-laden videos and television shows and increase their time with educational programming that encourages empathy. They found that the experiment reduced the children’s aggression toward others, compared with a group of children who were allowed to watch whatever they wanted.
“Here we have an experiment that proposes a potential solution,” said Dr. Thomas N. Robinson, a professor of pediatrics at Stanford, who was not involved in the study. “Giving this intervention — exposing kids to less adult television, less aggression on television and more prosocial television — will have an effect on behavior.”
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In 60 minutes: TONIGHT ON FRONTLINE - Inside Michelle Rhee’s controversial effort to reform DC public schools.
pbstv makes a snappy new inforgraphic:
Did You Know?
His sweaters were knitted by his mother.
See what else made Mister Rogers our favorite neighbor, with our Mister Rogers infographic.
How do we turn science, technology, engineering, and math geeks into the rock stars of the 21st century? Given high demand for a STEM-proficient workforce, figuring out how to inspire student interest in those fields is a nut that pop star Will.i.am is doing his best to crack. He’s plunking down his own cash for a STEM TV special, composing the first song to be beamed from Mars, and plugging STEM on the heels of the political conventions. His latest idea: harnessing the nation’s obsession with reality television by teaming up with Simon Cowell to create an X-Factor show for STEM.
photo via flickr:CC | West Point Public Affairs