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Submitted by Idrissa Bangura on Tue, 2015-05-26 00:43

Carmel’s recent blog post about making teaching attractive couldn’t have been more timely as the world lost one of its most brilliant minds and educators over the weekend. John F. Nash, a revolutionary mathematician was killed in a car accident while coming home from Norway after receiving the prestigious Abel Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Nash, who is forever immortalized in the feature film, A Beautiful Mind, also won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994.

He is widely known around the world for his work in game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations. His theories were used to analyze and tackle complex situations and are used in a variety of subjects such as economics, computing and evolutionary biology. Is Nash the last of a great era of minds and educators?

Submitted by Youssouf Bamba on Tue, 2015-05-26 00:24

Selfies are big part of the global culture; students around the world all use selfies to interact and share their identity with each other. Such is the selfie craze that it is the basis of a special class at the University of Southern California. The class will essentially examine society’s influence on self-identity in freshman English class. According to Mark Marino, the professor leading the class, selfies will or already have a cultural impact on our society just like painting and photographic self-portrait did in a previous era.

Students find it easier to learn but more importantly enjoy learning when they can relate to the topics. Taking a selfie is one thing that most students do regularly and this class will hopefully lead them to explore their identity.

Submitted by Carmel Addae on Mon, 2015-05-25 17:00

The decline of arts programs in our nation’s schools is becoming something of a cliché. The increased interest in STEM has relegated arts and other creative subjects out of the school curriculum. Since experts agree that arts education plays a major role in one’s education journey, community groups and non-profits are picking up the slack to educate our nation’s students about the arts. One such organization is the Side Street Projects.

The group has partnered with school districts in California to strengthen its arts programs. K-12 students in California are required to have access to some sort of arts education. However, this is often not the case for reasons aforementioned. Side Street Projects helps students with woodworking and other related art skills courses. The program is a mobile organization that encourages students to be on their feet and work on their creations. It also helps teach student safety skills and has enrolls about 3,000 students a year. How can we reignite interest in arts education in our schools?

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Fri, 2015-05-22 03:33

Malik was recently names a CUNY Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Check out the full story here.

Also, check out the video they made about him:

Congratulations Malik.

Submitted by Panisuan Chasinga on Wed, 2015-05-20 10:20

The "super-charged" part was actually made up. SCSS actually stands for Sassy Cascading StyleSheets.

HTML and CSS are, to most developers, not programming languages. And they're right. HTML/CSS are just tools to mark and style documents, just like Markdown. And that's probably what's annoying about them since they cannot be "abstracted" or "reused" thus growing more painful as your web project does.

SaSS is an attempt to make CSS better. SCSS is a hybrid of Sass and CSS. And here are some basic things you can do in SCSS that you can't with normal CSS.


Let's say we have a simple HTML

Would it make more sense your stylesheet looks like this...


"So what?" You asked. Well, you ain't see nothing yet. You can have variables in SCSS to hold values for you, and never have to repeat yourself.


The power of SCSS starts to really shine with mixins. It's how you can actually declare a function with arguments and reuse it later.


And yes, nothing should stop at the level of functions. To go up up like Neo we need inheritance, the ultimate form of reusability.

It was reported that SCSS can actually make you feel like the One.

Submitted by Carmel Addae on Mon, 2015-05-18 23:55

One of the constant arguments made for the lack of current interest in the teaching profession is the salary and lack of recognition. This has been made even worse by more stringent teacher evaluation process where a teacher's job is linked to student performance on test scores. Billionaire Sunny Varkey is on a mission to change how teachers are viewed. Varkey recently awarded a million dollars to Nancie Atwell, a teacher from Maine. Keeping true to the spirit of teaching, Atwell donated her million-dollar prize to charity.

Varkey, a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador stated that “teaching needs to be the most important profession in the world and they've got to be given their due respect. A successful entrepreneur with businesses in over 14 countries, Varkey places education at the forefront of his philanthropic activities.

Is the award a good way of recognizing teachers? What are some other ways to make teaching an attractive profession?

Submitted by Idrissa Bangura on Mon, 2015-05-18 18:30

The recent riots in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray have brought the issue of race and class firmly back in the national spotlight. Some social scientists believe the riots, especially in Baltimore, were inevitable. The living conditions for some of Baltimore's residents are on par with those in developing countries. For instance, Baltimore had a murder rate that was higher than that of Honduras, the most homicidal nation on earth. Many of the adults in Baltimore also did not have jobs and residents in its inner cities live in what amounts to slums. Gray's death essentially served as a catalyst that brought into life the abysmal conditions for some of Baltimore's residents.

The solution to resolving some of the issues lies in the education system. Schools have historically been the place where governments and society in general have turned to in times of crisis (e.g. space exploration during the Cold War, AIDS epidemic in the 80s and 90s, etc.,). In many inner cities like Baltimore, kids are not completing school and have few community programs to keep them engaged during after school (when most are susceptible to land in trouble). This translates to few opportunities to break the cycle of poverty. Additionally, it presents opportunities for educators to bring such issues in the classroom since it is current and applies to the lives of many students in the inner city.