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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 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.

Submitted by Luke Malone on Mon, 2015-05-18 09:28

Read Hopscotch's manifesto on allowing the poop emoji in schools.
HERE ???? is okay.

Submitted by Henry Adjei on Thu, 2015-05-14 10:53

There is little (if any for that matter) doubt that education plays a key role in raising individuals out of poverty and helping countries grow, among countless other benefits. One of the eight targets of the UN Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) was universal primary school enrollment. As the MDGs wind down this year, there has been remarkable progress for enrollment, especially in developing countries. All figures show that most developing countries have or are close to primary school enrollment. Despite the enrollment gains at K-12 level, there seems to be little learning taking place . The recent PISA test results paint a grim picture of education in poor and middle-income countries: 54% of students failed the test in Mexico and 89% failed in my native Ghana.

Increasing enrollment is a great achievement when you consider all the barriers (e.g. costs, transportation, societal norms) some students face on a regular basis. However, universal education should focus on quality not quantity. When the UN General Assembly meets this fall for their annual session, they will adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build on the MDGs. The focus of the SDGs, as far as education is concerned, should be on developing certain metrics and learning targets for K-12 students.

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Wed, 2015-05-13 23:59

Fusing music with education has proven to be very beneficial to education. Some educators use music as a tool to enhance the learning experience in their classrooms. Some educators use music to raise student energy in classrooms. The vialogue below highlight a teacher in Washington who has found a way to engage and motivate students by using music to teach math.

Submitted by Frank Obeng on Wed, 2015-05-13 23:28

There are a lot of things that contributes to one's educational success: social economic status, cognitive and physical development, mentors, etc., Often overlooked in the conversation is emotional intelligence. What exactly is emotionally intelligence? How does one become emotionally intelligent? This NY Times piece tries to answer this question.

The author argues that controlling one's anger, dealing with their stresses, avoiding panic in times of crisis, compassion, building healthy relationships and self-management, among others, are all examples of gaining emotional intelligence. The aforementioned qualities are especially true for today's industry leaders. Do you have emotional intelligence? Why or why not?