On Standardized Testing

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This is s0 powerful. A public school teacher delivers a spoken word poem about standardized testing including this:

“Students who are not proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade are four times less likely to graduate from High School by age 19. At poverty, these students become thirteen times less likely to graduate on time. Multiply by one out of ten High School drop-outs spends time in prison, divide by racism, take the square root reality, subtract irrational numbers and unreal dreams, where will Monica be in five years?”

See the full poem here.



Teacher Hearts… :)

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Quote of the Day

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A Year in Ideas

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TED Talks compiles it’s most moving talks and manages to cover the news, technology, and emotion of 2015 into the best year-in-review video I’ve ever seen yet.

Here’s to you and yours and a Happy New Year!


Art in Science

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Biology is amazing… and so inherently beautiful. For more images like the one above, check out these 10 award winning biology photographs (by category!).


2015: Best Year in Science Yet?

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From water-absorbent concrete, to trauma foam, to water on Mars, to solar batteries that can power homes, 2015 was a great year for science. Check out this video here:

2015 Was the Best Year for Science and Technology


Truth and Beauty in Cells

This is why we teach the cell–not because it’s a part of the curriculum or because it’s “essential to biology,” but because it’s an integral part of the truth and beauty that makes you…you.

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“…Truth and beauty are things that are often opaque to people who are not in the sciences. They are things that describe beauty in a way that is often only accessible if you understand the language and the syntax of the person who studies the subject in which truth and beauty is expressed…I wanted to figure out a way to help people understand truth and beauty in the biological sciences by using animation, by using pictures, by telling stories so that the things that are not necessarily evident to people can be brought forth, and can be taught, and can be understood.”

-David Bolinsky in his TED Talk, Visualizing the Wonder of a Living Cell