Category Archives: Education

Where does the word “Smörgåsbord” come from? What does it really mean?

I suddenly had this very strong urge tonight to know the origin of the word smorgasbord. Isn’t that weird? The Swedish word smörgåsbord consists of the words smörgås (open-faced sandwich) and bord (table). Smörgås in turn consists of the words smör (butter, cognate with English smear) and gås (goose). Gås literally means goose, but later… Read More »

Learning During Sleep

Israeli scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that people can learn new information while they are sleeping, rather than simply strengthening memories already made. Anat Arzi from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel played tones to sleeping volunteers before wafting smells of deodorant, shampoo, rotten fish, or dead animals past their noses.… Read More »

Genes may play role in educational achievement, study finds

Researchers have identified genetic markers that may influence whether a person finishes high school and goes on to college, according to a national longitudinal study of thousands of young Americans. The study is in the July issue of Developmental Psychology, a publication of the American Psychological Association. “Being able to show that specific genes are… Read More »

Cops called on student who won't stop studying

A school has been forced to call police on a student who refused to stop studying in its library. Jamie Gagliardi, 18, from Crawley in the UK was escorted by police from his community college library after he refused orders to leave. Jamie was ‘obsessed with revising’ for his A Levels (the English equivalent of… Read More »

Women cannot rewind the ‘biological clock’

Many women do not fully appreciate the consequences of delaying motherhood, and expect that assisted reproductive technologies can reverse their aged ovarian function, Yale researchers reported in a study published in a recent issue of Fertility and Sterility. “There is an alarming misconception about fertility among women,” said Pasquale Patrizio, M.D., professor in the Department… Read More »

Dinosaurs and Aliens Banned From Citywide Tests

In what the Post has deemed “a bizarre case of political correctness run wild,” the Department of Education has submitted a list of 50 forbidden words to companies competing for the chance to revamp New York’s citywide standardized tests. Among the potentially “distracting” topics: Dinosaurs, for example, call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists;… Read More »

Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany

… A whole new world of magic animals, brave young princes and evil witches has come to light with the discovery of 500 new fairytales, which were locked away in an archive in Regensburg, Germany for over 150 years. The tales are part of a collection of myths, legends and fairytales, gathered by the local… Read More »

UC Davis pays $1.35M to settle Title IX case

The University of California, Davis has agreed to pay more than $1.3 million to attorneys representing three women who had filed gender discrimination claims because the campus did not offer a women’s wrestling team, officials said Thursday. The settlement came after a federal judge in Sacramento ruled on a broader question in August and found… Read More »

Video: Gov. Jerry Brown pulls ‘trigger’: Colleges, schools and services for elderly and disabled hit. Fix: End the wars!

Because revenue has fallen $2.2 billion short of the $4 billion it had penciled into the budget because of an improving economy, Brown’s administration is being forced to make $981 million in “trigger cuts” under a budget plan agreed to by Brown and Democratic legislators last June. The shortfall, however, was below previous estimates, allowing… Read More »

I drank raw milk and lived. Is Raw Milk Safe? Healthy?

My new nutritionist is a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation which promotes nutrient-dense foods, traditional fats, lacto-fermentation, nontoxic farming, truth in labeling, and community supported agriculture, among other things.€  I spent this weekend learning from her. We saw the movie Farmageddon and I met and spoke to the film maker, Kristin Canty. This… Read More »

People soon to be on loan at B.C. library

A new library in Surrey, B.C., will be home to a “human library,” with people on loan as living books. The $36-million Surrey City Centre library, set to open at the end of the month, will allow users to “check out” people and pick their brains about their experiences with blindness, immigration, religion or a… Read More »

State audit: No evidence of waste, fraud or abuse

In an official response to a Bureau of State Audits report released today (July 28), University of California President Mark G. Yudof wrote: “We are proud of the fact that we have come through this review with validation of so many of our procedures and policies…But, at what cost?” Yudof urged the Legislative Audit Committee… Read More »

Kissing protest staged by students in Chile

Students in Chile have exchanged violent protests against government education policies by locking lips and kissing.As Karen Zarindast reports students have taken to the streets to show they want less violent confrontation and a lot more love. via BBC News – Kissing protest staged by students in Chile. To express their anger, hundreds of Chilean… Read More »