Why do we have the Electoral College? Our Founding Fathers worried that even qualified citizens (generally white, male landowners) wouldn’t have the information necessary to make a truly informed decision.
So they decided to give the States the authority to appoint educated, well-read Electors to vote on behalf of their citizens. As the Constitution makes clear, the States elect the President and Vice-President, individuals don’t.
The Electoral College is managed by the Federal Register, part of the National Archives. You can learn more by visiting our website and watching our new video that explains how the votes actually get counted.
Capt. Sean Bercaw has thrown hundreds of messages in bottles into the ocean, and received dozens of responses. He talked to NPR’s Neal Conan about why, and the responses he’s gotten. At 13, he received a response from a woman in Grenada that read a little bit like a personals ad. And two bottles released on consecutive days both landed in France … But one took a year and a half, and the second took 10 years.
Have you ever thrown a message in a bottle? Have you ever found one?
At the age of 15, Prof Sir John Gurdon ranked last out of the 250 boys in his Eton year group at biology, and was in the bottom set in every other science subject.
Sixty-four years later he has been recognised as one of the finest minds of his generation after being awarded the £750,000 annual prize, which he shares with Japanese stem cell researcher Shinya Yamanaka.
Speaking after learning of his award in London on Monday, Sir John revealed that his school report still sits above his desk at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, which is named in his honour.
my mom always said grades are important, but they’re not the most important thing.
Google takes on Moodle, Blackboard, iTunes U and other MOOC builders by creating its own course builder. Time will tell if it takes hold, and Google is not one to shy away from releasing something only to slam it closed a few years (or months) later. There may be some hesitation to use this simply because of the reputation Google has for closing things they do not deem successes. Also, how does this match with their business model? Will K12 courses have ads for instance?
The tech specs alone (You should be a webmaster) is enough to scare 99.9% of K12 out of the building.
Here is a video about the whole thing:
Course Builder is our experimental first step in the world of online education. It packages the software and technology we used to build our Power Searching with Google online course. We hope you will use it to create your own online courses, whether they’re for 10 students or 100,000 students. You might want to create anything from an entire high school or university offering to a short how-to course on your favorite topic.
“Perhaps one of the greatest myths about mathematics is that some people are natural “math people” and some are not. A common misconception is that mathematical ability is genetically inherited or predetermined. On the contrary, research does not support the idea if innate mathematical ability… Whether students understand the content may depend not so much on the material itself but in the way teachers present it. Although a certain percentage of students will understand a mathematical concept despite a poor teacher, most students will thrive only in an atmosphere created by caring, knowledgeable teachers.”
— Daniel J. Brahier, Teaching Secondary and Middle School Mathematics (via math-girl)
“Schools rarely teach doing. So here’s my advice: Learn what matters to you. If you want to graduate from high school, go ahead and memorize a lot of nonsense but don’t expect it to matter a bit when high school is over.”