Goodbye, math and history: Finland wants to abandon teaching subjects at school

Goodbye, math and history: Finland wants to abandon teaching subjects at school

Originally posted on Quartz:

Finland already has one of the best school education systems. It always ranks near the top in mathematics, reading, and science in the prestigious PISA rankings (the 2012 list, pdf) by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Teachers in other countries flock to its schools to learn from a country that is routinely praised as just a really, really wonderful place to live.

But the country is not resting on its laurels. Finland is considering its most radical overhaul of basic education yet—abandoning teaching by subject for teaching by phenomenon. Traditional lessons such as English Literature and Physics are already being phased out among 16-year-olds in schools in Helsinki.

Instead, the Finns are teaching phenomena—such as the European Union, which encompasses learning languages, history, politics, and geography. No more of an hour of history followed by an hour of chemistry. The idea aims to eliminate one of the biggest gripes of students…

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HubSpot – 14 Ways to Increase Your Clickthrough Rate on Twitter


Originally posted on TECHMarket Communications:


March 23, 2015

By Neil Patel


Tweeting is easy. You can type up anything in three seconds and press “tweet.” But sending a clickable tweet — that, my friend, is a science.

Thankfully, making your tweets clickable doesn’t “just happen” based on the whim of the Twitter gods. It happens when you intentionally apply a certain set of principles.

In this post, we’ll talk about how to put the science of Twitter to work for you so more people click on your tweets.

Defining a “Click” on a Tweet

Before we dive in here, what does it mean for a person to “click on your tweet”? Think about it: There are nine different ways a user can click your tweet. They can …

  1. Retweet your tweet
  2. Favorite your tweet
  3. Click your hashtags
  4. Click your @-mentions
  5. Click your link
  6. Click your picture
  7. Click the white space to expand the tweet
  8. Click your Twitter handle to view your profile

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This YouTube phenomenon is morphing into a science book

This YouTube phenomenon is morphing into a science book

Originally posted on Fusion:

Mitchell Moffit & Greg Brown by Francesca Ludikar Mitchell Moffit & Greg Brown by Francesca Ludikar

Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown are living the millennial dream. The couple’s YouTube channel, AsapSCIENCE,  is a scientific explainer series that has 3.6 million subscribers. Posts across their social platforms consistently go viral. They have millions of likes, fans, and video views; they’ve transformed their virtual success to a tangible careers; and they’ve done it all by bringing their passion for science to the public.

Mitch, 26, and Greg, also 26, graduated from the University of Guelph in Ontario in 2012. They both studied biological science, and were already inclined to spread that knowledge. “We were always obsessed with our degrees,” Greg told Fusion in a phone interview. “A lot of our friends were in arts programs and we spent a lot of time explaining scientific concepts to them in layman’s terms.”

After graduating, Greg says, they missed engaging with science in their daily lives…

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A Very Naughty Little Girl

A Very Naughty Little Girl

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

Rose George | Longreads | March 2015 | 21 minutes (5,358 words)

She was a name on a plaque and a face on a wall. I ate beneath her portrait for three years and paid it little attention except to notice that the artist had made her look square. There were other portraits of women to hold my attention on the walls of Somerville, my Oxford college: Indira Gandhi, who left without a degree, and Dorothy Hodgkin, a Nobel prize-winner in chemistry. In a room where we had our French language classes, behind glass that was rumored to be bulletproof, there was also a bust of Margaret Thatcher, a former chemistry undergraduate. Somerville was one of only two women’s colleges of the University of Oxford while I was there, from 1988 to 1992, and the walls were crowded with strong, notable women. (The college has since gone co-ed.)

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I tried Silicon Valley’s favorite ‘brain-enhancing’ drugs

I tried Silicon Valley’s favorite ‘brain-enhancing’ drugs

Originally posted on Fusion:

It’s 3 p.m., and I am crushing my e-mail inbox. At this time of day, I’m typically struggling to stave off the post-lunch slowdown by downing another cup of coffee or two. But today, message after message is flying off my fingertips effortlessly—work e-mail, personal e-mail, digital errands I’d been meaning to run for months. I’m in the zone, as they say, and for this burst of late afternoon productivity, I might have nootropics to thank.

Nootropics—the name given to a broad class of so-called “cognitive-enhancing” drugs—are all the rage in Silicon Valley these days. Programmers like nootropics because they’re said to increase productivity and sharpen focus without the intensity or side effects of a prescription drug like Adderall or modafinil. Some users mix their own nootropics using big bins of powders, purchased off the Internet or in supplement stores. And some take pre-made “stacks” that are designed to produce specific effects.

Nootropics aren’t new—the word…

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Originally posted on NonSoloProust:

Tetti di Parigi© R.G. Photographe

Negli anni Venti del secolo scorso, l’ancor giovinotto Sándor Márai, che scarpinava e tirava la carretta guadagnandosi da vivere scrivendo articoli per giornali, ebbe il colpo di fortuna di venire inviato come corrispondente dalla Frankfurter Zeitung nientepopodimenoche a Parigi.

Le pagine in cui racconta come lui e Lola (la moglie che, allora molto giovane, lo accompagnò poi per tutta la vita fino alla definitiva e straziante tappa de L’ultimo dono ) trascorsero il loro periodo parigino  sono, per chi ama Parigi, tutte da leggere.

Io ne ho estratto solo un piccolo passaggio. Perchè è vero che questo blog si intitola NonSoloProust.

Ma è anche vero che quando qualcuno (e figuriamoci poi se quel qualcuno, come in questo caso, è un Márai) mi parla di Proust… beh… che vi devo dire… Ammè mi pare di sentire il corno di Ernani (ma al contrario) :-)

Leggendo Proust mi…

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