American Education

TMQ Tidbits of the Week

Once again, here is the best of Gregg Easterbrook’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback column on ESPN.com. You can read the football bits here. A Cosmic Thought A generation ago “exoplanets” — beyond the solar system — had not been found. Now hundreds are known and the list grows weekly. Recently NASA’s Kepler probe, the first space device specifically designed to look […]

Multiple Guess

Test takers and givers have long debated whether it is wise to stick with your initial answer or switch when in doubt. The usual suggestion is to stick with your “gut reaction”, but does the data bear this out? Actually, no. This article at PSYBlog discusses the data, and conjectures about the reason. I’m sure […]

DHA Could Help Poor Readers

In a recent randomized double blind trial, adding the Omega-3 fatty acid DHA to a students diet resulted in improved reading scores. Here is a taste of a piece from STATS fellow Maia Szalavitz: Researchers at Oxford University’s Center for Evidence-Based Intervention studied 362 7- to 9-year-old children who had placed in the bottom third […]

TED Talk Tuesday: Part 2

I don’t usually stray into poetry and literature here at No Longer Normal, but this was an interesting exploration of visual and poetry. Also, Billy Collins has an amazingly entertaining delivery, and the poem about an adolescent girl at the end is hilarious. It is worth the whole thing just for that!

An Impressive Word of Encouragement

Thanks to several of my Messiah friends and the Messiah College Facebook page for pointing out this video this morning from Joni and Friends. In the video, Joni Eareckson Tada speaks about the work of the Collaboratory, and how they’ve partnered with her ministry to reach out to people with disabilities around the world. Check it […]

The Power of Introverts

This is an amazing and powerful talk from Susan Cain at TED this year about the power of introverts. She suggests that our current education and work environments have shifted from catered toward introverts to heavily favoring extroverts. She asks for us to provide space for both. This is worth the listen, and consideration for […]

We’ve Got Great Alumni

Here is the latest example of our great alumni in the Department of Information and Mathematical Sciences here at Messiah College. In the controversial rankings of 4th through 8th grade teachers in New York City, class of 2005 alumna Kelly (Toolan) Hudson is listed as the 10th best mathematics teacher in the city. She’s also […]