Though not every institution offers life skills education, those that do are already receiving positive feedback from students. Duckworth, for example, recently started teaching a new course at the University of Pennsylvania titled “Grit Lab: Fostering Passion and Performance,” and the reaction from students has been generally positive. After each class they’re asked to rate the course on a scale from zero (useless) to 10 (extremely valuable), and according to Duckworth the ratings are consistently above an 8. … [Read more...] about Never learned how to file your taxes? Or cook dinner? This class can help
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The BJP’s campaign messaging seems obsessively focused on Shaheen Bagh, and the hitherto unsubstantiated theories that the protests are orchestrated by the AAP and the Congress. Some see nefarious designs and anti-social, anti-national backing to the sit-in protests that have been continuing for more than 40 days. On February 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally at Karkardooma, in Delhi, said that “[t]hese protests (at Shaheen Bagh, Jamia and Seelampur) are not coincidence, these are manufactured protests. This is an experiment, behind this a political design that wants to divide the nation.” … [Read more...] about Delhi Elections | Will its polarising pitch help BJP?
“One of the things I loved about the turn of the millennium is how stupid and fizzy and disposable pop music became, with fads like third-wave ska and swing darting across the pop landscape like a meteor and burning themselves out immediately,” says Rabin. “Al captured both what made them irresistible and fun and goofy [on songs like ‘Your Horoscope Today’] and also ephemeral and absolutely destined to end quickly. What I really like about [the Taylor Hicks parody “Do I Creep You Out”] is not the lyrics but the production and the way it captures the schmaltz and the sentimentality and phony showmanship not just of this particular cheeseball but that entire field of talent-show glossy hyper-pop. Taylor Hicks is disposable and forgettable, but American Idol is exactly the kind of bloated, self-important pop-culture phenomenon Al was put on earth to genially mock. I think artists like Taylor Hicks or flat-earth proponent B.O.B. were going to … [Read more...] about What combing through ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s catalog reveals about 40 years of pop music
LibreOffice: free as in actually free Sometimes free really means free. The popular, cross-platform LibreOffice suite is continuously developed by members of the open-source community who believe that software should be shared, built for the greater good, and actively improved upon. If you’re looking to replace large swaths of Microsoft Office wholesale, then this is a good place to start. The presentation software—called Libre Impress—is indeed an impressive and pretty fully featured PowerPoint alternative. You do miss out on some handy features like media-clip trimming, extended export options, and some animation elements, but for straightforward presentations, this is definitely an option to check out. … [Read more...] about These 4 powerful PowerPoint alternatives won’t cost you a dime