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Leave ‘Organic’ Out of It

Leave ‘Organic’ Out of It | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
To be more effective, food activists should steer clear of buzzwords that only confuse the issues.
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The top 10 artworks of the 20th century

The top 10 artworks of the 20th century | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
Jonathan Jones: From Picasso's formidable whores and Magritte's provocative pipe to Pollock painting like an angel, the best 20th-century art reflects a world of flux, abstraction and imagination
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Skype and cheap calls give an illusion of closeness, but homesickness is still real

Skype and cheap calls give an illusion of closeness, but homesickness is still real | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
Ian Jack: People are keener than ever to leave for new and faraway places; does technology keep them close to what they have left, or make them pine for it all the more?
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A Cold War Fought by Women

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New evidence shows that female aggression helps explain peer pressure to meet standards of physical appearance and sexual conduct.
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Children and the internet: a parent's guide

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Jamie Oliver has banned his children from social media – and in many families there is a constant battle between demands for privacy and safety. Here, parents share the lessons they have learned.
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Bullying: Abuse Goes Digital and Finally Meets Its Match

Bullying: Abuse Goes Digital and Finally Meets Its Match | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
Mashable editor-in-chief Lance Ulanoff gives his take on how the internet has changed bullying.
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Parents' Harsh Words Might Make Teen Behaviors Worse : NPR

Parents' Harsh Words Might Make Teen Behaviors Worse : NPR | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
Lots of parents yell at their teenagers, but harsh verbal punishment is associated with more bad behavior on the part of the kid. Research shows that yelling is ineffective for changing behavior. A step back and a deep breath may be better options.
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RSA Shorts - How to find your element - Sir Ken Robinson

Finding one's passion and true purpose in life is essential to human flourishing. In this new RSA Shorts video, Sir Ken Robinson argues that education, organ...

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Unlimited Vacation for All? - Room for Debate

Unlimited Vacation for All? - Room for Debate | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
Should employers stop counting workers' days off? Would that benefit workers or companies?

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Grouping Students by Ability Regains Favor With Educators

Grouping Students by Ability Regains Favor With Educators | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
Placing students in clusters according to ability, a tactic once rejected over concerns that it fostered inequality, has re-emerged in classrooms all over the country.
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Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer

Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
"Deep reading" is vigorous exercise from the brain and increases our real-life capacity for empathy

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The debate site - Quibl

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Debate and discuss arguments on Quibl.com

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Jocelyn Gagnon's comment, May 29, 2013 10:36 PM
Take a look to the map, very useful to find debates near you.
Sophia Mavridi's curator insight, May 30, 2013 2:27 AM

A useful website for online debates.

fabio sousa's comment, June 3, 2013 9:01 AM
comete um chouro
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How to become internet famous for $68

How to become internet famous for $68 | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it

There’s just one thing about Santiago Swallow that you won’t easily find online: I made him up. Everything above is true. He really does have a Twitter feed with tens of thousands of followers, he really does have a Wikipedia biography, and he really does have an official web site.

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 21, 2013 4:08 AM

This is an interesting article about how easy it is to create a fictional internet reputation. Worth using with students I think.

Paulo Moekotte's comment, May 22, 2013 3:39 PM
Interesting indeed in teaching 'impression management' or 'selective self-presentation'. But where would be the personal benefit in the off line world if one merely uses an obscure alias?
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50 interesting facts about languages (Infographic)

50 interesting facts about languages (Infographic) | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
Languages, right - nothing can impress us anymore. But you might be positively mistaken.
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Language learning: what motivates us?

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What happens in the brain when we try to learn a language can tell us a lot about what drives us to learn it in the first place. Lauren Razavi unpacks the science

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Do stay-at-home mothers upset you? You may be a motherist | Zoe Williams

Do stay-at-home mothers upset you? You may be a motherist | Zoe Williams | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
Women who choose to remain at home to look after their children face a torrent of prejudice.
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The 100 top things you honestly don't need to do before you die

The 100 top things you honestly don't need to do before you die | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
Richard Osman: From watching Breaking Bad to climbing Machu Picchu to reading Great Expectations, the 'must do before you die' list is getting too long. You could always just watch Pointless instead
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If You Could Live To 120, Would You Really Want To? : NPR

If You Could Live To 120, Would You Really Want To? : NPR | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
Even though most people don't want to live radically longer lives, they figure their neighbors do. A majority say they aren't interested in medical treatments that would let them live to see 120.
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BBC Radio 4 - Today, 03/07/2013, Is it rude to talk on your mobile phone?

BBC Radio 4 - Today, 03/07/2013, Is it rude to talk on your mobile phone? | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
A supermarket cashier refused to serve a shopper who was using her mobile phone.

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Shelli Mansfeld's comment, July 5, 2013 11:11 AM
Often it is the other way around - cashiers and shop assistants who use the phone and think the customer should wait!
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Why 'I Have Nothing to Hide' Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Why 'I Have Nothing to Hide' Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
Many don’t understand why they should be concerned about surveillance if they have nothing to hide.

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School bans homework to give pupils more 'family time' - Telegraph

School bans homework to give pupils more 'family time' - Telegraph | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
One of the Government’s flagship free schools is to ban homework to give pupils more time at home with their families, it emerged today.
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International body language: a language with no words - Telegraph

International body language: a language with no words - Telegraph | Debates and discussions | Scoop.it
When studying foreign speech, don’t forget about body language, says Anne Merritt.

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