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Preparing for a Financial Crisis Worse than 2008? - The Market Oracle

Preparing for a Financial Crisis Worse than 2008? - The Market Oracle | PoliSci | Scoop.it


DC: The U.S. created trillions of dollars to fight the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009. Most of those dollars are still sitting in the banking system and aren't in the economy.


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Calls for gay rights protest at Fred Phelps' funeral - Gay Star News

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Gay Star News Calls for gay rights protest at Fred Phelps' funeral Gay Star News Several people have called to hold a gay rights protest at the funeral of Fred Phelps, the leader of the 'God Hates Fags' Westboro Baptist Church.
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Tagxedo - Word Cloud with Styles

Tagxedo - Word Cloud with Styles | PoliSci | Scoop.it
Tagxedo turns words - famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters - into a visually stunning word cloud...

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Stop Comparing Yourself to Social Media and Be Happier - Lifehacker

Stop Comparing Yourself to Social Media and Be Happier - Lifehacker | PoliSci | Scoop.it
Stop Comparing Yourself to Social Media and Be Happier
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Social media is basically social comparison on steroids. People showcase the most aspirational version of themselves on social media—new houses, expensive dinners, exotic vacations.

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8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains | PoliSci | Scoop.it
Thanks to technology, our brains are being rewired -- for better or worse.

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Hey Radical Feminists: The Real War on Women

Hey Radical Feminists: The Real War on Women | PoliSci | Scoop.it
Forget the false contraception distraction created by leftist pimps pushing Obamacare, or the fact American girls have sexual freedom; there is a real war being waged against women the left refuses to discuss: Islamic Female Genital Mutilation. ...

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If You Think Only Poor People Need Welfare, Wait Till You See What Really Rich Folks Do With It

If You Think Only Poor People Need Welfare, Wait Till You See What Really Rich Folks Do With It | PoliSci | Scoop.it
It's amazing how little we really know about a system so many people judge.

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Seeking Corporate Accountability for Crimes at Abu Ghraib

Seeking Corporate Accountability for Crimes at Abu Ghraib | PoliSci | Scoop.it
The Center for Constitutional Rights is still seeking accountability from those alleged to have tortured at Abu Ghraib.
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The spread of female Islamic leadership

As increasing numbers of articulate women use Islamic sources to defend varying ways of life, they are challenging western feminist models, at least in name and quite often in substance, making detailed study of the full range of female Islamic leadership crucial, say Masooda Bano and Hilary Kalmbach


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The Next Step in the Islamic Wave

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The Muslim Brotherhood has been gaining power in several countries since the Arab Spring. The rise of Islamist power in the Middle East is culturally and politically complex.  This interactive lets the user click on selected countries to see how groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood or Hamas are impacting them politically. 

 

Tags: Middle East, religion, Islam, political.


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Affirmative Action and Diversity: Discriminating Toward Equality - Heritage.org

Affirmative Action and Diversity: Discriminating Toward Equality
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Affirmative action was intended to ensure that all Americans are treated without regard to race.
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Do women's rights activists really exist in Saudi Arabia? - Al-Arabiya

Do women's rights activists really exist in Saudi Arabia?
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We can simply look at the women's driving issue as a campaign that has been tackled by women on and off for more than 20 years. Despite this, it has gained little traction.
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White People Flip-Flop on Affirmative Action When They Learn Asians Score Better Than Whites

White People Flip-Flop on Affirmative Action When They Learn Asians Score Better Than Whites | PoliSci | Scoop.it
Should college admissions be based on simple quantitative metrics of academic skill such as standardized test scores and grade point averages?
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Women Succeed When We Overcome Mad Men Laws And Jim Crow Mores - Huffington Post

Women Succeed When We Overcome Mad Men Laws And Jim Crow Mores - Huffington Post | PoliSci | Scoop.it
Women Succeed When We Overcome Mad Men Laws And Jim Crow Mores
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With workforce laws from the Mad Men era combined with discriminatory mores exhumed from the Jim Crow era today's workers need allies now more than ever.
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Female genital mutilation Facts and Figures

Female genital mutilation Facts and Figures | PoliSci | Scoop.it
In the UK, it is estimated that up to 24,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). Across government work is taking place top tackle this cruel and brutal practice.

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Educational Leadership:Using Standards and Assessments:Why Standardized Tests Don't Measure Educational Quality

Educational Leadership:Using Standards and Assessments:Why Standardized Tests Don't Measure Educational Quality | PoliSci | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

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This is another scholarly article that supports some areas of standardized testing but does believe that it should be used to measure educational quality.  The article discusses the differences between standard achievement testing and standard aptitude testing.  The SAT and ACT are examples of standardized aptitude exams.  Exams such as the ones students take to measure if their academic skills are on grade level are standardized achievement testing.  The distinction that this article makes compared to "Stop the War Against Standardized Tests" is that these tests are effective for helping students, but they are ineffective in measuring the quality of teaching and education at a school.  I think the difference in perspective is very useful.  

 

I enjoyed reading this article because it was very thought-provoking, and I chose to curate it because it offers a unique perspective on standardized testing that is not extreme to either side of the debate.  The article supports the needs of standardized testing for certain reasons such as understanding a child's strengths and weaknesses, but the author also advocates disagreement when he says "employing standardized achievement tests to ascertain educational quality is like measuring temperature with a tablespoon."  As much as I disagree with using standardized testing to measure students' abilities, potential or skill sets, I do find what he offers in this article extremely valuable to the debate about standardized testing.  I thought his points were eye opening, and it caused me to soften my rock hard stance against standardized testing.  He provided great examples of how these tests measure important information that parents and teachers would need to know.  For example, he says, "One of the most useful of those inferences typically deals with students' relative strengths and weaknesses across subject areas, such as when parents find that their daughter sparkles in mathematics but sinks in science.  A second kind of useful inference that can be based on standardized achievement tests involves a student's growth over time in different subject areas. For example, let's say that a child is given a standardized achievement test every third year. We see that the child's percentile performances in most subjects are relatively similar at each testing, but that the child's percentiles in mathematics appear to drop dramatically at each subsequent testing. That's useful information."  I found myself reluctantly agreeing with him that this information would be helpful to know about students.  However, even if this information is necessary, must we use it in the same high-stakes manner we do now?


After the article discusses how useful information is gained through testing, Popham then goes on to say "but standardized achievement tests should not be used to evaluate the quality of education. That's not what they are supposed to do."  I thought this was really interesting because Walberg thought that standarized testing was an extremely effective way to measure the quality of teaching and of education.  Once again, the two differing perspectives offers much to think about when considering all the arguments about standardized testing.  



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Instructivism, constructivism or connectivism?

Instructivism, constructivism or connectivism? | PoliSci | Scoop.it
Instructivism is dead. Gone are the days of an authoritarian teacher transmitting pre-defined information to passive students. In the 1990s, constructivism heralded a new dawn in instructional desi...

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Simple graphics help to understand basic concepts. :-)

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#Apprenance  Presque vue comme une évolution des approches pédagogiques...

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Ukraine crisis is about Great Power oil, gas pipeline rivalry

Ukraine crisis is about Great Power oil, gas pipeline rivalry | PoliSci | Scoop.it

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Nafeez Ahmed

Thursday 6 March 2014 02.26 EST


Russia's armed intervention in the Crimea undoubtedly illustrates President Putin's ruthless determination to get his way in Ukraine. But less attention has been paid to the role of the United States in interfering in Ukrainian politics and civil society. Both powers are motivated by the desire to ensure that a geostrategically pivotal country with respect to control of critical energy pipeline routes remains in their own sphere of influence.

Much has been made of the reported leak of the recording of an alleged private telephone conversation between US assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland and US ambassador to Kiev Geoffrey Pyatt. While the focus has been on Nuland's rude language, which has already elicited US apologies, the more important context of this language concerns the US role in liaising with Ukrainian opposition parties with a view, it seems, to manipulate the orientation of the Ukrainian government in accordance with US interests.

 

Read more at

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/06/ukraine-crisis-great-power-oil-gas-rivals-pipelines

 


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Life and Death at Guantánamo Bay

Life and Death at Guantánamo Bay | PoliSci | Scoop.it
Adnan Latif, who died in his cell at the Guantánamo Bay prison camp on Sept. 8, was the ninth detainee to die. He was cleared three times for release, but there was no way to get out.
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Abu Ghraib abuse ringleader freed

Abu Ghraib abuse ringleader freed | PoliSci | Scoop.it
Charles Graner, ringleader of the US military guards who photographed their abuse of inmates at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib jail, is released from prison.

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‘How the Mass Killing of Egyptian Islamists Is Being Justified in America’

‘How the Mass Killing of Egyptian Islamists Is Being Justified in America’ | PoliSci | Scoop.it
Supporters of Egypt’s recent military coup from America’s left and right are performing “intellectual contortions” to justify “the mass killings of Islamists in the name of democracy,” Ken Silverstein writes at Harper’s Magazine.

 

Silverstein powerfully concludes: “You cannot preach about democracy then accept the outcome only if your side triumphs. In 2006, Hamas won a devastating victory in legislative elections in the Palestinian Authority. The following year, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas dissolved a Hamas-led unity government and swore in an emergency cabinet, leading the Obama Administration to reinstate aid that had been suspended under Hamas’ rule. This type of hypocrisy heightens anti-Americanism, sends the message that elections are meaningless, and encourages terrorism.”


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Top players in Islamophobia industry paid over $150,000 per year

Top players in Islamophobia industry paid over $150,000 per year | PoliSci | Scoop.it
Thirty-seven laws hostile to Islam have been introduced across the US so far this year.

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Top players in Islamophobia industry paid over $150,000 per year | by Charlotte Silver (@charesilver)

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Michelle Alexander on "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"

A new book by legal scholar and civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander argues that although Jim Crow laws have been eliminated, the racial caste system it ...
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