Video – Teaching design for change

Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She’s teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers’ minds and bodies while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state.

Emily Pilloton wrote Design Revolution, a book about 100-plus objects and systems designed to make people’s lives better. In 2010, her design nonprofit began an immersive residency in Bertie County, North Carolina, the poorest and most rural county in the state.

“Is Your Child a Chronic Academic Underachiever?”

Now there’s hope for the child who isn’t performing up to potential in school

Dear Parent,

Do these words sound all too familiar…?

“I know your son can do better work. He just doesn’t seem to care.”

or these…?

“She’s really very bright. But she just isn’t working at her level”

or these…from you child…

“I’m just stupid …OK?!”

If you’ve ever heard these words you know the heartbreak of being told that your child is an underachiever.

And if it breaks your heart, just imagine what day after day of failure is doing to your child and their future.

In fact, some studies suggest that a leading cause of teenage drug use… underage sex… petty crime… even suicide can be traced to failure in school.

What Doesn’t Work


If you’re like most parents of an underachieving child, you’ve tried everything. You’ve talked to your child time and time again…only to be met with anger or stony silence. You’ve pleaded and cajoled till you couldn’t anymore. You’ve even resorted to bribes and threats…something you swore you’d never do.

But nothing worked, did it? And now you’re at your wits’ end.

Well, I’m here to tell you there is hope for your underachieving child. A way to turn your underachiever into a super achiever. Without time-consuming exercises…drugs…special tutors…or expensive boarding schools.

Introducing LearningMind Software for Students


It’s for underachieving students from ages 10 to 22. And in just 7 minutes a day, this remarkable “Mental Training” Software will help your child become the kind of student he or she is capable of being. 100% Guaranteed or your money back.

We’ll even ship our amazing Software to you anywhere in the world absolutely free. That’s how much we want to get LearningMind into your hands so it can start helping your child as soon as possible. Click here for more information

Choosing children’s schools

What Happens to School Choice if People Aren’t Rational and Choose Bad Schools?
Daniel Willingham

The logic of school choice seems obvious. If parents selected their children’s schools, they would not choose bad ones, so bad schools would not be able to survive. Schools would have to improve or close, just as a store that offers poor service will lose business to a store that offers better service.

read on …

Transgender youth face extreme harassment at school, report says


Transgender youth are physically and verbally harassed and face extremely high levels of harassment in school, even more than lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGBT) students, says a new study released by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.

At the same time, however, transgender youth are more likely to speak out about LGBT issues in the classroom, says “Harsh Realities: The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools,” the first comprehensive study on transgender students. more » » »

Debunking the Myth about Girls and Math

The myth that girls aren’t good at math must be put to rest—otherwise it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy, says a new report.

Many people still hold the belief that females intrinsically have less aptitude than males to excel in math at the very highest levels. Even former Harvard University President Lawrence Summers gave credence to this notion in 2005, suggesting that it might explain the shortage of women mathematicians among the tenured faculty of elite American research universities. more » » »