Present for a friend.
Forcing teachers to pass a kind of bar exam, like the ones aspiring lawyers and doctors must sit for. Extending the number of hours and days students must spend in school, to break with academic calendars formed in an agrarian age. Consolidating school districts; making schools a hub for health care and social services; and giving 4-year-olds in the state’s poorest areas access to full-day prekindergarten.
Those were among a slate of recommendations that the New York Education Reform Commission outlined in an address to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and cabinet members in the State Capitol on Wednesday.
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Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope have seen a key stage in the birth of giant planets for the first time. Vast streams of gas are flowing across a gap in the disc of material around a young star. These are the first direct observations of such streams, which are expected to be created by giant planets guzzling gas as they grow. (Continue reading) | image: ESO
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”
—James Baldwin (via otchkies)
Exactly how I feel when I know it’s gonna be a good book :-D
NASA will provide a live webcast of the 2013 Quadrantid meteor shower each night this week through Jan. 4.
Untitled (l’Arbre et son ombre) by Samuel Rousseau nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize 2011
Bird’s eye view of Bangaan, Ifugao.
Whispers of a Fairytale World
A photography series were taken on lake in Siberia by French photographer Matthieu Paley