Tag: education

  • If the coronavirus doesn’t kill us, distance learning just might

    If the coronavirus doesn’t kill us, distance learning just might

    The speed at which many schools have closed, and kids and educators have had to switch to distance learning platforms have caused quite a bit of frustration, especially for parents overwhelmed with the sudden influx of messages. Here’s a funny (and true) rant from an Israeli mother who found herself overwhelmed by the flood of […]

  • Learning to code and the argument for bribing our kids to read

    Learning to code and the argument for bribing our kids to read

    Our son’s new interest in learning to code prompted me to think about how I could link this hobby to persuading him to read more. In doing so, it seems to me that there is a strong argument to be made for bribery.

  • The Periodic Table of Elements in pictures for your kids

    The Periodic Table of Elements in pictures for your kids

    Keith Enevoldsen’s “The Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words” is a must for parents with kids in school. It is a terrific resource for kids learning chemistry.

  • Feminism from a tone-deaf male’s perspective

    Feminism from a tone-deaf male’s perspective

    A discussion about feminism and a blog post by Gretchen Kelly got me thinking about what feminism and gender equality means to me. I wanted to share some of my thinking, even though it may offend many.

  • A little project: Stuff to teach our kids

    A little project: Stuff to teach our kids

    I started a little project yesterday called “Stuff to teach our kids” and it is basically a blog which I’m using to collate and share information about topics our kids ask me about.

  • The history of Humanity’s #JourneyToMars

    The history of Humanity’s #JourneyToMars

    I’m really looking forward to the movie, “The Martian“. The latest trailer looks awesome: As cool as the movie looks, the real-life #JourneyToMars is even more spectacular. NASA JPL released a retrospective video titled “50 Years of Mars Exploration” showcasing highlights from Humanity’s 50 year history exploring Mars. 50 years! NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs has […]

  • Cool volcano stuff for your kids

    Cool volcano stuff for your kids

    My son is fascinated by volcanoes and he asks me something about volcanoes several times a week. I came across a really cool National Geographic video about how their camera crew used drones to film an active volcano: I found a couple more links to volcano stuff on the National Geographic site which are pretty […]

  • Could the old Apartheid government have saved us from Zuma's ANC?

    Someone I was chatting to after the 2014 elections, last week, made an interesting comment. He said that if the old Apartheid-era National Party had educated all South Africans better (and not just white South Africans), the ANC under Jacob Zuma would have had a more challenging time selling themselves with all the corruption in […]