Less Snow, More Blizzards…Say What?

Three years ago Baltimore had a record-setting snowy winter. We had three blizzards that dumped at least 20 inches of snow–two of which were only five days apart. It was horrible, and I never wanted to see snow again–at least not that much of it. Since then, the last three winters have been very mild (although this one is still happening, so maybe we will get a big storm before it is over), and total snowfall has been very low. New England, Read More

Americans Want to Dump DOMA

Later on this spring the Supreme Court will issue their final ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Recently, public opinion has changed quite dramatically in favor of supporting same-sex marriage. Most Americans now believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, and should have the same rights to benefits and other protections afforded to heterosexual couples. Millennials are by far the most supportive generation, and have largely pushed our nation toward a more equal society with our embrace of Read More

Illiteracy in America

This infographic below has some very interesting facts about illiteracy in America. The three things I found most interesting are how much more likely a person is to vote when they have a high literacy level as opposed to a low literacy level (89 percent vs. 55 percent, respectively), how the vast majority of people with the lowest two levels of literacy felt that they could read and write English well or extremely well, and that 20 percent of high school graduates Read More

Millennials Civic Health Index

A new report about the civic engagement of Millennials has just been published. It is a joint project by The National Conference on Citizenship, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), The Harvard Institute of Politics, and Mobilize.org. Essentially, the report measures the level of civic engagement among 18-to-29-year-old Millennials, focusing on four composites: social cohesion; civic leadership and voice; discussion and expression of political and community issues; and engagement in the community. The study also takes Read More

Is “Techspeak” Destroying Proper Grammar?

Take a look at this infographic below about how abbreviations in texting (and lack of proper punctuation) are hurting the grammar skills of today’s youth. The statistic I found most surprisingly was how often 13-to-17-year-olds texted compared to all other age groups. They text twice as much as even 18-to-24-year-olds. I must admit, it is a little worrisome. By the time texting become popular I was in my early 20’s and my grammar skills were already well-developed. But for a 13-year-old, this Read More

The Power of Suggestion

Here is an interesting infographic on the power of suggestion. It looks at how psychology can be used to improve student intelligence. It’s quite fascinating that just a small social-psychological intervention can dramatically improve a student’s academic performance for months, even years.

The Most Honest Three Minutes in Television History

That is the title of the video below. It is a clip from the HBO drama Newsroom. I do agree with most of what is said, save the part about our generation being the “Worst. Generation. In history.” But some very valid points are made, and I love what Jeff Daniels’ character says at the end, that the reason why the United States is no longer the greatest country in the world is because we, the citizens, aren’t as informed as we Read More