ACT and Prediction

Jay Mathews: Anyone know details of the value of the ACT? What do you think of standardized testing? If you are among the growing number of students who have taken or plan to take the ACT college entrance test, pay attention. An independent analysis of results in Ohio has concluded that two of the ACT’s [Read More...]

Googling and the Brain

From Good, and this reminds me of the famous story of Einstein, who was asked about a formula in science and he said to look it up in a book. New research from Columbia University psychologist Betsy Sparrow suggests that Google, your favorite search engine turned email host turned social network, might actually be making [Read More...]

When Pastors Leave

We can talk about whether megachurch pastors are creating a unique problem or whether this is a common problem, but the transition from a pastor to a new one — especially if the leaving pastor has been there for a long, long time — is often not simple. One of America’s more astute observers of [Read More...]

Labeling the Norwegian Killer

Within a few hours of Breivik’s horrendous, despicable acts of murder someone assigned him to the Muslim terrorist fringe, and when it was clear that he wasn’t that, someone assigned him to the Christian fundamentalist right wing fringe. Labeling and classifying are how we make sense of things, and so such assignments are understandable and [Read More...]


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