entertainment and education
Asian education: more than tiger mums and rote learning
Another PISA report, another chorus of caricatures of Asian learning success.
Race With the Devil
The story of a journey from racial hatred to rational love.
Is the dream of free online university education fading?
The head of the biggest online education provider now says that it is a "lousy product".
Reason should be open to God
Benedict XVI had provocative ideas about the true nature of education.
Red Love: The Story of an East German Family
The Berlin Wall fell in 1989 but much remains to be understood.
A radical’s road out of Islamist extremism
Leaving something so powerful and controlling does not happen overnight.
Belgium, where death becomes the norm, living the exception
A documentary about ten years of legal euthanasia is a touchstone for radically different approaches to suffering.
Do anti-bullying programs lead to more bullying?
A new study questions the effectiveness of campaigns to stop the scourge of bullying.
What’s it like to torture someone?
If you want to find out, just buy a copy of the mega-hit video game Grand Theft Auto V.
Permanent Present Tense
The moving story of a man whose memory was limited to what happened 30 seconds ago.
The making of a polemicist
Richard Dawkins' memoir of his early years is charming but provides little insight into his later career as the bête noire of religion.
The world’s most famous physicist tells his own story
Stephen Hawking's autobiography is a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the achievements of a cultural icon.
Bergoglio’s list: the untold story
During Argentina's Dirty War, Jorge Bergoglio saved the lives of scores of dissidents, according to a new book.
Gambling on the future of the planet
The history of Paul Ehrlich's bet with Julian Simon is a great introduction to the population-resource debate.
British romantic comedy tries time travel
Director Richard Curtis has crafted a pleasant, thoughtful film about making the most of time.
It's District 9 again, but less successful thanks to its obsession with the present.
Should schools teach about religions?
It's an idea that looks good on paper but can in fact lead to dangerous madness.
In tough times, some US colleges may fold
The old way of doing business in American higher education will not work in the future.
New movie for Pride and Prejudice devotees
Lessons about life at Monsters University
In the world of Pixar, no one is alone: we all need friends.
Riding the coattails of Harry Potter
J.K. Rowling's foray into detective fiction is entertaining if undistinguished.
Why children are wiser (and happier) than adults
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