All posts in "Education"

The world’s improving in many ways, and he can prove it

By Cathryn Wellner / August 28, 2015

Don’t take my word for it. We have a lot to be optimistic about. So on days when worries about the state of the world are bringing down your spirits, head over to Max Rosen’s Our World in Data or check out his Facebook and Twitter streams. The Oxford economist provides data on the big […]


Toddlers and oldsters play together in this care center

By Cathryn Wellner / August 26, 2015

Homes for the frail elderly can be some of the most depressing places on the planet, though residents like my Aunt Grace (Is your door open? I need to talk) brighten the lives of those consigned there. Splitting old people off from the rest of society may be convenient, but it is no better practice […]


Vending machines offer free books

By Cathryn Wellner / August 12, 2015

JetBlue and Random House are not the first to offer books through vending machines. John Geoghegan wrote A Brief History of Book Vending Machines for Huffington Post. In it he described the generally unsuccessful efforts to sell books that way. Some libraries have tried it as well, making it easy to borrow books in such […]


White woman, black man shock the audience awake

By Cathryn Wellner / July 15, 2015

Darius Simpson and Scout Bosley step up to the microphone and do something completely unexpected. They change places. If that sounds like a simple matter of switching mikes, watch what happens when they also switch roles. Simpson speaks his lines as though he were a woman, Bosley as if she were a black man. The […]


Best summer homework assignment ever

By Cathryn Wellner / July 1, 2015

An Italian teacher’s unusual summer homework assignment has gone viral. Cesare Catà told his students at Don Bosco High School to turn off their devices and go outdoors. They have a beautiful place to do that, in Fermo, an ancient Roman colony in the hill country above the Adriatic Sea. Catà posted his vacation homework […]


Your heart will break open reading these notes

By Cathryn Wellner / June 1, 2015

Some people were born to teach. Kyle Schwartz is one of them. Wanting to know her students better, she gave them an assignment: Take a note card and write on it things “I wish my teacher knew.” She could never have anticipated the deeply personal responses she would receive. Or perhaps she could have because […]


Poking fun at e-reader critics

By Cathryn Wellner / May 29, 2015

A Chilliwack, British Columbia, book store called The Bookman created a delightful video “All About Them Books!” (embedded below) and set it to Megan Trainor’s catchy song, “All About That Bass”. As a reading lover who adores everything about books, I smiled at its celebration of small books, tall books, hardcover books and paperback books. […]


Thanks, Teach…here’s $10,000

By Cathryn Wellner / May 27, 2015

  An apple maybe. A card or a letter…even better. But a cheque for $10,000? That is an exceptional way of thanking a teacher whose guidance influenced a young person’s trajectory. Kevin Perz never forgot the teachers whose belief in him set him on a path of success. Their encouragement can be seen in his […]


Pedicab driver turned philanthropist

By Cathryn Wellner / May 20, 2015

  By the time Bai Fang Li died in 2005, he had donated 350,000 yuan to enable more than 300 young people to receive an education. He did it all with the small amount of money he made as a pedicab driver. When Bai retired the first time, he was 74 years old. He left […]


Share your love of books

By Cathryn Wellner / May 11, 2015

  If you missed World Book Night on April 23rd, you missed a treat. But you never have to miss it again. The UK’s Reading Agency launched the initiative on March 5, 2011. The next year they changed the date to coincide with World Book Day. By 2015 Germany and the US had joined the […]

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