All posts in "Education"

#1200 Young poets on fire with the power of words

By Cathryn Wellner / February 9, 2015

Large homes, beautiful clothes, exotic travel, exclusive schools, comfort and ease are not the lot of many young people. But every single person born into this crazy old world deserves the best. In a world of rising (and dangerous) inequality, how can the playing field be leveled enough to give every young person a chance […]


#1195 Bring on the young musicians

By Cathryn Wellner / January 28, 2015

The television station, France 2, sponsors a program that features talented young musical prodigies in music, dance and singing. Like so many other broadcast competitions, the young people compete and one of them is declared The Prodigy. In October 2014 dozens of these young whiz kids descended on Paris’s Beaugrenelle shopping centre. Two boys began […]


#1194 Buy a carpet; save a child

By Cathryn Wellner / January 26, 2015

Children are perfect for the job of weaving rugs. Their small hands can tie the tiniest of knots. In one 8’ x 10’ rug, a million of those knots form the exquisite design. Of course, young children do not have the years of experience of a skilled, trained adult, but for unethical factory owners, they […]


#1191 “The world would be empty without books”

By Cathryn Wellner / January 19, 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, has produced an 8-year-old book lover whose passionate love of books rings out in this sweet video. WKYC Channel 3 interviewed Madison Reid at the grand opening of a new Little Free Library. She may have a future on the stage or in the pulpit. She delivers her praise of books and reading […]


#1173 Youth teach the old in Mentor Up

By Cathryn Wellner / December 5, 2014

The premise behind Mentor Up is simple: You know it. They need it. AARP, the American Association of Retired People, knows a lot of older people are stumped by the dizzying advances in technology. At the same time, younger people are born into the technology maelstrom and adapt easily to constant change. So AARP started […]


#1172 Street Books, a library for Portland’s homeless

By Cathryn Wellner / December 3, 2014

“Read any good books lately?” would probably not be a conversation opener for most people passing a homeless person on the street. For the Street Books librarians, it would be a perfectly normal interaction. The bicycle-powered library started in Portland, Oregon in 2011 when Laura Moulton was given a three-month grant to establish a mobile […]


#1167 Laura Bates wants Everyday Sexism to stop

By Cathryn Wellner / November 21, 2014

Karen was cornered by three drunken men in a train station. Sarah’s work colleagues told her she should be a stripper because she has big boobs. Aoife’s best friend told her family she had news. They assumed she was pregnant, but she had been offered a job in a law firm. A man on paternity […]


#1164 Paper or plastic? The environment wants more from us

By Cathryn Wellner / November 14, 2014

“Paper or plastic?” That was the mantra a few years back, when people were arguing over whether tree- or petroleum-based products were the better environmental sacrifice. In her TED2013 talk, Leyla Acaroglu addresses the environmental complexity of a seemingly simple decision. What we are facing, when we opt for an electric car or choose paper […]


#1152 Teacher with confidence, enthusiasm and Down syndrome

By Cathryn Wellner / October 17, 2014

Bryann Burgess just might blow everything you think you know about Down syndrome right out of the water. She lived on campus and studied music and theater at the University of South Carolina’s Carolina Life non-degree program. She was determined to become a teacher so worked with Kindermusik director Ally Trotter to acquire skills as […]

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