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education, kids, psychology -

Are we descending into Idiocracy? Want to halt it like Superman stops a speeding train? A little history, a little logic, a little psychology, and a pinch of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A recipe for hope. :)

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literature -

Here, we celebrate intellect. And we try to learn as much as we can about our teams' disciplines from experts in the field!  To better understand literature and its importance, we interviewed Alison Lowenstein, writer extraordinaire in her home in Brooklyn, NY. Alison is the author of numerous articles (including The Washington PostMcSweeneysand L'Chaim Magazine), guidebooks, and plays. She has written books for kids using her own name and a pen name. She has been an editor and has taught literature and writing at the college level.

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Ever heard the term "book desert?"  As the term implies, it’s a location where there are few to no books, and they exist right here in the United States in high-poverty urban locations.  Susan Neuman, Professor of Childhood and Literacy Education at New York University and former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, has done significant research and work discovering these book deserts and how to alleviate them.  The Atlantic magazine profiled her work in its article “Where Books Are All But Nonexistent” in 2016. I started Celebrate Intellect because I think being “nerdy” has an image problem:...

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Some of you may have noticed that the most famous scientist of modern times – and a couple of others – have dropped off our roster.  Did the discoverer of general relativity suddenly drop in importance? Or the most famous of NASA’s human computers at a time when black women had little to no opportunity to study or pursue math as a career? No. While these formative scientists, and the others conspicuously missing, remain as influential as ever and deserving of celebration and prominent spots on the Intellectual All Stars roster, they (or their surviving estates) also have rights to...

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Athletes, education, Lamborghini, Motivation, Statistics -

For all four years in college (Go JMU Dukes!), I hung a poster on my bedroom wall with the caption, “Justification for Higher Education.” It was a picture of a mansion on a hill overlooking the ocean, with a multi-car garage housing flashy luxury cars, and a hovering helicopter. In hindsight, it was a little obnoxious. Apologies to my former roommates. 😊 But it worked for me. I was motivated to work hard by the imagery of financial success. When the exam load was tough and I looked up from my huge 528k desktop computer, my eyes landed on the...

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