September 17, 2012 |
THE NATIONAL Conference on Citizenship and National Constitution Center last week celebrated the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills is exploring how citizenship has changed in the 21st century. Rapid technological advancements, economic globalization and political forces around the world have had a profound impact on our democracy and on what it means to be a productive member of society.
February 1, 2013 |
In his 1973 play Equus , Peter Shaffer tells a detective story, based on an actual event, about a reluctant psychiatrist attempting to unravel the case of a 17-year-old boy who blinded six horses. The play's confrontation of religion with psychiatry helped set the tone for pop culture's understanding of mind and behavior. Forty years later, books by Oliver Sacks, shows on NPR, and hit TV shows and movies ( The Silence of the Lambs , Criminal Minds ) have fleshed out the genre and broadened popular knowledge of aberrant psychology.
November 9, 2011 |
Three big letters graced the stage at the Temple Performing Arts Center on Tuesday: capital T, capital E, capital D. The event was TEDx Philly: The City. About 600 people had come for a global exercise in fresh thinking, to reenvision Philadelphia as, in the words of kickoff speaker Mayor Nutter, " the city of the 21st century. " In a town long a culturing medium for new ideas about urban life, TEDx Philly came at an energized moment. TEDx was on one part of North Broad while Occupy Philadelphia (also a call to think again)
October 28, 2012 |
When he was 20 years old, single, and the beneficiary of a small inheritance, Adam Berr purchased a vintage 1939 log cabin in Medford. Its condition was not pristine, and, at 870 square feet, the cabin was hardly commodious. Today, Berr, 33, is a specialist in computer adaptation for the handicapped, married since 2007, and a father. And his bachelor log cabin has grown up, too. It's been expanded, improved, and transformed into a better version of itself, since Berr and his wife were determined to hang onto the cabin's log roots while expanding its livability.
November 1, 2014 |
Bob Berry's house on the banks of the Pickering Creek near Phoenixville has evolved, to say the least. Born as a 19th-century farmhouse, it got its first makeover in the 1940s when famed architect Oskar Stonerov transformed it into an International-style haven for his family, which eventually included four children, and his wife, Elizabeth, who started a popular cooperative preschool there. Then, when Bob Berry bought the structure in 2005, his brother-in-law and architect John Kohlhaus remade it to fit 21st century needs.
March 4, 2001 |
Castleberry Hill doesn't come across as the ideal residential neighborhood. A brisk walk from the CNN Center and the Georgia Dome, the area is home to the Kingan Co. Pork and Beef Packers plant, among other industrial and commercial facilities. But because of the neighborhood's proximity to downtown Atlanta, abandoned factories and warehouses are being converted to upscale housing. The old General Electric factory is now a condominium, with prices starting in the low $100,000s.
February 8, 1986 |
President Reagan told an enthusiastic group of high school students yesterday that "there never was a better time to be young, alive and American. " And the 75-year-old President said he was so optimistic about the future that he planned to "stick around for a good part" of the next century. After touring a computer class at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in suburban Annandale, Va., Reagan brought his cheerleading message of hope for the future to a packed assembly in the gymnasium.
November 20, 1997 |
As we raise our children, we must always keep in mind our goal: achieving excellence in the global economy of the 21st century. There is a reason that political, business and educational leaders, like windup dolls, keep repeating this phrase: global economy of the 21st century; global economy of the 21st century; global economy of the 21st century. The reason is that some mad scientist or spin doctor has removed their tiny brains. Nevertheless, we must achieve excellence in the global economy of the 21st century.
March 21, 2005
At a recent conference on education, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates called America's high schools obsolete. (Read his speech at http://inquirer.philly.com/opinion/). What are you seeing at your school, or what would you like to see, that would help "our students graduate from high school ready for college, work, and citizenship"? What has to happen - locally, politically - in order to redesign high schools that produce students who are ready for the challenges of the 21st century? Send essays of 300 to 400 words, including a phone number and address for verification, by March 28 to Voices/High Schools, The Inquirer, Box 41705, Philadelphia, PA 19101.
October 30, 2014 |
Seekers of wisdom once climbed mountains to seek counsel from the Dalai Lama, yet there he was Tuesday morning in the basketball arena of Princeton University. "What is the key to happiness?" a student asked. A hush fell over the audience as the 79-year-old leader of Tibetan Buddhism pondered a reply. "Money," he said. The crowd appeared startled, then a few began to laugh. "Or sex," His Holiness added. As laughter echoed through the cavernous arena, no one was laughing louder than the 14th Dalai Lama himself, who had already revealed his playful side by wearing an orange Princeton cap atop his shaved head.