THE CHANGE MAKERS: SHIFTING THE TEACHING CLIMATE
You’re teaching algebra to year nines. You write: 2x = 6 on the board. Now all you have to do is show that both sides need to be divided by 2 to work out that x = 3. But that tiny equation is not as simple to teach as you thought it’d be. Why? Because there are students who lack the prerequisite knowledge required to be able to divide, let alone grasp the abstract nature of a letter mixed in with numbers, and the almost foreign language required to impart the new concept. All of a sudden you’re faced with the realisation that you’re teaching a very diverse audience. So how do you target the level of each of your students?
FEEDING ON CONTROVERSY: THE WAR AGAINST GMOs
It takes centre stage in Pete Evans’ kitchen, it’s Food Babe’s right hand babe, and it ranks #2 on Freelee the Banana Girl’s list of favourite things: organic produce is everywhere. Well, it’s all over social media, that’s for sure.
It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when our obsession with naturally farmed food began — probably sometime before the kale revolution, and definitely after the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But the obsession is real. In the US alone, sales of organic produce skyrocketed from $3.6bn to $24.4bn between 1997 and 2011.
THE MEDS HELPING NEW MUMS
A new mother’s life is a minefield of chaos and conundrums she must navigate with much less energy, sleep, and patience than she’s likely ever had before. Her body transforms and her social life is turned completely on its head. Routine is thrown out the window. Tasks that appear simple on the surface — like assembling a formula bottle — become insurmountable obstacles. And then there’s the pressing issue of keeping a tiny, helpless human alive.
THE FUTURE OF ENDURANCE
As the story goes, Pheidippides ran 26 miles from the town of Marathon to Athens to announce a Greek victory and warn the Athenians of the incoming Persian fleet. This epic run had three notable consequences. The first two were relatively immediate: Pheidippides, who had run 280 miles in the 10 days prior to his marathon, dropped dead from exhaustion. The second: His message allowed the Athenian army to organise their defence, thus defeating the Persians a second time and making Europe as we know it possible.
The third consequence happened centuries later. The first marathon, inspired by Pheidippides' legendary runs, was introduced to the modern Olympic Games in 1896.