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As I noted in the blog post, “Toward a Local Learning Infrastructure,” last month, Learning Life is pleased to announce two local initiatives launching in the coming weeks: a Weekly Learn, and a Napkin Education Initiative.  This post offers more details about these two new projects.Learning Life’s mission is to inform and empower more people by spreading knowledge on everyday ...


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CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is arguably the most important problem in the world today. Climate change is already affecting billions of people directly or indirectly whether via ...


COUNTRY PROFILE: MEXICO

Mexico is the USA’s neighbor to the South and has influenced U.S. society for hundreds of years. The most populous Spanish-speaking nation in the world, ...


HISTORY OF SLAVERY

Slavery has been around since the dawn of civilization. While slave labor was used in some of mankind’s greatest accomplishments, slavery remains a shameful stain ...


SLAVERY TODAY

Slavery is alive and well in the world today, including the United States.  Slavery, sometimes referred to as trafficking (though trafficking is a broader term ...


MAJOR U.S. ORGANIZATIONS

Why do acronyms matter?  Acronyms are abbreviations of names, frequently the first letter of each word in a name.  Organization’s names are often long, so ...


U.S. PRISONS & PRISONERS

This quiz tests your knowledge of prisons and prisoners in the United States.  Knowing more about prisons and prisoners helps one better understand and judge ...


ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY

Every year, the United States officially celebrates May as Asian American History Month, a chance to reflect on the experiences and important roles that Asian ...


DIABETES

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes is a group of diseases in which defects in insulin production, insulin action, or ...


MEASUREMENT SYSTEM (USA)

The United States is the only industrialized country in the world that does not primarily use the metric system to measure quantities like volume, length, ...


U.S. WOMEN’S HISTORY 2

Despite making up over half of the Earth’s population, women have often been marginalized in accounts of history. In the United States, some women have ...


COUNTRY QUIZ: CHINA

For several centuries China was a leading civilization, but internal strife, famine and foreign occupation set back the country in the 19th and early 20th ...


AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

Every year, the United States officially celebrates February as Black History Month, a chance to reflect on the extraordinary role that African Americans have played ...


ASTRONOMY 102: THE SUN

Without the Sun life on Earth could not exist. The Sun heats our planet, provides light for us to see, gives us the energy needed ...


ASTRONOMY 101: THE STARS

Mankind has always been fascinated by the stars. From Greeks using them to tell stories of their gods, to understanding their importance in the creation ...


RENEWABLE ENERGY

Why should one learn about renewable energy?  Renewable energy matters greatly, and for at least two reasons.  First, given modern people’s heavy reliance on energy ...


U.S. PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY

The first president born in the 20th century, John Fitzgerald Kennedy ushered in a new generation of leaders and propelled the United States into the ...


ALEXANDRIA HISTORY 2

Why study Alexandria history, or any community history?  History does not just occur on national and international stages.  History happens locally to globally.  Indeed, just ...


ALEXANDRIA HISTORY 1

Why learn about Alexandria history, or any community history?  History does not just occur on national and international stages.  History happens locally to globally.  Indeed, ...


COUNTRY PROFILE: SYRIA

Why learn about Syria?  Besides being in the news regularly since 2011 due to its civil war, Syria has been a significant player in the ...


THE UNITED NATIONS

Why learn about the United Nations?  The UN is the most prominent international body representing the vast majority of the world’s nations.  It is also ...


OBAMACARE (ACA)

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare,” has and will affect millions of Americans.  The ...


COUNTRY QUIZ: EGYPT

Why should one learn more about Egypt?  Egypt is the most populous nation in the Middle East, and from 1981 to 2011, had one of ...


ACRONYMS: INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Why do acronyms for international organizations matter?  Acronyms are abbreviations of names, frequently the first letter of each word in a name.  Acronyms are often ...


WORLD GEOGRAPHY 1

Why does world geography matter?  Simply put, geography is destiny.  Elements of geography – like climate, elevation, soil quality, population distribution, water and other resource ...