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2018 Congressional Tax Plan Threatens Tuition Remission Tax-free Status for Waldorf Teachers

…colleges offer employees free tuition for themselves, their spouses, or their children. That award is currently tax-free, but would be taxed under the House bill. The Senate bill leaves it alone. From With Looming Tax Bill, Grad Students Escalate Advocacy (Editor’s note: This article refers to the implications for graduate students. The tax implications for private school teachers…


Outdoor Education – Beyond Environmentalism

…memory and superior working memory and a greater 12-mo reduction in inattentiveness associated with greenness within and surrounding school boundaries and with total surrounding greenness index (including greenness surrounding home, commuting route, and school).” Benefits extend beyond memory and attention as well. In his book, Building for Life: Designing and Understanding the Human-Nature Connection (Island Press, 2005), Dr. Stephen R….


How the orchestra is arranged by the biology of the brain

…side was stimulated with magnetic waves causing the index finger on the other side to start moving. How humans evolved such a confusing brain organisation is largely unclear. We share the left-right crossing with other vertebrate species, so it is not linked to anything uniquely human (such as our ability to produce language). Instead, the crossing probably goes back to…


Be Generous: It’s A Simple Way To Stay Healthier by Terri Yablonsky Stat

…of inflammation and cholesterol, plus a lower body-mass index. And if you can’t find time to volunteer “hands on,” there’s some benefit to making a meaningful donation to charity. “Studies show that people who donate meaningfully even just once feel happier months later, though it is best to do so with some regularity,” Post said. Researchers also have found that…


Can Students Who are on Constantly on Their Devices Actually Learn?

…don’t. Because we text with our thumbs and swipe with our index fingers, smartphone users’ brains register more activity in the parts of the brain that correspond to these digits; these areas of the brain are also bigger. A University of Sussex study found that people who multitask across multiple devices have decreased grey-matter density in the anterior cingulate cortex…