GOOD

Why Schools Should Still Teach Jules Verne

It's Jules Verne's 183rd birthday and the works of the classic French author are more relevant than ever to the 21st century lives of U.S. students.


Today is author Jules Verne's 183rd birthday. In his honor, fans of his work have boosted him into the top trending topics on Twitter, and Google even morphed its logo into an animated underwater scene from his classic novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. But, in an era of pre-packaged reading programs, curricula driven by high-stakes testing, and kids hooked on Twilight, do today's schools even teach Verne's books anymore?

If they're not, they should be. While the relevancy of some classics—like J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Ryeis being questioned, Verne's books seem more applicable than ever to the 21st century lives of students.


In our increasingly global society, Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days is the perfect backdrop for helping kids learn the National Geography Standards. Students that watched Lost will appreciate The Mysterious Island. And, given that the main characters in all of Verne's most famous novels are inventors, explorers, and adventurers, President Obama's call for Sputnik-style innovation around science, math, and technology syncs up perfectly with his work.

So, c'mon schools, don't just toss Jules Verne onto some random summer reading list. Add his novels back into what's read during the school day.

Articles

A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

According to Quitline New Zealand, "when you smoke around your pets, they're twice as likely to get cancer."

Keep Reading
Health
via Bossip / Twitter

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

Keep Reading
Politics
via United for Respect / Twitter

Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

Keep Reading
Communities