From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, Mark Carver (Cumbria): Edgy Humour in the Classroom: A Case Study of Risks and Rewards. Earle F. Zeigler (Western): Poor, Old “Physical Education”. Brian Culp (IUPUI): The Ever-Changing Nature of Physical Education in the United States. Should we teach Plato in gym class? Mark Edmundson wonders. Feminists killed Home Ec. — now they should bring it back for boys and girls. The idea of high-school home-economics courses seems outdated to some, but experts, including the first lady, are emphasizing the need for students to learn the skills taught in home ec. Jonathan Wai on the case for starting statistics education in kindergarten kindergarten class. Alexandra Ossola on the challenge of teaching science in rural America. Save the humanities in our public schools: Helen Vendler on how we're depriving students of their national heritage — here's how to fix that. The inaugural issue of the Journal of Philosophy in Schools is out. Don’t know much revisionist history: Conservatives are appalled by changes to the AP U.S. history exam — which is funny, because the changes are hardly revolutionary. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction encourages high school teachers to use Founding Principles, a history curriculum drafted by the Bill of Rights Institute, a group funded by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. When the religious right co-opts the push to reinvigorate civics education, dubious legislation reveals the most powerful people in public schools. So Bill Gates has this idea for a history class: Should one of the world’s richest men get to dictate the future of how we learn about our past? Lyndsey Layton on how Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution. Buyer's remorse on Common Core for policymakers? High school students are all about computers but get little instruction in computer science.

Jessica Bulman-Pozen and David Pozen (Columbia): Uncivil Obedience. Patrick Vonderau (Stockholm): How Global Is Hollywood? Division of Labor from a Prop-Making Perspective. Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Nudging: A Very Short Guide; and The Ethics of Nudging. Teppo Felin (Oxford): Nudge: Manager as Choice Architect. Philippe Mongin (HEC Paris) and Mikael Cozic (Paris): Rethinking Nudges. Forthcoming from Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics, Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Behaviorally Informed Health Policy? Patient Autonomy, Active Choosing, and Paternalism. Uwe Steinhoff (Hong Kong): What Is Self-Defense? Heike Bauer (Birkbeck): Burning Sexual Subjects: Books, Homophobia and the Nazi Destruction of the Institute of Sexual Sciences in Berlin. Russia’s banks need to be bailed out now: Russia's economic crisis has turned into a currency crisis that's morphed into a financial crisis. People who worry the U.S. will “spoil” Cuba are fetishizing poverty: Find somewhere else to practice your amateur photography. Can Cuba escape poverty but stay healthy? Max Fisher on how North Korea, one of the world's poorest countries, got so good at hacking. Stop making fun of North Korea: Claire Groden and Elaine Teng on how our laughter is drowning out their horrific human rights record. Sahil Kapur on how the “nuclear option” helped Obama reshape the courts for a generation. Obama is unpopular — he's also accomplished an incredible amount. Where did the notion of teaching people how to spend their free time come from, and why did it disappear? Livia Gershon on the rise and fall of “education for leisure”. Emily J.H. Contois reviews Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century by Kyla Wazana Tompkins.

Jan Halak and Ivo Jirasek (Palacky) and Mark Stephen Nesti (LJMU): Phenomenology is Not Phenomenalism: Is There Such a Thing as Phenomenology of Sport? Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg): What Does a Professional Athlete Deserve? Benjamin Burroughs (USC) and Adam Rugg (USF): Extending the Broadcast: Streaming Culture and the Problems of Digital Geographies. Thomas F. Carter (Brighton): Game Changer: The Role of Sport in Revolution. Amanda Danielle Watson (Ottawa) and Heather Hillsburg and Lori Chambers (Lakehead): Identity Politics and Global Citizenship in Elite Athletics: Comparing Caster Semenya and Oscar Pistorius. Ryan M. Rodenberg and John T. Holden (FSU) and Anastasios Kaburakis (SLU): “Whose” Game Is It? Sports-Wagering and Intellectual Property. Jaimie K. McFarlin and Joshua Lee (Harvard): A European Solution to America’s Basketball Problem: Reforming Amateur Basketball in the United States. With the NBA’s new broadcasting deal, the players now have all the power. Theodore Turocy (East Anglia): An Inspection Game Model of the Stolen Base in Baseball: A Theory of Theft. Will Leitch on what Bud Selig hath wrought — and not just in baseball. Mark Varga on how Chris Christie's quest to legalize sports gambling could destroy professional athletics. Derek Thompson on how TV's sports addiction could destroy its business. Dayna Evans on the real secret to talking sports with any woman. From The Critique, is it morally irresponsible to be consumed with the FIFA World Cup? Stephen Mumford wonders; and does God care about football? Graham Oppy investigates (and part 2). Why rugby players are turning to Aristotle for inspiration: Jules Evans explains how one rugby club is beefing up its back row with Buddha, Aristotle and Epictetus the Stoic. Cricketing dynasties seem to imply that talent is genetic — yet the evidence from other sports queers the pitch.

Catherine Rowett (East Anglia): Philosophy's Numerical Turn: Why the Pythagoreans' Interest in Numbers Is Truly Awesome. From PUP, the introduction to Count Like an Egyptian: A Hands-on Introduction to Ancient Mathematics by David Reimer; the introduction to Taming the Unknown: A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century by Victor J. Katz and Karen Hunger Parshall; the introduction to Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers by Joseph Mazur (and more and more); the first chapter from Three Views of Logic: Mathematics, Philosophy, and Computer Science by Donald W. Loveland, Richard E. Hodel and S. G. Sterrett; the first chapter from Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing by Tim Chartier; and the introduction to The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014, ed. Mircea Pitici. Sean Walsh, Eleanor Knox, and Adam Caulton review Mathematics and Scientific Representation by Christopher Pincock. Seeker, doer, giver, ponderer: William J. Broad on James A. Simons: A billionaire mathematician’s life of ferocious curiosity. Amir Alexander on why the glory of math is to matter. A tenacious explorer of abstract surfaces: Erica Klarreich on how Maryam Mirzakhani’s monumental work draws deep connections between topology, geometry and dynamical systems. Watch Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win mathematics' top prize, explain her work. Michael J. Barany on how math got its “Nobel”. From the Oughtred Society, dedicated to the preservation and history of slide rules and other calculating instruments, Robert A. James on the deaths of the slide rule. You can download The History of Mathematics: An Introduction by David M. Burton (2011).

Mary Ziegler (Florida State): The (Non-)Right to Sex. Gerald J. Russello reviews Insurrections of the Mind: 100 Years of Politics and Culture in America by The New Republic. In Israel, mocking hipsters is now a political statement. Mark A. Rothstein on the moral challenge of Ebola. What happened in the United States is that the remaining voices of the Cold War — the defenders of U.S. sanctions — have been overtaken by the voices of those who want a foreign policy toward Cuba that is appropriate for this century. Joy-Ann Reid interviews Eric Holder on anti-police protests, Obama's legacy, and his final battle as Attorney General. Land of the free and home of the enhanced interrogators: Chris Lehmann on why we need a truth and reconciliation commission to deal with our torture problem. The familiar philosophy of the dictator, at home within a major American political party: Jonathan Chait on torture, Russia, and conservative dictator-envy. Christopher Hartwell on how the next victim of the ruble's decline could be the Eurasian Union. Is Obama destroying the Russian economy? Michael Crowley on how sanctions helped sink the ruble, officials say privately. Obama's had a helluva good month since the midterms. Good politics, bad policy: Glen Olives on our disastrous war on drugs. #History: From the Romans to Twitter, the hash sign — or octothorpe — has had a rich history, and now this innocuous little character has found a mighty resurgence as the hashtag. The linguistics of LOL: What Internet vernacular reveals about the evolution of language. Smile, you’re speaking emoji: Adam Sternbergh on the rapid evolution of a wordless tongue. Maria Konnikova on how headlines change the way we think.

Luis Felipe Alvarez Leon (UCLA): Mao’s Steps in Monroe’s Backyard: Towards a United States-China Hegemonic Struggle in Latin America? Christian Houle (Michigan State) and Paul D. Kenny (ANU): Populism, Democracy, and Redistribution. Zoltan J. Acs (George Mason) and Paulo Guilherme Correa (World Bank): Identifying the Obstacles to High-Impact Entrepreneurship in Latin America and the Caribbean. Simone Cecchini and Fernando Filgueira (ECLAC) and Claudia Robles (UNICEF): Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Comparative View. Ligia M. De Jesus (Ave Maria): Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Comparative Analysis of Domestic Laws and Relevant Jurisprudence Following the Adoption of the American Convention on Human Rights. David S Berry (UWI): Transitions in Caribbean Law: An Introduction. Ivelaw Griffith (Fort Valley State): The United States and the Caribbean Thirty Years after the Grenada Invasion: Dynamics of Geopolitics and Geonarcotics. From Politica Comun, a special issue on John Beverley’s Latinamericanism after 9/11. Charles R. Clement (INPA), Daniel Zizumbo-Villarreal (CICY), Cecil H. Brown (NIU), R. Gerard Ward (ANU), Alessandro Alves-Pereira (Sao Paulo), and Hugh C. Harries (CTL): Coconuts in the Americas. "One of the most ridiculous things that has ever occurred in the history of the United States": An excerpt from Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder and the Cold War in the Caribbean by Alex von Tunzelmann, on how the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion changed the balance of power during the Cold War. It's long past time to end America's idiotic embargo of Cuba — but Cuba's human rights record is terrible, no matter what you think of the embargo. What you will and won’t be able to do now that Obama is opening relations with Cuba. You can download Rethinking Intellectuals in Latin America, ed. Mabel Morana and Bret Gustafson (2010).

Aristidis Tsatsos (Humboldt): The Geopolitical Role of Orthodox Russia within a Planetary Context: A Hellenic Perspective? From New Left Review, Tom Parfitt interviews Gleb Pavlovsky on Putin’s world outlook. Peter Pomerantsev on Russia’s ideology: There is no truth. Roberto Orsi on the demonisation of Putin. Putin’s coup: Ben Judah on how the Russian leader used the Ukraine crisis to consolidate his dictatorship. Matthew Luxmoore on how Russia's publishing industry is churning out revisionist histories. Daniel Drezner on Mary Sarotte’s The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall, the book that will haunt Vladimir Putin as long as he’s in power. Timothy Snyder on Putin’s new nostalgia. Ilya B. Voskoboynikov (HSE) and Laura Solanko (BOFIT): When High Growth is Not Enough: Rethinking Russia's Pre-Crisis Economic Performance. From TNR, the Russian sanctions are working: Maria Snegovaya on how Putin can't keep buying popularity; and Julia Ioffe on how Russia's currency is plummeting and Putin's billionaires are cannibalizing each other. How he and his cronies stole Russia: Anne Applebaum reviews Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? by Karen Dawisha. Linda Kinstler on how Russia's currency crashed because Vladimir Putin put his cronies before his people. A look at why the Russian economy is melting down. ​Sorry, Putin — Russia’s economy is doomed. Checkmate, Putin — Russia’s economy is stuck in a catch-22. Plunging oil prices are doing Obama’s foreign policy for him. Lilia Shevtsova on what should the world fear, the rise or decline of illiberal powers? How the West answers this question will determine its relations not just with Russia, but with China as well. Prediction: Russia is gonna do some crazy shit soon. On the possibility of Putin zagging when everyone expects him to zig.

The inaugural issue of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change is out. Lindsey D. Carson (Johns Hopkins): Deterring Corruption: Beyond Rational Choice Theory. Georges Alexandre Lenferna (Washington): Divest-Invest: The Moral Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment. Tracy Llanera (Macquarie): Morality by Words: Murdoch, Nussbaum, Rorty. Karl M. Manheim (Loyola): The Health Insurance Mandate: A Tax or a Taking? Maximilian Lakitsch (ASPR): A Theoretical Approach on Why and How to “Unfuck” the World in Europe and North America. From the Territory and Justice Network, a symposium on sovereignty and resources. Why do you deceive yourself? Jacob Silverman on the crowdsourcing scam. Imran Siddiquee on the topics dystopian films won't touch: Movies like The Hunger Games imagine society's present problems getting worse — except for sexism and racism, which magically disappear in the future. From Public Books, Scott Herring considers several new books that record the complementary (and contradictory) emotional and psychic needs that have propelled voyages to Harlem over the centuries. Sheikhs v shale: The economics of oil have changed — some businesses will go bust, but the market will be healthier. Sara Lipton on the invention of the Jewish nose. Same as the old Bush: Though often called “moderate” and “centrist” by fellow Republicans and the mainstream media, Jeb Bush’s record shows a far-right ideology on an array of social and economic issues. Daniel Engber on the comedy of beards — a theory. The introduction to Historic Engagements with Occidental Cultures, Religions, Powers by Iraj Omidvar and Anne R. Richards. If the Supreme Court reads this study, it could end partisan gerrymandering forever.

Corinne Hui Yun (Melbourne): Terms of Service on Social Media Sites. Ryan S. Ritter, Jesse Lee Preston, and Ivan Hernandez (Illinois): Happy Tweets: Christians are Happier, More Socially Connected, and Less Analytical Than Atheists on Twitter. Beware Twitter's civility police: Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig on how civility is for tea parties, not the public square — let's stay outraged. Instagram is getting so good at news, it should scare Twitter. Brian Lightbody (Brock): On FaceBook but Not of FaceBook: Using New Social Media Technologies to Promote the Virtues of Jacques Ellul. The Facebook Election: The social network may end TV’s long dominance of American politics — and open the door to a new kind of populism. Peter Kafka on why building a web business built on Facebook is so scary. Jay Rosen on Facebook’s phony claim that “you’re in charge”. Shirley Li on how numbers on Facebook change behavior: The Facebook Demetricator shows we like liking a little too much. Redesigning the social network: There's an artistic vision behind Ello, the latest Facebook competitor to trigger hype and backlash. Is Reddit's policy against self-promotion strangling the site's culture? Ben Branstetter on how Reddit ate the news media. Can Reddit grow up? Efforts by the freewheeling online community to monetize without driving away its 114 million monthly users will require appealing to advertisers without sacrificing values like personal data privacy. Is Reddit broken beyond repair? Aaron Sankin investigates. Timothy B. Lee goes inside the company that rebuilt Digg. The 36 people who run Wikipedia: Stephen Lurie on what the weirdest, wildest, most successful participatory project in history tells us about working together. Wikipedia is amazing — but it’s become a rancorous, sexist, elitist, stupidly bureaucratic mess. Who killed Wikipedia? Virginia Postrel on how a hardened corps of volunteer editors is the only force protecting Wikipedia — they might also be killing it. Ron Horning on how social media is not self-expression.

Baogang He (Deakin): Deliberative Culture and Politics: The Persistence of Authoritarian Deliberation in China. Reza Hasmath (Oxford): White Cat, Black Cat or Good Cat: The Beijing Consensus as an Alternative Philosophy for Policy Deliberation? The Case of China. Corruption and a changing China: The Chinese Communist Party is centralizing authority, broadcasting the self-criticisms of local officials and calling for a new morality in public life. Joseph Stiglitz on the Chinese Century: Without fanfare — indeed, with some misgivings about its new status — China has just overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy; this is, and should be, a wake-up call, but not the kind most Americans might imagine. Is China the new indispensable nation? Steven Mufson wonders. From NYRB, will the Western democracies ever be able to accept China as it is, the better to deal with the host of new global problems that menace us all, like climate change, pandemics, terrorism, and nuclear proliferation? China's Island Factory: New islands are being made in the disputed South China Sea by the might of the Chinese state — but a group of marooned Filipinos on a rusting wreck is trying to stand in the way. China’s dangerous game: The country's intensifying efforts to redraw maritime borders have its neighbors, and the U.S., fearing war — but does the aggression reflect a government growing in power or one facing a crisis of legitimacy? Why China does not want to be the next Russia. From China to Jihad: Among the many recent stories concerning foreigners setting out to fight in Syria, the allegations about the Uighurs arrested in Songkhla stand out. Nick Holdstock on what we talk about when we talk about “the Uyghurs”. Ian Johnson on Remembrance, an unofficial journal published in Tiantongyuan, China’s brave underground journal.