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 The idea of high-school home-economics courses seems outdated to some, but experts, including the first lady, are emphasizing the need for students to learn the skills taught in home ec.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.