Worth Reading - 1/2

1. A list of banished words for 2015 from Lake Superior State University:

The tradition created by the late W. T. Rabe, former public relations director at Lake Superior State University, begins its fifth decade with this year’s annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

Rabe and fellow LSSU faculty and staff came up with the first list of words and phrases that people love to hate at a New Year’s Eve party in 1975, publishing it on Jan. 1, 1976. Though he and his friends created the first list from their own pet peeves about language, Rabe said he knew from the volume of mail he received in the following weeks that the group would have no shortage of words and phrases from which to choose for 1977. Since then, the list has consisted entirely of nominations received from around the world throughout the year.

2. A defense of global missions as more than just giving OR going from the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics:

The way you live every day matters. Hard work, selfless service, and productivity matter. Love for your community and your neighbors matters.

3. From First Things, an argument that the view of humanity is at the core of most of the so-called culture wars:

Those determined to impose the latter idea [a low view of human worth] on the rest of us are the aggressors in the culture wars of the twenty-first century, not the Church. A culture war has been declared on us. And while there may be a choice of weapons with which to fight that war, not fighting is not an option. For to surrender, supinely, before the aggressors in the culture wars—including the eugenicists—is a betrayal of the Gospel and a betrayal of the Church’s evangelical mission.
Happiness is on the rise globally, according to an end-of-year survey of 64,000 people in 65 countries.

The market research and polling organisation WIN/Gallup found that 70% of respondents were content with their life - a 10% increase from last year.
What distance education can do is help us to personalize to each student’s strengths and weaknesses to the point where you are maximizing their potential in a way we’ve never been able to do it before, at least not on this scale with this mass of people and I think that’s really exciting. And it’s not really all that “pie-in-the-sky.”