Poll: Classical Music and Education

For the very last Prospere Magazine poll before switching over to DelectablyChic!, we are asking our readers: [poll id=”136″]

On Extreme Religious Folks and Society

Cynthia Cheng I have to admit that I can count on one hand how many episodes of Duggar-related TLC shows I’ve seen.  I am NOT a fan.  I don’t like how these kids are being raised – it’s borderline abuse, I think, since they are depriving them of a proper education.  The family, who would […]

Cleric Not That Crazy, But Boobquake Lives On

Last week, Prospere Magazine asked its readers whether they thought a cleric from Iran was crazy/stupid for saying that women’s cleavage are causing earthquakes around the globe.  We were not too surprised by the results.  Almost half, at 47.8%, believed that it was a cultural issue, and that the man is NOT stupid/crazy.  4.3% thought […]

Love You Jez, But You Don't Always 'Get It' Re: Diversity

Cynthia Cheng I’m a regular reader of Jezebel.  I love commenting on celebrities as well as controversial issues, but sometimes, I feel that the typical reader there doesn’t quite “get it.”  Or at least, they don’t “get” me.  Especially when it comes to ethnicity.  Like most American-based message boards, race and ethnicity usually means black […]

Textbook Wikis: The Best Thing for Right Winged and other Radical Profs?

Cynthia Cheng This New York Times article says Macmillan is introducing a new program called DynamicPress, a system which allows instructors (or anyone who can log in, anyway) to alter textbooks without the need to get permission from publishers and authors.  Tiis means that professors can not only insert their own material, but also CHANGE […]

Statscan Definition of 'Mother Tongue' Used to Inflate Numbers?

Cynthia Cheng Statistic Canada (Statscan) defines “mother tongue” as “first language learned at home.”  But is it accurate? Or, are they trying to inflate the number of Canadians who speak a non-official (English or French) language?  Why am I asking this?  Because plenty of people who learned an ancestral language prior to starting school grow up not […]

Creation vs Evolution: Keeping Education Back?

Cynthia Cheng Earlier this week, the New York Times published an article about John Freshwater, a middle school science teacher in Mount Vernon, Ohio who was not only teaching creationism in class, but branded two kids with a cross.  Yes, that’s right, the man burned crosses on his students.  The board had intended to fire him, but he asked […]

History and Science Museums in Hong Kong

Exhibit of a wedding procession from the Hong Kong Museum of History Want to get away from the touristy, gimicky stuff?  The Hong Kong Museum of History and its neighbour, the Hong Kong Science Museum are places for you to go to.  For those interested in history and culture (but not necessarily into more traditional cultural pieces), […]

Favourite Sesame Street Characters Vary!

To celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary,  Prospere Magazine asked its readers which Sesame Street character they liked the most growing up.  Surprisingly, Big Bird wasn’t everyone’s favourite – he came in at 12.5%.  We had thought he’d be on top.  The Count and Grover also came in at 12.5%.  Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie and […]

Deborah McCracken: Helping Kids and Developing Communities

Deborah McCracken, originally from Toronto, Ontario, started The Olive Branch for Children, a Canadian NGO based in Tanzania (specifically in the Mbeya region), focusing on community development programs to bring sustainability to the area. This includes working with orphans and people living with HIV/AIDS. The organization runs both permanent and mobile clinics, educates people on […]