There’s this thing that K-12 schools around the United States are starting to do, and it’s called the Common Core State Standards. Have you heard of it? Is it OK, or not OK?
We’re gonna be honest with you: We don’t really know the answer. But we do know we want to hear from you. Check out this backgrounder and tell us what you think (or don’t really think) below, pretty please?
Read more: http://upworthy.com/a-new-way-of-teaching-is-coming-to-our-schools-maybe-we-should-check-it-out
In just over a minute, Hugh Jackman will make you laugh — and then think — about some of the assumptions we make with regard to disease.
Even though the concert he mentions is long past, the fight to end this threat to kids wages on.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/what-one-celebrity-wants-you-to-know-about-ice-cream-might-save-a-childs-life-one-day
In the African nation of Malawi, expectant mothers are afraid that if they speak up about their pregnancies, someone might put a spell on their unborn children. So how do they learn about what’s going on with their bodies?
Read more: http://upworthy.com/if-you-think-talking-about-sex-can-feel-taboo-see-what-these-pregnant-ladies-go-through-9
A poetic production starring Piper Paquin of Pittsburgh and her pronounced proclivity for parsing pieces of a pictograph into a powerful pattern will pique a passion in persons whose prerogative it is to promote peace by doing their part. And if that makes no sense to you at all, watch the video. Pretty please.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/one-of-the-biggest-hell-yeah-moments-in-modern-history-told-in-4-minutes
True story: $671 million are spent on Mother’s Day cards every year, and billions are spent on flowers, dinner, etc. And hey! That’s thoughtful, important, and probably even delicious. But what if those cards could do more by making sure women have safe births and actually get to be mothers? These can.
What an impactful way to honor your mom! If you want, you can join in right here.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/meet-a-daughter-whos-making-sure-what-happened-to-her-mom-doesnt-happen-to-others
Every year, 1 million mothers lose their babies within the first day of giving birth. And many of these tragic deaths could be prevented by the woman (and others like her) in this smart ad. The difference between 0:11 and 0:44 is everything.
Warning: This video includes live birth footage with graphic images.
For more information on the newborn crisis and the solutions to fixing it (in a less intense way), check out my other midwives post.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/a-1-minute-live-birth-that-makes-a-powerful-point-about-preventable-deaths
Girls make up half of the planet (I’m one of them!), but 250 million of them live in poverty. With so much untapped potential, the world might as well be screaming. Girls and women are kind of a big deal; it’s time to recognize.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/the-colorful-poster-that-should-hang-in-the-mind-of-every-girl-whos-felt-insignificant-11111111112222225
A lot can go wrong when delivering a baby. And in less fortunate parts of the world, it often does. It’s tragic and unfair, and it’s what’s next that makes this doctor such a ray of hope.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/what-is-obstetric-fistula-and-why-are-so-many-women-suffering-from-it-worldwide-5
True or false: We can prevent having too many people on the planet by making sure more kids stay alive on the planet.
Are you kind of like … huh? More kids? What kind of question is that? Fair enough, it does seem odd. But here’s an approach to the answer that just might leave you saying, “Whoa, that makes a lot of sense!”
Read more: http://upworthy.com/melinda-gates-on-why-the-idea-of-too-many-people-in-the-world-isnt-the-problem-we-think-it-is-111114
Take a second and think of a piece of technology attached to you at all times. Phone? Camera? Beeper? Just kidding on that last one (I think).
Now check out this technology that takes that whole “attachment” feeling to a much higher level. It’s the kind of advancement in health care that is going to change the way people are able to function around the world, no matter how much money they have.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/the-new-high-tech-medical-device-thats-changing-lives-for-little-money