Happiness

This Neurologist Left His Career and Became San Diego's Happiest Beach Bum
Most of the people who know him as a fixture on Pacific Beach aren't aware of the stressful life he left behind.
When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won
by Jing Fong
Curtis Acosta's classes in Mexican American Studies gave kids pride in their heritage—until the Arizona Legislature canceled them. That's when his students became activists, and some real-life lessons began.
10 Things Creative People Know
by Peggy Taylor, Charlie Murphy
Everyday creative activities like knitting and cooking can boost your levels of serotonin and decrease anxiety.
Unleashing Empathy: How Teachers Transform Classrooms With Emotional Learning
by Lennon Flowers
The secret to learning self-awareness, cooperation, and other “social and emotional learning” skills lies in experience, not in workbooks and rote classroom exercises.
You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter
by David Sobel
New approaches to kindergarten offer us a glimpse of what childhood used to be, and still could be—the modern re-creation of the children’s garden. If we looked to these examples, we might be able to rescue childhood.
Proponent of Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind Law: “I Was Wrong”
by Scott Nine
In her new book, Diane Ravitch—one of the leading thinkers behind the controversial Bush-era law—explores how the faulty logic of high-stakes testing, charter school expansion, and privatization hinders education.
These Seattle Teachers Boycotted Standardized Testing—and Sparked a Nationwide Movement
by Diane Brooks
Parents, students, and teachers all over the country have joined the revolt to liberate our kids from a test-obsessed education system.
This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried to Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School
by Bill Bigelow
“The United States of Energy” was a colorful series of lessons on the advantages of coal, aimed at 4th-graders—and sponsored by Big Coal. Here’s how educators and activists worked together to get it out of classrooms.
The Radical Homemaker Turns 40
by Shannon Hayes
I've learned to embrace the dreams I most deeply desire, but also the burdens that so often work against them.
Meet the New Rebels Taking Back Our Public Schools
by Sarah van Gelder
For decades the myth of failing public schools justified industrial-scale testing and a privatization agenda. Now radical educators are bursting the bubble test, getting culturally relevant, and restoring justice to the classroom.
Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment
by Fania Davis
As executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Fania Davis sees programs like hers as part of the way to end the school-to-prison pipeline.
Less “Big Bang Theory,” More Dana Scully: What It's Going to Take to Lead More Girls Into Science
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Only 25 percent of STEM jobs are held by women. YouTube science sensation Emily Graslie on how we can inspire them with better-quality pop-culture role models.
6 Habits of Highly Grateful People
by Jeremy Adam Smith
Wearing yourself down with worry? It’s time to thank outside the box.
This Christmas, Try Compassion at the Dinner Table
by YES! online staff
In the spirit of the season, Reverend James Forbes shows us how compassion at the dinner table can bring people from all walks of life together—and reminds us that our work isn't done until that happens.
Getting Past a Knitting Freak Out: Why I Didn't Let My Daughter Quit
by Shannon Hayes
Stepping into the realm of creativity can be scary for little ones. But reward for sticking with it is the powerful feeling of making something beautiful with your own hands.