Omni April 1990

 

 

SPEED LEARNING

MEMORY FITNESS TIPS

HOW TO BE THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST AT EVERYTHING

ARE YOU TECHNO-LITERATE?

PLUS: FOUR HORROR TALES

 
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Vol.12 No. 7

Cover Art: Give It Your Best Shot: The gouache painting features Sir Isaac Newton, the seventeenth century mathematician who first postulated the existence of gravity. Created by Theo Rudnak, the work reflects the Atlanta artist's theory of education: "You seem to learn the best when you can tolerate not being in control," says Rudnak a single father who is raising two teenage boys.
 
Contents / Articles

First Word
Impact II, a teachers' network is striving for both-short and long-term changes
that could help our public schools flourish
by Ellen Dempsey


Omnibus
The Who's Who of contributing authors

Communications
Readers writes

Forum
Biochip implants help students organize their thoughts:
What other changes in education can we expect to see over the next 50 years?
by Gregg Keizer

Body
The rules have been changed to protect the innocent:
Should we teach minors about AIDS? And if so, at what age?
by Linda Marsa

Earth
Polluted waterways and landfills are the legacy of a once thriving mining
industry in northeastern Pennsylvania
by Cathy Spencer

Space
Mining the moons of Earth and Mars could deposit excessive trash on the satellites.
Does anyone care?
by Peter Garrison

Continuum
Kids who can't say no:
Should they be subjected to mandatory drug testing,
property searches, and censorship of free speech in their schools?
The British want to know. Just what are the chances of having good sex in space?
What do you get when you cross a Chinese swine with a capitalist pig?
A lean porking machine;
and the Japanese condos that people are dying to get into.

Saving our Schools
Sending out an SOS: Four Journalists
Dava Sobel, J Keith Hefner, Robert Fleming and John Cummings
examine our school system including:
the controversy over standardized testing:
the lack of hands on experience for students:
how big business is offering support with time and money
(What are its motives?); and whether we should adopt
foreign programs in our school curricula

Fiction:
The Chill of It All Four Horror stories that'll have you shivering.

"Mister Ice Cold" by Gahan Wilson
Sweet summers that become frozen memories for some unfortunate kids

"Scanman" by Pat Cadigan
A resourceful kid who makes a game our of revenge and justice.

"Kool King" by John Skipp and Craig Spector
A creepy tale of a family adapting to the heat

"Falling Apart" by Whitley Striber
Getting up on the wrong side of the bed isn't the only way to ruin your day


Pictorial:
A strong sense of family isn't merely a sentimental notion conceived by humans:
it's prevalent in nature but for a variety of reasons.
by Cathy Spencer

Radical Class Acts
Should schools bother to encourage and develop a child's talents and creativity
have these been overlooked facets of intelligence?
by Gurney Williams III

Interview
Paulo Freire, secretary for education in Sao Paulo, says
there's more to literacy then the ability to read
by Murray Cox

Antimatter
Would you buy jewelry fashioned after spaceships sighted by the artist?
The blob that hit Bermuda(without brightly colored shorts);
if you like working outdoors, maybe you should consider a career
in gravedigging; and a nightclub with a social conscience

Games
You don't have to be a genius to have fun taking this IQ test.
by Scott Morris

Star Tech
Gadgety for home and travel use by Steve Ditlea

Last World
Being dressed in smart clothes takes on a new meaning when faced
with a rebellious wardrobe of loud outfits
by Nick Mead