This November, voters in Oklahoma will consider a ballot measure banning affirmative action in public-sector hiring. And in October, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Fisher v. University of Texas case – centered on the use of affirmative action in public-university admissions. As the second installment in our One Minute Debate series for election 2012, three writers give their brief take on whether the United States still needs affirmative action.
The Great Recession of 2008/09 delivered the worst blow to the global economy since the 1930s. But in a few nations, 2012 is turning out to be worse than 2009 in terms of economic growth. Europe's debt crisis, the general slowing of the world economy, and domestic political troubles have played a role in undercutting 2012 growth for one or more of these four nations. Can you guess who they are?
Google marks the 193rd anniversary of the birth of German pianist and composer Clara Schumann, widely regarded as on of the most gifted musicians of her time. By the age of 11, Schumann was touring internationally, and by 18 was granted Austria's highest musical honor. There is no formal definition of "child prodigy," but many psychologists define it as person who, by the age of 10, who can perform a skill at the level of an adult professional. Clara Schumann clearly fits this definition. But how did Clara Schumann become a prodigy? What ingredients – external and internal – combined in just the right way to produce her legendary artistry?Psychology has yet to develop a model that explains why some people can rapidly develop such extraordinary talent – whether it be in art, music, mathematics, or chess – at such an early age. And because prodigies are, by definition, rare, their gifts resist statistical analysis. But research has yielded the emergence of some themes. Here's a list of five traits shared by most child prodigies.