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Quote of the day, March 9

March 9, 2017

Roger Cohen, on the democracies (2016)

“Western democracies are in the midst of an upheaval they only dimly grasp. Virtual direct democracy through social media has outflanked representative democracy. The impact of the smartphone on the human psyche is as yet scarcely understood; its addictiveness is treacherous and it can be the enemy of thought.”

Quote of the day, March 1

March 1, 2017

George W. Bush, on the news media (2017)

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need the media to hold people like me to account. I mean, power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 28

December 28, 2016

Carl Sagan, on reading

“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 1

October 1, 2016

John F. Kennedy, on democracy (1962)

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 15

December 15, 2014

First Amendment to U.S. Constitution (ratified Dec. 15, 1791)

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

First Amendment Day ’14 at Iowa State

April 14, 2014
Mary Beth Tinker. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

Mary Beth Tinker. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

Today, the annual First Amendment Day activities get underway at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. (more…)

J-Day, TEDxYOUTH at ACS on March 22

March 21, 2014
Russell Williams is one of the featured presenters at J-Day. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

Russell Williams is one of the featured presenters at J-Day. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

ABU DHABI—The American Community School of Abu Dhabi will host two events on Saturday, March 22: A TEDxYouth session in the afternoon and Journalism Day in the morning.

The TEDxYouth talk session, which will begin at 3 p.m., features the work of two ACS students, Dina Shriem and Dennis Hilgendorf. Shriem and Hilgendorf are  members of a program called Creativity, Action and Service (CAS). It is a core component of the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at ACS.

The idea for a TEDxYouth day of talks came up during the second semester of Grade 11, when clips from TEDTalks videos were screened and discussed in English Higher Level and Theory of Knowledge classes.

“TED has been a source of learning throughout my high school career,” Shriem said. “It’s been an alternative way for me to understand concepts in our subjects beyond the classroom. I can’t wait for what TEDxYouthACS is going to bring to our community, and I hope it will be a legacy for many years.” (more…)

Quote of the day, Nov. 27

November 27, 2013

Doris Lessing, on libraries (1999)

“With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one—but no one at all—can tell you what to read and when and how.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 9

November 9, 2013

Tim Berners-Lee, on the freedom to criticize

“Whistleblowers, and responsible media outlets that work with them, play an important role. We need powerful agencies to combat criminal activity online, but any powerful agency needs checks and balances and, based on recent revelations, it seems the current system of checks and balances has failed.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 14

October 14, 2013

Marcus Brauchli, on journalism

“Journalists have not only the right but a responsibility to challenge government—its behavior, its reasoning and its assertion of fact.”