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She Can Sing. She Can Dance. She's Beautiful. Know What Else? She's All In On An Important Issue.

Shakira is worried about the kids of the world. All of 'em. So she's talking with the White House. Think she doesn't know her stuff? Well first, set down your haterade to the left... ...and let's see what she has to say.

She Can Sing. She Can Dance. She's Beautiful. Know What Else? She's All In On An Important Issue.

Shakira is many things:

But one of those things that she is happens to be an outspoken activist for early childhood education.

In 1997, Shakira founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation, which provides schools for poor children all around her native Colombia.


And she cares *deeply* about inequality.

So she called up the White House and just started throwing down the knowledge.

You want solid suggestions about how to improve early education? She's got solid suggestions about how to improve early education.

And you bet Shak knows her case studies on early childhood education.

ECD in Chile...

ECD in her home country, Colombia...

Shakira: international pop sensation, belly dancer, and gang breaker-upper.

Tell us about the numbers, Shakira!

How much do we love Shakira for using a play on words from her own lyrics?



How to get leaders behind us? (ECD):

Who's ready to take the Shak Challenge???

A simple way to begin to solve to the widespread problem of inequality.

I'm glad she spoke out.

What do you think, Adam Levine GIF?


Yeah.

Research has shown that an investment in early childhood education actually makes money for your state*. I think that more people should know that, don't you?

* From the White House:
"Earnings gains from increased enrollment in early childhood education would provide benefits that outweigh the costs of the program. Researchers estimate the gain in income for recent statewide programs over a child's career to be $9,166 to $30,851, after taking out the cost of the program. If enrollment increased by 13 percentage points, in the long-run these earnings gains translate into an increase in GDP of 0.16 to 0.44 percent."

Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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'Merry Christmas' on YouTube.

The world must have been—mostly—good this year. Because Elton John and Ed Sheeran have teamed up to gift us all with a brand new Christmas single.

The song, aptly named “Merry Christmas,” is a perfect blend of silly and sweet that’s cheery, bright and just a touch bizarre.

Created with the holiday spirit in every way, it has whimsical snowball fights, snow angels (basically all the snow things), festive sweaters, iconic throwbacks and twinkling lights galore. Plus all profits from the tune are dedicated to two charities: the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

I personally don’t know which is more of a highlight: Ed Sheeran channeling his inner-Mariah, performing a faux sexy dance in a leg revealing Santa outfit, or him flying through the air with a giant Frosty the Snowman … who seems to be sporting glasses similar to Elton’s. Are we meant to believe that Elton is the Snowman? This music video even has mystery.
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