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    Urging students to teach themselves

    The Hole in the Wall experiment, carried out in the slums of India by education professor Sugata Mitra in 1999, suggested that children, without direction, will seek out new knowledge. More than 15 years on, primary school teacher Sarah Leonard explains why she embraces his approach Imagine having a 20-minute end-of-lesson discussion with 30 eight-year-olds, where you talk about everything from Donald Trump to colonisation, ageing, the end of the world and DNA. It’s the children who sparked the discussion, and the children too, who have sought answers. All the teacher had to do was think of the questions that would fuel their imaginations. This is the joy of Sugata…

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    Irish Garbage Men Surprise Their Biggest Fan With A Present

    Employees of a garbage collection company in Ireland have made the day of one of their biggest fans. Dad shared a video of the trash collectors bringing his daughter a gift, about a week after he had told them how much she loves to watch them work. “I went to the bin men the week before and told them my daughter loves watching them and would the be so kind to just give her a wave next time, we only expected a wave which is why my daughter shouted he has a present and my wife grabbed her to go to the door, we had absolutely no idea and this…

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    Could community cash stop drivers speeding?

    This city in the Netherlands has taken an innovative step to try to dissuade people from speeding The Dutch city of Helmond plans to reward motorists who stick to the speed limit with cash for community projects there. A ‘speed-meter money box’ was installed in May in Helmond in North Brabant. For every vehicle passing that observes the 30km/h (19mph) speed limit, €0.10 is added to the total. Sander Hermsen, a researcher of behaviour change and design at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, told Guardian Cities that the idea had potential to snap drivers out of bad habits. “Most people don’t consciously speed, they don’t want to endanger other people –…

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    Burglars Break Down the Door and – Surprise – Face Off With a Huge Pig

    Break-ins are not unusual in this Indiana neighborhood – but an unlikely hero saved a single mother’s home from being burglarized earlier this week. The homeowner, who asked not to be identified, lives in Indianapolis’s east side. Luckily, they weren’t home when burglars broke through the door of the home. Even more fortunately, the thieves did not take anything from the house – and police say that it is probably because they did not expect to run into the mother’s pet pig named Dumplin. “The officers were guessing when the person broke in they were probably surprised I had a pig and were like, ‘We don’t want to deal with…

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    Heated Argument With Starbucks Manager Takes Unexpected Turn Towards Friendship and Kindness

    Most people don’t take too kindly to being yelled at in an argument – but this heated discussion had an unexpected happy ending. Ken Wallace regularly goes to the Starbucks in Nashville, Tennessee to grade papers and enjoy the soothing atmosphere. One morning when he went to the café, however, he noticed that something was wrong. A black man was in the store’s parking lot yelling at Leonessa Ward, the general manager of the Starbucks. “I had reports that he was asking of money, and so when I went out there, I asked him, ‘Hey sir, are you asking our customers for money?’ At that point, he became very upset…