May 13 – may 20, 2018 gas news today

Lastly (and firstly), in the age of digital interactivity, communicating around intimacy looks different today than even ten years ago. The first feature article helps educators understand just how students do communicate with each other in regards to this experience of growing up.

Applications for the 2018 Athena Summer Fellowship close this Thursday, May 24 at 11:59pm ET. Athena is looking for excellent, diverse, thought-provoking humanities teachers for a limited number of Summer Fellowships. Ideal candidates are teachers hungry to join communities of educators from around the country and world, teachers eager to share their best and favorite assignments, classroom activities and discussion questions, and excited to offer feedback to help others. Athena Summer Fellowships are not geographically restricted; teachers can participate from any location with internet access. Fellowships have a flexible weekly schedule (5-7 hours/week) and include a $500 stipend. Here’s what teachers said about their experience during our pilot last summer:

“It felt like the big, collaborative English department I’ve always wanted to have. Maybe even better, because some of the teachers I was collaborating with came from history and religion departments.” Do you know teachers who might be interested in joining the 2018 Summer Fellowship cohort? Find more information online, download a PDF overview to share, or apply now. The 2018 cohort will support up to 50 teachers. Applications close on May 24. Responses by May 31.

"In the time of #MeToo, the debate about how to handle sexual consent has become louder than ever. Many sexual encounters seem to take place in a so-called gray zone of miscommunication, denial, rationalization and sometimes, regret. We wanted to explore that complexity when we asked college students for their stories of navigating this gray zone. what they anticipated, how they negotiated consent and processed the aftermath, and what advice they would give their younger selves. These are their stories."

"Girls have always know they were allowed to feel anything — except anger. Now girls, led by women, are being told they can own righteous anger. Now that can feel what they want and be what they want. There’s no commensurate lesson for boys in our culture."

"When we always yield to our children’s wants, we rob them of the opportunity to find solutions by adapting what they already have. Kids who learn from denial realize at an early age that they won’t always have the perfect tool for every job. They might not know something, have something, or be something. But that’s not the end of pursuing goals — it’s the beginning of activating their resourcefulness to find another way."

"The brain is particularly influenced by the environment during the teenage years and might be particularly amenable to learning certain skills. It’s a sensitive period for social information, meaning that the brain is set up during adolescence to understand other people and to find out about other people‘s minds, their emotions. Brains at this time are good at understanding social hierarchies."