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School Graduation Rates Are Deceiving. Here Are 7 Things That Would Help

Once again this year, President Obama hailed the nation's high school graduation rate as it reached another record high — a whopping 83 percent.<p>"When I took office almost eight years ago, we knew that our education system was falling short," he said at a Washington, D.C., high school in October. "I …

High School

Obama scraps policy granting residency to Cubans arriving without visas

President Obama ordered an immediate end Thursday to the long-standing U.S. policy of granting easy residency permits to Cubans who reach U.S. shores, probably the last major foreign policy initiative of his tenure.<p>In a statement, Obama said he is ending the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy in …

Cuba

Israeli officials back shoot-to-kill policy of Palestinian suspects, says Human Rights Watch

Leading Israeli officials have been encouraging soldiers and police officers to kill Palestinians suspected of attacks regardless of whether lethal …

9 Thoughts On Visiting Cuba As An American

On Saturday I returned from a two day trip to Cuba, and boy was it interesting. I apologize for the lack of posts on Friday and Saturday, as I’ve …

North or South? What’s Behind China’s Linguistic Rivalry

Close your eyes, and you can’t guess her nationality. Lu Qiyu’s English is meticulous, sculpted over years of careful study. Though it remains slightly accented, the merest hint of a twang is difficult to place.<p>Switch to Mandarin, however, and her southern Chinese accent emerges. In China, “north” …

Language

Why celebrate the New Year? Under President Trump, 2017 could be even worse

<b>(Getty/Alex Wong/garymilner/Salon)</b><p>Signs of hope may be visible in the distance, but odds are the New Year will be even more harrowing<p>Conor Lynch<p>December 31, 2016 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Though 2016 has been, for many, one of the most harrowing and depressing years in recent memory — with the deaths of many …

Can Latin America avoid the global vortex in 2017?

After a year of disaster for the left, isolation and weak strategic importance could turn out to be blessings for the region<p>A lurch towards the political right looks set to reshape the Americas in 2017 after a year that ended with the death of Cuba’s communist revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, …

Mexican state acts as 'mediator' in return of drug boss's kidnapped mother

Guerrero governor denies that state negotiated with ‘El Tequilero’ to exchange kidnapped businessman for mother taken hostage by Totolapan vigilante group<p>A state government in southern Mexico has found itself forced to play the role of middleman in an exchange of kidnap victims held by a gang of …

The Science Behind Why You Should Keep Reading Print Books

Every time we move, my husband and I have the same argument. “Do we have to take ALL of these books?” (The answer is always a dirty scowl and a “YES!”)<p>I have a ton of physical books that I insist on carting from house to house, state to state. It drives him crazy. Boxes of heavy books are not …

Learning from grief, learning from rage — progressive survival under Donald Trump will require both

<b>(Getty/Kena Betancur)</b><p>Don’t deny your grief or explain away your anger — they are real, and if they don’t destroy you they will be useful<p>Eesha Pandit<p>November 26, 2016 1:00pm (UTC)<p>These days, many things can set off the swirl of a rage-and-grief dialectic. First a new story: A 17-year-old in …

The 50 best books for Christmas 2016

2016 has been a fantastic year for literature, from tales of post-punk rebellion and fish-out-of-water detectives to politically incorrect satire and secrets from the Hollywood studio system. Here our top critics count down the year's best, from 50 to 1.<p>50. <b>The Making of Donald Trump</b> by David Cay …

Books

The non-western books that every student should read

Leading authors pick international classics that should be on student’s bookshelves, but are often neglected by universities<p>I teach it to my first years and return to the book through their degree. It is the perfect introduction to complex ideas: oppressive socio-economic political structures, …

A 70-year-old mystery: Yemeni Jews say young relatives were stolen in Israel

By Ruth Eglash<p>, Reporter<p>RAANANA, Israel — At 84 years old, Yona Yosef is full of life. Her eyes sparkle as she talks about her nine children and many grandchildren. But ask her what happened 67 years ago, when as a teenager she arrived in Israel from Yemen with her family, and her eyes fill with …

Israel

Thieves have figured out a crafty way to break into locked iPhones after stealing them

Enterprising thieves have now figured out a way to break into stolen iPhones after they've been locked if the owner isn't careful.<p>It requires duping the target, so it's possible to detect and block — but you need to know what you're doing.<p>We heard about the trick from Joonas Kiminki, who wrote a …

Identity Theft

Two-Thirds of Americans Support Free College Tuition

This might be an idea whose time has come: Nearly two-thirds of Americans are in favor of free college for everyone, and about three-quarters think at least some people should be eligible for free college, a new survey shows.<p>As the labor market increasingly benefits the better educated, and as …

College & University

Wow – “My Simple Show” Is An Extraordinary Tool For Creating Free Video “Explainers”

My Simple Show lets you create free audio “explainers” – about biographies, chemical reactions, you name it.<p>What makes it truly exceptional is the …

Education Technology

Democrats want ‘free’ college. It would be nice if they delivered Americans a decent high school education first.

Republicans aren't the only ones facing disunity in their party as the general election gets fully underway.<p>The Democratic convention in Philadelphia opens this week amid a chorus of grumbling from Bernie Sanders supporters over Hillary Clinton's uninspired choice of technocrat Tim Kaine as vice …

How Vector Space Mathematics Reveals the Hidden Sexism in Language - MIT Technology Review

Back in 2013, a handful of researchers at Google set loose a neural network on a corpus of three million words taken from Google News texts. The …

Machine Learning

Peru: Vigilantes take the law into their own hands

<b>Cajamarca, Peru -</b> First, the the young man is forced to do 30 push-ups while being whipped on his back. When he finally gets up, exhausted, he is asked again to confess.<p>Neighbours say the night before they saw him climb over the fence of the construction site where he works. A hammer, a water pump, …

The Latest: French author decries attack

NICE, France (AP) — The Latest on attack that killed 84 people in Nice (all times local):<p>10:45 p.m.<p>French author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio is …

Extremism

Illinois high school PARCC testing violated federal law, Education Department says

Illinois' move to get rid of a hodgepodge of high school PARCC exams and give a college entrance exam to 11th-graders was praised by educators who had pushed for change and felt their voices were heard.<p>But new details show there was more to the story: The testing decision announced Monday came …

The Only 7 Gym Machines Worth Using

Despite the fact that kettlebells and bodyweight workouts might win the gym popularity contest right now, fitness pros agree: Not only are exercise machines totally fine to use, they might be especially helpful if you're new to working out.<p>"It's true that if you're using free weights you have to …

Workouts

How the Israeli government whitewashes the Gaza blockade

‘Dateline’, a show on Australian television station <i>SBS One</i>, broadcast a report on Tuesday night called ‘The Survivor’s Guide to Gaza’. The segment …

Helping Palestinians was an uphill battle for US aid chief

After 11 years of helping oversee the U.S. government's aid efforts to lay the foundations for a future Palestinian state, the outgoing chief of the U.S. Agency for International Development mission in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is unsure whether that vision has inched any closer to reality.<p>"It's …

Want a Bigger Vocabulary? Try These 7 Mobile Apps

These apps will grow your vocabulary in a minute or two a day. And they're fun.<p>Would you like a bigger vocabulary? If you're like most people, the answer is yes. Then again, if you're like most people, you don't have the free time to enroll in a course or work your way through the dictionary.<p>But …

8 Ways Smart People Act Stupid

It's good to be smart. On the surface, being smart looks like easy living. But there's another side to the story.<p>Intelligent people have a reputation for making dumb mistakes, especially in situations that require common sense. The simplicity of these situations and the abundant intelligence of …

Self-improvement

Researchers say nearly all books follow one of these six emotional arcs

Ever thought two books felt nearly identical? The déjà vu isn’t in your head.<p>Researchers from University of Vermont mapped the sentimental fluctuations of over 1,700 books. By tracing the emotional changes in the stories, they noticed an overall arc for each novel. They found that the emotional …

Writing

UN to Israel: Stand for peace and rescind new building plans over pre-67 lines

On Monday morning, Education Minister Naftali Bennett called on the government to annex Area C of the West Bank.<p>><br>• ><p>PM Netanyahu and Ban Ki-moon . …