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Here are the US counties where more people are dying than being born

The US Census Bureau recently released estimates of the 2017 populations of each of the 3,142 counties and county equivalents that make up America. In addition to showing the total population change in those counties since 2016, the bureau also released estimates of the components of that …

Demographics

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment

He believed he could make the two groups sworn enemies via a series of well-timed 'frustration exercises'<p>All the boys I spoke to had an uneasy feeling about this experience. It has troubled people Author Gina Perry<p>July 1953: late one evening in the woods outside Middle Grove, New York state, three …

Psychology

“Middle Class” is a White Racial Construct

Over the past year a flurry of studies and op-eds highlighting diminished opportunities for economic advancement among people of color in the United …

Income Inequality

4 Tools for Teaching Teamwork and Collaboration in the Classroom

Everyone — from businesses to sports franchises — is on a quest to crack the code of the perfect team. Google spent years studying their working …

What Did Ancient Romans Do Without Toilet Paper?

We’ve all been caught unawares by our digestive tract at one time or another.<p>It happened to the Nash family several months ago. We were nearing the …

Ancient Rome

John W. Jones: The Runaway Slave Who Buried Nearly 3000 Confederate Soldiers

John W. Jones was as close to a sinless man as you could find—with the exception of the time he lied to his mother.<p>It was a late June evening in 1844 …

'It Had Never Been Done on Television Before': The Oral History of Breaking Bad

Creator Vince Gilligan, stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, and others reflect on how an offbeat show about a drug-dealing schoolteacher revolutionized television forever.<p>Television changed the night of January 20, 2008: <i>Breaking Bad</i>, a bold and singular drama about a downtrodden, dying high school …

Recy Taylor, Who Fought for Justice After a 1944 Rape, Dies at 97

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old African-American sharecropper, was walking home from church in Abbeville, Ala., on the night of Sept. 3, 1944, when she was abducted and raped by six white men.<p>The crime was extensively covered in the black press and an early catalyst for the civil rights movement. The …

Recy Taylor

Smithsonian National Museum Of African American History & Culture Is Washington DC's Hottest Ticket

Nevermind long lines at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. It’s already been a long time coming so what’s another 45 minutes?<p>In the shadow of the Washington Monument (on the last buildable National Mall parcel), the nascent museum is the …

Slave struggles and the end of slavery in Brazil: How revolts, organized resistance and fugitive slave communities contributed to the end of slavery in Brazil

Portrait of the A Balaiada, a slave revolt in the state of Maranhão between 1838 and 1841<b>Note from BW of Brazil</b>: <i>It is often said that history is</i> …

Black History

The Sanitizing of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks

<b>Jeremy Scahill:</b> Jeanne Theoharis, welcome to Intercepted.<p><b>Jeanne Theoharis:</b> Thanks for having me.<p><b>JS:</b> Before we get into some of these specific …

FACT CHECK: Is Chicago Proof That Gun Laws Don't Work?

In the wake of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas this week, the White House faced questions about whether President Trump would support stricter gun legislation.<p>Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't give a definite response to these questions, but her statement showed a White House …

Textbook raises questions about representation of slavery in Quebec curriculum

An excerpt from a Quebec textbook depicting slavery has raised concern among some parents on the legitimacy of the province's curriculum, and whether …

Black History

The Myth of Robert E. Lee And The "Good" Slave Owner

According to the Lost Cause mythology ginned up after the Civil War, Robert E. Lee was a benevolent slave owner who really fought for states’ rights. …

Colin Kaepernick and the Power of Black Silent Protest

On July 28, 1917, thousands of Black children, women, and men stoically marched in silence down Fifth Avenue in New York City in what was called the …

Teachers: here's how to get your lessons off to a flying start

Setting learning objectives at the start of a lesson may not be the best way to engage your students. What you need is an attention-grabbing opener<p>How do you start your lessons? In many schools, classes will begin the same way – with the teacher explaining two or three intended learning outcomes. …

Teaching

Student-Driven Differentiation: Putting Student Voice Behind The Wheel

Asking different questions isn't enough if teachers aren't listening to the answers students provide. Here are 3 ways to have authentic …

Pedagogy

Trump will likely win reelection in 2020

Most Americans don’t like Trump.<p>Trump will most likely be reelected in 2020.<p>How can both of these statements be true? Here’s how:<p>Even when people are …

7 Tips for Teaching Readers How to Recognize Bias

When students are learning about research topics and current events, they must also know how to recognize bias. Learning how to spot so-called “fake …

How Maps Became Deadly Innovations in WWI

Advances in weaponry and cartography had deadly repercussions in World War I, which the United States entered 100 years ago today.<p>By the time the United States entered World War I, 100 years ago today, the conflict had been raging in Europe for nearly three years. It was to become one of the …

The next face of poverty could be yours

By Michelle Singletary<p>Columnist<p>When people talk about the poor, especially people who haven’t experienced poverty, it’s often without context or compassion.<p>President Trump’s budget, which thankfully faces steep resistance from Congress, says a lot about what he thinks of struggling Americans.<p>The …

Pulitzer Prize

'With Their Bare Hands' tracks America's ascension to military power during WWI

In his superb account of the final, violent throes of World War I, military historian Gene Fax tells of an American lieutenant who watched as ambulances pulled to the side of the road to let the artillery, "which had priority," pass.<p>"From time to time," the lieutenant wrote, "our men would glance …

World History

The True Story of the Reichstag Fire and the Nazi Rise to Power

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and where there’s fire, conspiracy theories are sure to follow. At least, that’s what happened in Germany on …

Reading to Remember: 8 Children's Books That Honor Black History Month

A Look Back: Video – “10 Strategies to Help Students Develop Intrinsic Motivation to Write”

<b>Later this month, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Last August, I re-started a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look</b> …

Teaching

In Search of the Slave Who Defied George Washington

MOUNT VERNON, Va. — The costumed characters at George Washington’s gracious estate here are used to handling all manner of awkward queries, whether about 18th-century privies or the first president’s teeth. So when a visitor recently asked an African-American re-enactor in a full skirt and head …

A Look Back: “I Did My Best Job Teaching A “Growth Mindset” Today – Here’s The Lesson Plan”

<b>In February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A</b> …

Teaching

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices'

Sixty-three years after the Supreme Court's ruling in <i>Brown v. Board of Education</i>, many schools across the country either remain segregated or have re-segregated.<p>Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones tells <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Terry Gross that when it comes to school segregation, separate is never truly …

Brown v. Board of Education

Charleston’s planned International African American Museum will fill in a gap in American history

JUST inside the gates of the Unitarian Church in Charleston sits a slab of salvaged bricks. Affixed to the front is a metal bird looking backwards—a …