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The 16 Best Resources for Teaching a Foreign Language

According to infoplease, there are more than 6,500 languages spoken in the world, each with its own unique culture and way of thinking and …

25 maps that explain the English language - Vox

English is the language of Shakespeare and the language of Chaucer. It's spoken in dozens of countries around the world, from the United States to a tiny island named Tristan da Cunha. It reflects the influences of centuries of international exchange, including conquest and colonization, from the …

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The Simple (and Unwelcome) Solution to Anti-Semitism

I was born in August, 1946 in the city of Vitebsk, Belarus. In that summer, the second after the end of World War Two, life was slowly hobbling back to normalcy, in the wake of the horrors of the Second World War. But half my family did not get to see those quieter days. They were gone, …

How the West got rich and modern capitalism was born

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> Sven Beckert is a professor of American history at Harvard University. His latest book, “Empire of Cotton: A Global History,” has just …

How to Learn Vocabulary, Especially Foreign Language Vocab – And I Mean LEARN, Not Just Memorize | Learn Spanish with Andrew - How to Learn Spanish Online

Harry came up with a set of 4 simple rules concerning how to go about coming up with these visualizations that help you memorize whatever it is you …

Teacher: I see the difference in educational privilege every day. I live it. I am disgusted by it.

Here is a post by a Colorado teacher who vividly explains the difference in the lives of fortunate students and the less fortunate students whom she teaches. Her last post on this blog was a nuanced look into the psyche of some students of color who live in poverty, which you can read here. This …

The Civil Right of the 21st Century

For more than 30 years, Speaker Boehner has been working to ensure that every child in America has access to a decent education. In fact, on …

The growing poverty problem in America's schools

The majority of children in America's public schools now are low-income. And that has major implications for the future of the nation's workforce.<p>The share of schoolkids who qualify for free or reduced lunches crossed the 50% threshold in 2013, according to a recent Southern Education Foundation …

6 astounding facts about our super-rich Congress

Altogether, its members are worth billions. Not bad for one of the least productive Congresses in U.S. history<p>Despite a performance rating that’s nearly the lowest it’s ever been, members of Congress are richer than ever. In fact, a Center for Responsive Politics study finds that, on average, one …

The Birth of a New Civil Rights Movement

2014 was an epochal year for social justice. 2015 could be even more dramatic.<p>The shattering events of 2014, beginning with Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, did more than touch off a national debate about police behavior, criminal justice and widening inequality in America. …

America, nation of torturers: Stop saying “this isn’t who we are” — here’s the real truth

Terrible findings in the torture report “are not who we are,” John Kerry claims. Well, here’s a U.S. history lesson<p>It's comforting for those whose actions are not aligned with their stated values to believe that what one does in real life is not what ultimately defines who one really is. It's nice …