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How China Used Schools to Win Over Hanoi

In December 1966, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, or North Vietnam, and the People’s Republic of China signed an agreement to establish schools for North Vietnamese children in China, with China providing the facilities, funds and equipment. America’s bombing campaign over North Vietnam was in …

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review

In George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy, fans were immersed in a vast and uncharted universe rife with relics of the late Jedi order. The first …

Luke Skywalker

Ars Technica’s ultimate board game buyer’s guide

Need to buy a board game? Our 2017 guide has you covered.<p>The holiday gift-buying season is upon us, and that can mean only one thing: it's time to …

Why didn’t anyone tell me Warframe is now the perfect game?

This isn’t OK. How did this happen.<p>Playing <i>Warframe</i> in the year of our Steve 2017 is quite the experience.<p>The game began its life as a mediocre third-person free-to-play shooter on the PlayStation Whichever and was promptly forgotten. But the developers continued to work on it. And update it. And …

Hillary Clinton decided to go to Yale law school after a Harvard professor told her: 'We don't need any more women at Harvard'

"That's part of why I went to Yale," Clinton wrote.<p>In a chapter entitled, "On Being a Woman in Politics," Clinton wrote about the sexism and gender-related adversity she has faced and witnessed throughout her life, beginning in elementary school when her classmates made fun of her glasses and the …

13 photos of the 'Terminator,' the armored fighting vehicle Russia reportedly sent to Syria

A few countries have recently shown interest in purchasing Moscow's infantry fighting vehicle known as the "Terminator," according to Sputnik, a Russian state-owned media outlet.<p>Israel and Syria are both interested in the BMPT-72, or Terminator 2, which was also spotted in Syria for supposed …

New study shows your face can reveal if you’re rich or poor

We already know that what we wear and what we own can give away where we stand on the social ladder. But apparently there are parts of our …

Psychology

Here's where the government gets the money it spends in all 50 US states

Some of the taxes the government draws on to collect money include "a blueberry tax in Maine and a mosquito tax in Alabama," reports cost information …

Proposal Would Let Charter Schools Certify Their Own Teachers

It is usually a sleepy civic exercise: A proposed change to a specialized bit of state regulations is published in the State Register, officially marking the beginning of a public comment period.<p>But on Wednesday, rules that would make it easier for some New York charter schools to hire teachers are …

Trump is a coward. At least it limits the damage he does | Jill Abramson

Despite all the bluster, insults and bullying, Donald Trump is too scared to fire Jeff Sessions, instead subjecting him to a dripfeed of humiliation<p>• Jill Abramson is a political columnist for the Guardian<p>Like most bullies, Donald Trump is really a coward.<p>Although he spent a dozen seasons on “The …

Donald Trump

No wonder young Americans feel so important, when half of them finish high school as A students

To graduate from high school with a grade-point average (GPA) of A, the top range of academic marks, used to be a crowning achievement and every parent’s dream come true (literally, every parent’s). Now, it’s basically the norm.<p>Nearly half of American high school students—47%, to be exact—are …

High School

What Mixing Weed and Alcohol Does to Your Body

Researchers now understand the science behind the crossfade.<p>I rarely mix weed and alcohol—but when I do, I become more silent than a hermit crab floating in space.<p>But pursuing the high that results from combining the two drugs—known as a "crossfade"—isn't uncommon. Researchers, however, are still …

Cannabis

The Myth of the Kindly General Lee

The legend of the Confederate leader’s heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed.<p>The strangest part about the continued personality cult of Robert E. Lee is how few of the qualities his admirers profess to see in him he actually possessed.<p>Memorial Day has the …

These small, little-known colleges may be more affordable than you think

When Ryan Gray considered his college options, the one that made the most financial sense surprised him.<p>It wasn't Cal State Long Beach or Cal Poly Pomona, two of California's most affordable universities. It wasn't UC Irvine or UC Riverside, also public schools with in-state tuition. Breaking down …

Trump Supporters Cry Bias After NPR Tweets the Declaration of Independence

NPR tweeted the entire Declaration of Independence in 140-character chunks yesterday to celebrate Independence Day. But more than a few people …

Donald Trump

Will Grad Students Lose the Right to Unionize Under Trump?

Last year, students at private universities were granted collective bargaining rights. A reversal may be coming.<p>Trevor Hull wakes up every morning and goes to a lab where he mixes chemicals together, using materials like lead and cadmium to synthesize other substances. A man who he calls his boss …

Higher Education

Personalization + Projects = Deeper Learning at Da Vinci

We recently visited three Da Vinci Schools to observe the culture, community and deeper learning outcomes. Here is what we learned from our student …

How Betsy DeVos Could Break Up The Charter School Coalition

The fragile bipartisan alliance that formed around the charter school movement could fall apart in the Trump era.<p>Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a bold choice of opening anecdote in a speech to charter school advocates on Tuesday: She told the story of how her family chose to forego the public …

The 13 Best Science Fiction Books of 2017

It's been a good year for sci-fi escapism.<p>In 2017, current events made escaping into a sci-fi story all the more appetizing, and there were lots of great choices.<p>Below are our 13 favorite sci-fi books from 2017. They include stories about underground lunar societies, a Manhattan partially covered …

Exclusive Test Data: Many Colleges Fail to Improve Critical-Thinking Skills

Results of a standardized measure of reasoning ability show many students fail to improve over four years—even at some flagship schools, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of nonpublic results<p>Freshmen and seniors at about 200 colleges across the U.S. take a little-known test every year to …

Test Data

Sorry, kids: schools need more testing, not less

In education circles, testing has become the villain of the day. Kids declare exams to be a waste of time while educators argue that the anxiety around tests produces a “toxic environment.” Families loathe exams, too, as I learned when doing some research on assessments, with parents often viewing …

Pedagogy

Arrested, missing China activists spark criticism of Trump

SHANGHAI (AP) — The arrest and disappearance of three labor activists investigating a Chinese company that produces Ivanka Trump shoes in China …

Hall Passes, Buses, Lunch Duty: What If The Principal Could Focus On Achievement?

Pankaj Rayamajhi hears something. Senioritis?<p>The director of school logistics and operations has a kind of sixth sense about that unique Spring affliction as he roams the hallways of Columbia Heights Education Campus, a public middle and high school in Washington, D.C.<p>Rayamajhi quickens his pace, …

Teaching

My Family’s Slave

She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.<p>点击这里阅读中文版本 (Chinese) | Basahin ang artikulong ito sa Tagalog (Tagalog)<p>Alex Tizon passed away in March. He was a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and the author …

Only 12% of Private College Students Actually Pay Those Crazy-High Tuition Prices. Here's Why

There are actually a few key reasons.<p>You know those ridiculous tuition prices you hear horror stories about? It turns out they are largely …

College & University

How Google Took Over the Classroom

CHICAGO — The sixth graders at Newton Bateman, a public elementary school here with a classic red brick facade, know the Google drill.<p>In a social-science class last year, the students each grabbed a Google-powered laptop. They opened Google Classroom, an app where teachers make assignments. Then …

Education

The 17 Hottest Craft Beer Destinations in Los Angeles

There is no stopping the craft beer boom in Los Angeles. The City of Angels has become a focal point for the movement nationwide, with dozens of new breweries opening their own spaces, extended taprooms, or full-on brewpubs left and right.<p>Destinations like Mikkeller draw in loads of weekenders …

Beer

6 Ways to Stop Overthinking Everything

Get out of your own head and start taking action.<p>While everyone overthinks situations once in a while, some people are plagued with a constant barrage of thoughts all the time. Chronic overthinkers rehash conversations they had yesterday, second-guess every decision they make, and imagine …

Self-help

How Behavioral Economics Can Produce Better Health Care

Consider the following.<p>I’m a physician at the end of more than a decade of training. I’ve dissected cadavers in anatomy lab. I’ve pored over tomes on the physiology of disease. I’ve treated thousands of patients with ailments as varied as hemorrhoids and cancer.<p>And yet the way I care for patients …

America's Dangerous Amnesia About World Order

The relative peace of the last eight decades has been the exception, not the rule.<p>In an unsettled time, with an unsettling president, many Americans are unsure of their conception of the world and their country’s role in it. What should the United States be doing – if anything – to shape the global …