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Middle School

Education Isn't the Key to a Good Income

A growing body of research debunks the idea that school quality is the main determinant of economic mobility.<p>One of the most commonly taught stories American schoolchildren learn is that of Ragged Dick, Horatio Alger’s 19th-century tale of a poor, ambitious teenaged boy in New York City who works …

Income Inequality

The 10 Coolest Neighborhoods in America Right Now

Avoid the tourist traps.<p>Tourist traps are a dime a dozen in big cities, but many popular urban destinations have up-and-coming neighborhoods that …


Root Vegetable and Cauliflower Tagine with Parsley Yogurt

For Aida Mollenkamp, spiced Moroccan tagines are a dinner-party staple because they can be made in advance. “In case something impromptu happens,” …


Children's Book Review: The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe, trans. from the Spanish by Lilit Thwaites. Holt/Godwin, $19.99 (432p) ISBN 978-1-62779-618-7

The Librarian of Auschwitz<p>Antonio Iturbe, trans. from the Spanish by Lilit Thwaites. Holt/Godwin, $19.99 (432p) ISBN 978-1-62779-618-7<p>Drawing on his …


5 Ways to Focus at Work, from an Executive Who’s Struggled with ADHD

By nature, I’m messy and disorganized — and my mind can be too. I have trouble sustaining attention on just about anything.<p>In grade school, this meant I didn’t do well in classes. In college, it meant that I largely blew them off and spent most of my time partying. (When you’re at a party, no one …

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How This Trendy City Became Every Millennial's Summer Dream Spot

We can't explain exactly why some cities suddenly start trending as hip must-visit destinations. We can, however, let you know with 100% certainty …

Critical thinking: how to help your students become better learners

Want your class to make the most out of learning opportunities? Try focusing not just on the task itself, but how they approach it<p>Encouraging students to build awareness, understanding and control of their thought processes – also known as metacognition – has been identified by the Education …


15 emerging European cities to visit before everyone else

Europe's biggest capitals — Rome, Paris, London — get a lot of love. But for your next trip, don't overlook the smaller European cities, which have …

European Travel

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers |

<i>Thank You for Being Late</i> by Thomas L. Friedman; recommended by World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and Martin Ford. Amazon calls it "a field guide to the 21st century."<p><i>Success Through Stillness</i> by Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow and; recommended by Serena Williams. The hip-hop mogul on</i> …


The Biggest Emerging MLB Star at Every Position Entering 2017

From Mike Trout to Miguel Cabrera to Clayton Kershaw and many more, Major League Baseball isn't hurting for established stars. And the ranks are swelling every year.<p>Which poses the question: Who's next?<p>We have a few ideas, and we're going to act on them by rounding up the biggest emerging stars at …


Hey, Students: 5 Things That Are Wrong With Your Cover Letter

We've written a lot about the link between college and the workforce — and the kinds of skills graduates will need in the 21st century to succeed. One of the skills you need is knowing how to present yourself. To put your best foot forward in the workplace, and in life.<p>And so, as we started to read …


The 79 books Barack Obama recommended during his Presidency

Throughout his time in the White Office, President Barack Obama has recommended hundreds of books.<p>For the last two years, for instance, Obama has …

Education Futures: Emerging Trends in K-12 - Education Week

With nearly 1 million education apps available today, how can preK-12 educators leverage this vast amount of content to support the individual needs …

Je t'aime! Watch the video that has people falling in love with Paris again

A video of a mysterious woman leaping over the rooftops of Paris in a little black dress has gone viral and it showcases the historic beauty and romance of the French capital to perfection.<p>“Parisienne acrobate sur les toits de Paris,” or “Parisian acrobat on the rooftops of Paris” was originally …


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31 Incredible Books You Simply Must Read This Summer

Brilliant reads from July to September (UK release dates).


These Ice Cream Shops Definitely Belong On Your Bucket List

*gets the chills*<p><i>Original article by Nile Cappello for AFAR.</i><p><b>For more dessert travel content from AFAR, check out:</b><p>* Places to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Around the World<p>* The Best Sweets in Paris<p>* Rome's Best Gelato<p>* Sweet Treats in L.A.

28 Innovative Apps Suggested For Teachers By Teachers

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A Stanford dean on adult skills every 18-year-old should have

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What are the skills every 18 year old needs?</i> <i>Answer by Julie Lythcott-Haims, Author of NYT bestseller How to Raise an Adult; former Stanford dean; podcast host.</i><p>1. An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers<p>Faculty, deans, advisers, landlords, store …


6 Teaching Secrets For Long-Term Growth

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Tesla is about to abandon one of Elon Musk's key business practices

But analysts and experts who follow the company have often worried that there <i>isn't</i> enough demand for Tesla vehicles.<p>For the past two years, on nearly every quarterly conference call to discuss Tesla's financial results with analysts, this issue has come to a head.<p>CEO Elon Musk is asked about demand …


Sox could replace Panda with Shaw by Opening Day

John Farrell said that he would be quick to make changes and take advantage of the depth on the Red Sox roster this season. We might have …

Guessing the 25-man roster for Opening Day

Kyle Blanks, large baseball player, still might be the duffel bag of even-year nonsense that we ordered in January. But he'll have to do it after an …

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His job is a hunt-and-peck type of thing at Dodger Stadium

While you're cheering for runs and hits, he's just looking for somebody who can get to first base.<p>"It's all about the kiss," Dan Valdivia says. "I love to see the kiss."<p>This is a Valentine's Day tale about the hopeless romantic who spends his summers scouring the Los Angeles sports landscape …