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The Worst (and Best) Places to Be Gay in America

If the Trump administration won’t protect gay people, we’re at the mercy of our ZIP codes.

Unschooling Isn't More Risky, It's Just Less Conventional

<i>"Part of me would like to unschool, but it just seems so risky."</i> <i><br>"I can't believe parents would do that! Why are they risking their children's</i> …

Two gay Missouri teens say school district deleted 'offensive' quotes from yearbook

Two Missouri teenagers who are openly gay said their school district deleted their quotes from the school’s yearbook without their knowledge.<p>Joey Slavinsky and Thomas Swartz said they were shocked to see the Kearney School District has removed their quotes from the year book and left instead a …

Liberals are terrible at arguing with conservatives. Here’s how they can get better.

By Maximilian Kasy<p>Worries about “political polarization” and of our “post-factual era” impeding political debate in our society have become commonplace. Liberals, in particular, are often astonished at the seeming indifference of their opponents toward facts and toward the likely consequences of …

America sees alarming spike in middle school suicide rate

CLOSE<p>The rate of middle school suicide doubled between 2007 and 2014 in the United States for a variety of reasons, including the use of social media …

Health insurers have finally had enough

Tom Williams/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom via ZUMA<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Pretty much every group …

Health Care

This School In Costa Rica Is #Goals (And We Need More Like It)

No blackboards, no teachers, no homework. This is the classic definition of summer for many kids in the United States.<p>But at Casa Sulà in Costa Rica, …

What’s Worse Than Spending $100 Million on Teachers Who Don’t Teach? New York City’s New Plan

For most of the past decade, New York City has struggled to solve a seemingly ridiculous problem: It spends about $100 million every year paying …

'She didn't know what was real': Did 10-day meditation retreat trigger woman's suicide?

Megan Vogt loved traveling, adventure and the outdoors.<p>She saved every penny after high school to buy a camper for a three-month tour of national …

Bernstein: We are in the midst of a 'malignant presidency'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Journalism legend Carl Bernstein called on the US press Friday to rise to the challenge of the Donald Trump presidency, which he characterized as "malignant."<p>"We're in foreign territory," Bernstein said, speaking on CNN's "New Day." "We have never been in a malignant presidency like this …

Donald Trump

Why Perfection Is The Enemy Of Done

Too often, people mistake progress for perfection. They spend more time staring at the weeds than they do assessing the forest. They get lost in the details instead of asking whether their work is moving them in the right direction. And most of all, they are confused about the meaning of</b> …

Self-improvement

23 signs you're about to be fired

Getting fired can be a real shock to the system.<p>But there are usually signs that your termination is pending. You've just got to know where to look.<p>Maybe your boss is out to get you. Maybe you've been embroiled in some recent controversy at work. Or maybe your organization is undergoing a massive …

Mission Impossible

Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching?

Stanford physics and education professor Carl Wieman won a Nobel Prize for his innovative, break-through work in quantum mechanics. Wieman has since levered the prestige and power of that prize to call attention to the need to transform undergraduate teaching, especially science education.<p>Wieman's …

Pedagogy

I Gave Up Saying Good Job for a Week, and Here’s What I Found

My five-year-old received a couple mini garden kits and was excited to get them going. He followed the directions carefully, put them in a sunny …

Visualizing The Logical Structure of Arguments: A New Platform (guest post by Simon Cullen)

The following is a guest post* by Simon Cullen (Princeton), which continues an earlier discussion of his work teaching with argument mapping …

High School

'Immortal' kindergarten teacher retires after 33 years in same classroom

A Snohomish County educational institution is retiring after 33 years of teaching.<p>Gail Yampol has taught kindergarten in the same classroom at Brier …

Increasing Salaries So Teachers Don't Have To Become Principals

Spencer Campbell spends much of his days walking the halls of Elk Ridge Middle School, checking breezeways for kids playing hooky, redirecting foot traffic between classes and checking on substitute teachers.<p>Campbell is one of two assistant principals at Elk Ridge, a school just south of Salt Lake …

Teaching

Free Play or Flashcards? New Study Nods to More Rigorous Preschools

A group of students at Woodside Community School in Queens peered up at their teacher one morning this month, as she used an overhead projector to display a shape.<p>It looked like a basic geometry lesson one might find in any grade school, except for the audience: They were preschoolers, seated …

Education

Your Child-Rearing Philosophy Is Bullshit

Until I became a parent, no one ever told me they had a “philosophy.” Not once did a woman at an party grab a dirty martini, sit next to me on a …

Shaming the Distracted Child Only Hurts Our World

By now you may have heard about the progress report my younger daughter came home with several years ago that said: “Distracted in large groups.” You …

Parenting

Interactive Rubrics as Assessment for Learning

This time around, I wanted to be better about giving students more resources to help them integrate their quotations. In the spirit of backward …

Could 'Living Apart Together' Help Couples Thrive?

Young adults are pushing the boundaries when it comes to relationships: we’re meeting each other using apps, getting married less and waiting to have …

‘Morning Joe’ Hosts: Conway Said She Needed a Shower After Speaking for Trump

The hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” said on Monday that the White House counselor Kellyanne Conway complained extensively about President Trump in private conversations with them before he was elected.<p>Mika Brzezinski said during Monday’s broadcast that she heard Ms. Conway denounce the candidate in …

Science shows the way schools punish poor kids just makes their bad situations worse

Such strong punishments are likely based on the assumption that when kids act out, reprimanding them has the potential to remedy the psychological impulse that caused the bad behavior in the first place. But recent research suggests this assumption might often be wrong. According to a panel of …

Psychology

We Ranked All Three Chords

<i>Ever since early man first started fucking around on guitar, punk music has been reducible to three essential power chords.</i> This trinity comprises …

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

How Fidget Spinners Became a Hula Hoop for Generation Z

<b>One “horrible” summer in 1993</b> Unable to play with her daughter Sara, then 7, because of her myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder that causes muscle weakness, a Florida inventor named Catherine Hettinger invents a prototype of a fidget spinner as way to bond with her daughter, Ms. Hettinger …

NPR Is Launching Its First Podcast for Kids

The new podcast will encourage kids ages 5-12 to find the "wow" in the world and also serve as a great alternative to screen time.<p>On May 15, NPR will launch its first podcast targeted at kids ages 5 to 12. "Wow in the World" is described on NPR.org as, "a new way for families to connect, look up …

Why the most successful students have no passion for school

However, there are telling counterexamples where passion doesn't seem to be a necessary ingredient for success.<p>One such case is academic success. You might think that successful students should be passionate about their schooling, and that this passion for school would account, at least partly, for …

Students

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