Valerie Reed

381 Flips | 1 Magazine | 100 Likes | 2 Following | 7 Followers | @ValerieEReed | Keep up with Valerie Reed on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Valerie Reed”

So You Want To Play Dungeons & Dragons...

Learn a roleplaying game that lasts a lifetime.<p>Call it fate, luck, or <i>Stranger Things</i>, but the wheel of time has turned and now, suddenly, <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> is popular again.<p>According to game's publisher Wizards of the Coast, 2016 and 2017 were <i>Dungeons & Dragons'</i> most profitable years since its …

When Hurricane Warnings Are Lost in Translation

With Irma looming, organizations are hitting some roadblocks in getting information out to Floridians who don’t speak English.<p>In any crisis situation, there’s preparation and then there’s reality. First responders and government agencies can train volunteers, put an action plan into place, and get …

In Singapore, Chinese Dialects Revive After Decades of Restrictions

SINGAPORE — The Tok and Teo families are a model of traditional harmony, with three generations gathered under one roof, enjoying each other’s company over slices of fruit and cups of tea on a Saturday afternoon in Singapore.<p>There is only one problem: The youngest and oldest generations can barely …

The complete guide to spring cleaning your computer

Blow away those digital cobwebs<p>If you want to keep your house clean, you need to dust it regularly; if you want your car to run well, you should service it annually; and if you want your computer to stay speedy and responsive, it needs its own maintenance—a digital spring clean.<p>We're not just …

Software

Trump’s “America first” policy will promote monolingualism—which will be bad for the American economy

Top US economist Larry Summers recently tweeted in relation to America’s focus on its so-called special relationship with the UK. And he’s right. The economic impact on the US—or any other country—that closes off its trade barriers with countries that are different to it would be enormous.<p>Language …

Language

Experts don’t know how many students are prepared for college. Here’s why that matters

Each year, when they get to campus, more than half a million American college students have to take so-called remedial or developmental education …

The Biggest Threat on Campus

Two professors -- one conservative, the other a famous leftist -- worry about the same thing.<p>Robert P. George and Cornel West, both professors at Princeton, are a political odd couple. George is outspokenly conservative while West has been co-chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. One …

Venezuela's currency now worth so little shopkeepers weigh vast piles of notes instead of counting them

Inflation in Venezuela is expected to reach 720 per cent this year, with the largest bolívar bill now worth just five US cents on the black …

Mexico arrests ex-police chief linked to student disappearances | Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico has arrested a former police chief at the heart of an investigation into the disappearance and likely massacre of 43 trainee teachers in the southwestern city of Iguala two years ago, security officials said on Friday.<p>National Security Commissioner Renato Sales (at …

Mexico

What's Causing The Increased Enrollment At HBCUs?

Historically black colleges and universities are having big increases in student enrollment. Dillard University president Walter Kimbrough thinks it's because of increased racial tensions on campuses.<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Now, you may have noticed that we've been taking a look at a number …

The Internet’s Own Instigator | Backchannel

<b>On August 8,</b> Carl Malamud wakes up early. He usually does. Most days, from the moment his eyes open, he is fixated on the mission. Early morning …

Siblings

Evidence Rebuts Chomsky's Theory of Language Learning

The idea that we have brains hardwired with a mental template for learning grammar—famously espoused by Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute …

New Virus Breaks The Rules Of Infection

Human viruses are like a fine chocolate truffle: It takes only one to get the full experience.<p>At least, that's what scientists thought a few days ago. Now a new study published Thursday is making researchers rethink how some viruses could infect animals.<p>A team at the U.S. Army Medical Research …

Los niños, el estigma del mate

A <b>Leonel da Silva</b>, un niño de dos años, lo encontraron hace unas semanas aferrado a su juguetito en los yerbales de Misiones, esa gran mancha verde y …

The Problem With Public Colleges Going Tuition-Free

Hillary Clinton’s proposal to make public higher education more accessible to lower- and middle-income students could have the opposite effect.<p>It seems self-evident that eliminating tuition at public colleges for most families, as first Bernie Sanders and now Hillary Clinton has proposed, would …

Motivation and Language Learning

What makes for successful foreign language learning? Second to our natural, genetically determined aptitude for acquiring other languages (which we …

Creamed, Canned And Frozen: How The Great Depression Revamped U.S. Diets

Do people think about food more in times of scarcity than in times of plenty? Married culinary historians Jane Ziegelman and Andy Coe think so. Ziegelman and Coe are the authors of <i>A Square Meal,</i> which examines the impact of the country's decade-long Great Depression on American diets.<p>Ziegelman …

Survivors of Wartime Rape Are Refusing to Be Silenced

By Aryn Baker | Photographs by <b>Lynsey Addario</b> for TIME<p><b>First they shot her husband.</b><br>Then the soldiers killed her two sons, ages 5 and 7. When the …

Human Rights

What Even Is Blue Raspberry Anyway?

Blue raspberry definitely isn't found in nature. So... what is it? We look at its very bizarre history.<p>One day this summer, you may find yourself in your backyard, with blue-tongued little children chasing each other around the pool. They've been eating blue raspberry ice pops, that bizarre …

The significance of Simone Manuel’s swim is clear if you know Jim Crow

SANDBRIDGE, Va. — Down a gentle slope of sand the color of brown sugar, our little daughter frolicked Thursday afternoon in the ocean’s froth under a canopy of blue sky. I was 25 yards away, camped under a large orange umbrella. Her ever-watchful mom was farther, across the road at the house.<p>Our …

The race to save a dying language | Ross Perlin

The discovery of Hawaii Sign Language in 2013 amazed linguists. But as the number of users dwindles, can it survive the twin threats of globalisation and a rift in the community?<p>In 2013, at a conference on endangered languages, a retired teacher named Linda Lambrecht announced the extraordinary …

Linguistics

The New Bilingualism

The number of dual-language programs in American high schools is on the rise.<p>Graduates in white and purple robes exited the auditorium, their newly turned tassels bouncing as they sang and danced to a recording of the popular Latin salsa tune, “Vivir Mi Vida.”<p>They had just graduated from the …

Starved, tortured, forgotten: Genie, the feral child who left a mark on researchers

More than four decades after she appeared in a Los Angeles County welfare office, her fate is unclear – but she has changed the lives of those who knew her<p>She hobbled into a Los Angeles county welfare office in October 1970, a stooped, withered waif with a curious way of holding up her hands, like …

Sociology

Psychologists recommend children be bored in the summer

Do you entertain your kids with chess camp, art school, cooking classes, or tennis lessons during the unstructured summer months? Or perhaps all of them?<p>There are activities and summer camps galore to fill children’s time and supply much needed childcare when kids are out of school. But …

Kids

Universities and Brexit: A degree of uncertainty

<b>The graduation season is all but over, and those attending the ceremonies have been struck by the high proportion of be-gowned foreign students collecting their parchments.</b><p>This week's Audit Scotland report into the state of Scotland's universities draws the evidence together.<p>It raises some big …

Playboy's guide to catcalling is actually really great

Techniques to Help Underprepared Students Learn More

“Instruction is the core of any developmental education strategy,” Thomas Bailey and Shanna Smith Jaggars write in “When College Students Start …

Pedagogy