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Want To Address Teachers' Biases? First, Talk About Race

As Ayana Coles gazes at the 20 teachers gathered in her classroom, she knows the conversation could get uncomfortable. And she's prepared.<p>"We are going to experience discomfort — well, we may or may not experience it — but if we have it that's OK," says Coles, a third-grade teacher at Eagle Creek …

Teaching

This Is Why Women Talk Less Than Men at Work

<i>This article originally appeared in Money.</i><p>The manterruption is real.<p>Just ask Elisabeth Bik, a microbiology researcher at Stanford. In a post on …

Turkish court issues arrest warrant for U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed for failed Turkey coup

A court in Turkey issued a formal warrant Thursday for the arrest of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the government accuses of being behind the failed July 15 coup that left more than 270 people dead.<p>The state-run Anadolu news agency said an Istanbul court issued the warrant for …

Rereading 'To Kill a Mockingbird': It lingers, but not in the way he expected

To reread "To Kill a Mockingbird" in advance of Tuesday's release of Harper Lee's much-anticipated follow-up, "Go Set a Watchman," is not so much an exercise in nostalgia as in cognitive dissonance.<p>Dissonance? Yes, because even the most sympathetic characters in the novel regard racism with what …

3 Excellent Google Sheets Tools to Enhance Teachers Workflow

July 8, 2015<br>Here are three good Google Sheets add-ons to ease off your workflow and boost your productivity.Some of the things you can do with these …

Education Technology

Fixing Urban Schools Without Fixing Poverty Is Possible

That’s the argument of Dr. Pamela Cantor, who believes there are tools we’re failing to give students that would help them overcome the stress that’s holding them back.<p>Are urban schools paying too little attention to stress and its classroom effects?<p>This week, I’m sharing a variety of responses to …

Education

Why the Lack of Women in Educational Leadership Matters

Women account for more than 70% of last year's valedictorians. They're at the top of their class, but that appears to be where they stay. More than three-quarters of public school teachers are female while only 30% of educational administrators are. Put simply, women are doing the work while men …

We Need to Pay Attention to the Burning of Black Churches

The burning of black church, a long smoldering phenomenon, sparked news stories in the summer of 1996 and then, flames quickly doused by a fire-retardant mixture of guilt and self-interest. The public once again falsely assumed that the fire of racism was controlled if not out. This nation's …

20 dramatic photos of the movement that came before the Civil Rights Act was signed 51 years ago today

Today marks 51 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.<p>The seminal legislation made discrimination based on race, color, nationality, or gender illegal. But it also came after years of bloody, and sometimes deadly, confrontation between the African-American and …

Black History

The Confederate flag’s big lie: How racists and segregationists made it their own

Once and for all: Anyone who talks about the flag as a symbol of heritage is flat-out wrong<p>I am a Southerner by both birth and heritage. I come from a long line of poor white cotton farmers on both sides of my family. Three of my four great-grandfathers fought in the Confederate Army. The fourth …

The Myth of a Teacher’s ‘Summer Vacation’

The “last day of school” is a misnomer.<p>In a freshly painted fifth-grade classroom, Natalie Klem sits with a group of teachers planning an orientation for next year’s incoming class at Lead Prep Southeast in Nashville. It’s the beginning of July, and she’d had her “last day” of school just over a …

Donald Trump is quickly becoming the GOP establishment's worst nightmare

He's in a public feud with the nation's largest Spanish-language television network, one of its premier broadcast networks, and a major retailer over comments suggesting Mexican immigrants are "rapists" and drug runners.<p>And despite all that, Trump is rising in recent polls, placing second both in …

Hearing words, writing sounds: examining the author's brain

Kamila Shamsie always revises her work by reading aloud, but AS Byatt looks for the rhythms of the page. Richard Lea goes in search of what happens in the brain when we write and read fiction<p>The novelist Kamila Shamsie measures out her life as an author in chapters, punctuated by a familiar …

Creative Writing

When the Smoke Cleared at NYC Flag Burning Event, One Veteran Remained — You Need to Hear Why

A U.S. Army veteran attended Wednesday’s flag burning event in New York City to protest the desecration of the stars and stripes — and he vowed to stay until the very end to ensure “that at the end of the night there is a flag left standing.”<p>Mark Brummitt, who served for 13 years in the Army, told …

Black churches are burning & Fox News doesn’t care

Eight black churches have burnt down over 10 days in America, but the right-wing media has been strangely silent<p>Black America's "blues sensibilities"--as well as that of other peoples who have historically suffered under power and somehow found a way to survive and triumph--means that laughter is …

See the First Tourist Instagrams Taken at the White House

The White House

The 4 Types of Introvert: Which Are You?

Not all introverts are alike. Take this quiz to find out which type you are.<p>Ask a bunch of people on the street what the term "introverted" means and you'll probably get a bunch of different answers. One person might mention social anxiety, another a dreamy personality, a third a preference for …

Behavioral Sciences

How I Got My Literary Agent: Rebecca Phillips

<b>“How I Got My Agent”</b> is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Rebecca Phillips, author of FAKING …

Bookkeeper of Auschwitz says he can only ask God for forgiveness | Reuters

LUENEBURG, Germany (Reuters) - A former bookkeeper at Auschwitz who is accused of assisting in the mass murder of at least 300,000 people told a German court on Wednesday he could only ask God to forgive him as he was not entitled to ask this of victims of the Holocaust.<p>Defendant and former Nazi SS …

Auschwitz

Slaves in their own words: Recordings of a lost world

The 13th amendment abolishing slavery was passed 150 years ago. Thanks to the Library of Congress, the voices of some of those who were emancipated can now be heard<p>Around four million slaves were freed at the end of the American Civil War in 1865. Over the generations their stories have been passed …

America is addicted to war: Terror, drugs and the existential threats that define us

On issues foreign and domestic, we view everything as a “war.” Our reliance on the term is myopic and destructive<p>War on drugs. War on poverty. War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror. The biggest mistake in American policy, foreign and domestic, is looking at everything as war. When a war …

Bobby Jindal has no shame: This charlatan belongs nowhere near the White House

In a presidential field full of cranks, crackpots and demagogues, Louisiana’s governor is one of the worst<p>This week, I did something I thought I'd never do, not in a million years: I donated to Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign.<p>Timmy Teepell, Jindal's campaign manager and the subject of an …

Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because our textbooks and monuments are wrong.

History is the polemics of the victor, William F. Buckley once said. Not so in the United States, at least not regarding the Civil War. As soon as the Confederates laid down their arms, some picked up their pens and began to distort what they had done and why. The resulting mythology took hold of …

The Creativity Myth

I have a distinct memory of going through my journals and notebooks when I was 10 or 11 and grading my own artwork; I gave almost everything an F. "This is terrible," I scrawled across one page with the beginnings of a sketch of a minaret, my intense frustration apparent in the big, sharp-edged …

I am a recovering racist: I was somehow taught hate as a gift of love

I grew up in the segregated South. It took a question from an 11-year-old to teach me how I really felt about it<p>As a native Mississippian and recovering racist, I finally discovered why a seemingly innocuous thing like a state flag can bring out the absolute worst in us. It took a group of …

See the Civil Rights Movement in Photographs

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Catches Fire (Mar. 25, 1911)<p><b>By Michele Anderson</b><p>The Triangle Shirtwaist Company’s fire resulted in the tragic loss of …

Black History

The 9 Traits That Define Great Leadership

Many leaders are competent but few qualify as remarkable. If you want to join the ranks of the best of the best, make sure you embody all these …

Leadership

White Identity Offers Bland Nothingness or Racism -- An Inclusive American Identity Is the Answer

People need a positive sense of identity. We need to feel like we belong to a community larger than ourselves. If we can't find one built around positive, productive values, too many of us will gravitate toward one built around negativity and hate. This is how terrorists are made.<p>Although Dylann …

How to Increase Your Writing Creativity by Doing Nothing

Every writer goes through a creative dry spell. And sometimes that point of struggle can leave an author straining her brain for the right idea, plot …

Creative Writing