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Donald Trump's fear of Spanish reveals the power in our language — and identity

Forced assimilation requires policing people’s language. It is liberating, and empowering, not to give into it<p>As a child of immigrants and a supposed anchor baby, I assimilated as fast as I could. I stopped responding to my parents in Spanish and tried to ignore how it broke their hearts. I would …

Language

In the world of voice-recognition, not all accents are equal

IN A spoof advertisement on a humorous website, a woman asks her Echo, Amazon’s voice-controlled speaker system and assistant, to play “the country …

Language

Bringing up kids multilingual in Sweden: the tales of six families

In Sweden, 200 different languages are spoken and the number of multilingual families is growing. But just how do you manage it, how do the children …

Language Learning

A Language's Popularity Could Influence Its Grammar and Vocabulary

The number of people who speak a language seems to affect how new words and structures spread.<p>It’s a peculiar observation that the more people speak a language, the simpler its grammar tends to be. English and Mandarin, for instance, have notably straightforward structures. On the other hand, …

Language

Fed-up teens tell teachers to 'get our names right'

MURRAY WILSON/STUFF<p>Palmerston North Girls' High School students are giving teachers a lesson in how to pronounce their names properly.<p>Fed up with the …

Education

Enemy of the state? Agnes Chow, the 21-year-old activist who has China worried

Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigner who was banned from office says an entire generation of young people is being targeted<p>If China has its way, Agnes Chow’s political career will be over before it begins.<p>The self-described “average schoolgirl” who transformed into a thorn in the side of the Chinese …

Hong Kong

For 'Heaven's Gate' Podcast Host, The Cult Story Hits Close To Home

Twenty years ago, in 1997, a bizarre story hit the national news: Thirty-nine people had killed themselves by drinking poison in a mansion near San Diego. All 39 were dressed identically and had the same haircuts — and they were all members of the Heaven's Gate cult.<p>In their videotaped farewell …

Ancient History

Trump's Single Line About Education; A New Study On Sexual Assault On Campus

Welcome to our weekly education news roundup. This week, we thought we would devote some time to President Trump's State of the Union speech, which had very little education news to round up.<p>In fact, that word appeared only twice in the speech, both times in passing reference while he was talking …

Education

Milwaukee proves that private school vouchers don’t make much of a difference: report

An analysis of Milwaukee’s school voucher programs shows that vouchers work when private schools can pick students<p>Private school voucher programs have been a controversial topic for years, and the concept is traditionally most popular amongst conservatives. President Donald Trump's administration …

Education

AI didn’t decode the cryptic Voynich manuscript — it just added to the mystery

Claims about AI ‘cracking’ the 600-year-old code were just wishful thinking<p>If you were compiling a list of the world’s 100 oddest objects — just the weirdest stuff that human civilization has excreted over the millennia — then you’d have to leave room somewhere for the Voynich manuscript. It’s 600 …

Language

American Students Aren't Learning The Full Truth About Slavery

American students are being taught an inadequate and often sanitized version of history when it comes to slavery, according to a new report.<p>The report, from the Southern Poverty Law Center, looks at how slavery is presented in K-12 classrooms and found that students are often taught a deeply …

Black History

Science Fiction Isn't Less Important Than Other Genres But You Probably Think It Is

Shares 858<p>It turns out that we may read science fiction less thoughtfully than we do literary writing.<p>According to a paper published in the journal,</i> …

Creative Writing

It's better to be rich and mediocre than poor and bright in the UK, admits Education Secretary

Lower-achieving pupils from rich families earn more than talented poorer children, the Education Secretary has admitted.<p>Justine Greening was speaking …

America's Schools Are 'Profoundly Unequal,' Says U.S. Civil Rights Commission

"The federal government must take bold action to address inequitable funding in our nation's public schools."<p>So begins a list of bold recommendations released today by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an independent, bipartisan agency created by Congress in 1957 to investigate civil rights …

Is School-Discipline Reform Moving Too Fast?

In some districts, efforts to curb suspensions result in rushed solutions and even a loss of teachers.<p>One of the more radical transformations in public education today begins with a simple greeting each morning among second-graders.<p>“Good morning, Mahlet,” says one student to another at McMicken …

Bill de Blasio

Inmates Can't Receive Donated Books Anymore, They Have to Buy Them

<i>Updated: Jan 11, 1:07 P.M.</i><p>Instead of inmates being able to receive donated books in the mail from family members and community groups, inmates at three New York prisons now have to purchase books selected by six, state-approved vendors. And the selection is limited. And expensive, activists …

Books

If You Want To Know Who ELLs Are & Where They Are, This New Website Is For You

The U.S. Department of Education has just unveiled a website titled OUR NATION’S ENGLISH LEARNERS: What are their characteristics?<p>It shares …

Language Learning

Nearly 9,000 DACA Teachers Face An Uncertain Future

Of the 690<i>,</i>000 undocumented immigrants now facing an uncertain future as Congress and President Trump wrangle over the DACA program are about 8,800 school teachers.<p>The real possibility that they'll be deported if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is allowed to expire has put …

Immigration

Virginia Woolf’s Personal Photo Album Digitized & Put Online by Harvard: See Candid Snapshots of Woolf, Her Family, and Friends from the Bloomsbury Group

Some writers are restless by nature, roaming like Ernest Hemingway or Henry Miller, settling nowhere and everywhere. Others are homebodies, like …

Literature

Reconnecting Strangers On A Train, One Tumblr Post At A Time

There are times when we can connect — surprisingly deeply — with a stranger, and then never see them again. A missed connection. NPR's Weekend Edition has been trying to help some of you connect with people you've been trying to find.<p>And it turns out we're not the only one trying to bring people …

Trains

Languages aren't racist, people are

<b>Linguicism can be linguistically argued to be racism, but the reality is that pupils will learn best in the language they understand best, write</b> …

Language Learning

New & Engaging NY Times Grammar Interactive

The New York Times periodically publishes a new installment of its engaging (though fairly high level) grammar interactive they call “Copy-Edit …

New York Times

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

... and the movies and TV shows we watch<p>Pamela Paul’s memories of reading are less about words and more about the experience. “I almost always remember where I was and I remember the book itself. I remember the physical object,” says Paul, the editor of <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>, who reads, it …

Books

'This Is Not Normal': Nutella Riots Hit France, After Stores Slash Prices

Hundreds of French citizens lost their savoir faire on Thursday, driven to desperation by a grocery chain's sudden 70 percent price drop for a jar of Nutella. Stories of "Nutella riots" began to spread; videos showed crowds of people shoving and yelling in supermarkets, trying to reach the jars.<p>One …

France

Why Students Are Still Spending So Much for College Textbooks

New technologies are revolutionizing education—but they’re also keeping prices high.<p>After settling into his dorm this past fall, John McGrath, a freshman at Rutgers University, took the campus shuttle to the school bookstore. He waited in line for 40 minutes clutching a list of four …

Higher Education

Teach Students To Use Social Media (The Right Way) And The Possibilities Are Endless

CJ Marple wanted to teach his young students how quickly information can spread on the Internet.<p>So earlier this year, the third-grade science teacher wrote up a tweet with the help of his students, asking for other users to retweet the message, or even reply to the message with their location.<p>The …

Social Media

Ancient indecipherable coded manuscript cracked by AI

Famously Indecipherable Coded Manuscript Cracked by AI<p>A mysterious ancient text that’s defeated generations of human translators might have finally …

Artificial Intelligence

Guess which US immigrants improve their English skills fastest

Donald Trump doesn’t think languages other than English belong in the US. During his 2016 presidential campaign, he criticized Jeb Bush for speaking “Mexican,” because “this is America.” He also wants people’s English-speaking skills to determine whether they get to move to the United States.<p>It is …

Language Learning

Is the Effort to Curb Strict Discipline Going Too Far, Too Fast?

One Washington State school district shows just how difficult it can be to quickly reduce suspensions without alienating teachers.<p>By<p>Jan 23 2018, …

Bill de Blasio

German man finds 80 meters of Berlin Wall

The 37-year-old had found the section in a wood in the northern part of the city in 1999. He has now made his discovery public to ensure officials …