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Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime?

"We lack a term for what this is," Warschauer says. And also, he says, we need an understanding of why it happens to the people it happens to.<p>David Diamond is picking at his breakfast at a Washington hotel, trying to explain.<p>"Memory is a machine," he says, "and it is not flawless. Our conscious …

Kids left alone in cars: Should adults call the police or mind their own business?

A few weeks ago, I came out of the grocery store on a hot sunny afternoon and stopped short. Two young kids, sisters it seemed, were sitting in the …

The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility

Higher education should be promoted to all students as an opportunity to experience an intellectual awakening, not just increase their earning power.<p>A 12th-grader wrote a college admissions essay about wanting to pursue a career in oceanography. Let’s call her Isabella. A few months ago, we edited …

Do what you love, love what you do: An omnipresent mantra that’s bad for work and workers.

“Do what you love. Love what you do.”<p>The command is framed and perched in a living room that can only be described as “well-curated.” A picture of …

Really? Are We Still Genre Shaming People For The Books They Like?

Grownups: Don't be ashamed of your YA habit

It's all John Green's fault.<p>I'm not just talking about the strong likelihood that I'll be ugly-crying in public alongside fellow fans of "The Fault In Our Stars" in a theater near me this weekend -- I mean the fact that I'm reading much fiction at all these days. But apparently I'm supposed to be …

Against YA: Adults should be embarrassed to read children’s books.

As <i>The Fault in Our Stars</i> barrels into theaters this weekend virtually guaranteed to become a blockbuster, it can be hard to remember that once upon a …