Michael Del Muro

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How to motivate older kids without using rewards, punishment or fear. (No, really.)

Bo Burnham’s movie “Eighth Grade” brilliantly captures the challenges facing tweens and teens. Kids at that age are experiencing a complicated and often awkward time of self-discovery and growth<i>.</i> They are concerned with their identity and sense of self, yet much of what they see and experience can …

High School

Former Facebook Executive Says Social Media is Dangerous to Civil Society

"I feel tremendous guilt," said Palihapitiya. "I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. ... No …

Our schools will get rid of AP courses. Here’s why.

In an era when the quality and nature of American secondary school education are subjects of vigorous debate, it is time to rethink our curricula. Together, we lead eight Washington-area independent schools, and we have been meeting regularly over the past several years to discuss research and …

Education

Why are young adults the loneliest generation in America?

This week, a study by the health company Cigna found that young adults 18 to 22 are the loneliest generation of Americans, more disconnected and isolated than even our nation’s elderly.<p>As an educator working on a college campus, I am not surprised. More than 40 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds are …

Parenting

The Handmaid’s Tale Is a Warning to Conservative Women

Like the Kingdom of God, the Republic of Gilead is both now and not yet. Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> conjures a theocratic …

Margaret Atwood, the Prophet of Dystopia

Her fiction has imagined societies riddled with misogyny, oppression, and environmental havoc. These visions now feel all too real.<p>When Margaret Atwood was in her twenties, an aunt shared with her a family legend about a possible seventeenth-century forebear: Mary Webster, whose neighbors, in the …

The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma

I never got any help, any kind of therapy. I never told anyone.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>X⁠—<p>Last week I returned to Amherst. It’s been years since I was there, the time we met. I was hoping that you’d show up again; I even …

Mind

“Did We Create This Monster?” How Twitter Turned Toxic

For years, the company’s zeal for free speech blinded it to safety concerns. Now it’s scrambling to make up for lost time.<p>Yair Rosenberg wanted to troll the trolls.<p>Rosenberg, a senior writer for Jewish-focused news-and-culture website <i>Tablet Magazine</i>, had become a leading target of anti-Semitic …

What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For

Starting at noon on Feb. 23, the town of Arlee, Mont., evacuated. Most of its 600-odd residents drove 70 miles south through Missoula and then into the Bitterroot Valley, a river corridor full of subdivisions, trailers, exclusive private communities and ammunition stores. The crowd filtered into …

Fish

44 Popular Superintendent & Teacher Approved EdTech Resources | Center for Effective School Practices

<b>Finding a suitable edtech tool without any references is like grasping for straws.</b><p>Online reviews of edtech tools tend to focus on technical features …

Martin Luther King: how a rebel leader was lost to history

Fifty years after his death, the civil rights leader is a national treasure in the US. But what happened to his revolutionary legacy?<p>On 15 January 1998, what would have been Martin Luther King’s 69th birthday, James Farmer was awarded the presidential medal of freedom in the White House’s East …

Black History

Leopoldo López Speaks Out, and Venezuela’s Government Cracks Down

In The Times Magazine last week, I wrote about Venezuela’s descent into an unprecedented crisis. With extreme shortages of food and medicine, rampant crime in every province, a capital city with the highest murder rate in the world and one of the highest levels of inflation in recorded history, …

YouTube, the Great Radicalizer

At one point during the 2016 presidential election campaign, I watched a bunch of videos of Donald Trump rallies on YouTube. I was writing an article about his appeal to his voter base and wanted to confirm a few quotations.<p>Soon I noticed something peculiar. YouTube started to recommend and …

Internet

There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It's a Made-Up Label

The Race Issue<p>It's been used to define and separate people for millennia. But the concept of race is not grounded in genetics.<p>In the first half of the 19th century, one of America’s most prominent scientists was a doctor named Samuel Morton. Morton lived in Philadelphia, and he collected skulls.<p>He …

For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.

I first got news of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., via an alert on my watch. Even though I had turned off news notifications months ago, the biggest news still somehow finds a way to slip through.<p>But for much of the next 24 hours after that alert, I heard almost nothing about the …

Journalism

Teachers Learn Better Together

<b>Create a safe environment:</b> Like Becky Putzier, a librarian at the Bertchi School in Seattle, you may find it challenging just getting to the point …

Pedagogy

The Subtle Nudges That Could Unhook Us From Our Phones

Enough. It's time. You've decided to reclaim your morning commute by spending it on something substantive. No more bottomless Instagram feeds and …

Psychology

A Guide to Kauai’s Magical North Shore

Visiting Kauai’s North Shore, with its embarrassment of nature and cinematic coastlines, might convince you to forget about heading back to the mainland. And no one understands that more than the people who live there.<p>The drive from Princeville down to Hanalei, on the North Shore of Kauai, is one …

Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning …

Martin Luther King Jr. Mourns Trayvon Martin

A poem<p>Editor's Note: Read <i>The Atlantic</i>’s special coverage of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.<p>For you, son,<p>We want to hear what you think. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Racism Is ‘Built into the Very Bones’ of Mississippi

Jesmyn Ward reflects on choosing to raise her children in her home state.<p>Editor’s Note: Read <i>The Atlantic</i>’s special coverage of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.<p>I did not understand how poor my family was until my maternal grandmother told me a story about sackcloth dresses and beans. I was in my …

America's Basketball Heaven

The tiny hometown of Brandon Ingram and other NBA stars has faced biblical floods, economic devastation, gang violence, even wayward nuclear bombs, …

A Letter to My Nephew

×<p><i>James Baldwin's thoughts on his nephew's future—in a country with a terrible history of racism— first appeared in The Progressive magazine in 1962.</i> …

Suspensions Are Racist

Harsh, exclusionary discipline in public schools disproportionately affects students of color. This is a combination of biases and policy.<p>Public …

Margaret Atwood: ‘I am not a prophet. Science fiction is really about now’

The TV adaptation of her dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale captured the political moment. Ahead of a new series, Atwood talks bestsellers, bonnets and the backlash against her views on #MeToo<p>“It was not my fault!” says Margaret Atwood of 2017. But it was certainly her year. Now, just a few …

Literature

America's Role in El Salvador's Deterioration

Many Salvadorans stayed in the U.S. after a devastating earthquake. But other disasters in the country were man-made.<p>When Donald Trump said this month he would end temporary protected status for almost 200,000 Salvadorans, the number of immigrants standing to lose protections under this president …

El Salvador

A Generation in Japan Faces a Lonely Death

TOKIWADAIRA, Japan — Cicadas, every Japanese schoolchild knows, lie underground for years before rising to the earth’s surface in summer. They climb up the nearest tree, where they cast off their shells and start their short second lives. During their few days among us, they mate, fly and cry. They …

Japan

How to Get Your Mind to Read

Americans are not good readers. Many blame the ubiquity of digital media. We’re too busy on Snapchat to read, or perhaps internet skimming has made us incapable of reading serious prose. But Americans’ trouble with reading predates digital technologies. The problem is not bad reading habits …

Education

Shattered Glass

At 25, Stephen Glass was the most sought-after young reporter in the nation’s capital, producing knockout articles for magazines ranging from The New Republic to Rolling Stone. Trouble was, he made things up—sources, quotes, whole stories—in a breathtaking web of deception that emerged as the most …