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How Kids Learn Resilience

In recent years, the idea that educators should be teaching kids qualities like grit and self-control has caught on. Successful strategies, though, are hard to come by.<p>In 2013, for the first time, a majority of public-school students in this country—51 percent, to be precise—fell below the federal …

Education

What Happened to Worcester?

The house existed, in my mind, as an idea, almost a dream, before I ever discovered the actual place: “Bumpa’s house,” the home of my father’s grandfather. It represented, in the telling of my father and other older relatives, the kind of place you’d get to live in if you worked hard. It was huge, …

New England

With World War II museum, a collector wants to get people to think

Kenneth Rendell has spent more than 50 years collecting World War II artifacts. More than 7,500 objects are on display in Natick, Mass.<p>Natick, Mass. …

World War II

A New York Politician Is Using Spiteful Street Names to Get Revenge on Developers

You wanna build on top of an old Jesuit retreat? You gotta live with streets named after greed.<p>Earlier this month, a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled that theStaten Island Borough President James Oddo could go ahead with plans to give a section of the island some fairly unpleasant street …

What If America’s Teachers Made More Money?

A number of states want to raise their salaries, but it’s unclear whether the increases will do much to solve schools’ staffing problems.<p>As districts in certain parts of the country battle staffing shortages and schools nationwide seek to overcome a general sense of dissatisfaction among faculty, …

Education

President Obama to American Muslims: 'You fit in here'

In his first visit to a US mosque Wednesday, President Obama talked about the ‘fear’ that Muslim communities feel. Yet even so, many have faith in …

Religion

Which Is the Fastest-Talking State in the Union?

A new study analyzes consumer calls to determine the chattiest people in America.<p>“Life is short. Talk fast,” <i>Gilmore Girls</i> advises. It may well be a good tip: There are some distinct advantages to being a motormouth, among them conversational efficiency and—some research suggests—a general …

Hung Up

This election could be the birth of a Trump-Sanders constituency

It’s time for the Washington elite to wake up and listen to what these voters are responding to.<p>Primary voters going to the polls starting next week face the prospect of voting for candidates who have been unseen in the past 35 years of presidential politics: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.<p>But …

Middle-class

How Capicola Became Gabagool: The Italian New Jersey Accent, Explained

Mulberry Street, where New York’s “Little Italy” is centered, c. 1909. (Photo: Library of Congress)<p>“Don’t eat gabagool, Grandma,” says Meadow Soprano …

Teaching: Just Like Performing Magic

One half of the entertainment duo Penn & Teller explains how performance and discomfort make education come alive.<p>Education, at its most engaging, is performance art. From the moment a teacher steps into the classroom, students look to him or her to set the tone and course of study for everyone, …

Teaching

All Hollowed Out

The lonely poverty of America’s white working class<p>For the last several months, social scientists have been debating the striking findings of a study by the economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton.* Between 1998 and 2013, Case and Deaton argue, white Americans across multiple age groups experienced …

Income Inequality

I Know Fascists; Donald Trump Is No Fascist

Can you imagine Mussolini being accused of endorsing “New York values”?<p>Is Donald Trump a fascist? Several commentators in America, my adoptive country, on both the left and right, have essentially compared “The Donald” to Mussolini, the fascist strongman who destroyed my old country Italy for a …

Political Science

The real roots of Sunni-Shia conflict: beyond the myth of "ancient religious hatreds"

What's really driving the Middle East's sectarian divide?<p>The story, as told, usually goes something like this: 1,400 years ago, during the seventh century, there was a schism among Muslims over who would succeed as leader of the faithful, and that schism led to a civil war. The two sides became …

Middle East

The Return of the 1920s

America is again caught between nationalists longing for the glories of an imagined past, and activists invoking ideals the nation has never yet attained.<p>In the wake of the terrorist mass murders in Paris and then San Bernardino, many Republicans and conservatives, already concerned about …

Political Science

Why America Is Moving Left

Republicans may have a lock on Congress and the nation’s statehouses—and could well win the presidency—but the liberal era ushered in by Barack Obama is only just beginning.<p>Over roughly the past 18 months, the following events have transfixed the nation.<p>In July 2014, Eric Garner, an African …

Democratic Party

US is one of just 8 countries where maternal death rates are getting worse (CHARTS)

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Can the Constitution Govern America's Sprawling Empire?

The U.S. Supreme Court struggles to stretch a Constitution written for 13 coastal states to encompass non-contiguous states, dependent nations, insular areas, and a commonwealth.<p>The dawn of this century has marked the rise of the American periphery. To understand what I mean, consider presidential …

Puerto Rico

Every 16-year-old in Sweden to receive copy of We Should All Be Feminists

Campaign hopes to ‘open up conversation about gender’ with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s feminist call to arms<p>Twenty-one more books every teenager should read<p>Less than a month after it was revealed that the UK is planning to drop feminism from the politics A-level, every 16-year-old in Sweden is being …

Feminism

Old Interview Shows Trump A Fan Of Sex, Steak, And Obama

"Well I have great respect for President Obama. I think that he sets the right tone, he’s an intelligent guy, it’s about time we have an intelligent guy in that office."<p>In an interview for CNBC's "I Am" series conducted in the months following the 2008 financial downturn, Donald Trump revealed he …

Anti-Syrian Muslim Refugee Rhetoric Mirrors Calls to Reject Jews During Nazi Era

During the 1930s and early 1940s, the United States resisted accepting large numbers of Jewish refugees escaping the Nazi terror sweeping Europe, in …

New York Times

Paris: The War ISIS Wants

The shock produced by the multiple coordinated attacks in Paris on Friday—the scenes of indiscriminate bloodshed and terror on the streets, the …

Terrorism

Some Historical Perspective On The Current Freakout

Ben Railton has an interesting piece at TPMCafe about how the United States has since the earliest days of the Republic carefully avoided casting its …

United States

Adam Shatz · Magical Thinking about Isis

Already traumatised by the massacres in January, France appears to be granting that wish. ‘Nous sommes dans la guerre,’ François Hollande declared, …

How the Deal Went Down

Saving democracy in the Depression.<p>In September, 1939, just as the Second World War was beginning, a left-wing Italian shoe salesman named Bruno Rizzi published a book, in Paris, called “The Bureaucratization of the World.” Rizzi brought the book out at his own expense; he couldn’t find a …

Virginia Mayor References Japanese Interment to Make Point About Syrian Refugees

Today, Roanoke, Va., mayor David Bowers acknowledged similarities between banning assistance to Syrian refugees based on their country of origin and …

Syrian Refugees

Film Shows Chilling Climate for Muslims in Post-Charlie Hebdo France

Yesterday, the <i>New York Times</i> published an article that was deeply alarming from the headline to the last line: “After Paris Attacks, a Darker Mood …

Religion

The refugees housed at Dachau: 'Where else should I live?'

After five years in a cramped refugee shelter in southern Germany, Ashkan finally found a room to rent. It is newly renovated and cheap, if on the small side and a bit out of town. The 22-year-old chef, who fled Afghanistan after the Taliban killed his father, immediately set about decorating it …

Nazi Concentration Camps