Rachel Hansen

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OEC: The Observatory of Economic Complexity

MIT

The new cold war: drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic

Shell plans to drill for oil just off the north coast of Alaska, pulling the detonator on a ‘carbon bomb’. The city of Barow, the most northerly city in the US, is ground zero for the world’s most controversial oil drilling campaign<p>Ground zero<p>Barrow, the most northerly city in the US, is ground …

Competing Claims in the South China Sea

<b>POLITICS</b><p><i>Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map.</i><p><b>Discussion Ideas</b><br>For reference, the good …

Turning tides: Chinese cash flows into Latin America

In January 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a lofty declaration: China would trade $500 billion in goods with Latin America over the next five …

5 Geopolitics Current Events to Utilize in Your Classroom

There’s a lot happening around the world that your students should be aware of.<p>Keep an eye on these arenas of geopolitics and use these essential …

What Causes Red Tides?

In 2001, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) determined that English would, from then on, be the standardized language of air …

Why it’s ridiculous that high schools start so early in the morning

By Valerie Strauss<p>Reporter<p>According to the National Sleep Foundation and a grass-roots coalition called Start School Later:<p>Biological sleep patterns shift as children grow up, and it is natural for teens to find it difficult to fall asleep before 11 p.m.<br>• Teens need about eight to 10 hours of sleep …

High School

A neuroscientist explains why you should stop listening to music while you work

I've been absolutely amazed by how much more productive and creative I am with Pandora's Mozart or "classical guitar" station playing quietly in the background.<p>Curious as to what exactly was going on in my brain during these listening sessions, I reached out to Daniel Levitin, a cognitive …

Time Management

Stephen Hawking’s moving argument that human evolution has gone far beyond biology

Physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking died today (March 14) at 76. Hawking’s major achievements included developing the first theory of cosmology unifying general relativity and quantum mechanics, and some of the most essential research on black holes ever accomplished—but he was better known …

Stephen Hawking

Preserving skiing's origins in China's remote west

Archaeologists have dated cave paintings showing people on skis in Xinjiang between 10,000 to 30,000 years ago.<p>On the western edge of China, Sulita straps on his skis and heads out into a winter morning. The temperature is -30 degrees Celsius.<p>For much of the year, skiing is the only way to get …

Some Tips for a White Teacher Trying to Stop Being Racist

I’ve been working hard at anti-racist teaching for over a decade. I’ve learned some things. I see things I didn’t see before. I hear things …

The Students Who Don’t Believe College Is an Option

The proportion of graduates from predominantly nonwhite rural schools who pursue higher education is declining.<p>TULARE, Calif.—Here in California’s heavily Latino agricultural heart, Adrian Lopez has worked on farms and in construction.<p>Now he’s doing something few people like him from around here …

Koreas to form unified ice hockey team, march together in Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - The two Koreas will field a combined women’s ice hockey team and march together under one flag at next month’s Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul said on Wednesday, after a new round of talks amid a thaw in cross-border ties.<p>North and South Korea have been talking since last week …

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

<b>Listen to this post as a podcast:</b><p><b>When I worked with student teachers</b> on developing effective lesson plans, one thing I always asked them to revise …

Why Haiti should be at the centre of the Age of Revolution – Laurent Dubois

Here is the challenge: to write a history of modern political thought and culture that can simultaneously – and equally – embody and communicate the …

Black History

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 recommendations released Thursday by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an independent, bipartisan agency created by Congress in 1957 to investigate civil rights …

What a hunter-gatherer diet does to the body in just three days

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mounting evidence suggests that the richer and more diverse the community of microbes in your gut the lower your risk of disease. Diet is key to maintaining diversity and was strikingly demonstrated when an undergrad student went on a McDonald's diet for ten days and after just four days …

Seeking better data on Hispanics, Census Bureau may change how it asks about race

Federal officials are considering major changes in how they ask Americans about their race and ethnicity.

Demographics

Delta Dawn

Police shootings 2017 database

Fatal Force<p>people have been shot and killed by police in 2017.<p>Read about our methodology. Download the data. See the See the 2018, 2016 and 2015 databases. Submit a tip

Police Shootings

We White Dudes Can't Meet Our Students' Needs Alone, We Need Teacher Diversity

An amazing thing happened in my classroom this year, and it had nothing to do with me. I was blessed with both a remarkable student teacher and one …

What Happens When Students Create Their Own Curriculum?

Dozens of schools around the U.S. are opting to ditch the traditional school structure altogether to motivate teens in new ways—and it seems to be working.<p><i>This story is part of a short series on innovative ways teachers are rethinking the traditional lesson plan. What’s one that resonated with you</i> …

High School

The biggest barriers to universal human development | Human Development Reports

A decent and dignified life for all 7.5 billion people in the world is possible. The world is not short on technological and financial resources. And …

Who are the Rohingya?

The more than one million Rohingya Muslims are described as the 'world's most persecuted minority'.<p>The Rohingya are an ethnic group, the majority of whom are Muslim, who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. Currently, there are about 1.1 million Rohingya in the Southeast Asian …

Toni Morrison’s Radical Vision of Otherness

A generation ago, as the culture wars raged, Toni Morrison often stood at the front lines, demanding the desegregation of the American literary …

Literature

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