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What Trump's Generation Learned About the Civil War

History textbooks used in New York City during the president’s childhood called the Klan “patriotic,” and downplayed the role of slavery in “the War Between the States.”<p>In March, President Trump visited the Hermitage, a former slave plantation in Tennessee once owned by Andrew Jackson, to pay …

Turkey's 12,000-year-old Hasankeyf settlement faces obliteration

Work on clearing site for the controversial Ilisu dam on Tigris river threatens collapse of ancient monument famed for thousands of manmade caves<p>The destruction of Turkey’s 12,000-year-old Hasankeyf settlement and ancient citadel has moved a step closer as authorities have begun to collapse cliff …

The Science Behind Henrietta Lacks' Immortal Cells

Henrietta Lacks unknowingly gave a great gift to science.<p>By the time Henrietta Lacks died in 1951 at the age of 31, she had already achieved a sort …

Medicine

Cold War nuke tests warped Earth’s magnetosphere

NASA have released chilling details about how Cold War nuclear weapons tests affected our planet.<p>Several nuclear tests were carried out by the US and …

North Korea

Germany eyes Jordan as base for troops due to Turkey row | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany said on Wednesday it was considering moving the roughly 250 troops deployed at Turkey’s Incirlik base to help in the fight against Islamic State militants to Jordan because Ankara refuses to grant German lawmakers access to the site.<p>German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel …

Why Does Teacher Talk Still Dominate High School Classrooms?

Teacher talk still dominates high school classrooms, but it doesn't have to, and here are a few reasons why.

Trump voters want jobs. Not noise about Russia

President Trump is in danger of doing what he accused so many "career politicians" of doing: Going to Washington and forgetting what real people care about.<p>For months, I've traveled the country talking with dozens of Trump voters. No one has ever brought up Russia, an issue that President Trump …

Donald Trump

Gigantic 'alien megastructures' built by an advanced civilisation could be orbiting dozens of nearby stars, boffin says

The world was electrified last year when it was suggested that scientists had spotted an “alien megastructure” orbiting a distant star.<p>Now a space boffin has suggested huge extraterrestrial constructions could be relatively easy to spot, so long as we look in the right place using the correct tools.<p>…

San Francisco is so expensive, the city is spending $44 million so its teachers won't be homeless

Now the city is ponying up $44 million for San Francisco's first teacher housing development, so public school teachers can afford to live in the city where they work.<p>San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee picked a site in the Outer Sunset and committed the money to bulldoze the existing property and build 130 …

Don't Grade Teachers With a Bad Algorithm

The Value-Added Model has done more to confuse and oppress than to motivate.<p>For more than a decade, a glitchy and unaccountable algorithm has been making life difficult for America's teachers. The good news is that its reign of terror might finally be drawing to a close.<p>I first became acquainted …

Stop telling your child they're 'amazing'. Instead, say this.

Is praise always good?<p>A new study presented at the British Psychological Society's Annual Conference showed regular parental praise, specifically five times a day, improves a child's well being. The study, based on England’s De Montfort University’s Five Praises campaign, surveyed 38 parents of 2- …

stoptelling

Rokhaya Diallo: 'France sees itself as a white country'

Author, film director and activist Rokhaya Diallo addresses the challenge of racism following the presidential election.<p><b>Paris, France -</b> In March, police killed Shaoyo Liu, a 56-year-old Chinese immigrant, at his home in the 19th arrondissement in Paris during a raid.<p>The officer who fired the fatal …

Human Rights

Donald Trump is repeating Obama’s errors in dealing with Turkey’s Erdogan: But there is another way forward

<b>Recep Tayyip Erdogan; Donald Trump (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis/Evan Vucci)</b><p>Trump’s critical meeting with the controversial Turkish strongman comes after a long litany of American mistakes<p>Steven A. Cook<p>May 13, 2017 1:00pm (UTC)<p>In June 2010 former President Barack Obama met with then-Turkish Prime Minister …

Michelle Obama Fights Trump's Changes To Her Healthy School Lunches: "What Is Wrong With You?"

Trump's agriculture secretary signed a proclamation earlier this month relaxing nutrition standards for schools regarding whole grains, sodium, and milk.<p>Michelle Obama on Friday launched a passionate defense of one of her main legacies as US first lady after the Trump administration moved to make …

Carl Sagan Explains How the Ancient Greeks, Using Reason and Math, Figured Out the Earth Isn’t Flat, Over 2,000 Years Ago

The denial of science has entered the highest levels of government, and no matter what the data says, the U.S. promises to cease all efforts to …

Flat Earth Society

14 Versions Of Trump’s Presidency, From #MAGA To Impeachment

When faced with highly uncertain conditions, military units and major corporations sometimes use an exercise called scenario planning. The idea is to …

Political Science

How Trump's Supreme Court pick could affect millions worldwide

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Tuesday night, US President Donald Trump revealed his nominee for the Supreme Court.<p>Neil Gorsuch, a 49-year-old federal appellate judge from Colorado, is Trump's pick to replace conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly last year.<p>Gorsuch will likely face a blistering …

Al Gore

Trump Is Violating the Constitution

When Barack Obama became the forty-fourth president of the United States in 2009, he appointed Norman Eisen, a “special counsel for ethics and …

Donald Trump

Israel president 'sorry for hurt' to Mexico over Netanyahu's border wall tweet

• Reuven Rivlin calls President Enrique Peña Nieto over ‘misunderstanding’<br>• Mexico had called for an apology for apparent endorsement of Trump plan<p>Israel’s president has told his Mexican counterpart that he was “sorry for the hurt” over a tweet in which the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, appeared …

What You Need to Know About the ACLU

This weekend alone, the ACLU received more than $24 million in donations.<p>The American Civil Liberties Union has made headlines in the past 72 hours for their response to President Trump’s most recent executive order. The order, which involves banning refugees as well as immigrants from seven …

5 free online classes to improve your financial literacy

Education has become a personal finance issue of late, with countless Millennials deep in student loan debt. But thanks to massively open online courses (MOOCs), you can learn—whether about money or music or marketing—for free.<p>Sometimes there is a fee for graded coursework, but you can still access …

European Union president trashes Trump as 'threat'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The European Union declared the Trump administration a "threat" on Tuesday, laying bare what many Europeans think privately and setting the stage for increased tension between the US and EU.<p>European Union President Donald Tusk's diplomatic bombshell listed the Trump administration as a …

Trump’s education secretary scrapes past the Senate committee—by 12 votes to 11

Pop quiz: Who is Betsy DeVos? Choose the answer that best applies:<p><b>a)</b> US president Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Education<b><br>b)</b> A Michigan billionaire with over 100 potential financial conflicts<b><br>c)</b> A private school graduate with no personal experience of public education<b><br>d)</b> A staunch …

Education

Poison president: Harley-Davidson factory cancels planned Trump visit

Donald Trump had planned to head to Milwaukee to tour a Harley-Davidson factory and sign some executive orders there. But the company said it wasn't …

Donald Trump

African Union Blasts U.S. for Taking Its People 'As Slaves' But Not Accepting Refugees

Leaders representing the 53 members of the African Union met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday for a two-day summit. The meeting main purpose is to …

State department mutiny against Trump immigration ban grows

• More than 200 diplomats sign ‘dissent’ memo criticizing executive order<br>• Press secretary Sean Spicer says dissenters should resign<p>A mutiny among US diplomats was gathering steam on Monday as hundreds of state department officials were reported to have signed a memo fiercely dissenting from Trump’s …

Lifting student achievement in mathematics

<i>Low-decile schools throughout New Zealand have an increasingly diverse student body, disaffected by mathematics education. A study investigating the</i> …

Trump’s travel ban is about to go into effect. Here’s why it’s immoral.

A political theorist on the ethics of Trump’s "Muslim ban"<p>Six months ago, President Donald Trump signed an executive order shutting out refugees and halting visas from six Muslim-majority countries. But that ban was never implemented, thanks to rulings in two separate federal courts.<p>That changed on …

Scientists Are Planning Their Own March on Washington Now

Because they won't stand for "alternative facts."<p>The Women's March on Washington was just the beginning of political organizers speaking out against President Trump's policy. Next up might be a massive protest in support of science—because, yes, this is something that's under threat now. Trump has …

What Teachers Know About Routines and How They Benefit Children's Development

Routines help children feel safe.<p>Throughout the past two months, I have had the privilege of guest teaching in nearly two dozen classrooms at five different schools.<p>I enjoy interacting with the children, ranging in age from 3 to 12, and I constantly marvel at the amazing things they are learning …