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What Every American Should Know

Defining common cultural literacy for an increasingly diverse nation<p>Is the culture war over?<p>That seems an absurd question. This is an age when Confederate monuments still stand; when white-privilege denialism is surging on social media; when legislators and educators in Arizona and Texas propose …

War

More Than Half Of American Public Schoolchildren Now Live In Poverty: Study

For the first time, more than half of U.S. public school students live in low-income households, according to a new analysis from the Southern Education Foundation.<p>Overall, 51 percent of U.S. schoolchildren came from low-income households in 2013, according to the foundation, which analyzed data …

Income Inequality

For a More Creative Brain, Travel

How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking<p>There are plenty of things to be gained from going abroad: new friends, new experiences, new stories.<p>But living in another country may come with a less noticeable benefit, too: Some scientists say it can also make you more …

Creativity

17 Things We Learned About Income Inequality in 2014

The Atlantic's Business editors break down the year's most divisive economic conversation.<p>Earnings growth for the richest Americans has been outpacing the income growth of the lower and middle classes since the 1970s, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities's analysis of data from …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

France

Cuomo issues state-wide ban on fracking in New York

New York state will ban hydraulic fracturing after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas extraction method poses health risks, …

Autism

15 Years, 179 Police-Involved Deaths, and Just One Convicted Officer

A new investigation by the New York <i>Daily News</i> identified 179 possible-related deaths over the past 15 years. Only 3 of those 179 cases lead to charges, and only one officer was convicted. The sole convicted officer, Bryan Conroy, never served any jail time for shooting and killing West African …

The Incredible Shrinking Incomes of Young Americans

It's repetitive for some to hear, but important for everybody to know: You can't explain Millennial economic behavior without explaining that real wages for young Americans have collapsed.<p>American families are grappling with stagnant wage growth, as the costs of health care, education, and housing …

Why the Demise of Field Trips Is Bad News

Children who attend a live theater show—and don't just read the play in class—do better in school.<p>In Watertown, New York, the local school district recently debated scaling back field trips for students, with administrators citing the cost of providing transportation and chaperones—money that …

Why Getting Into (and Finishing) College Can Be Harder for Poorer Students

There are many factors that contribute to low college enrollment and graduation rates among disadvantaged kids—but one lesser-known explanation is undeniable.<p>When it comes to who gets into and graduates from college, you probably shouldn’t outright disregard grades and SAT scores—but a student’s …

College & University

Medicine's Unrelenting Race Gap

New studies show just how seriously racial disparities continue to manifest in healthcare—and what can be done<p>If you're black and you're having a heart attack in an American hospital, the care you will receive is now almost as good as if you were white. There's an 86 percent chance you will be …

Torture Is Who We Are

A country, like a person, is what it does.<p>Torture, declared President Obama this week, in response to the newly released Senate report on CIA interrogation, is “contrary to who we are.” Maine Senator Angus King added that, “This is not America. This is not who we are.” According to Kentucky …

Half of All Kids Are Traumatized

And nearly a quarter experience two or more stressful childhood events, setting them up for worse physical and mental health later in life.<p>When a child sees a parent die, experiences severe poverty, or witnesses neighborhood violence, it can leave a permanent mark on her brain. This type of …

When It Comes to Early Learning, Preschool Isn't Enough

The country still needs a lot more investment to really change the life trajectory of young kids being raised by poor, single moms.<p>"Is my 18-month old already behind for schooling?" That was the subject line of a recent post on the D.C. Urban Moms and Dads online discussion forum. The anonymous …