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How a Lebanese immigrant helped pave the way for the study of Islam and Muslim culture in the US

By 2020, every high school student in California’s public and charter schools will be able to take at least one ethnic studies class.<p>It’s thanks to a bill that California state Rep. Luis Alejo and the California Latino Legislative Caucus. In doing so, they joined the ranks of educators, students, …

Best 50 Albums of 2016

1.<p>Solange<p><b>A Seat At The Table</b><p>2.<p>Beyoncé<p><b>Lemonade</b><p>3.<p>David Bowie<p><b>Blackstar</b><p>4.<p>Frank Ocean<p><b>Blonde</b><p>5.<p>Bon Iver<p><b>22, A Million</b><p>6.<p>Barbara Hannigan/Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons<p><b>let me tell you (Abrahamsen)</b><p>7.<p>Anderson .Paak<p><b>Malibu</b><p>8.<p>Car Seat Headrest<p><b>Teens Of Denial</b><p>9.<p>Miranda Lambert<p><b>The Weight Of These</b> …

New Music

'A teacher is an actor, writer, doctor, lawyer, politician, painter and director - who wouldn't want that?': Teachers around the world share their stories

<i>Ahead of the OECD PISA results, the Telegraph and the British Council conducted interviews with teachers around the world about the challenges facing the profession. The interviews are below.</i><p>It was Aristotle who said of teachers, "those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who …

Education

A quiet education revolution worldwide is giving kids the skills to be 21st-century citizens

As a child, Dana Narvaiša hated school. Her teachers thought she asked too many questions and her English instructor used to gleefully skip over her when it was time to read aloud to the class.<p>Narvaiša now runs Cesis New Primary School in a town of 40,000 people, about an hour and a half from Riga, …

Pedagogy

This Is The Kind Of President Donald Trump Is Replacing

A 90-minute transcript provides a window into how President Barack Obama treats the press and handles foreign policy.<p>WASHINGTON ― On Aug. 5, 2015, when President Barack Obama was making the case for the Iran nuclear deal, he journeyed uptown to American University, where decades earlier John F. …

The Day After: Obama on His Legacy, Trump's Win and the Path Forward

Commander in chief reflects on the election results and how he'll spend his time post-White House<p>My final interview with President Obama in the White …

Democratic Party
Education

My love/hate relationship with Barack Obama

I campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. I will never forget the tears that streamed down my face when, after a long day of "Get Out The Vote" door-knocking in Chicagoland’s American Muslim neighborhoods, I watched him walk out on stage in Grant Park on the television screen in my family’s …

16 brilliant innovations tackling poverty around the world

Getting to the root of poverty means solving various issues along the way, and inventors are up for the challenge.<p>Poverty isn't just inadequate …

Four maps that explain the chaos of the Middle East

In Washington’s ongoing debate about the cause of the continuing chaos in the Middle East, President George W. Bush stands condemned for the 2003 intervention that pushed Iraq into civil war, while President Obama stands condemned for the nonintervention that worsened Syria’s civil war. In Libya, …

Geopolitics

7 Rules for Raising Sons Who Respect Women

My father taught me these simple rules that I wish some politicians had learned.<p>In the wake of Trump's odious bragging about sexual assault, a number of Trump supporters and Trump himself has insisted that it's just "locker-room talk."<p>For the record, I have never heard men in private say anything …

The 14 most innovative schools in the world

An innovative school could be modeled after a legendary CEO, like the Steve Jobs School in Amsterdam. Or it can be an institution that's blind to gender, like Egalia, in Stockholm, Sweden.<p>Keep scrolling to see what the future of education can, and probably should, look like.

Pedagogy

Finland's Laid-Back Approach To Education Is Totally Working

When it comes to education, the Finnish know what they’re doing. The Scandinavian country has one of the top education systems in the world, and this …

Canada
Africa

5 Books That Will Instantly Give You a PhD in Productivity

Read these five books to instantly become a productivity master.<p>Becoming productive is one part art, one part science. There are some best practices out there, but most people have to determine what is going to be the best for them through a process of trial and error.<p>One of the best ways to get …

Patient Diplomacy And A Reluctance To Act: Obama's Mark On Foreign Policy

For nearly eight years, President Obama has been putting his stamp on U.S. foreign policy both by what he's done and by what he chosen not to do.<p>His legacy includes achievements like the international climate agreement.<p>It also includes festering problems like the Syrian civil war.<p>Obama is summing …

Geopolitics

A Conversation with Appalachian Trail Record Holder Karl Meltzer

I called Karl Meltzer last Thursday, four days before he broke his friend and rival Scott Jurek's year-old Appalachian Trail speed record. It was 6:30 p.m. ET on a weekday, and the 48-year-old Utahn <b></b>known as Speedgoat Karl was somewhere south of Hot Springs, North Carolina, with more than two …

'Give them back their childhood': Why education is crucial for refugee children

When the harrowing photo of 3-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi's lifeless body went viral in 2015, it galvanized the world to start paying …

The know how needed to hike California’s best trail

The 211-mile John Muir Trail traverses the backbone of California’s rugged High Sierra. The JMT, as it is often referred to, is named in honor of …

Hiking

We Accompanied Refugee Children on Their First Day of School

This year, the bell also rang for the children of refugees living at the occupied City Plaza hotel in Athens.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Greece.</i><p>One by one, the children walk down the stairs, wearing backpacks that seem bigger than them. They gather for breakfast in the main lounge of …

First Day of School

South Africa: Virtually There

If you could shuffle all of the homes in the world like a deck of cards so that people in wealthy countries lived side by side with people from poor …

South Africa

Beirut’s art scene: a top 10 guide

As the city prepares for the Beirut Art Fair, we take a tour of new galleries, museums, shops and restaurants popping up in its bohemian neighbourhoods<p>The last 12 months in Beirut have seen the reopening of the historic Sursock Museum and the inauguration of Aïshti, a cutting-edge modern art …

Our children aren't ready for class, so we are 'worldschooling' them instead

Next week, 30 five-year-olds from our local village primary will fasten their school shoes after a summer of neglect and find that elusive book bag in time for the school run. They know the drill – they have already travelled to school approximately 190 times since starting last September.<p>As one of …

Want Your Kids to Build the Next Airbnb, Snapchat, or Uber? Teach Them This Skill

Even if your kids' school doesn't teach it, make sure they learn this important skill.<p>Despite positive developments in the movement to provide formal instruction in coding for kids in major American cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, most schools still don't offer such courses.<p>This …

The Myth of the 'Miracle School'

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan examines the issues at the heart of the charter-school debate.<p>In the field of education, success is too often an orphan while failure has many fathers. The stories of the high-performing charter-school networks featured in Richard Whitmire’s important …

Education

Take a Hike: Seven Stories About Heading Outdoors

Here’s how I feel about hiking:<p>When I was 17, in my last year of high school, I took a statistics class. Notoriously bad at math, I braced myself for …

Hiking

What Boston's Preschools Get Right

After a relentless focus on quality in the early years, the city is even bringing lessons learned to later grades.<p><i>This story is the second in a series about public preschool that will also examine Head Start, preschool solutions found in other countries, the condition of preschool teachers and the</i> …

Bill de Blasio