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In the wake of the recent terror attacks in Paris, Baghdad and Beirut, our national discourse has been full of conversations about Muslims in civic life. Presidential candidates have offered up religious...

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Thanksgiving is an important time, when schools teach the story of who we are and where we come from as a nation. My own students have told me about the Thanksgiving story they learned in school, which...

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Thanksgiving has been a focus of autumn grade-school curriculum for a hundred years. Because of its paradoxical combination of tradition and invention, its appeals to the past and to the future, its ancestor...

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When Alan joined my class in September, I knew he needed help. So did I. Alan had lived in an orphanage ever since he was an infant and faced many challenges: he was older than the other kids and did...

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There’s been much discussion about the needless complexity of academic writing. In a widely read article in The Chronicle of Higher Education last year, Steven Pinker, professor of psychology at Harvard...

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Since the cost of going to college is an important concern for a large segment of voters, the 2016 presidential candidates are all advocating policies aimed at making a college education more affordable. The...

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Residential mobility is a hallmark of modern American society. Policies encourage mobility as a way of improving outcomes for low-income families residing in poor neighborhoods. Many families move over...

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Recently, at a child’s birthday party, I overheard a conversation between parents discussing their concern about “screen time.” Phones, computers, iPads and the good old television are all around...

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In a number of recent incidents across the country, black students have expressed how they continue to experience hostility because of their skin color. These students have spoken of their feelings of...

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The Supreme Court’s ruling in Fisher v University of Texas, an affirmative action case the Court is currently deciding, will dictate whether public colleges’ and universities’ use of race to create...