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  • The Immigrants Who Created New Possibilities

    Of the many questions at stake in this fall’s election, one of the less obvious is this: Will the United States remain a country where someone like Barack Obama or Kamala Harris—a person of color with immigrant parents—is likely to be born? The answer depends,…
  • The Big Ten Just Followed the Money

    The coronavirus pandemic is still ravaging America, just as it was in August, when the college presidents and chancellors of the Big Ten Conference decided against playing football in the fall. The only thing that’s changed is that the same leaders now feel far more…
  • TikTok Fangirls Are Making Teens Instant Stars

    A girl sits alone on an ugly couch, stroking a plastic fish and mouthing the words to Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo.” Her eyes are bloodshot. She puts on sunglasses to cover them up, just as Derulo says he does in the song. This video, uploaded…
  • Even the Coronavirus Can’t Kill the SAT and ACT

    Over the summer, more than 400 colleges decided to stop requiring the SAT or the ACT for admissions, because the pandemic had made taking the tests (or even finding a location to take them) so difficult. Some institutions, such as Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, said…
  • Other Ways to Say Black Face

    Audio produced by T Bone Burnett and David Leonard Take the cork   he said       We were out Walking     it made me feel free  he said I stopped walking  I said  I’m sorry I beg Your pardon  Takethecork  do you mean Blackface   Yes that’s right    he…
  • Who’s to Blame When a Sperm Donor Lies?

    To the mothers, he was just Donor 9623. They did not know his name, but from his glowing sperm-donor profile, they knew he had an IQ of 160, spoke four languages, was pursuing a doctorate in neuroscience engineering, and looked like Tom Cruise. But Donor…
  • Celebrating Neurodiversity in the Classroom

    Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…
  • What Makes a Good Preschool Education

    Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…
  • Learning From Black Educators

    Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…
  • What Scares Charlie Kaufman

    Charlie Kaufman’s first new movie in five years is a horror film. In some ways, the same could be said of every feature he’s made. Synecdoche, New York and Anomalisa were eerie tales of existential dread and loneliness. The earlier scripts that made his name…
  • Dear Therapist: Should My Parents Get Divorced?

    Editor’s Note: Every Monday, Lori Gottlieb answers questions from readers about their problems, big and small. Have a question? Email her at [email protected] Dear Therapist, For quite some time, I’ve known that my parents haven’t gotten along. They are polar opposites: My father is mild-mannered…
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