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The Teaching Brain

This book asks the questions at the root of education: What is teaching? How does it take place? What is the process? And the question at the heart of the matter: How does teaching differ from learning?
 

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Black Lives Matter ... and Black Jobs Matter, Too

The Black Lives Matter movement has shaped the narrative about police violence against African-Americans. But few analysts have made the crucial link between police brutality and economic injustice.
 

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It’s that time again, when people delve into a presidential candidate’s eating habits, transportation habits and hairstyles. Never mind the policies.
 
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In a comical YouTube clip, writer and comedian Akilah Hughes enlists the help of a beloved Italian dish to get viewers to understand the sometimes maligned and often overlooked concept of intersectionality.

The news media trend of displaying teaser videos with clips of the deaths of Walter Scott and Eric Garner on loops is despicable at best. And, as “The Daily Show” host points out, it’s a trend we have to “nip in the bud, because it’s not going anywhere. ... The ubiquity of cellphones is far outpacing police awareness of the ubiquity of cellphones.”

 
 
 
 
Chelsea Manning and the Deepwater Horizon Deaths

Five years ago Monday, 11 men died on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig—despite Manning’s effort to save their lives. Let me explain.

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Noam Chomsky: The U.S. Is Trying to Put an End to Its Extreme Isolation

The renowned activist and linguist weighs in on the recent shift in relations between Cuba and the United States, as well as drone strikes in Yemen and the activities of the leftist parties Syriza and Podemos in Greece and Spain, among other current events.

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Why It Doesn’t Matter if Iraq’s Ezzat al-Douri Was Killed (Video)

The currently partly unemployed Iraqi governor of Salahuddin Province, displaced from much of his territory by Daesh (Islamic State), maintains that Ezzat al-Douri, former Baath vice president of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, has been killed by Shiite militias in a firefight north of Tikrit in the Hamrin mountains.

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The Controversial Legacy Behind Chris Christie’s Budget Claims

The New Jersey governor closed budget gaps by borrowing, shifting money from trust funds and paring back tax credits.

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Campus Administrators Invoke ‘Civility’ to Silence Critical Speech

University administrators are successfully rallying around the value of “civility” in discourse as a means of silencing and getting rid of professors deemed politically troublesome.

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Brazil’s Ascendant, Hard-Line Right Wants to Imprison 16-Year-Olds

The left wing of Brazil’s Legislature has become weak and demoralized, and the “Bullets, Beef and Bible Caucus” is ready to seize power.

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Islamic State Surrounds 300 Sunni Families in Iraq, Closes In on Ramadi (Video)

Islamic State (also known as Daesh) has taken new territory in the western Al-Anbar Province of Iraq and may be on the verge of taking the provincial capital, Ramadi, a week after they were decisively defeated in Tikrit in the south of Salahuddin Province.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Dull Candidates, a Trade Deal and a Gyrocopter

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists label Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush bland and incapable of lighting up a room. Also, the Senate secretly examines a massive trade deal and a protester lands a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

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Familiar Fish Find Northern Seas Too Warm for Comfort

Fish accustomed to shallow northern waters will search in vain for cooler depths as climate change warms the seas where they thrive.

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If Inequality Worries Republicans, Why Do They Keep Making It Worse?

You can tell things have gotten very bad when the issue of economic inequality—a serious national problem mostly ignored for more than three decades—is suddenly in political vogue.

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GOP’s Libertarians Aren’t All That Libertarian

A funny thing is happening on the way to the Republican primaries: The whole notion of small government libertarianism has been hijacked by politicians who often represent the opposite.

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Open Veins, Healing Wounds in Latin America

For the first time in more than half a century, the presidents of the United States and Cuba have had a formal meeting.

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Google Will Begin Favoring ‘Mobile-Friendly’ Websites in Searches

Google will soon change the way its search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets, in a shift that’s expected to influence where millions of people shop, eat and get information.

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WikiLeaks Releases All Documents in Sony Hacking Scandal

WikiLeaks has made all the Sony data from last year’s hacking scandal “fully searchable” with a Google-style search engine, providing much easier access to the stolen information, which Wikileaks says sheds light on cooperation between government agencies and entertainers.

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Test Mutiny: Tens of Thousands of N.Y. Parents Protest Standardized Exams

Tens of thousands of parents took a stand against the education agenda of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and standardized tests nationwide by having their children boycott one such exam in mid-April. In some districts, abstention levels reached 80 percent. (Pictured: Jack Bierwirth, the superintendent of Herricks Public Schools in Long Island.)

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Polar Bears Weakened by Pollution as Well as Warmth

Climate change causing habitat loss and reduced food is the main problem for polar bears, but plastic waste and other pollutants are growing risks.

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Ethiopians ‘Tortured, Oppressed and Silenced’ Into Surrendering Land to Foreign Investors

First-person testimony published Tuesday tallies the human cost of Ethiopia’s “villagization” program, in which tens of thousands of people have been forced from their ancestral homes to make way for large-scale commercial agriculture.

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World Bank Breaks Its Own Rules for Protecting Indigenous People

Documents seen by The Guardian show that the World Bank has repeatedly violated its own policies aimed at protecting the rights of indigenous people over the past decade by funding projects that pushed nearly 3.4 million slum dwellers, farmers and villagers from their land or dispossessed them of their livelihoods.

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Putin During Public Conference: U.S. ‘Doesn’t Need Allies, Only Vassals’

In his annual “direct line” press conference Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spent four hours taking questions from the public on subjects ranging from the Ukraine conflict and relations with the West to rural transport and the sale of milk to primary schools.

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Labor, Civil Rights and Social Justice Movements Unite to ‘Fight for $15’ on Tax Day

In more than 200 cities, some 60,000 low-wage workers involved in the “Fight for $15” campaign—among them child care providers, Wal-Mart clerks and adjunct professors—staged an action Wednesday that highlighted the vast amount of public money spent to support underpaid workers.

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