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"a teacher can only be effective if he or she knows that material at a considerably higher level than what is being presented in class.  A deep knowledge of a subject allows one to simplify concepts accurately, to understand how the material will fit into the student's future learning."
There has been a lot of controversy about whether student assessments should be used to evaluate K-12 teachers. The media is full of debate about this topic (e.g., Wall Street Journal) and the Seattle Times has had many editorials pushing for the use of assessments such as MAP to evaluate ...
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"It is estimated that one third of the approximately 15 million people who were deported from Africa through the Transatlantic Slave Trade were women. Enslaved women carried a triple burden. In addition to enduring the harsh conditions of forced labour as a slave, they experienced extreme forms of discrimination and exploitation as a result of their gender and the colour of their skin."
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We’ve killed off half the world’s animals since 1970.
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"Tanzanian officials announced plans to sell 1,500 square kilometers of Maasai land in the fall of 2014, to a private luxury hunting and safari company based in the United Arab Emirates. The sale would evict 40,000 pastoralist Maasai from their ancestral lands. Although the president of Tanzania pledged to never evict the Maasai people less than 3 months ago, photos from Loliondo today prove that he has reneged on his promise."
After months of government threats, eviction became a reality yesterday for the Maasai of Loliondo, Tanzania, in the Western Serengeti. According to reports from a Maasai source in Tanzania, Tanzanian government forces have entered villages and Maasai homes have been burned. The evictions reportedly started on Thursday, February 12 and continued through today.
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"...on a given night, more than 600,000 people are homeless in the United States; in Japan, that number is just 7,500."
Why does Tokyo have a rate of homelessness 67 times lower than the largest American city?
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"Those technological breakthroughs that do make their way to the battlefield may prove to be strategic liabilities in the long run. During the years in which the United States has enjoyed a near-monopoly on weaponized drones, for example, they have killed individuals or small groups at the price of antagonizing whole societies. When the monopoly ends, which is inevitable, the very openness of the United States will make it uniquely vulnerable to the cheap, swarming weapons others will deploy."
The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win.
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Drawing on her work about slavery at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, luminary legal historian Annette Gordon-Reed will discuss the way law influences the portrayal of enslaved women and their families. Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for ...
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We are part of the web we’re poking holes into.
Biodiversity JengaMartin SharmanHow many animal species do you think go extinct every year? Last week I conducted a highly unscientific…
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"After John Sutter discovered gold in California’s Central Valley in 1848, colonists launched slaving expeditions against native peoples in the region. ‘That a war of extermination will continue to be waged between races, until the Indian race becomes extinct, must be expected,’ the state’s first governor instructed the legislature in 1851."
The story of Native American dispossession is too easily swept aside, but new visualisations should make it unforgettable
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"Thirteen years on, the near limitless war authorization Congress passed for the Afghanistan war remains in place, with no sign that Congress wants to even debate revoking it. This is what will allow US troops to continue fighting, despite the mission supposedly being 'formally' over."
Trevor Timm: Afghanistan. Iraq. The illegal conflict with Isis. Secret drone strikes across the Middle East: You would think Congress might want to vote on the Forever War. But you would be very, very wrong
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"This has not been an easy book to write... Nonetheless, I think that the content should be accessible to many people, if they put some thought into it and resist the temptation to instantaneously misunderstand each new idea by assimilating it with the most similar-sounding cliché available... while I believe that my book is likely to be seriously wrong and misleading, I think that the alternative views that have been presented in the literature are substantially worse..."
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014) is a non-fiction book by Oxford philosophy professor Nick Bostrom. The book argues that if machine brains surpass human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could replace humans as the dominant lifeform on Earth.
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"A change is gonna come ... both prayer and warning..."
The great civil rights song turns 50 – the political made personal, and heartbreak transmuted into fiery action
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Artist based in the Pacific Northwest
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Born in the 313, Central Detroit. Dropped out of school and educated myself in a warehouse where libraries stored books that’d been banned, outmoded or defaced. In wintertime, light and heat were only available in a decrepit freight elevator, so that’s where I daydreamed over censored books and vandalized magazines, or maybe it was vandalized books and censored magazines – good preparation, in either case, for spending my 10,000 hours alone in the studio.
Personal interests include getting up late and breakfast, so perhaps we could have brunch some time – or, if you’re a musician, dinner.

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