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Hey Air Travelers, Here's How to Make Coach Feel Like First

Christopher Elliott | Posted 11.15.2015 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Air travel can be a humiliating, dehumanizing and even torturous experience -- at least according to my e-mail inbox. I hear often from readers lik...

A Matter of Northern Pride

Celia Buckman | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Celia Buckman

The momentum against the Confederate Flag and the surge in renaming of buildings of the South has yet to have reached the North, where white supremacy has historically taken, and continues to take, forms other than slavery.

Seeing Dark Matter As The Key To The Universe -- And Human Empathy

Lisa Randall | Posted 10.28.2015 | Science
Lisa Randall

Most people mistake their own perspective, shaped by their subjective and limited perception, for the absolute reality of the external world. Questioning this assumption is what advanced our research on dark matter. It is also the only thing that has ever advanced human empathy.

The Problem With Teach For America's 'Work Hard, Get Smart' Mantra

Sarah Matsui | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Sarah Matsui

The narrative of 'Work Hard, Get Smart' and 'No Excuses' demands individual hero sacrifice. This kind of oversimplified idealism encouraged dehumanizing behaviors among many TFA corps members and negatively impacted their well-being as people and as teachers.

The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood (Excerpt #1)

Kevin Powell | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Kevin Powell

Fists pounded my face from every angle. I am so stupid for coming out into this hallway, I thought. I should've known they'd be out here waiting for me. I wanted to scream, but I resolved to take the beating as punishment for my life.

It's Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History?

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

As students compare the actual Constitution with their classroom-generated Constitution, they realize that the framers took sides. But why these particular sides? Inevitably, most students want to learn who wrote the Constitution and which social groups they represented.

Adorable Puppies Go to School And Have Classic First Day Jitters [VIDEO]

Posted 10.23.2015 | Good News

Can you smell the fresh pencil shavings and crisp apples? The leaves are changing, sweaters making a return to department store shelves and students a...

Who Dares to Talk About Class? Just in Time for Labor Day

Joerg Rieger | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Joerg Rieger

Buffett is on to something and the rest of us might benefit from paying attention. Unless we give some thought as to how we are all related to each other and who wins and who loses, a small group will keep winning and the majority -- both people and the environment -- will keep losing.

Why We Should Talk to Our Kids About Class and Privilege

Lori Day | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Lori Day

I remember the very first, rather generic conversation I had with my daughter when she was in elementary school about how her life compared with the lives of other children on this planet.

9 College Courses That Will Have You Geeking Out And Rethinking Your Major

Posted 08.04.2015 | Technology

Colleges across the country are getting creative with their curriculum. Each year, universities are inspiring new generations of students to debate th...

A Radical Revolution: Our Nation Our World

Audrey Addison Williams | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Audrey Addison Williams

The Shift is here! We The People have taken back our Power, found our voice, accepted that we are called and are "joining" together. We are brilliant, we are principled, we are fearless, we are visionaries AND we are unstoppable.

Rediscovering the Joys of Poetry

Betty Revah | Posted 06.28.2015 | Arts
Betty Revah

Nothing beats the feeling of finally understanding what the poet means, especially when you can think of it in the context of your own life.

Screw You, I Am Asian 'American'

Mason Hsieh | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

While it may not have been Tammy's intent, posing this seemingly innocuous question is a poorly disguised microaggression that perpetuates the belief that Asian-Americans are cultural and racial outsider within the American context. T

The Invisibility of Class, and the Hegemony of Conservative Ideas, in Contemporary America

David Coates | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
David Coates

The underlying centrality of class to the nature of our contemporary economic and social condition continues to go largely unacknowledged. It is an acknowledgment that is now long overdue.

5 Rules For Your First Boot Camp Class

Rebecca Smith Masterson | Posted 05.12.2015 | Comedy
Rebecca Smith Masterson

Here are five things you need to know before attending a boot camp class. You're welcome.

No, the Decline in Marriage Didn't Cause Inequality

Sean McElwee | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

There are further problems with using Professor Molly Martin's paper as the basis for the argument that changing family structure caused inequality to rise.

Write Notes, Not Textbooks: A Guide to Better Note Taking

Uloop | Posted 04.04.2015 | College

As familiar as Shakespeare, students can always recognize the sound of the frenzied flurry of paper flipping as the teacher says "this will be on the test."

How to Build a Successful School Technology Program

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 02.14.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Technology is a catalyst for change. If you want to disrupt a classroom full of children or young adults, try handing out an iPad or a Chromebook to each of them. You'll see lots of activity and excitement, but without solid planning and expectations, much of that energy will be counter-productive.

The High Costs of Status Seeking

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

What is the psychosocial link between income gaps and societal dysfunction?

Needed: A True Diversity Map for America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Sometimes childhood experiences motivate a lifetime of extraordinary work. That is certainly true for Georgetown University Law School professor and bioethicist Patricia King, a brilliant scholar and one of the most effective leaders you may not know.

As a White, Teenage Girl I Experienced a Kind of Privilege Michael Brown Could Never Imagine

Rachel Leibrock | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Rachel Leibrock

When I was 16 I was picked up for shoplifting some makeup from my neighborhood grocery store. I wasn't arrested though. The police officer lectured me on just how badly I had surely let down my mother. Today, I can't help but think of that night and now different it was for me than it was for Michael Brown.

Russell Brand Is Wrong: Voting Really Can Change America for the Better

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Voting should only be the beginning of political change; it should not be the end. It is, however, necessary.

Seeing the Unseen

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

Regardless of what demographics might say, we are not distinct groups of people inhabiting the same space. We are a community of human beings sharing time together in our schools, our homes, our neighborhoods, and our workplaces.

4 Excuses to Get Out of Class (That Actually Work)

College Magazine | Posted 01.04.2015 | College
College Magazine

Instead of fibbing about vague family emergencies or your dog feasting on your term paper, here are nine excuses to keep in your arsenal to ensure you won't get caught in a lie.

The Republican Party's Cynical Electoral Philosophy

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

If Republicans have their way, we'll eventually be back to the days of the poll tax and the literacy test, where the votes of blacks, youth and the poor simply don't count.