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Supreme Court upholds gay marriage

By Adam Liptak WASHINGTON — In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled today that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. The decision, the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans […]

English class in Common Core era: ‘Tom Sawyer’ and court opinions

By Kate Taylor In Harrison, N.Y., 10th-graders read articles about bipolar disorder and the adolescent brain to help them analyze Holden Caulfield. In Springdale, Ark., ninth-graders studying excerpts from “The Odyssey” also read sections of the G.I. Bill of Rights, and a congressional resolution on its 60th anniversary, to connect the story of Odysseus to […]

Kindergartens ringing the bell for play inside the classroom

By Motoko Rich PASADENA, Md. — Mucking around with sand and water. Playing Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders. Cooking pretend meals in a child-size kitchen. Dancing on the rug, building with blocks and painting on easels. Call it Kindergarten 2.0. Concerned that kindergarten has become overly academic in recent years, this suburban school district […]

Joe Nocera: Look, Ma, no hands!

On June 3, during Google’s annual meeting, a shareholder named John M. Simpson stood up to question the company’s top executives about its self-driving car program. They were not friendly questions. Simpson, 67, works for a nonprofit called Consumer Watchdog, where he directs its Privacy Project. In recent years, he has focused largely on Google, […]

The value of a mindless summer job

By Jennifer Finney Boylan There I was, at the height of the great Disco Summer, selling hot dogs in the shadow of a six-story, elephant-shaped building on the shores of Margate, N.J. Most nights, my shift started at midnight. It was June 1977, just after my freshman year at Wesleyan, and I was hard at […]

For the poor, graduation gap is even wider than enrollment gap

By Susan Dynarski Rich and poor students don’t merely enroll in college at different rates; they also complete it at different rates. The graduation gap is even wider than the enrollment gap. In 2002, researchers with the National Center for Education Statistics started tracking a cohort of 15,000 high school sophomores. The project, called the […]

Mark Bittman: Fear of almonds

I can’t tell you how many times in the last month someone has come up to me and said something like, “Do you think I should stop eating almonds?” or “I really miss almond butter, but I just can’t bring myself to buy it anymore.” It’s typical: We focus on a minuscule part (almonds) of […]

Rooting out scientists who cheat

By the New York Times editorial board Cheating in scientific and academic papers is a long-standing problem, but it is hard to read recent headlines and not conclude that it has gotten worse. Falsified or erroneous results have forced authors and editors to retract papers from journals that let themselves be duped into publishing them. […]

Anxious students strain college mental health centers

By Jan Hoffman ORLANDO, Fla. — One morning recently, a dozen college students stepped out of the bright sunshine into a dimly lit room at the counseling center here at the University of Central Florida. They appeared to have little in common: undergraduates in flip-flops and nose rings, graduate students in interview-ready attire. But all […]

June 02, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Parched California needs ingenuity

By Timothy Egan ANGELS CAMP — In a normal year, no one in California looks twice at a neighbor’s lawn, that mane of bluegrass thriving in a sun-blasted desert. Or casts a scornful gaze at a fresh-planted almond grove, saplings that now stand accused of future water crimes. Or wonders why your car is conspicuously […]

May 10, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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