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Why do fewer black students get identified as gifted?

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imageWhy aren't enough black students identified for gifted programs?Howard County Library System, CC BY-NC-ND

Nationally, black and Hispanic students are underrepresented in gifted programs, which provide specialized instruction or other services to meet the needs of especially bright or talented students.

Data from the U.S. Department of Education show...

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So long social media: the kids are opting out of the online public square

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imagePhones out, but today's students are less likely to have Facebook or Twitter open.Phones image via www.shutterstock.com.

When my digital media students are sitting, waiting for class to start and staring at their phones, they are not checking Facebook. They’re not checking Instagram, or Pinterest or Twitter. No, they’re catching up on...

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Zika virus: mosquitoes and travel patterns will determine spread of virus

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On January 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that Zika virus, a mosquito-borne infection, was “spreading explosively,” and that within 12 months as many as four million people in the Americas could be exposed to the virus.

Zika, which is thought to be behind a dramatic increase in babies born in Brazil with abnormally small...

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What really threatens America: Zika, cancer or ISIS?

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The unfolding information about the Zika virus and saddening images of babies infected with microcephaly should really scare us all.

The disease has spread “explosively” throughout the Americas, with 32 cases currently reported in 12 states in the U.S. No doubt that number will climb – rapidly.

Zika isn’t an epidemic. It is en...

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Who politicized the environment and climate change?

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imageProtector in chief: Theodore Roosevelt with conservationist John Muir at Yosemite in 1906.U.S. Library of Congress

An environmental activist friend of mine recently shook her head and marveled at the extraordinary accomplishments of the last several months. “Still lots of work to be done,” she said. “But wow! This has been an epic...

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Behind the curtain of the Academy's old boys' club

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imageThe problems of diversity are deeply rooted, extending beyond an annual awards show.'Oscar' via www.shutterstock.com

In what’s becoming an annual occurrence, we’re in the midst of a highly publicized debate over the lack of diversity among the Oscar-nominated performers and filmmakers. Outside groups, including the NAACP, are up in...

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Netflix’s VPN ban cannot cure TV studios’ chronic headaches

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imageNetflix is fighting an uphill battle against international copyright regulations -- and against graffiti artists tagging its headquarters.Nick Travis/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

In mid-January, Netflix announced a ban on the use of proxies, unblockers and virtual private networks (VPNs) – all technical work-arounds to view movies and TV...

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Martin Luther King Jr. in dialogue with the ancient Greeks

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In “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” the soaring and chilling speech he delivered the day before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. ponders the thought of life in other places and times.

Among other eras in history, he considers the prime of classical Athens, when he could have enjoyed the company of luminaries “around...

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