Education News from NY Times

Brandeis Cancels Plan to Give Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Critic of Islam

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:08pm
Facing increasing criticism for its plan to honor Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a women’s rights advocate who has called Islam a “nihilistic cult of death,” Brandeis University decided against awarding the degree.






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Bard College Applicants Trade 10,000 Words for Two: You’re In

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:58pm
Seventeen students were admitted after participating in an experiment that invited prospective freshmen to compose essays on scholarly topics instead of submitting traditional applications.






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The Learning Network Blog: Text to Text | Bangladesh Factory Safety and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:25pm
Can stronger laws and inspections make a difference in preventing disasters like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire or the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh? To answer this question, we selected two Times articles to compare.






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Motherlode: Family Disaster Preparedness

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 3:11pm
Any family who has weathered a severe storm knows it’s easier if you’re prepared. But I admit it—we’re not. No stockpile of water, no emergency plan. Are you?






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Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:02pm
Deluged by more applications than ever, the most selective colleges are rejecting legions of students they once would have accepted.






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Motherlode Blog: Measuring Motherhood, One Preschool Application at a Time

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:19am
I felt proud of the way I’d navigated through the Manhattan preschool maze we’d chosen — until my friend Jamie one-upped me, as I thought she had a hundred times before.






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The Learning Network Blog: Should the United States Stop Using the Death Penalty?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:59am
Do you think capital punishment is “cruel and unusual punishment” and therefore prohibited by the Constitution? Or, do you think the death penalty serves a purpose, like deterring crime, providing relief for victims’ families or imparting “real justice?”






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Motherlode Blog: Judge the ‘Rebel Heart’ Sailboat Parents, or Envy Them?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:17am
Are parents raising children in extreme circumstances, like on a sailboat crossing the Pacific Ocean, bringing children into their chosen way of life or selfishly exposing them to unnecessary risk?






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10 Courses With a Twist

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:00am
Professors are capitalizing on what computers can’t do — like take walks, serve pizza, chase tornadoes and teach through experience.






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The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | UConn Defeats Kentucky for Men’s Title

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:06am
What team did you want to win the N.C.A.A. men’s title? Why?






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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | History, April 8

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:15am
Answer this question about genocide in the 20th century.






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For UConn, as Well as the Huskies, a Golden Opportunity to Impress

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:17am
For university presidents like Susan Herbst, the Final Four offers a rare opportunity for an extended bonding session with key supporters who are basking in the glow of big-time sports success.






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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | acoustics

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:03am
This word has appeared in 423 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Obama Announces Grants to Schools to Integrate Work Experiences

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 2:25pm
The awards to 24 recipients are intended to finance partnerships of local education agencies and employers.






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The Learning Network Blog: Weekly News Quiz | April 1-7, 2014

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 1:50pm
A title-winning game, a Supreme Court ruling, a retirement announcement and an anniversary: How many of the 10 questions in this week’s news quiz can you answer correctly?






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Sidebar: Unofficial Enforcer of Ruling on Race in College Admissions

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:22am
Edward Blum, the force behind a case limiting the use of race in admissions, is seeking plaintiffs for further suits against universities that he says have resisted the decision.






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The Learning Network Blog: Why Do So Many People Say ‘Like’ and ‘Totally’ All the Time?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:32am
What is behind speech patterns that lead people to say “like” and “totally” so often?






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The Learning Network Blog: What’s Going On in This Picture? | April 7, 2014

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:00am
On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time.






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The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | World’s Largest Game of Tetris Played in Philadelphia

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:33am
How did a skyscraper in Philadelphia become the screen for the world’s largest video game?






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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | E.L.L. Practice, April 7, 2014

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:13am
Fill in the blanks in a passage about body language and lying.






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