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The Learning Network: Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal in Every State?

Do terminally ill people have a right to die on their own terms?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | From a Rwandan Dump to the Halls of Harvard

How did Mr. Uwayesu come to live at a garbage dump on the outskirts of Kigali, Rwanda?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Emily Dickinson Onstage

Can you choose the best word to complete each blank?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | asunder

This word has appeared in 23 New York Times articles in the past year.






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National Briefing | Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania: Hazing Ends Team’s Season

The Central Bucks School District in suburban Philadelphia on Thursday canceled the football team’s season at West High School and suspended its coaches after reports of hazing.

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Motherlode Blog: Looking at Soccer’s Concussion Risk, and Asking It to Change

Talking to kids about personal safety is like talking about retirement planning. We can’t expect them not to play the game to win—so if heading the ball puts kids in danger, then soccer has to change the rules.






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The Learning Network: Text to Text | ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ and ‘The Case for Delayed Adulthood’

A passage from the novel paired with a recent Sunday Review article that might offer a new way to think about the line between adolescence and adulthood — and about whether, and how, “Catcher” still has something to say to teenagers.






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Motherlode Blog: Preparing to Lose My Mind After Giving Birth

Putting a plan in place does not guarantee that you will have a postpartum mood disorder, or that you won’t. It does guarantee you will know how to get help if you need it.






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Motherlode Blog: Motherlode in Your (e)Mailbox

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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | Happy Birthday, iPod

The iPod turns 13 today, and we mark the occasion with the 2001 Times article that reported its debut.






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Motherlode Blog: For Trick or Treaters, Skip the Candy and Give Cash

A few houses hand out cash directly to kids. More often, families and dentists buy back the candy for cash. Some parents even haggle for the best stuff.






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The Learning Network: What Are Your Fears and Phobias?

It’s almost Halloween, so we thought we would ask you to write about something scary: your fears and phobias.






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Canadian Soldier Dead After Attack Near Parliament in Ottawa

Why did Canadians have heightened concerns about terrorist attacks even before the shooting spree occurred?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Honoring 30 Years of Def Jam

Can you choose the best word to complete each blank?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | Stygian

This word has appeared in eight New York Times articles in the past year.






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Immigrants’ School Cases Spur Enrollment Review in New York

Officials will determine whether districts have discouraged undocumented immigrant children through rigid enrollment requirements.






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U.N.C. Investigation Reveals Athletes Took Fake Classes

A report found that classes requiring no attendance and little work were common knowledge among academic counselors and football coaches.






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From a Rwandan Dump to the Halls of Harvard

Justus Uwayesu’s life was changed by a chance encounter in Rwanda with an American charity worker.

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Advertising: Helping Parents Deal With Learning and Attention Issues

Fifteen nonprofit groups conducted research that led to a new website to help parents better understand these issues and a campaign to promote the site.

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Motherlode Blog: Pregnant, With ‘No Plans to Have Another Baby’ and No Ready Options

“I am a long time poster, but am here now under a different identity as it is much easier to ask for OB/GYN recommendations for having babies rather than terminating a pregnancy.”






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The Learning Network: Text to Text: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and ‘In the Cave: Philosophy and Addiction’

In this lesson, we pair Peg O’Connor’s essay “In the Cave: Philosophy and Addiction” with Plato’s well-known allegory of the cave from “The Republic.” Further down, we offer additional teaching ideas for exploring Plato’s allegory in more detail.






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Motherlode Blog: Diwali, Once Hidden, Now Lit Large

When my family and I immigrated in 1977, to be an Indian-American meant replacing curry with bologna and saris with sweaters, and celebrating Diwali invisibly. My daughter’s life is very different.






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Motherlode Blog: Where Are the American Boy Dolls?

At the American Girl store, my 8-year-old son was enraptured by the historical dolls. Surely, there were boys in those times, boys who would have saved the day by using their wits or shown great courage in hard times. Where were they?






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The Learning Network: Do You Believe That Everything Happens for a Reason?

Do you look back at your life and think that the important things that have happened to you, both good and bad, happened for some bigger reason?






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