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Motherlode Blog: Traveling Solo With Children, and Playing the Deployment Card

With my husband deployed, my days of team man-on-man defense are over. I’m playing zone with two toddlers, and traveling, as we will this week, is the hardest game of all.






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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | Nov. 18-24, 2014

Have you been following the news? Take our quiz to see what you know and to learn more, and look for a new edition each week on Tuesday morning.






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The Learning Network: What Is Your Reaction to the Grand Jury’s Decision in the Ferguson Case?

Have you been watching this case closely? Were you surprised by the grand jury’s decision? How do you think Ferguson and the St. Louis area will react to the news?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Train Your Gullet for Thanksgiving Overeating

Here are the first six paragraphs from a November 2011 article, “Prepare to Indulge.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | barrister

This word has appeared in 25 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Motherlode Blog: You Can Freeze Your Eggs. You Can’t Freeze Time.

Apple and Facebook have started a useful conversation with the novel perk of enabling employees to freeze their eggs. But I have a message for women considering this option: it may not work.






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University of Virginia’s Image Suffers After Campus Rape Report

The governing board will meet Tuesday to discuss complaints that the university has for years mishandled reports of sexual assaults.






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National Briefing | Plains: Oklahoma: Education Waiver Is Restored for State

The Department of Education announced Monday that Oklahoma — which lost its No Child Left Behind waiver after repealing Common Core — would have its waiver reinstated.

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Motherlode Blog: How Will You Talk With Your Sons About Tamir Rice, Shot in the Park After Waving a Toy Gun?

When my son asked why it mattered what color the boy was, I told him. It matters because many, many people see something different, when they look at a boy who looks like Tamar Rice, than when they look at a boy who looks like you.






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The Learning Network: What’s Going On in This Picture? | Nov. 24, 2014

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 2 p.m. Eastern time.






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The Learning Network: Do Fans Put Too Much Pressure on Their Favorite Professional Athletes?

What are the standards to which fans hold professional athletes and are those standards ever unrealistic?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Imagining a Glacier National Park Without Glaciers

How quickly is the landscape and ecosystem at Glacier National Park changing, and why?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | ecclesiastic

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






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International Education: Bringing Education to African Girls

The World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar, has awarded its 2014 prize to a British educator for helping millions of young girls in sub-Saharan Africa remain in school.






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Motherlode Blog: Our Marriage Ended. Our Family Did Not.

Of course we tried staying together for the sake of our son. Until one night, during one of our fine-tuned feuds, our shouting woke up the baby.






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Alexander Grothendieck, Math Enigma, Dies at 86

His gift for abstraction excavated new ground in algebraic geometry and supplied a theoretical foundation for the solving of some of the most vexing conundrums of modern mathematics.






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News Analysis: Studying for the Test by Taking It

The process of testing can deepen learning.

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Texas Approves Disputed History Texts for Schools

Texas’ State Board of Education has approved new history textbooks, capping months of outcry over lessons that some academics say exaggerate the influence of Moses and negatively portray Muslims.

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Beliefs: Inquiry Focuses on Leaked Documents at Starr King School for the Ministry

Two students at the Unitarian Universalist seminary in Berkeley, Calif., have been given conditional graduation after they were ensnared in a flubbed presidential search.






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New York Chancellor Is Criticized for Remarks on Charter Schools

Carmen Fariña said at a conference that some charter schools push students out before they take state tests and later replace them with high-scoring children.

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Your Money: Comparing College Costs the Easy Way

College Abacus aggregates cost calculations from up to three colleges at a time on its own website, but is blocked by some institutions.






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Motherlode Blog: Soaking Cranberries, and Heading Into Thanksgiving Week

Isn’t the rule that no one has to cook anything over Thanksgiving week that isn’t for Thanksgiving?






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A Yeshiva Graduate Fights for Secular Studies in Hasidic Education

Naftuli Moster is calling attention to shortcomings in secular education at Hasidic Jews’ schools in New York.

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Motherlode Blog: Why This Troop Leader Quit the Girl Scouts

As a former Girl Scout troop leader, I have a theory about why membership is dropping. It’s not the badges. It’s not the cookies. It’s the endless, endless forms.






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