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Motherlode Blog: Quandary: Books for Readers Whose Skills Lag Behind Their Age

Looking for books and strategies to help a behind-the-curve reader find books that interest her, and encourage her to read and improve.






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Motherlode Blog: There Are More Important Things Than Saving for College

There is no shame in having more kids than average. Or in working hard to support them without having money to fund individual college savings accounts, or telling them, “You are your ticket to college. Work hard.”






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Motherlode Blog: For Girl Scouts, Debates Over New Badges and Classic Pursuits Continue

At a convention, the Girl Scouts promised to reinvigorate the role of the outdoors in the organization, but some have questioned whether new badges mean real change.






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The Learning Network: What’s Going On in This Picture? | Oct. 20, 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: Does Stress Affect Your Ability to Make Good Decisions?

How can you learn to make better decisions while experiencing stress?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Mental Health and Gun Control Measures in New York

How is New York trying to keep guns from those identified by mental health professionals as potentially dangerous?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Instagram Influencers

Here are the first eight paragraphs of the Oct. 15 article “Your Instagram Picture, Worth a Thousand Ads.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?






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Urban Renewal: Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live

More young people are moving to the very heart of cities, even in economically troubled places like Buffalo and Cleveland.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | liability

This word has appeared in 3,280 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Football Players in Sayreville, N.J., Recall Hazing

The investigation may be complicated by conflicting accounts from witnesses and some of the freshman football players targeted by older members of the Sayreville War Memorial High School team.






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Girl Scouts Debate Their Place in a Changing World

The organization has spent years moving away from its roots in camping and crafts to embrace more modern-day themes. Now some are pushing for a return to tradition.

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Sesame Workshop Tackles Literacy With Technology

The first products from a partnership between the nonprofit producer of “Sesame Street” and the children’s speech recognition company ToyTalk could be available early next year.






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International Education: British Universities Get Good News

A study released this month says that by 2024, Britain will add 83,000 foreign graduate students to the nearly quarter-million it hosted in 2013.






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International Education: Fiction Writers Help Scientists Push Known Boundaries

A group of authors and researchers met this month to support engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs in aiming higher with technology, despite elusive grants.






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Motherlode Blog: There’s Cancer In My Future. How Am I Supposed to Feel?

I know I have the BRCA 1 mutation, and I know I have a strong chance of developing ovarian or breast cancer. But I am 32 years old, and I don’t know what to do with that knowledge.






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Remains Found in Search for Hannah Graham, Near University of Virginia

A crew looking for Ms. Graham, a student who disappeared last month, discovered human remains outside Charlottesville, officials said.






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School District on Long Island Is Told It Must Teach Immigrants

The guidance came after complaints that children who are in the U.S. illegally had been barred from public school classes in Hempstead.






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Arts | Long Island: Calidore String Quartet to Make Stony Brook University Its Home

The Calidore String Quartet will be artists-in-residence and visiting faculty at Stony Brook University through the end of the 2015-16 academic year.






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Motherlode Blog: Family Dinners for a Complicated Week

This week features a lot of moving parts at our house, and dinner will not be the focus. But it still has to be planned and provided, even if not necessarily cooked.






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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.






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Motherlode Blog: Your Child Has Lice? Spread the Word.

If we want to have any chance at defeating, or better yet avoiding, lice, we’re going to have to be willing to talk about them.






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The Learning Network: Ideas for E.L.L.s | Civics and Citizenship

The 2014 elections are just around the corner, and they provide many opportunities for inviting E.L.L.s to be more active citizens.






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The Learning Network: How Sexist Is the Gaming World?

Are you an avid video game player? Do you feel the industry and culture of the gaming world is dominated by men and boys? If so, what effects of that have you seen?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | After 29 Years, Royals Waste No Time

When did the Kansas City Royals last win a championship?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Converse and the Chuck Taylor Lawsuits

Can you choose the best word to complete each blank?






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