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Do Our Schools Pick On Children Of Color? Here's What One Very Creative Person Has To Say.

Actor Anna Deavere Smith is fearless. She's created one-woman performances around our toughest social issues, from health care to racial unrest, and here she talks about her work on how the educational system is failing children of color. Black students are three times as likely to be suspended as white ones, starting as early as preschool. And when you get suspended, your likelihood of graduating plummets. Her work reveals deep roots to the problem.

At 4:50, she talks about love and what people said to her when she asked them, "What would Jesus do?" She talks about the education system at 6:14 and how it's changed in negative ways even for privileged people.


The best partis at 10:36, when she shares a performance of Maxine Greene, who was a writer, teacher, and activist about the power of the arts in education. Deavere Smith quotes Greene as saying that schools "don't know about darkness, ambiguity, they don't know what children suffer." That seems like a really important place to start.

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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Small actions lead to big movements.

Acts of kindness—we know they’re important not only for others, but for ourselves. They can contribute to a more positive community and help us feel more connected, happier even. But in our incessantly busy and hectic lives, performing good deeds can feel like an unattainable goal. Or perhaps we equate generosity with monetary contribution, which can feel like an impossible task depending on a person’s financial situation.

Perhaps surprisingly, the main reason people don’t offer more acts of kindness is the fear of being misunderstood. That is, at least, according to The Kindness Test—an online questionnaire about being nice to others that more than 60,000 people from 144 countries completed. It does make sense—having your good intentions be viewed as an awkward source of discomfort is not exactly fun for either party.

However, the results of The Kindness Test also indicated those fears were perhaps unfounded. The most common words people used were "happy," "grateful," "loved," "relieved" and "pleased" to describe their feelings after receiving kindness. Less than 1% of people said they felt embarrassed, according to the BBC.


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This article originally appeared on 09.08.16


92-year-old Norma had a strange and heartbreaking routine.

Every night around 5:30 p.m., she stood up and told the staff at her Ohio nursing home that she needed to leave. When they asked why, she said she needed to go home to take care of her mother. Her mom, of course, had long since passed away.

Behavior like Norma's is quite common for older folks suffering from Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Walter, another man in the same assisted living facility, demanded breakfast from the staff every night around 7:30.

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