It’s World Cup season.

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That means endless nail-biting soccer matches, incredible uniforms, and some enthusiastic fans.


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For Senegal, it also means an opportunity to throw some fire dance parties on the field.

On June 24, the Senegalese national team prepped for a match against Japan with stellar dance moves and heartwarming smiles.

Decked out in red and green — the colors of the nation's flag — the adorable team came together to dance and cheer in preparation for a difficult game against Japan. In a video that's since gone viral, viewers can see the team performing a routine they've done to prep and celebrate victories throughout the game. And the internet fell in love.

Taking place in Russia this year, the World Cup occurs every four years and garners an average viewership of more than 3 billion people. In addition to attracting die-hard soccer fans, the video of the Senegalese team is a simple reminder of why people love this sporting event.

The competition — which includes teams from more than 30 countries — gives people an opportunity to learn about other parts of the world.

From hearing of fans' good luck traditions to historic victory celebrations to seeing folks camped out in watch-party tents decked out in their team's national colors, the World Cup is an incredible reminder of how unique and diverse humanity is.

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It’s a fact that’s important to remember in this day and age. Thankfully, the 2018 World Cup isn’t over until July 15, so the world has a lot of time to see even more.

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The Sam Vimes "Boots" Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness explains one way the rich get richer.

Any time conversations about wealth and poverty come up, people inevitably start talking about boots.

The standard phrase that comes up is "pull yourself up by your bootstraps," which is usually shorthand for "work harder and don't ask for or expect help." (The fact that the phrase was originally used sarcastically because pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps is literally, physically impossible is rarely acknowledged, but c'est la vie.) The idea that people who build wealth do so because they individually work harder than poor people is baked into the American consciousness and wrapped up in the ideal of the American dream.

A different take on boots and building wealth, however, paints a more accurate picture of what it takes to get out of poverty.

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Katie Peters shared a day in the life of pandemic teaching and pleaded for teachers to be given grace.

Teachers are heroes under normal circumstances. During a pandemic that has upended life as we know it, they are honest-to-goodness, bona fide superheroes.

The juggling of school and COVID-19 has been incredibly challenging, creating friction between officials, administrators, teachers, unions, parents and the public at large. Everyone has different opinions about what should and shouldn't be done, which sometimes conflict with what can and cannot be done and don't always line up with what is and isn't being done, and the result is that everyone is just … done.

And as is usually the case with education-related controversies, teachers are taking the brunt of it. Their calls for safe school policies have been met with claims that kids aren't at risk of severe COVID, as if teachers' health and well-being are expendable. Parents' frustrations with remote or hybrid learning are taken out on the teachers who are constantly scrambling to adjust to ever-changing circumstances that make everything about teaching more complicated.

Superheroes, seriously.

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This article originally appeared on November 11, 2015


Remember those beloved Richard Scarry books from when you were a kid?

Like a lot of people, I grew up reading them. And now, I read them to my kids.

The best!

If that doesn't ring a bell, perhaps this character from the "Busytown" series will. Classic!

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Scarry was an incredibly prolific children's author and illustrator. He created over 250 books during his career. His books were loved across the world — over 100 million were sold in many languages.

But here's something you may not have known about these classics: They've been slowly changing over the years.

Don't panic! They've been changing in a good way.

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