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The American Teacher’s Plight: Underappreciated, Underpaid and Overworked

The American Teacher’s Plight: Underappreciated, Underpaid and Overworked

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Before the 1800s, teaching positions were largely held by men, until socio-economic shifts facilitated the entrance of women into the work force. As teaching was one of the few jobs that fit within the feminine ideal, women increasingly took on teaching roles. The feminization of this occupation correlated with a decrease in respect for teaching…
Lesson of the Day: ‘Will American Ideas Tear France Apart? Some of Its Leaders Think So’

Lesson of the Day: ‘Will American Ideas Tear France Apart? Some of Its Leaders...

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Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 1, 2021.Lesson OverviewFeatured ArticlesIn the wake of protests against racism and racial violence in the United States this past summer, Black French people are bringing the subject of race into the public discourse. However, in recent months, politicians…
Not American Yet

Not American Yet

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Instead, the coronavirus-fueled bias against Asian-Americans is symptomatic of a wider phenomenon: American society has always regarded Asian-Americans as “non-American.”Many Americans, of all stripes, are unfamiliar with the breadth of cultures and backgrounds that “Asian-American-ness” comprises. Without that awareness, it’s easy to paint a generic picture of Asian-Americans with broad, stereotypical brush strokes: industrious, high-achieving,…
How Do You Think American Education Could Be Improved?

How Do You Think American Education Could Be Improved?

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Find all our Student Opinion questions here. In “Teachers and Other Readers Sound Off on International Exam Results,” Derrick Bryson Taylor writes about the recent results of the Program for International Student Assessment:The test, which is given every three years, measures a 15-year-old student’s reading, mathematics and science literacy, according to the National Center for…
What Do You Think Are the Beliefs and Values That Define American Culture?

What Do You Think Are the Beliefs and Values That Define American Culture?

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Imagine you are from another planet and have arrived in the United States. Your mission: You must send a report to your extraterrestrial superiors describing the cultural beliefs of these strange people called Americans. Take five minutes and create a list of at least five statements that describe American beliefs and values. Here’s an example:…
Learning With: ‘How the Supreme Court’s Decision on the Census Could Alter American Politics’

Learning With: ‘How the Supreme Court’s Decision on the Census Could Alter American Politics’

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Before reading the article: The United States census, taken every 10 years, is essentially a head count of all the people living in the United States. Its data informs many state and federal decisions, but one of its most important roles is determining how seats in Congress will be apportioned among the states, and thus…
Do You Think the American Dream Is Real?

Do You Think the American Dream Is Real?

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What does the American dream mean to you? A house with a white picket fence? Lavish wealth? A life better than your parents’? Do you think you will be able to achieve the American dream? In “The American Dream Is Alive and Well,” Samuel J. Abrams writes: I am pleased to report that the American…
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