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Action Civics in Schools

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With a new law requiring an experiential civics curriculum in the classroom, Massachusetts is leading the country in efforts to reinvigorate outdated civics coursework.

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Climate Change Is Bad For Peru's Pastures ... But There's A 1,200-Year-Old Fix

NPR

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Not all solutions have to be new in order to work, some just have to be modernized for today's needs. This was the lesson learned when villagers in Peru decided to restore centuries-old hydraulic systems to revitalize their depleting wetlands.

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This deep-red state decided to make a serious investment in preschools. It's paying off big-time.

Mother Jones

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In 2017, Alabama was one of only three states to meet all 10 of the national recognized benchmarks for preschool quality. The state credits bipartisan support, a low teacher-to-student ratio, and high teacher salaries and credential requirements for its recent improvements. “We hoped that quality...

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What Happened After Two Decades of Affordable Child Care in Quebec

CityLab

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In Quebec, a subsidized affordable child care program has proven itself over two decades, contributing to a spike in the employment of mothers with young children. Research also shows that program is financially sustainable, but there is a disparity in quality between child care centers - an issu...

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Abused Wolves And Troubled Teens Find Solace In Each Other

NPR

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The Wolf Connection Youth Empowerment Program connects troubled youth who’ve dealt with abuse and trauma, with wolves. "These wolves and wolf-dogs come from abuse, neglect and mistreatment. And the youth we serve come from abuse, neglect, mistreatment and abandonment." Two studies showed that the...

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A Community in Guanacaste Decided to Change the Destiny of Endangered Turtles

Voz de Guanacaste

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When a people in Playa El Jobo, La Cruz realized that their beaches were home to sea turtle eggs, they took action to protect the species by joining together. What started as a neighborhood effort to patrol the beaches has now turned into a successful NGO that collects data for research purposes ...

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Why Big Tech’s congressman is betting on Iowa

The Christian Science Monitor

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An interesting advocate for spreading tech jobs into small towns comes in the form of Silicon Valley’s congressman. Representative Ro Khanna hopes that investing in small towns will stimulate local economies as well as mitigate some problems relating to overcrowding and sky-high rent in the San F...

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In France, School Lessons Ask: Which Twitter Post Should You Trust?

The New York Times

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France is at the forefront of efforts to integrate internet literacy into standard primary and secondary course requirements. By partnering with journalists and educators, the French government is working to stop the spread of misinformation by teaching students how to identify misleading tweets,...

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To Help The Homeless, Some In LA Are Giving Them A Place To Stay

NPR

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In Los Angeles, the Host Home program is placing homeless youth in the homes of willing hosts. They share space, but don't necessarily have to share their lives and schedules, providing an opportunity for people to pursue education and jobs in safety as they transition to permanent housing. While...

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Why more states are giving juvenile offenders a second chance

The Christian Science Monitor

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Many states are rolling back the punitive measures against youth who committed crimes that began in the 1980s and 1990s. After the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, states are shifting their attention from incarceration to community based care a...

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