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Should Obama Have Granted Deportation Relief?

Do Now | November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Should Obama Have Granted Deportation Relief?

Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.” Should Obama have taken such action?

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Elements of Art: Texture

Arts | November 20, 2014

Elements of Art: Texture

In this fourth installment of our Elements of Art series, we look at how visual artists try to engage our sense of touch. Follow along and discover the myriad ways artists create and use texture.

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Requiring Voters to Show ID Can Be a Complex Issue

Community Voices | November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Requiring Voters to Show ID Can Be a Complex Issue

Today, there is a lot of controversy on whether one should be required to show ID at voting booths. But why? Many feel the ID requirement is put in place to prevent minorities and financially indebted U.S. citizens from voting at the polls.

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Six Fun Education Resources for the Holiday Break

General | November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Six Fun Education Resources for the Holiday Break

Thanksgiving, the holiday of feasting, can spark lots of learning opportunities in the classroom and at the family dining room table. From the life of a turkey to the typical cost of a Thanksgiving meal, these PBS LearningMedia infographics and videos will get students digging into a holiday we can all be thankful for.  Sign […]

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Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem

News & Civics | November 19, 2014

Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem

Despite a few recent downpours, California remains stuck in one of the most severe statewide droughts on record. But it’s far from just California’s problem. The state produces a huge percentage of the nation’s agriculture.

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Are Women Misrepresented in Games and Other Forms of Pop Culture?

Arts | November 18, 2014 | 35 Comments

Are Women Misrepresented in Games and Other Forms of Pop Culture?

There’s been a lot of talk in mainstream media about how women gamers and critics are being treated through cyberbullying and harassment. Are women misrepresented in games and other forms of popular culture?

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Is Immigration Reform on the Horizon? [Animated Explainer]

News & Civics | November 18, 2014

Is Immigration Reform on the Horizon? [Animated Explainer]

Remember when U.S. immigration reform seemed like it was finally in the cards? That was so 2013. But now that the Republicans have won control of the Senate, the issue may soon resurface, with a stronger possibility of a bill making it through both chambers of Congress.

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How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive Explainer]

6 -12 Science | November 17, 2014

How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive Explainer]

Although hydropower has been in use for centuries, largely in the form of water wheels, hydroelectricity is a more recent phenomenon. Hydroelectricity is a type of hydropower and is created as moving water powers machines that produce electricity. Here’s an interactive explainer that shows you how it works.

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On the Rise: How Minimum Wage Hikes Won Big with Voters [Interactive]

News & Civics | November 17, 2014

On the Rise: How Minimum Wage Hikes Won Big with Voters [Interactive]

Despite ongoing conservative opposition to the raising the federal minimum wage, recent initiatives in individual states, both blue and red, have had overwhelmingly success. Check out this interactive explainer to learn more.

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How Can President Obama and the GOP Congress Work Together?

Do Now | November 14, 2014 | 325 Comments

How Can President Obama and the GOP Congress Work Together?

This month’s election brought sweeping victories for the Republican party, who secured control of the Senate, retained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and made numerous gains in local and state governments. What are the challenges of a divided government?

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