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The ‘Invisible Tax’ on Teachers of Color

Our guest says the so-called 'invisible tax' on teachers of color leads to burnout at a time when teachers of color are already leaving the profession more quickly than their white colleagues.
The Hadera Desalination Plant in Israel. (Photo: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv | Creative Commons via Flickr)

Israel: Using technology, engineering to cut reliance on Galilee

Water has been a matter of national security for Israel since the nation's inception. Drought and growth have pushed the country to use desalination, wastewater recycling and other technology and engineering feats to address the demand. But it's a different picture where Palestinians are involved.
A water shortage in Ranila village forces residents to walk more than a mile to get water from a well. The responsibility for fetching water falls heavily on women and girls. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

India: Delivering water by hand

In much of India, getting enough water is a low-tech affair. In some places, women draw water by hand; in others suicide rates among farmers have risen because drought and dropping water tables make their lives difficult.
A 16-year-old former victim of sex trafficking pets her horse on April 6, 2016, at Heartland Girls Ranch in Benson, Minn. (Photo: Jennifer Simonson)

Victims, not criminals: Rebranding teen sex trafficking

The nation is changing the way it thinks about teen sex trafficking. States have decriminalized it for teens and offered help, and some are attacking the demand for commercial sex.
Residents of this Minneapolis neighborhood have been bringing complaints about street prostitution to their representatives, but this community faces the same problem as many others across the country. It’s difficult to address the problem when no one knows how much of the local sex trade is voluntary, how much is pimp-controlled, and how much involves minors. (Photo: Emily Haavik)

Numbers elusive when it comes to trafficking

Estimating the number of human trafficking victims in the United States is notoriously difficult.
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Should Colleges Teach Men How to Be Men?

Should colleges have men's studies majors or men's resource centers? Our guest this week tells us that male college students would get better grades if they rejected stereotypes of hyper-masculinity.
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‘My Frain is Bried’: Shadowing a Student

"Welcome to our world." Educators take an entire school day to shadow a student and walk in their shoes. We find out how it went for one teacher.
A student at Minuteman High School in Lexington, Massachusetts

High School Job Prep

Want a job? So does every student ever! Maybe career and technical education classes are the way to go. Shaun Dougherty says you could be more likely to graduate and earn more if you do.
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How Tutoring Helps Students

Private tutoring is no longer just for the rich kids. Our guest tells us how the individual attention improves student learning and graduation rates.
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Is Advanced Math Necessary?

In our last episode, Andrew Hacker argued that math courses like algebra are unnecessary for most high schoolers. This week's guest couldn't disagree more.