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  Big thinkers on how to fix American education

In the latest installment of our “Fixing America” series, we asked educators, policy makers and other big thinkers how they would put the country’s education system on the path to straight A’s.

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Jon Meacham: Allow non-native Americans to run for president

Jon Meacham explains the reasoning behind the Framers’ decision to allow only native-born Americans to run for president, and argues that it’s time to repeal that part of the Constitution.

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Math for America’s Jim Simons on his formula for improving math education

Jon Meacham sits down with Jim Simons, founder of Math for America, to find out why Simons has devoted so much of his time – and money – to improving math education in the U.S.

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The news, by any means necessary

As newsprint gives way to online media, one Japanese daily reverted to an even more old-fashioned publishing approach in a time of crisis: delivering information via pen and paper.

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  How to fix education

At WNET’s recent “Celebration of Teaching and Learning,” we asked educators, policy makers and other big thinkers to propose solutions for the world’s most pressing educational problems.

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Photo: A ‘miracle worker’ is born

Helen Keller’s teacher was born 145 years ago

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Documenting documentary film

“I hate it because I know my future is ruined.” These are the words of the 14-year-old Haitian earthquake survivor-turned-prostitute, Lauretta, in the documentary, “Little Girls Lost,” by Lisa Armstrong and Andre Lambertston. This gripping film about a young girl’s descent into prostitution and poverty was one of the highlights of the City University of [...]

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On this Civil War anniversary, one family’s journey toward America’s future

Descended from both slaves and slaveholders, Jami Floyd reflects on her family’s history in the 150 years since the Civil War began and asks: Why is it still so hard to talk about race?

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Comfort me with horse meat and vinegar

Joshua Foust takes a break from Afghanistan analysis to reflect on the unusual and wonderful standouts of Kazakh cuisine.