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Wear It Proud

March 27, 2020

Eight-year-old Jonathan Brown, from Texas, rocks his dreadlocks proudly. It’s a style he was looking forward to letting grow long. But in December 2019, he was sent home from school with a note from the assistant principal. It said Jonathan…

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World

An Ancient Craft

March 13, 2020

In the state of Oaxaca (wa- ha -ka), Mexico, you’ll find the vibrant town of San Martín Tilcajete. The town is rooted in its ancient Zapotec culture. The Zapotec people have been living in the area for thousands of years.…

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Media Literacy

YouTube Trouble

February 28, 2020

Piper Leypoldt, 11, of Durham, North Carolina, likes to watch cooking videos on YouTube. Recently, she learned that the site collects users’ data, such as search history and location­. She’s not concerned. “Other websites I use at home and school…

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Dolls for All

October 25, 2019

Not long ago, toy stores had separate aisles for boys and girls. People spoke out against this, and retailers listened. Target, for one, got rid of gender-specific toy sections in 2015. Then people started paying closer attention to product packaging.…

Media Literacy

Be Internet Smart

September 6, 2019

Picture this: You’re searching the Internet and come across a website with interesting articles. Some are news stories. Their goal is to share information. Others only look like news stories. They’re actually advertisements, or ads. The goal of an ad…

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United States

A Gallery of Their Own

May 21, 2019

The museums of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., house the treasures of America’s past. They also tell the stories of the many people who call the United States home. The millions who visit the capital each year can tour…

Arts

Art World Record

May 16, 2019

A shiny silver bunny sculpture just set a world record. The sculpture, titled Rabbit, sold at Christie’s auction house in New York on Wednesday for $91.1 million. Rabbit is the most expensive work of art by a living artist ever…

Community

Recess Reform

April 26, 2019

“We only had one recess today!” Beatrice Dathan complained to her mother after coming home from school one day. That was four years ago. Beatrice’s family had recently moved to Connecticut from California. In California, Beatrice had enjoyed three recess…

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Technology

Get Smart

April 26, 2019

If you walked by James Fasulo’s bedroom, in Queens, New York, you might hear the 8-year-old talking. You might think he was chatting with a friend, or with his 4-year-old sister, Anna. More likely, James would be talking to his…

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Curious Minds

March 1, 2019

Do you ever wonder what your dog is thinking? Or what makes paint stick? Get answers to these questions and many more with the podcast Brains On! Each episode of Brains On! begins with a question submitted by a kid.…