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The Benefits of Bilingualism

SPEAKING two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.

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Pass the Books. Hold the Oil.

Taiwan is a barren rock in a typhoon-laden sea with no natural resources to live off of — it even has to import sand and gravel from China for construction — yet it has the fourth-largest financial reserves in the world. Because rather than digging in the ground and mining whatever comes up, Taiwan has mined its 23 million people, their talent, energy and intelligence — men and women. I always tell my friends in Taiwan: “You’re the luckiest people in the world. How did you get so lucky? You…

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Adrienne Rich, Influential Feminist Poet, Dies at 82

Verbal privilege

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Mooresville School District, a Laptop Success Story

Mooresville's Shining Example (It's Not Just About the Laptops) by Alan Schwarz

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Groupthink

"Groupthink: The brainstorming myth" by Jonah Lehrer

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For Teachers, Shame Is No Solution

Shame Is Not the Solution by Bill Gates

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A New Book and Film About Rare Amazonian Language

Language: A cultural tool?