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We are committing educational malpractice’: Why slavery is mistaught — and worse — in American schools.

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In the preface to “The Geographical Reader for the Dixie Children,” Marinda Branson Moore, a teacher who founded a girls’ school in North Carolina, noted that she wanted to teach children about the world without it going over their heads. “The author of this little work, having found most of the juvenile books too complex for young minds, has for some time intended making an effort to simplify the science of Geography,” she wrote. “If she shall succeed in bringing this beautiful and useful study within the grasp of little folks, and making it both interesting and pleasant, her purpose will be fully accomplished.” The book was published in 1863, the same year as the Emancipation Proclamation and in the midst of the Civil War. Teachers could review the lessons with suggested questions in the back of the book. Part of Lesson IX’s suggestions read:

Q. Which race is the most civilized?
A. The Caucasian.
Q. Is the African savage in this country?
A. No; they are docile and religious here.
Q. How are they in Africa where they first come from?
A. They are very ignorant, cruel and wretched.

More than a century and a half later, textbooks no longer publish such overt racist lies, but the United States still struggles to teach children about slavery.

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Nap McQueen, the author’s great-grandfather, photographed in Texas around 1936. From the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture

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Four hundred years after enslaved Africans were first brought to Virginia, most Americans still don’t know the full story of slavery.

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Sometime in 1619, a Portuguese slave ship, the São João Bautista, traveled across the Atlantic Ocean with a hull filled with human cargo: captive Africans from Angola, in southwestern Africa. The men, women and children, most likely from the kingdoms of Ndongo and Kongo, endured the horrific journey, bound for a life of enslavement in Mexico. Almost half the captives had died by the time the ship was seized by two English pirate ships; the remaining Africans were taken to Point Comfort, a port near Jamestown, the capital of the English colony of Virginia, which the Virginia Company of London had established 12 years earlier. The colonist John Rolfe wrote to Sir Edwin Sandys, of the Virginia Company, that in August 1619, a “Dutch man of war” arrived in the colony and “brought not anything but 20 and odd Negroes, which the governor and cape merchant bought for victuals.” The Africans were most likely put to work in the tobacco fields that had recently been established in the area.

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Artwork by Deb Bishop

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Fighting Racism Even, and Especially, Where We Don’t Realize It Exists

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HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST
By Ibram X. Kendi

What do you do after you have written “Stamped From the Beginning,” an award-winning history of racist ideas that examined some of America’s most seemingly progressive intellectuals — Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, W. E. B. Du Bois — to expose what one reviewer called the “unwitting racism of the well-meaning.” If you’re Ibram X. Kendi, you craft another stunner of a book that is in some ways your previous work’s natural counterpart: “How to Be an Antiracist,” a 21st-century manual of racial ethics.

Kendi is on a mission to push those of us who believe we are not racists to become something else: antiracists, who support ideas and policies affirming that “the racial groups are equals in all their apparent differences — that there is nothing right or wrong with any racial group.” For Kendi, the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, there are no nonracists; there are only racists — people who allow racist ideas to proliferate without opposition — and antiracists, those who expose and eradicate such ideas wherever they encounter them.

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Instead of focusing on <em>our</em> racist ideas, Ibram X. Kendi offers up a wrenching examination of the evolution of <em>his</em>.ICreditCreditJeff Watts

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FEATURE: Zajac Working His Way Up Devils All-Time Lists

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I had to warn Travis Zajac. The interview was going to be about him and his personal success. 

A warning, because hockey players don’t like to talk about themselves. It’s always ‘about the team’, which is fair. 

But sometimes you have to try. 

Zajac is as humble as they come, so when I handed him a piece of paper in the New Jersey Devils locker room filled with his personal stats, he gave me that look. 

“I know,” I said. “I know you don’t want to talk about you, but we’re going to do it anyway.”

He obliged, though I could see the reluctance in his face to not want to talk about himself.

But the truth is, entering his 14th season, Zajac will continue to climb his way up into the Devils records books and it’s worth talking about. He’s already in plenty of Top 10 lists, even a couple of Top 5. But this coming season, there’s an opportunity to enter more top 5 and few top 3 in franchise history.

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Travis Zajac | #19

C | 6′ 2″ | 185 lb | Age: 34 | New Jersey Devils

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How Loneliness Begets Loneliness

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“I’m clearly a textbook case of the silent majority of middle-aged men who won’t admit they’re starved for friendship, even if all signs point to the contrary,” wrote Billy Baker in his recent exploration of male loneliness in The Boston Globe.

Perhaps one reason the piece made so many internet rounds is just how many people could relate: Last year Surgeon General Vivek Murthy warned that Americans are “facing an epidemic of loneliness and social isolation.”

Though “I’m going to die alone” is the common grumble among single people, scientifically, it’s more like, “I’m going to die if I’m alone.” A lack of social connections can spark inflammation and changes in the immune system, so lonely people are far more likely to die prematurely.  Loneliness is more dangerous than obesity, and it’s about as deadly as smoking.  The threat is considered so serious that England has created an entire “Campaign to End Loneliness.”

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Why More Knowledge Won’t Make You More Successful

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From the time we’re young, we’re taught that knowledge is power. Our education system evaluates students based on their ability to cram as much information as possible into their heads.

Similarly, in today’s startup climate, it’s tempting to think that learning more will strengthen your competitive advantage. And we can satisfy our knowledge craving literally any time of day, through thousands upon thousands of online courses available 24/7 — digital marketing to blindfolded origami, there’s probably a course for it out there. In fact, almost 80% of U.S. companies offer online training for their employees.

As CEO of my own company, JotForm, I’m no stranger to the feeling that I should be acquiring some type of informational currency at all times. As of the time I’m writing this article, I have a hundred or so articles saved in my Pocket app. I can’t help feeling anxious sometimes, that I might miss a good think piece or game-changing update from my industry.

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Boone, Gardner, Yanks hammer umps in 6-5 win over Indians

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Again, again and again, the New York Yankees kept hammering away.

At the umpires — and the Cleveland Indians, too.

Manager Aaron Boone, Brett Gardner and the Yankees threw another severe temper tantrum Saturday, this time in prolonged rants that brought several members of the team spilling onto the field in a 6-5 win over the Indians.

“Kinda crazy, to be honest,” Gardner said.

Gleyber Torres hit two home runs and Didi Gregorius and DJ LeMahieu also connected for the AL East-leading Yankees.

But what really fired up the crowd of 47,347 at Yankee Stadium erupted in the sixth inning after Cameron Maybin was called out on strikes by Triple-A ump Ben May.

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Yanks’ Boone, Gardner ejected again for ump tiff

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