"FATAL heroin overdoses in America have almost tripled in three years. More than 8,250 people a year now die from heroin. At the same time, roughly double that number are dying from prescription opioid painkillers, which are molecularly similar. Heroin has become the fallback dope when an addict can’t afford, or find, pills. Total overdose deaths, most often from pills and heroin, now surpass traffic fatalities. • If these deaths are the measure, we are arguably in the middle of our worst drug plague ever, apart from cigarettes and alcohol. • And yet this is also our quietest drug plague. Strikingly little public violence accompanies it. This has muted public outrage. Meanwhile, the victims — mostly white, well-off and often young — are mourned in silence, because their parents are loath to talk publicly about how a cheerleader daughter hooked for dope, or their once-star athlete son overdosed in a fast-food restaurant bathroom."
"Test your knowledge of the history of the women’s suffrage movement by playing our crossword (PDF).You can find the answers here. • When you’re done, you might explore these related Times and Learning Network resources: • Collection | Celebrate Women’s History Month Collection | Using The New York Times for Teaching and Learning About Women Historic Headlines | Aug. 26, 1920 | 19th Amendment Takes Effect, Giving Women the Vote Times Topic | Women and Girls Times Topic | Women’s Rights Times Topic | National Organization for Women • Visit our Student Crossword Archive to find more than 200 additional puzzles on topics across the curriculum."
"Students, parents and administrators often make a fuss about snow days, but it's really individual absences that affect learning, according to a new study." School closings for snow "have no effect at all on student achievement for the sample...
"Lawmakers in Oklahoma recently joined officials in Colorado, Texas, Georgia, Nebraska, Tennessee and elsewhere in trying to prohibit high schools in their states from adopting the new American history Advanced Placement exams."
"It's not just the size of objects in space that boggles the mind — it's the vastness of the timescales on which events in space occur. Pluto takes 248 Earth years to orbit the sun. To put it another way, the entirety of US history has occurred during a single Plutonian orbit. When Pluto was last in its current location, we hadn't invented aviation, let alone spaceflight. This map was released by NASA's New Horizons team in anticipation of the probe becoming the first spacecraft to visit Pluto in July.
"Given the ubiquity of mobile devices being used by students in their university, a group of lecturers formed an action-learning group to learn collaboratively about enhancing their teaching with mobile pedagogies."
"On Feb. 3, 2015, a Times News Alert announced the stunning headline: “Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Is to Publish a Second Novel.” • Fifty-five years after “Mockingbird” first appeared, this surprise announcement created a literary sensation. The new book, “Go Set a Watchman,” already tops pre-order bestseller lists and has spurred its own share of controversy. • Whether you’ve responded to this news with delighted anticipation, concerned skepticism or something in between, the recent attention to Ms. Lee and her work reminds us of the central place “Mockingbird” has in our literary culture. It’s a perennial favorite in schools and, according to one study, the most-recommended book among American readers. • Although the themes, setting and characters of “Mockingbird” could be paired with any number of pieces from The Times’s vast archive, our guest writer, Laura Tavares from Facing History and Ourselves, has chosen a recent article that situates the novel in its historical context and also raises important questions about race, justice and memory in our society today. • Below, she pairs Chapter 15 of the novel with a recent Times article on the Equal Justice Initiative report documenting the history of racial lynching in the United States."
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