Tag: Columbia University

In Washington, Good Grades for Universal Pre-K

Free public school starting at age four, or even three, is growing in many American cities. It’s gaining traction as a way to help young children learn the reading, counting and social skills that prepare them for kindergarten. It also promises to help close academic gaps between rich and poor children. Above all, it may […]

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Trump’s Immigration Plan Would Have Missed This Nobel Prize Winner

“Had we stayed in Europe, I probably would have become a tailor.” Those words were spoken by one of the great figures in American science, Isidor Isaac Rabi. In one sentence, they tell us two big things we need to know about the history of immigration to this country, and why President Trump’s proposal to […]

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Eager to Limit Exemptions to Vaccination, States Face Staunch Resistance

As measles spread across the nation earlier this year, 71 residents of Vancouver, Wash., fell ill, most of them unvaccinated children. So state Rep. Paul Harris, a Republican representing the district, sponsored a measure to limit exemptions from immunization. Activists protesting the bill converged on his legislative office; the resulting chaos led security officers to […]

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An Australian Doctor’s Dream: Curing America’s Opioid Curse

SUBIACO, Australia — The hazy-eyed sheep shearer was shifting in his seat in a clinic in Western Australia, unsure if he could do what the doctor said would save his life. A heroin user for 20 years, he was now in the depths of a detoxification treatment. “I’m all alone,” he said. In a soft […]

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