This week, we learned …
A recent study found that families of color at a New York City school were less willing than white families to “game” the system by prepping their kids for admissions tests to gifted-and-talented programs.
Photograph of Dutch students by Luca Locatelli, National Geographic
Educators specializing in gifted-and-talented programs are encouraged to enroll in our Educator Certification program! So is everyone else!
Wheat was one of the first crops to be harvested, more than 13,000 years ago.
Photograph of an Ethiopian wheat farmer by Jim Richardson, National Geographic
What is a crop?
Orangutans from the mountainous region of Tapanuli, Indonesia, were recently recognized as a distinct species.
Photograph of a Tapanuli orangutan by Tim Laman, National Geographic
How can kids help save orangutans?
Greenland is melting down.
Illustration by Alejandro Tumas, National Geographic
Greenland’s retreating glaciers are causing the island to shrink.
Roads have forced species to retreat deep into the forest.
Photograph of a road in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador, by Ivan Kashinsky, National Geographic
What are the contributing factors considered when building a road through the forest?
Wooden skyscrapers are quicker to build and offer environmental benefits over concrete and steel.
Illustration by Jason Treat, National Geographic
How did steel skyscrapers come to define the “Chicago Style”?
Nearly 290,000 women head up farm operations, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Photograph of a Wisconsin farmer by Jim Richardson, National Geographic
Can you successfully farm our “Top Crop”?
The “Little Ice Age” contributed to both English colonization of North America, and the grim episode of early years at Jamestown.
Illustration by Adrian Niu, National Geographic
What happened to the earliest English colonies in North America?
The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is discovering that when it comes to swamps, sometimes it takes one to build one.
Photograph by Oleg Alexandrov, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
How can plants actually hinder wetland restoration?
Skyrocketing pineapple prices have forced companies to “cut costs somewhere”—often replacing workers with machines.
Photograph of a pineapple vendor in Nigeria by Robin Hammond, National Geographic
What is the Brexit?
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