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The Long Journey to Reveal the Oregon Trail’s Racist History

As the U.S. grapples with its legacy of prejudice, one parent is bringing the fight to Oregon public schools.

The Brutal Excommunication of a Christian Homeschooling Pioneer

She was a rising star of the religious right, with fervent followers across the nation. When she filed for divorce, it all came crashing down.

How a Turkish Teacher Put a Pedophile Principal Behind Bars for 200 Years

Saadet Özkan was furious that neither the school system nor the courts was adequately inclined to seek justice for her students. So she did it herself.

Meet the 16-Year-Old Leader Of OCCUPY Rio’s Fiercest Standoff

All eyes (and billions of dollars) are focused on the Summer Olympics here, but Brazil’s teenagers just want decent schools. Violent clashes and death threats couldn’t deter...

Birdette’s Black and White World

A strict moral code and ultra-ambitious work ethic made her one of the top teachers in America. But her most important lesson was the one she taught herself.

The Day Our Daughter Got Hit

When our four-year-old was suddenly marked with mysterious bruises, my wife and I were living our worst nightmare. It only grew darker when we became the prime suspects.

The Sordid Saga of a Student and a Statue

Two teachers lost in love. One horny high schooler. And a priceless collection of ancient art. What could possibly go wrong?