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12:49pm

Tue September 2, 2014
Education

A Lesson In How Teachers Became 'Resented And Idealized'

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 2:16 pm

Dana Goldstein has reported on education for several years, including in The Atlantic and The Daily Beast.
Michael Lionstar Courtesy of Doubleday

As students return to school, the national dialogue on controversies surrounding teacher tenure, salaries, the core curriculum, testing and teacher competence will get more fervent.

In her new book, The Teacher Wars, Dana Goldstein writes about how teaching became "the most controversial profession in America," and how teachers have become both "resented and idealized."

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9:48am

Tue September 2, 2014
The Salt

There's Much More To Apples Than Meets The Eye

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:11 pm

Surprise! This is what it looks like when you cut into a Redfield apple.
Clare Borboza Bloomsbury

One of my favorite Far Side cartoons shows four triumphant cavemen with a giant carrot hoisted onto their shoulders, with the caption, "Early vegetarians returning from the kill."

That's kind of what it looks like every autumn weekend when my better half, Dan, comes home from the farmers market with a half-bushel of apples balanced on his shoulder.

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6:00am

Tue September 2, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: New Haruki Murakami Book Coming Out In December

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 8:58 am

Publicity-shy Japanese author Haruki Murakami arrives to give a public lecture in Kyoto in May 2013.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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12:25pm

Mon September 1, 2014
The Salt

These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 12:41 pm

At left, a woman holds the saffron crocus during the saffron harvest in Herat, Afghanistan. At right, saffron flowers are collected in Saint Hippolyte, eastern France. Since the stigmas need to be picked from the flowers by hand, saffron is the world's most expensive spice.
Majid Saeedi/Getty Images; Maxppp /Landov

Mechanization has made the farming of many crops β€” lettuce and tomatoes among them β€” a lot less labor intensive. But some crops are still tended and harvested by hand, and it can be painstaking work.

How do you measure the labor intensity of crops? We thought there would be an easy answer to that, but there isn't. Some agricultural economists talk about labor input in terms of hours per acre, but that may not take into account the difficulty of the labor.

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11:51am

Mon September 1, 2014
The Salt

Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 10:14 am

There's new evidence reaffirming that eating foods with fat€” from avocados and salmon to dairy fat€” doesn't make us fat.
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We've reported a lot this year about how there's a major rethinking of fat happening in the U.S.

Turns out, eating foods with fat β€” everything from avocados and nuts to dairy fat β€” doesn't make us fat.

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