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What We’re Following: Asian Trade Pact Announced

Diplomats from the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries announced a final deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday after nearly eight years of negotiations. The free-trade pact now faces skeptical Republicans and Democrats in Congress before it can go into force. If passed, it would be President Obama’s signature achievement on global trade and would mark his pivot toward Asia.

A Nobel for Disease Treatments: Three researchers received the Nobel Prize in Medicine on Monday morning for their groundbreaking work on infectious-disease treatments. William Campbell and Satoshi Omura won half of the prize for developing avermectin, which has helped millions fight filariasis and river blindness. Tu Youyou received the other half of the Nobel for her work using traditional Chinese medicine to develop a new anti-malarial treatment.

Hope Fades for Lost Ship: El Faro, a 790-foot cargo ship whose name means “lighthouse,” is believed to have sunk in the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday. Officials last made contact with the ship on Thursday as Hurricane Joaquin approached it. One body has been found so far; 33 crew were aboard.


What You’re Wondering

The exit of long-time Education Secretary Arne Duncan and the scrutiny of Common Core during the GOP presidential debates are just the latest signs that American education is in a period of major flux. Parents, teachers, lawmakers, and officials have long wrestled with the best way to prepare students for the world beyond school boundaries, as we’ve covered more and more. But we still have blind spots; maybe you can help us identify them.

We want to know what you’re interested to learn about schools, in the U.S. and around the rest of the world. Maybe you’re curious about policy, higher education, other countries’ approaches to schooling, alternative methods in the U.S.—it’s all fair game.

Ask your questions here.


Snapshot

Pierre Plissonnier, the director of Air France in Orly, tries to cross a fence with the help of security and police officers after several hundred employees invaded the offices of Air France at the Roissy Airport on October 5, 2015, disrupting a meeting in protest of proposed layoffs. The protesters targeted Plissonnier and another executive, tearing off their shirts. For more images from the protest, visit The Atlantic Photo. (Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP / Getty)

Quoted

Scott Thompson II, a 13-year-old from Baltimore: “If I fall, I need to get right back up because I don't want to become the embodiment of what’s happening in my city.”

Simon Stålenhag, a digital illustrator who reached out to Sweden’s Natural History Museum in 2013: “I asked if there was anything I could help with. I told them I didn’t care what it was for. I just wanted to paint dinosaurs.”

Neil Shear, a professor of pharmacology and clinical toxicology: “Every dean of medicine says: Blah blah blah, personalized medicine, blah blah blah. Well, here’s an opportunity to do something.”


News Quiz

1. After Paris banned cars for one day, air-pollution levels dropped by ____ percent.

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2. Senators John C. Calhoun, Daniel Webster, and Henry Clay were collectively known as the “____________________” in the early 19th century.

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3. In an unusual arrangement, Dutch students can receive free housing by living in _____________.

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Evening Read

In a never-before-published 1985 profile of Bernie Sanders, Russell Banks examines how the self-described socialist mayor of Burlington got his start in politics. Here, Sanders recalls his college days in 1960s Chicago:

“One time there was an incident on the streets that resulted in a picture in The Chicago Defender, the black newspaper, of a police officer twisting a young black woman’s arm, and we made a poster with it, and I was working near the university pasting up these things to announce a demonstration against police brutality. Unbeknownst to me, a cop car was following along behind me, and as fast as I put the posters up, the cops were pulling them down. Finally, the cop car pulls up to me, and they get out and accost me. Needless to say, I’m terrified. One of the cops puts his finger in my face and says, ‘It’s outside agitators like you who’re screwing this city up. The races got along fine before you people came here!’ Like this is Alabama or someplace. Anyhow, I was late for my class, a political science class, and I remember the teacher was talking about local government, and when I walked in and sat down, I saw right then and there the difference between real life and the official version of life. And I knew I believed in one and didn’t believe any more in the other.”


Reader Response

What does feminism mean today? A reader who describes herself as a “credentialed teacher and homemaker with a Stanford B.A.” explains why she no longer considers herself a feminist:

I … know women who are somewhat weary of being called names because they want to be free to choose conventional lifestyles that prioritize marriage and family, or because they value the lives of unborn children over the license to have no-strings-attached, consequence-free sex. Getting married and staying home to raise children is as valid an option as becoming a CEO. Yet much of the rhetoric I’ve read from self-labeled feminists seems intent on making women the same as men, rather than equal to them. … As a believer in women’s equality, I will continue to work toward acceptance of women as equals, but I will do so on my own terms, with my own solutions in mind, and not those of the feminist brand.

A reader who describes herself as an “ardent feminist” pushes back:

What better way to prove that sexism truly exists than to self-identify as someone who is adamant in the fight against its tangible harms (for both men and women) and have that self-identification make most people uncomfortable, if not downright angry? What is up with that cognitive dissonance? … It’s not always that women have to “catch up” in some way to men; it’s that those tangible harms I previously mentioned hurt both sexes, all genders, and feminism aims to make sure that no male, female, or agendered person is hurt because of a set of hate-inspired beliefs.

Read the full comments, and many more perspectives, here.


Verbs

South Carolina flooded, Oregon college reopened, Renoir paintings picketed.


Answers: 30, Great Triumvirate, Nursing Homes


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